Episode 75: The Ultimate Baller Move

Phillipe (not his real name and probably not the horse from Beauty and the Beast…probably) is wondering whether he should quit his full time job so he can focus on studying for the LSAT. We both advise against this drastic plan and encourage Phillipe to focus on the quality of his study time rather than the quantity. He also asks for suggestions on managing stress and fatigue and we share some of our favorite techniques. (7:30)

Brett is a 30 year old professional who has a 3.65 GPA, a 164 average practice LSAT score, and a clean bill of health after recovering from surgery for kidney cancer in August. We’re so glad to hear you’re cancer-free! As he prepares for the December LSAT, Brett worries his application will be submitted too late to be considered for the big scholarships that he needs to attend law school. We talk about when applications are considered “late” and what that means for scholarship opportunities. Nathan counsels Brett on baller negotiating tactics, while Ben suggests he include his cancer story as an addendum to his application. (28:16)

We work on two Logical Reasoning problems from the June 2007 LSAT. To play at home just download the free test, work through Section 3, Questions 8 and 9, and listen in as we discuss the solutions in detail. (#8 at 52:20 and #9 at 1:05:02)

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Take a listen and let us know what you think.


  1. Nathan, LISTEN UP! This is the second and last blog entry on which I’m going to comment about this.Whatever audio arrangement Ben is using — I suspect it’s a headset — is what you should get for yourself. I’m sure you can find one that travels well between L.A. and S.F.

    You cannot merely randomly sample to hear the problem. About 10-15% of the time you trail off for 5-10 seconds and then come back strong — strong being Ben’s volume 100% of the time.

    I’m making the effort to post this for the benefit of your future listeners. I’m outta here as of Dec. 3. Bye!


  2. Hey!

    Thanks for covering my topic on the podcast. It was quite entertaining to listen to! I feel much more optimistic of my work/study balance and I’ll definitely heed your advice by not quitting my job!

    FYI: “He Who Must Not Be Named” was actually a Harry Potter Reference!


  3. Still haven’t read on LR, but question 8 scenario talks about alleged sightings. So, can’t we assume that tigers have to live in that area if they are still alive (disproving a shift to another habitat) and it is an anomaly of the search?


    1. No, to survive, the tigers would have needed to move from the area because the first premise says that their “natural habitat was taken over by sheep farming decades ago, resulting in the animal’s systematic elimination from the area.” In other words, we know that they were eliminated from the area. They might have come back since then, but if this guy is going to argue that they don’t exist anymore, he has to assume that they never left the area. If they left the area, then they might have survived and he might be wrong.


      1. Yes, I understand. This was my second choice.

        So, what is your position on alleged sightings? Is it because it’s “alleged”? Or is it because this scenario doesn’t exactly say where the tigers were spotted? Like may be in another area proving D to be correct?

        I’m debating answer choices C & D.

        Thank you!


        1. Yes, the sightings are no problem because they are “alleged.” Because he’s arguing that the tigers don’t exist, he must be assuming that the “alleged” sightings are NOT real sightings.

          Answer C is wrong because of the word “every.” He doesn’t have to assume that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the naturalists looked carefully. He only has to assume that enough of them looked carefully to find evidence of survival, if it exists.

          Does that help?


          1. Oops, I didn’t mean to yell. I was just trying to highlight the important parts. 🙂

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