Ep. 148: Live in NYC
Nathan Fox July 16, 2018
Live from New York! It’s Thinking LSAT Live. Jump into the classroom with Ben and Nathan as they field 20 questions from their joint prep class in the big apple. The guys talk everything from test technicalities, test strategies and pre-test regimens to law school and Ben’s brief career as a “practicing” lawyer.
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5:14 – Question 1—Just how important is formal logic? In some LSAT prep materials, there are sections devoted to LOGIC, but what’s really necessary when it comes to understanding logic for the LSAT? The guys discuss what they think are the most important principles.
7:22 – Question 2—One of our audience members wants to know what effective section review looks like. Ben and Nathan discuss best practices for review after you smash out those 35 minute sections.
13:40 – Question 3—It’s inevitable. On test day you’re likely to get hella stumped on a question or two. This wondering audience member wants to know if you should just go ahead and skip those questions that are really giving you trouble. Nathan and Ben weigh in with their thoughts. But the pro tip is this: if you skip, chances are you’re moving into more challenging territory on the test, so think wisely when you’re moving past a question.
17:35 – Question 4—The guys do a quick dive into evaluate-the-argument questions and share how they each think about tackling this question type.
20:36 – Question 5—When you’re practicing (timed, of course), should you always go on to answer the questions in the section you didn’t get to after the time runs out? That’s what one audience member wants to know. The answer? Most of the time, yes. But tune in to hear what Nathan and Ben have to say about it.
22:00 – Question 6—An audience member asks the guys what mistakes they made early on in law school and what would they change if they could go back and do it again. Aside from “going to law school in the first place,” the guys jump in and offer some advice for L1 students. Some pro tips? Sit in the front row. Engage in a big way. Prepare for class…a lot. And more.
31:32 – Question 7—A few episodes ago, the guys recommended that you dear listeners take a listen to a Revisionist History episode that explored the nuances of language and law. Now the live class wants to know if there are other podcasts or “smart shit” the guys recommend for listening, watching, or reading. Ben and Nathan offer up a few suggestions.
36:33 – Question 8—So you’re planning to go to law school, huh? Well. Application cycles begin late summer and early autumn. You’ll apply, sure. But when is it smart to go and visit the school? IS it smart to go visit the school? The guys discuss, and the pro tip seems to be—wait and see where you are admitted. Then go visit.
39:06 – Question 9—An audience member asks how you go about negotiating a better acceptance offer by using multiple other acceptances as leverage. The golden ticket? Just ask.
41:36 – Question 10—At the audience’s behest Nathan shares success stories of former students who didn’t go to law school, and Ben offers his thoughts as well.