Course Code: tp2
You're taking the LSAT, but that's just a step toward attending law school, which is just a step toward a career in law. For that reason, you'll start this course with a lesson that gives you a peek into what a career in law actually looks like and what your opportunities are.
Your LSAT score is just one of many factors that law school admissions committees will consider during your application process. This lesson will go through an overview of the whole process and give you advice on how to maximize your chances of gaining acceptance to the school of your choice.
In this lesson, you'll explore some of the things you need to know about the general makeup of the LSAT so you'll know exactly what you're getting into come test day. The lesson will discuss what to expect from all question types, not just the ones covered in this first course. You'll discover the basics of reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical reasoning questions, and then get an overview of the writing sample. Everything you need to know about scoring procedures will also be revealed.
You may have heard that you can't study for the LSAT. But that's just not true! There are a bunch of general things you can do to prepare for the LSAT, and the more time you spend preparing, the better your scores will be. You'll also learn how to relax when you start feeling panicky on test day.
In this lesson, you'll continue where you left off in the previous lesson by going over specific tips on how to approach LSAT question types, how to eliminate the wrong answers the tests try to entice you to choose, how to guess when you're not sure of the right answer, and how much time to spend on each question. After you've completed this lesson, you'll be ready to learn more about the specific questions, starting with analytical reasoning.
The analytical reasoning question type probably worries more potential LSAT takers than any of the others. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to think of this question type as a game—something you'd like to do for fun in your spare time, if you had any! You'll examine in detail what you should look for when tackling these questions, and then outline the best way to approach them.
The analytical reasoning question comes in two main types: spatial order and group membership. In this lesson, you'll find out all about each type, complete with examples. You'll also learn about the subsets of questions for each type.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to master LSAT group membership analytical reasoning questions. The lesson will go over the proper diagrams to draw to keep information straight, and you'll go through plenty of practice with detailed explanations.
Next, you'll learn how to deal with the spatial order type of question. The diagrams you draw to handle this question type are a little different than those for group membership, so you'll go through detailed instructions with lots of practice questions.
Knowledge is power, but practice makes perfect! In this lesson, you'll examine all kinds of LSAT analytical reasoning questions that have appeared on past tests to reinforce the step-by-step approaches you've already learned. You'll practice your skills on actual LSAT test questions.
Your response to the LSAT writing sample doesn't get calculated in your LSAT score, but you have to write it, and the admissions committee does get a chance to read it. So don't slack too much on this task. If the thought of writing a complete analysis of a scenario in 30 minutes or less has you running for the hills, don't despair. In this lesson, you'll go through a specific plan for making the most of your time so you can prove to the admissions committee of your favorite law school that you put your thoughts together in a cohesive and interesting essay.
Before you impress the admissions committees with your essay, you'll get a chance to wow your peers. For this lesson, you'll read sample essays and then compose your own. You'll also get the chance to read what other test-takers write.
Benjamin N. Gialloreto is Independent Counsel to the School Reform Commission in the Philadelphia School District and partner of the Philadelphia-based law firm Gallagher & Rowan, P.C. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and J.D. from Loyola School of Law. He has practiced law since 1990 and is a former Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Major Trials and Civil Rights Units. Gialloreto has proctored this preparation course since 1999 and has helped more than 6,000 test takers. He also teaches online Paralegal Certificate courses for the Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colorado.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are not included in enrollment. Please purchase the latest version of your materials prior to the start of your session. Please note, study guide pages referenced in the course lesson may vary by edition.
We recommend that you take both of our LSAT courses, Part 1 and Part 2. This will prepare you to perform well on all three question types on the LSAT: reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical reasoning. We recommend that you practice on actual LSAT exams, which can be purchased from the Law School Admission Council at www.lsac.org.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
You will need the book 10 More Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests (PrepTests 19-28), available from lsac.org and other bookstores.
There are plenty of books, tutors, and LSAT prep software out there that claim to teach you everything you need to know. However, the best way to prepare for the LSAT is through courses like those offered right here on ed2go.
Great class. The information, text and instructor were excellent. And most of all, very affordable! See you in LSAT Prep 2!"
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This course has boosted my score several points already in just 6 weeks! I am sure that after taking Prep Class II, I will be even more prepared for the LSAT."