• Ben Olson

Ep. 226 Wisdom from 1L Shea Daley

The LSAT journey is tough. Tons of studying, months of hard work, and an often stress-ridden day of testing. And that’s just the start! The application process is just as crazy. And what’s it all for?! The guys sit down with a 1L student who’s halfway through her first year. She dishes the dirt on what law school is really like and what you can expect in your first semesters. Nathan and Ben also take a look at some advice about personal statements and help a few test-preppers grapple with questions about whether and when to take the LSAT.


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.


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Important Dates

1.7.20 – Registration deadline for the February LSAT.

1.13.20 – It’s that January LSAT

2.22.20 – Hearts-for-eyes emoji! It’s the February LSAT.


1:39 – Wisdom from 1L Shea Daley

Ben and Nathan chat it up with The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 1L and LSAT Demon tutor, Shea Daley about her experiences as a new law student. Shea gives a sense of the time commitment, workload, and mindf*ck that is the 1L year. That includes what classes she’s taking, how many people are in her program, what classroom dynamics are like, how grading works, what studying is like, and more. She also shares her journey to law school as a US Air Force reservist studying for the LSAT. Tune in to hear the wide-ranging, very awesome discussion, and to hear advice that Shea has for all y’all 1L hopefuls out there.


50:02 – Pearls vs. Turds

The LSAT journey is tough. Tons of studying, months of hard work, and an often stress-ridden day of testing. And that’s just the start! The application process is just as crazy. And what’s it all for?! The guys sit down with a 1L student who’s halfway through her first year. She dishes the dirt on what law school is really like and what you can expect in your first semesters. Nathan and Ben also take a look at some advice about personal statements and help a few test-preppers grapple with questions about whether and when to take the LSAT. per look at NOVA, the profile of an average student there, and some example personal statements from actual attendees of the school.


1:21:36 – Should I Go To Law School?

A is in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. In his late 20s with meager savings and a master’s in history, A is in pursuit of a career he can sink his teeth into; might it be a career in law?! A’s interested in the prospect of going to law school (for free) and nailed a decent cold diagnostic. Now they’re wondering if it’s actually a good move—should he invest time and money into taking the LSAT? The guys consider A’s situation and recommend the following:


  • Yes – start studying in earnest for the LSAT. If you love it or hate it, that’s a good bellwether for whether this is a career you’ll dig.

  • Check out The Law Career Playbook by Rachel Gezerseh.

  • TALK TO LAWYERS – talk to a bunch of folks who have a career in law. If what they do sounds interesting…press forth, padawan.


1:32:00 – Taking The LSAT In Japan

Eric is in Japan and recently notched out a cold diagnostic in the 160s. Very, very badass, Eric! Now he wants to know when he should take an actual test. In Japan, the LSAT is offered only four times a year—March, June, September, and December. Eric’s strapped for cash and wants to know when he should take the test. The guys drop some Thinking LSAT knowledge for Eric: study your ass off, take March, take June, and take until you get the highest score you’re capable of. Then go to law school for free. Good luck!


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