Episode 52: Questions From Listeners and a Conversation With Immigration Attorney Nikki Black

Arnold took the LSAT in October and December 2015, and ended up raising his score to 174. We talk about retaking the LSAT, the third Logic Game on the December LSAT, and how actual LSAT scores compare to practice exams. (5:24)

Hannah has a question about an application fee waiver. She took the December LSAT and improved ten points to 163. She received an email from Georgetown inviting her to apply, but the school will not waive the application fee. Hannah asks: Is this an indication she may be admitted? Should she apply? (39:38)

Sydney asks how to create an affordable, self-led study schedule to bring her LSAT score to 170 or above. She is currently taking a prep class and working full time, and received a 161 on the December LSAT. We talk about the importance of practicing for the LSAT every day. Here’s an article that speaks to that concept, as well as Ben’s daily commitment calendar that will help you stick to your schedule. (47:20)

Oscar shares with us his experience applying for and receiving LSAT accommodations after listening to our episodes about the subject. (57:48)

Finally, Nathan interviews Nikki Black, an immigration attorney who talks about her experience attending law school and being happy as a lawyer. If you’d like to reach out to Nikki, you can send her an email or connect via Twitter at @nikkimarieblack. (1:17:40)

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Take a listen and let us know what you think.


  1. Okay, Game 3 of December HAS to be way different though! Look at it and tell me I’m wrong 😀


    1. It’s definitely unique. But that doesn’t make it hard per se. Most of the difficulty is getting over the fact that you have to think about it. Unlike an ordering game that you might know so well, and can do almost automatically, you have to slow down and think about what’s going on, and that can be hard to do when you’re feeling stressed for time. It’s something we have to do, though, and it usually takes less time than we think.


  2. Was hoping maybe you could discuss on the show, or respond here if short enough:

    When taking PT’s/determining PT score should I bubble in question that I do not get to and use my “random” bubbling in as my answer for this question. Or should I maybe take an average to best determine number of points I would gain from the “random bubbling”. Say, I didn’t get to 10 questions on the test. There’s a 1/5 chance that I got each of those right (randomly guessing), so I should just add 2 points to raw score. This would maybe be a better indication than the possibility of getting 0 or getting 5 in this situation. And maybe mitigate some of that “range” of scores you guys discussed in this episode.


    1. Yeah, I’d either do 20%, which is what you’re saying, or nothing. If you use my score tracker, it will tell you what score you got officially and what score you got without the guesses. I feel like it’s a more solid predictor of where you’re at. Here’s the tracker: https://www.strategyprep.com/tracker


      1. thanks! is there a way to input results for tests before 2007 on there? It’s only showing up to test 52.


  3. I just wanted to point out that Nathan did not have one rude
    outburst, or moment of skepticism during his interview with Nikki. He
    either he has a “soft” spot for her, or she is the Nathan whisperer. Haha great show, as usual.


      1. I respect Nikki immensely, and I never fight with her for two reasons:

        1) She’s a lawyer, the real deal. She’s incredibly smart, diligent, and hardworking, yet consistently underestimates her own talents, which makes her work even harder. Basically, she’s a badass.

        2) I fought with her once (about the movie “The Social Network,” let’s not get into the details) and based on that drunken interaction I never EVER want to fight her again. You will lose. (See point #1.)


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