Encouragement for the long haul

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Encouragement for the long haul

Postby Blueprint LSAT » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:29 pm

It is easy to get frustrated with studying for the LSAT. This is supposed to be an entrance exam but to get really good at it can sometimes require what seems like an obscene amount of effort. Yeah, the payoff is great, but most people aren't used to learning entire new dialects and ways of thinking just to pass one test.

The good news is that it isn't wasted effort.

One of the first things they tell you on day one of law school is that it isn't a vocational school. Your professors are there to teach you to think like a lawyer. The good news is that the LSAT is actually a really good test of that, so by getting really good at thinking the way the LSAT wants you to think and reading the way the LSAT wants you to read, you are actually giving yourself a massive head start on being a 1L in pretty much the only way you can.

Your day to day work in your first year of law school will involve reading a lot of cases. Those cases are heavily edited versions of judicial opinions. You need to be able to read them quickly and pull out the relevant facts, the applicable rules, the judges holding and how they reached it. That is almost identical to what you are doing in Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning.

So the next time you get discouraged or worry that you are wasting your time, just think how much happier you are going to be when you sit down with a stack of dusty 19th century Supreme Court opinions and you already know how to get through them without losing your mind.

Andrew McDonald, Blueprint Instructor


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