Keep Your GPA Addendum Short (Ep. 509)
Demon student Cole shares a draft of his GPA addendum. The guys suggest some major cuts.
From 153 to 177: Kian's LSAT Success Story (Ep. 508)
LSAT Demon student Kian Sohrabi joins Erik to share his LSAT success story.
Grades Come First (Ep. 507)
Listener Esther blames burnout and LSAT prep for a recent drop in her undergraduate GPA.
Staying in the Saddle on RC (Ep. 506)
Chris and Ala return for part four of their series on LSAT Reading Comprehension.
Should I Attend a Non-T14 Law School?
You don’t have to attend a T14 law school to have a successful legal career.
Carol's LSAT Journey (Ep. 504)
LSAT Demon student Carol joins Beth to share her LSAT journey.
Reviewing a Character and Fitness Addendum (Ep. 503)
Demon student Tom asks whether some character and fitness issues will affect his admissions and scholarship offers from top law schools. The guys review Tom’s draft of a short and sweet addendum.
Do Anything Else (Ep. 502)
LSAT Demon student Eric admits that he’s making a bad decision in rushing to apply to law school this fall.
Top Three Personal Statement Revisions (Ep. 501)
Leslie joins Erik to share the three most common revisions she makes to first drafts of personal statements.
You Can't Study for Too Long (Ep. 500)
Nathan and Ben assure LSAT Demon student Fernando that he won't study "too long."
Non-Legal Work Experience (Ep. 499)
Listener Big G considers accepting a great job offer but worries that law schools will look down on non-legal work experience.
Study Buddies (Ep. 498)
Ala and Beth share tips from their own experience as study buddies: how to find a study buddy, the benefits of group study, and some common pitfalls to avoid.
Highlighting an Improved GPA (Ep. 497)
Ben and Nathan help listener Jacob draft a concise addendum that highlights the upward trend in his GPA.
The "Real" Cost of Law School (Ep. 496)
Harvard Law School says that its tuition only covers 43% of the real cost to educate its students.
Tips for ESL Students (Ep. 495)
Demon teachers Ala and Francesca discuss the special challenges and benefits of being an ESL student.
Will I Be Ready by June? (Ep. 494)
Today is the registration deadline for the June LSAT, and an anonymous listener wonders if they’ll reach their goal score by the test date.
Maintenance Mode (Ep. 493)
Nathan and Ben dispel the idea of entering “maintenance mode” in the weeks leading up to the official test.
Unlucky to Get In (Ep. 492)
A student writes in to share the news of their acceptance to Georgetown. Ben and Nathan aren’t ready to celebrate.
The Four Stages of LSAT Competence (Ep. 491)
Kevin and Ala break down how the four stages of competence apply to LSAT study.
A Hazy Character and Fitness Issue (Ep. 490)
The guys help write a character and fitness addendum that sticks to the facts.
Academic Issues and Personal Statements (Ep. 489)
Ben and Nathan warn an anonymous listener that personal statements aren’t the place to discuss academic struggles.
From 133 to 163: Omar's LSAT Success Story (Ep. 488)
LSAT Demon student Omar Zoubeidi joins Francesca to share his LSAT success story.
Your Review Is Where You Learn (Ep. 473)
Demon student Carlos explains his review process. The guys recommend that you give the LSAT your best hour or two a day, then go do things outside of the LSAT to recharge. Nathan then shares some tips on how to review properly.
A Good Reason to Write a GPA Addendum (Ep. 472)
Demon student Bobby has a 3.6 GPA from a very strict school, putting him in the top 15% of his class. Will a law school admissions board care? The guys encourage Bobby to write an addendum. It might be a soft factor that bodes in his favor.
Compare the Cost of Tuition (Ep. 471)
Ben and Nathan discuss the scholarship estimator’s accuracy and how to enter into a scholarship negotiation.
Can a Splitter Get a Scholarship? (Ep. 470)
An anonymous student has a low GPA due to extenuating circumstances and will be applying as a “splitter.” Can they still get a scholarship at a T-25 school?
Advice from Non-Traditional Applicants (Ep. 469)
Demon tutors Beth and Chris give their best “boomer” advice for non-traditional applicants.
Distracted by Planning (Ep. 468)
An anonymous listener shares her LSAT and admissions timeline, including her plan to take the February 2024 official test.
New York or California? (Ep. 467)
Listener Luisa wants to live in California once graduating from law school. Should she still apply to any out-of-state schools?
RC Mythbusters (Ep. 466)
Demon tutors Chris and Ala take over the pod to bust common myths about LSAT Reading Comprehension.
What's My Ceiling? (Ep. 465)
Listener Joe has been studying for four months and raised his score from 141 to 167. Has he hit his “ceiling” on the LSAT?
You Need a Life Outside of the LSAT (Ep. 464)
Listener Sean scored lower than anticipated on his official test. He’s now struggling with a lack of motivation to continue studying.
Get Greedy with Your GPA (Ep. 463)
Demon tutors Delia and Lily attack an admissions question from student Tyler.
Let the Demon Decide (Ep. 462)
Listener Drew has a diagnostic score of 136. He asks if it’s unrealistic to take the official test this fall and apply for the 2024 cycle.
Admissions Stats and Yield Protection (Ep. 461)
Demon student David shares admissions data from LSAC’s website. The guys compare LSAT scores to admissions stats at various schools and discuss yield protection.
When Should I Register? (Ep. 460)
Demon tutors Kevin and Stew take over the pod to discuss when students should register to take the official LSAT.
Binding Early Decision (Ep. 459)
Listener Shemeen wonders if he should apply to a binding early-decision program. The guys let Shemeen know that by applying to these programs, you are giving up on other opportunities for scholarships and scholarship negotiation. Create your own early-decision program by applying early and broadly.
Making the Most of Demon Live (Ep. 458)
Listener Jules works 9 to 5 and wants to know how to make the most of her Demon Live subscription.
From 155 to 172: Charlie's LSAT Success Story (Ep. 457)
Demon student Charlie Mirsky discusses his journey from 155 to 172.
How Old Is Too Old for Law School? (Ep. 456)
Listener Paul asks how old is “too old” for law school. He is about to graduate with his bachelor’s degree and will be 60 years old this year. Paul would be far from the oldest law student ever. The guys discuss the pros and cons of applying to law school at an older age.
Beth and Ala's Book Club (Ep. 455)
Demon tutors Beth and Ala take over the pod to discuss what they’re currently reading and share their book recommendations.
Don't Settle for Your Goal Score (Ep. 454)
Demon student Kenzie is trying to plan her official LSAT around her volleyball schedule. The guys want Kenzie to get the best score she can—when she’s ready. Once her practice test scores are in the range she wants her official score to be, then she can make plans for when to take the official test.
Kissing Ass Pays Off (Ep. 453)
An anonymous listener scheduled a meeting with their professor in hopes of getting their only A- adjusted to an A. Anonymous was successful and now has a 4.0. You miss every shot you don’t take!
Read All the Answer Choices (Ep. 452)
Demon tutors Ahbi and Francesca answer student Kyle’s question about whether to read all five answer choices on every question. The answer is yes. Focus on accuracy and understanding, not on the time that it takes to read the answer choices.
Planning to Study Isn't Studying (Ep. 451)
Anonymous has built a study plan that includes 25 practice tests split between drilling, timed sections, and full practice tests. Anonymous worries they may need to take more tests to score a 173. The guys encourage Anonymous to focus less on the number of practice tests they plan to take and more on understanding one question at a time
Are You Taking Too Many Practice Tests? (Ep. 450)
LSAT Demon student Pete is taking three full PrepTests per week—Ben and Nathan think that’s too much.
Offsetting a Low GPA (Ep. 449)
Listener Matt wants to know what LSAT score he needs to offset his low GPA.
From 144 to 164: Celine’s LSAT Success Story (Ep. 448)
LSAT Demon student Celine Makhani joins Erik to share her LSAT Success story.
Law School Is a Risky Plan (Ep. 447)
Listener Ian considers attending law school part-time in order to accept a promising internship.
Score Variance Is Your Friend (Ep. 446)
An anonymous LSAT Demon student asks how to minimize their score variance.
Are Multiple Attempts a Red Flag? (Ep. 445)
UVA Law Admission Dean Natalie Blazer says that multiple LSAT attempts look worse on your application than a single high score.
Work Experience vs. K-JD (Ep. 444)
Ben and Nathan think there’s no reason to rush into law school.
Don’t Obsess Over Routine (Ep. 443)
Creating a perfect pre-test headspace is neither sufficient nor necessary for LSAT success.
How Do I Get Faster at RC? (Ep. 442)
“How do I get faster at RC?” Ala and Chris get this question all the time, and they want to help students move past it.
Avoiding Naivety on Your Personal Statement (Ep. 441)
Ben and Nathan advise against discussing personal encounters with the law in your personal statement, as you might just come across as naive.
Focus on the LSAT (Ep. 440)
Anonymous has T14 aspirations but a lackluster GPA. Aside from improving their LSAT, how can they become a more attractive applicant?
From 161 to 177: Coy’s LSAT Success Story (Ep. 439)
LSAT Demon student Coy Ozias joins Erik to share his LSAT success story.
LOR from a Non-Native English Speaker (Ep. 438)
Ben and Nathan assure an anonymous listener that a letter of recommendation from a non-native English speaker shouldn’t be a problem.
Berkeley 3L Jenni Martines (Ep. 437)
Berkeley 3L Jenni Martines talks about her non-traditional path to law school and her reasons for attending Berkeley.
Should I Take Easy Undergrad Classes? (Ep. 436)
Listener Pedro asks whether pursuing an easy degree at an “easy-A” college might set him up for greater challenges in law school.
Big Fish in a Small Pond? (Ep. 435)
Should Bridget aim for highly ranked schools, or is it better to be a big fish in a small pond?
Give Up Your Timeline (Ep. 434)
Ben and Nathan think listener Anthony is distracting himself by worrying about his application timeline.
Life at Harvard Law, with Sara Kamouni (Ep. 433)
Harvard 2L Sara Kamouni discusses the student culture at Harvard, professors’ different teaching styles, and the benefits of taking a gap year before starting law school.
Repeating Practice Questions (Ep. 432)
Nathan and Ben talk about how to keep learning from questions and games you’ve already attempted.
International Student Grades (Ep. 431)
Ben and Nathan assure listener Priscila that being an international student shouldn’t disadvantage her in her law school applications.
Treat Reading Comprehension Like Logic Games (Ep. 430)
LSAT Demon tutors Chris and Ala explain how to treat Reading Comprehension like Logic Games by considering the “worlds” created by the passage.
Do Multiple Attempts Look Bad? (Ep. 429)
Law schools only care about your highest LSAT score.
Application Deadlines Don’t Matter (Ep. 428)
Don’t ask when applications close. Ask when they open. Applying at the last minute is a surefire way to overpay for law school.
An Unexpected Rejection (Ep. 427)
As a URM with great stats, listener Kay was surprised to be rejected from Harvard. What did Kay do wrong on their application?
Multiple Majors (Ep. 426)
Multiple majors are unnecessary. Just pick one that interests you.
Stop Stressing Out About Your Personal Statement (Ep. 425)
Listener Robert worries that he’s lived an unremarkable life and can’t pick an interesting topic for his personal statement.
Harvard 1L, with Dylan Horwitz (Ep. 424)
Harvard 1L Dylan Horwitz talks about overcoming imposter syndrome and finding a supportive community at Harvard Law.
January LSAT Score Release (Ep. 423)
Law school applicants should expect to submit all of their undergraduate transcripts to LSAC.
January LSAT Score Release (Ep. 422)
Scores from the January 2023 LSAT were released today. The guys discuss what to do if you scored lower than expected.
LSAC GPA Conversion (Ep. 421)
Ben and Nathan confirm that LSAC GPAs max out at 4.33, not 4.0.
Accuracy Beats Speed (Ep. 420)
Listener Owen affirms the Demon mantra of accuracy over speed.
Undergrad Reputation (Ep. 419)
Listener Leah asks how the reputation of her undergraduate institution might impact her applications.
Listen to LSAC (Ep. 418)
In regards to a dispute over which undergrad transcripts must be sent to LSAC, Ben and Nathan tell listener M to listen to LSAC.
Professional Letters of Recommendation (Ep. 417)
Ben and Nathan advise an anonymous listener with no academic referrers on how to get professional letters of recommendation.
Don’t Statsturbate (Ep. 416)
One LSAT Demon student would like a review page that focuses on question types. The guys warn students to avoid this kind of “statsturbation.”
High Stats vs. Strong Softs (Ep. 415)
Who will be the more successful applicant: someone with higher LSAT and GPA, or someone with a better personal statement and resume?
Studying with Accommodations (Ep. 414)
An anonymous listener anticipates receiving accommodations, but they ask whether they should still take their practice tests with standard 35-minute sections.
New LSAT Dates for 2023–2024 (Ep. 413)
Ben and Nathan share the newly announced test dates for 2023–2024 and describe how savvy applicants can take the LSAT five times in a single year.
Was My Practice Test a Fluke? (Ep. 412)
Nathan and Ben assure an anonymous listener that their recent practice test score was not a fluke.
The Soft Benefits of Law School (Ep. 411)
The guys are skeptical of whether a J.D. provides any value beyond the ability to be a lawyer.
From 153 to 174: Kevin’s LSAT Success Story (Ep. 410)
Demon teacher Kevin Kissinger joins Erik to share his LSAT success story.
Overcoming a Low GPA (Ep. 409)
Listener Kelly asks if there’s hope for a law school applicant with a 2.9 GPA.
Improving Self-Confidence (Ep. 408)
Ben and Nathan recommend mindfulness practice and thorough review of mistakes as ways to improve self-confidence on test day.
Scholarships for Part-Time Programs (Ep. 407)
Listener Lauren worries that part-time students at two of her target schools don’t receive the same scholarship offers as full-time students.
Soft Factors Are Soft (Ep. 406)
Listener Joe wonders whether his career as a police officer is a point in his favor on law school applications.
Should I Read Books to Improve on RC? (Ep. 405)
An anonymous listener asks whether reading books will improve your skills in LSAT Reading Comprehension.
Online J.D. at St. Mary’s Law (Ep. 404)
Demon student and current 1L Jacque Gurley joins Matt to share her experience at St. Mary’s University’s online pilot program.
From the Cannabis Industry to Law School (Ep. 403)
An anonymous listener hesitates to mention their career in the cannabis industry on their applications.
Guessing Strategy (There Isn't One) (Ep. 402)
Nathan and Ben discourage any kind of guessing strategy—keep working on the question until you solve it.
Diversity Statement and the URM Bump (Ep. 401)
Listener Nico suggests that only applicants who write a diversity statement benefit from a URM bump. Nathan and Ben disagree.
On Reading Comprehension, They're All Main Point Questions (Ep. 400)
On Reading Comprehension, not only is every question a Must Be True, they’re also all Main Point questions, because the entire passage serves to prove the author’s main point.
From 152 to 170: Chris's LSAT Success Story (Ep. 399)
LSAT Demon student Chris Warren joins Francesca to share his LSAT success story.
Predict the Answer by Attacking the Argument (Ep. 398)
Nathan and Ben believe that better predictions come from attacking the argument.
Law School Expenses (Ep. 397)
Listener Nico wonders how students cover three years of living expenses while in law school.
International Student Scholarships (Ep. 396)
Listener Agyei asks whether they can get a scholarship to a top law school in the U.S. as an international student.
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