• Nathan Fox

Ep. 223: LSAT Writing Samples

Whether you’re getting ready for life on Mars or preparing for life in law school, preparedness and awareness are keys to survival. You gotta be ready. You gotta know your stuff. And you gotta avoid the mistakes you made in the past—or that others have made in the past. You know, like using excess semi-colons and other B.S. punctuation that gums up your writing. Nathan and Ben speculate about life in outer space and talk bizarre LSAT questions before diving into y’all’s law-school-prep quandaries. They give you the skinny on top-down vs. bottom-up questions, offer up some advice on when to make worlds during the Logic Games, and help a dentist with a mid-life crisis. Plus, a 1L hopeful asks about old letters of rec, the guys read an article about law school students and debt, and they take a look at some LSAT Writing samples from you, dear listeners.

As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT, and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben.

LSAT Demon

Personal Statement Review Package

Strategy Prep Fox LSAT

Thinking LSAT Facebook Group


Important Dates

12.19.19 – November LSAT scores are released.

1.7.20 – Registration deadline for the February LSAT.

1.13.20 – Pop the champagne! It’s the first LSAT of 2020.

2.22.20 – It’s the February LSAT

17:53 – Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up + Flaw

Anne’s been smashing her way through LSAT questions in the LSAT Demon. And she’s noticed something. Nathan and Ben often refer to questions as mostly being either “top-down” or “bottom-up.” She wants to know what question types fall into these categories. The guys oblige and categorize.

In yer top-down category, you’ve got yer good friends:

  • Must Be True

  • Necessary Assumption

  • Main Point, or Conclusion

  • Flaw Questions

  • Role Questions

  • Reasoning Questions

And some of yer other faves can be considered bottom-up questions:

  • Strengthen

  • Weaken

  • Paradox

  • Sufficient Assumption

The guys discuss how and why each of these question types can be understood as top-down or bottom-up, and they do a deep dive on how to tackle flaw questions.

42:28 – Ben’s Tip For When To Make Worlds