Learn about law school entrance procedures, developing analytical reasoning skills, and improving your test-taking skills (course 1 of 2).
Congratulations! If you're in search of LSAT prep courses, you must be considering law school, and a career in law is always rewarding. No matter what type of law you want to practice, you want to ensure you get a great education at the school of your dreams. LSAT Preparation - Part 1 will begin to teach you the tips and tricks to help you ace this important test—and will also provide some helpful hints for surviving the rest of law school.
The first step on the path to an excellent LSAT score is to sign up for a thorough and comprehensive LSAT exam prep. This course offers the best virtual LSAT training you can get and is taught entirely online. As a law student, you are very busy—and this course fits into your schedule, on your terms.
LSAT Preparation - Part 1 provides an overview of law school entrance procedures as well as what you can expect from a career in law. You'll also gain some useful law school survival techniques. In addition, the course provides an intensive review of analytical reasoning questions and the writing sample required in the admissions process.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
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.
In this first part of LSAT preparation, you will learn about law school entrance procedures, developing analytical reasoning skills, and improving your test-taking skills. You will also gain tips and tricks to help you ace the LSAT, and discover some helpful tips for surviving the rest of law school.
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Introduction to a Career in Law
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.
Law School Admission Procedures
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.
Structure of the LSAT
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.
General Techniques for Preparing for the Test
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.
Techniques for Taking the Test
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.
Analytical Reasoning Problem Characteristics
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.
Analytical Reasoning - Question Types
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.
Group Membership and Temporal Order Questions and Diagrams
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.
Spatial Order Problems and Diagrams
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.
Organizing the Writing Sample
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.
Completing the Writing Sample
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 GMAT preparation course since 1999 and has helped more than 6,000 GMAT test takers. He also teaches online Paralegal Certificate courses for the Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colorado.