Ep. 211: What’s the Deal with Law School Prep Courses?
The September ’19 LSAT is finally behind y’all, but the Thinking LSAT crew never rests. LSAT questions continue to come in, and the guys settle in for a well-rounded episode of news, updates, and listener questions.
Nathan and Ben answer questions about reading comp and whether you should attend a law school prep course. They also take a look at an email from Maine Law and a listener-submitted personal statement. Plus, the guys talk about why Ben is perpetually tired, hear from a long-time fan now 2L, and they correct an error from a previous episode.
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10:59 – Conjunction Junction
For a brief moment, Nathan and Ben offer a non-apology for confusing the word “contraction” with “conjunction” in episode 210. A listener made the mistake in their email first, but the guys neglected to notice or correct the email and rolled with the error.
11:32 - Pearls Vs. Turds, Reading Comp Edition
In this weekly segment, Ben and Nathan review some law school “wisdom” from the ether—tips and tricks presented in other courses, on the internet, dark social, or some publication. They consider the advice and then deem it worthy of the rubbish bin, or worthy of including in your own LSAT prep.
Aubrey writes in citing results of a Google search for “RC tips” that suggested reading RC passages twice. While a second read makes sense, especially if you didn’t understand what you read, the guys recommend that you read carefully and with enough engagement to absorb the passage on your first read. This tip? It’s going to turd town.
18:51 - What’s the Deal with Law School Prep Courses?
Mary’s applying to law school for 2020, and she’s pumped. But she also wants to be prepped for her first day. She asks the guys their thoughts on law school prep courses. These are classes that help you understand how law school works and what 1L classes will be like. The guys say that getting a sense of what law school will be like, and preparing for 1L is a good idea. While they don’t endorse any particular program, they do recommend you steer clear of any prep courses offered by the law school itself. Otherwise, here are some materials that may be useful in preparing for law school:
The Law School Toolbox – Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess have tons of resources—mini-guides, blog, podcast, classes, etc. to help you destroy your law school experience.
Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams – Ben’s recommended read for 1Ls-to-be
The Law Career Playbook – A book by friend-of-the-show, Rachel Gezerseh, about understanding the ins and outs of a law career from a big-law lawyer.
A Horn Book on Torts – Nathan’s recommended read for 1Ls to get them ready for the type of materials you’ll need to soak up in law school. He also suggests taking a trip to the law school library and ch