Episode 62: Dear Thinking LSAT…

Did you take the June LSAT? Are you freaking out about your performance?? If you answered yes, we encourage you to slow down, take a deep breath, and refrain from any drastic decisions about canceling your score. (4:05)

“Overwhelmed Dad” in South Texas emails a series of questions regarding his potential career shift from high school history teacher to lawyer. Worried about his ability to balance work, law school, and a newborn baby, Overwhelmed wants to know what advice we can share to help him be successful in his endeavor. (5:45)

“Anxious and Anonymous” writes in to admit he disregarded our [totally awesome] advice and read LSAT forums even after receiving a great offer letter from his top choice law school. Now questioning whether he set his sights high enough, Anxious is considering turning down this offer and starting the application process over next year. (36:20)

We work through two Logical Reasoning questions from the June 2007 Official LSAT. Question #23 is a Sufficient Assumption problem that uses big, heady abstractions to confuse test-takers and Question #24 tests how well you understood the question and predicted an answer. To play along at home, pause at 46:20 for #23 and at 1:06 for Question #24.

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  1. Sorry, not sorry for the novel following this sentance.
    I’ve been listening to your podcasts pretty consistently for the past two months and I have a couple questions for you.
    I’m 22-years-old, a transfer student from Dixie State University to BYU-Idaho and have a cumulative GPA of 3.56. I’ll be honest in saying that during the majority of my time at Dixie, I did not care about grades as much as I cared about mountain biking and wakeboarding. I’ve been preparing for the September 2016 LSAT since April and am aiming to get around a 165. Since I’ve decided to start studying for my classes, I’ve been getting mostly A’s with an A- here or there for about a year now and have one year left of A’s ahead of me with my current graduation path.
    Since I was a teenager, the attorneys I knew always advised me to learn about business, and how to communicate effectively. With this in mind, my plan had always been to get a degree in Business, with a minor in Communications. Well, after arriving at BYU-Idaho, I quickly learned that I wouldn’t be able to do that because of my credit count. After all, I already had my associate degree and had over 60 credits. So, I decided that if I couldn’t major in business and have a minor in communications, that I’d just beat the system by getting an Interdisciplinary degree in Business and Communications. 30 credits business, 30 credits communications. Also, the degree was attractive to me because I would be able to graduate in time to attend in Law School by 2017.
    Is it smart to get an Interdisciplinary degree in exactly what I want to get out of my education? Or, would it be better to get a degree in business? I love business and communications so I’m getting the education I want with an interdisciplinary degree, but its not as intensive as I’d like it to be. But, I’m not sure law schools will feel the same way. Let alone, my first employer as an attorney? My mentors have told me that by getting the degree I am passionate about, I shouldn’t worry about having a peculiar Interdisciplinary degree attached to my name.
    Getting the Interdisciplinary degree will allow me to attend law school next year. Getting a business degree will take another semester or two to complete. But, that extra year will give me time to get a higher LSAT score and bring my GPA up as well. How much? I don’t know, but by getting mostly A’s, my GPA could improve to a <3.70.
    I feel like having a unique degree will set me apart, but I don't have any supporting evidence of this. Another reason I may be set apart from most, is that as a current 21-year-old, I started college when I was 16, graduated with an associates two weeks after my 18th birthday, served a full-time religious mission for two years in a foreign country, learned a couple languages during those two years but can only speak one other language fluently, almost went pro as a cyclist, and come from a family of nine kids. I don't think I really need anything more to set me apart as a person with a varying resume.
    What is your opinion of Interdisciplinary degrees and should I get one? What would you do if you were in my shoes? Should I just go with more of a traditional approach and get a degree in business finance?
    Getting a more traditional degree would allow me more time to bring my GPA up and more time to get a better LSAT score. But, it will just take another year to finish school that I'd rather just spend in law school or in the field unless it is really worth the wait? I don't expect to go to Harvard, but with a GPA of <3.7 and a estimated LSAT score of a 166+, I would love to get a good scholarship to a "second-tier" law school.

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    1. For law school admissions, it doesn’t matter much what you study as an undergrad. As long as you do what you’re passionate and get good grades, you’ll be in good shape. Thanks for listening!

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