We’re delighted to welcome Canadian attorney Carli van Maurik back to talk about exactly what you can do assure career survival. Welcome back, Carli!
Today, we’re excited to welcome Caterina Maria to the site to talk about an interesting emerging area of legal practice — legal psychology. Maybe you can put that undergraduate degree to good use, after all!
Without further ado, here’s Caterina.
Today, we’re pleased to welcome Dan Lukasik, founder of Lawyers with Depression, to the blog to talk about a very important topic: depression in the legal profession.
Dan’s hosting a helpful webinar this Friday, which you might find interesting if you’re a depressed lawyer who is struggling to get things done.
Without further ado, here’s Dan!
Are you a fan of pro bono work? Then you’ll want to know about Law Students for Pro Bono, a campaign calling for the ABA to adopt an aspirational goal that all law students perform at least 50 hours of pro bono work during law school.
Today, we’re pleased to welcome back Radhika Singh Miller, Senior Program Manager, Law School Relations at Equal Justice Works, to explain how YOU can get involved!
What is Law Students for Pro Bono?
Law Students for Pro Bono is an exciting new initiative for law students who believe pro bono can make a difference. Equal Justice Works is supporting the hundreds of law students and graduates who are speaking up through the campaign, asking the ABA to adopt an aspirational goal for law students to participate in 50 hours of pro bono. The deadline for comments is this Friday, Jan. 31! There’s still time to add your support by signing the online petition today.
If you don’t want to spend your precious mental energy adding and subtracting time during the LSAT, check out today’s guest post from LSATMax. They’ve created — wait for it — a 35 minute watch! And they’re here to share some LSAT timing advice.
Time is Not on Your Side
Time has always been a big hurdle for many LSAT takers. Each of the five sections of the exam must be completed within 35 minutes. Though definitely daunting, time should never be an LSAT prep student’s first priority. The number one priority is getting the strategies and techniques down for each question type and section. Once you begin to master these strategies and techniques, your timing will naturally improve.
This is not to say that timing doesn’t also need practice. As with practicing your specific techniques for the different question types, it’s imperative to practice your timing. The best way to practice is to mimic testing conditions as closely as possible.
LSAC does not allow digital watches in the testing center.
Don’t ask us why, but what this means is that you must depend on an analog watch or the wall-clock in your testing room to figure out how much time you have left on each section. The problem with this method of time keeping is that you must add and subtract minutes from the time the section began to determine how much time is remaining. Thankfully, LSATMax has come up with a solution to this problem.
LSATMax has done away with the dilemma of time calculation during the exam by creating the LSATMax 35-min Analog Watch.
This watch is an analog watch that only counts down 35 minutes. The face of the watch is marked in five-minute increments from 35 to zero. You can wind the minute hand of the watch to the “12 o’clock” position, which is marked “35” and start the section. The minute hand conveniently winds down clockwise. When the section is done, all you need to do is wind the minute hand 180 degrees back up to the 35-minute mark and begin again. (You can purchase the LSATMax 35-min Analog Watch here if you like.)
With this watch, you can truly mimic test day while you practice under time pressure.
Our Advice: Timed Tests Under Testing Conditions
Taking timed sections is key to raising your score and increasing your endurance. We recommend taking at least one full-length practice LSAT per week to hone your timing and test-taking stamina.
As mentioned above, the optimal way to take these practice LSATs is to mimic testing conditions as closely as possible. On the day of your LSAT, an official LSAC proctor will read the instructions and time you as you proceed through the exam. Moreover, all your LSAT-taking peers will inevitably create background noise that could distract you.
In an effort to further help you mirror your LSAT testing conditions, TestMax, the creator of BarMax and LSATMax, has released a brand new app, called Exam Proctor.
Exam Proctor gives students the ability to simulate an authentic exam room experience for up to eight of the most popular standardized exams: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, TOEFL and the bar exam. Not only does the app simulate the exact timing and sections for each of these exams, but it also simulates testing conditions by offering the option of specific section instructions and even background noise, such as coughing, sneezing, rustling and tapping, to help assimilate students to what they will face on test day.
LSATMax is always looking for ways it can improve students’ LSAT prep experience.
Practicing under simulated testing conditions is the key to a better LSAT score so download Exam Proctor today to optimize your LSAT prep and maximize your score.
Want more tips and information about the LSAT? Check out these posts:
- LSAT Prep Options: LSATMax
- The 5 Biggest (Avoidable) LSAT Mistakes
- Last Minute Tips for Acing the LSAT
- 5 Critical Things To Know Before You Take the LSAT
Or visit Acing the LSAT.
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It’s January, so we must reflect and resolve, right? Well, I’ve never been one for resolutions (just do it, don’t talk about it), but the beginning of a new year is a good time to examine recent history and identify “areas of potential growth,” shall we call them.
When I think about what I’ve been most surprised about in the 2+ years since I started The Girl’s Guide to Law School, one key thing stands out: The remarkable lack of urgency that many law students and young lawyers seem to feel about shaping their lives and their careers.
Before you get all offended, let me be clear. I’m not saying you’re lazy. I’m not saying you don’t spend a lot of time studying in the library. But — and I have to be honest here — there is a odd lack of gumption, of hustle, that permeates many of the interactions I have with law students and new lawyers.
A few examples:
Today, we’re thrilled to have 1L Katy McCoy here to share some tips she’s learned about staying healthy and sane in law school.
Take it away, Katy!
When you start law school, it quickly becomes obvious that for the remainder of your time there, you will never have “extra” time. But, by being good to yourself, you can avoid taking time away from yourself.
Implementing these basic behaviors can help you do that:
We’re excited to initiate a series of interviews with various LSAT prep companies, exploring their approach and getting some tips for success. (If you’d like to be featured, let me know.)
Today, we’re talking with Patrick O’Malley of Get Prepped. Hi, Patrick!
Could you talk a bit about Get Prepped: What’s your philosophy? What type of instruction do you offer? How are you different from other LSAT prep courses?
Who’s getting ready for the LSAT? Today, we’re delighted to welcome Mary Adkins from Manhattan LSAT to share five critical things you should know before you take the LSAT.
Vision is 20/20 in retrospect, and when it comes to the LSAT, I often hear a lot of “coulda shoulda woulda” from people after they’ve taken it, or late in the game studying for it.
Based on my work preparing hundreds of people for the test, here are the top five most important things to understand before you embark on LSAT preparation.