Episode 60: An Alaskan voyage to the LSAT and an Interview with Attorney/Sportswriter Jeff Todd

After months of anticipation and teasers from Nathan, The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook is now available! Check it out here and start crushing all those games. (3:10)

Ed, a far-flung listener from Meyers Chuck, Alaska describes the unique route he will be taking to get to the LSAT testing center, and asks for advice on how to stay focused after the expedition. We discuss his questions and pose some of our own–what’s the Airbnb situation in Juneau? Does the pet deposit cover the entire sled dog team or just individual dogs? (7:20)

We spend time working through Logical Reasoning questions #20 (starting at 21:15) and #21 (at 33:25) from the June 2007 LSAT. Download the free test and try it for yourself, then listen in as we discuss them.

Nathan interviews Jeff Todd, a Harvard Law School graduate who left his position at a prestigious law firm to write for MLBTradeRumors.com. Hear Jeff discuss his decisions, his life now, and his sage advice to Thinking LSAT listeners. (55:00)

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5 Comments


  1. Ben & Nathan,

    I appreciated your advice for Meyers as a non-traditional student trying to capture his career experience on his personal statement or diversity statement (especially the advice for him to watch out for wolverines at the test center in Juno). How does a non-traditional student’s resume fit into this advice to not “double dip” on the same experience or topic?

    I am a 28-year-old who has been an Army helicopter pilot the past 7 years since graduation from my undergrad program. Additionally, my wife and I just adopted 3 children from our state’s foster care system. My plan was to capture my 7 years of Army experience via my resume and write my personal statement on being a foster parent and how that experience has led me to the law profession. Should I also look for the opportunity to capture my Army experience in a diversity statement, or is it enough to mention it on my resume? I know that I could easily explain how my experience as an Army officer, and my deployment to Afghanistan, adds to the diversity of a law classroom.

    I will be beginning law school in 2017. Do you all have any other advice for military veterans that are transitioning from service to attend law school? Any advice on how to best leverage my military experience or any resources you could point me towards?

    Thanks for the podcast, it is EXTREMELY helpful! Ben, I agree with Nathan that you should write a book on Reading Comprehension – that section continues to kick my butt no matter what I try.

    -Stephen

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    1. Hey Stephen, thanks for listening! I don’t think I have any particular advice or resources for military vets. As for your own personal plan, I don’t think being a veteran would be an appropriate diversity statement topic but I’m not sure. This is really a question for Ann Levine.

      Thanks again for listening! If we try hard enough maybe we can get Ben to write that RC book…

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    2. I’m definitely considering the RC book!

      I agree that you should ask Ann Levine about the diversity statement. But my sense is that if the diversity question for a particular school seems like an easy one to answer, then you should do so. Some questions might not fit your experience as well. But if they do, go for it. At the very least, if you have something legit to say, it’s an opportunity to give them more information.

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  2. Fascinating interview with the super down-to-earth and brilliant Jeff Todd. These two quotes left a lasting impression on me:

    “your time is your money… all that time you spend working to make money, the only way to get your money back is to dedicate more time to working”

    “Don’t just get sucked into the world of the law school or taking the LSAT, think for yourself, plan something out and don’t be afraid to bet on yourself from time to time. At the same time you also have to be realistic and practical and make the sacrifices that are needed to put yourself in a position to be able to make those kinds of choices”

    Really enjoyed listening to his story. Thank you Ben and Nathan for putting this together.

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