Ep. 201: Meet a Stanford 1L
Nathan is joined by former student and Fall ’19 Stanford 1L Kevin Dousa for a wide-ranging conversation about LSAT, higher ed, and a career in law. The two discuss what it took to get into Stanford, they talk about the high cost of law school and managing undergrad loans, and Kevin provides an Upton-Sinclair-level account of working at law firms. After the conversation? Nathan slices and dices a few LR questions from the December 2013 LSAT.
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2:09 – A Conversation with Stanford 1L, Kevin Dousa
After a few housekeeping formalities, Nathan jumps right into a wide-ranging and super informative conversation with matriculating Stanford 1L Kevin Dousa. As a former student of Nathan’s and long-time listener of the show, Kevin says that when he discovered Thinking LSAT, his approach to the test completely changed. Now, after years of intense study, multiple attempts at the LSAT, and over 20 drafts of his personal statement, Kevin will head to one of the top law schools in the world. Nathan and Kevin talk about everything from how Kevin studied for the LSAT to Kurosawa films. It’s awesome. So if you’re wondering what it takes to get into top law schools, take it from a guy who applied to (almost) every law school in the top 14 and got into the best. Here are just a few of the topics they touch on:
- Why Kevin applied to nearly every law school in the top 14
- Kevin’s decision not to apply to Yale
- Managing undergrad loans – financially, emotionally, and intellectually
- Seeking financial aid by talking to the dean
- The realities of working at a law firm
- Kevin’s long struggle with the LSAT and his (effing intense) study strategy
- His approach to his personal statement
- Stanford’s optional essays
If you dig the conversation, you can keep up with Kevin on Twitter @kevin.dousa or Instagram @k.m__d
58:47 – LR questions 3 and 4 from the December 2013 LSAT
Nathan continues a review of the December 2013 LSAT by answering LR question numbers 3 and 4 in section two. As you might expect, Nathan goes through the questions like a hot katana through butter while providing insight to his thinking on the passages and the answer choices.