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A Guide to Note-Taking on the LSAT

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - A Guide to Note-Taking on the LSAT by Ally Bell

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If you, like me, prefer to take your LSAT studying poolside during these hot summer days, here’s an analogy that you’ll relate to: Note-taking on the LSAT is like applying sunscreen. Like sunscreen, if you use too many notes on certain parts of the LSAT, you may be left with foolish-looking marks that didn’t end up being especially useful; but use too little, and the test will scorch you just like the sun. Also like sunscreen, there’s a time and place for notes on the LSAT. Unless you’re hanging at a nudist pool, you probably don’t need sunscreen literally everywhere, nor do you need notes everywhere on the LSAT. Unfortunately, figuring out sunscreen is generally a lot simpler than figuring out note-taking on the LSAT. Since this is an issue many of my students grapple with in all phases of their preparation, here are a few guidelines, and here’s hoping you’re reading them by the pool. Read more

Writing Your Law School Personal Statement

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Writing Your Personal Statement by Ann Levine

Ann K. Levine is the founder and chief law school admission consultant at Law School Expert. Each year, pre-law students rely on Law School Expert’s blog for advice on personal statements, letters of recommendation, LSAT scores and more, to help them get into reach law schools. She has been a law school admission consultant since opening LawSchoolExpert.com in 2004, and this is her fourth book. The following is an excerpt from the Amazon bestselling law school guide, The Law School Admission Game.


What Is a Personal Statement?

This is the piece of your application over which you have—at present—the most control. And it’s not to be taken lightly. A good personal statement adds to the application by tipping the scales in your favor. If someone with your numbers has a chance of being admitted to a particular law school, but not everyone with your numbers is admitted, the major deciding factor is the personal statement. A good LOR helps, but if you can’t advocate for yourself, someone else advocating on your behalf isn’t going to make your case for you. And, if the personal statement is unimpressive, the person evaluating your application may not even go on to read the LORs. Read more

Telling Your Story: Talk about Yourself on Your Personal Statement

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Talk about Yourself on Your Personal Statement by jdMission

A personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, “Telling Your Story,” a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


Your personal statement is meant to be about you, not about how the world works. Of course, you may need to share some facts about the world around you and the people in your life to make your story clear and meaningful, but a good rule of thumb is that you should be writing much more about yourself than about anything else. Read more

Drop the Phone and Pick Up Some Books!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Drop the Phone and Pick Up Some Books! by Ben Rashkovich

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Last month, I wrote about how diving into Shakespeare can help you improve your LSAT Reading Comprehension score, by forcing you to “read for the scale.” (If you’re not sure what that means, check out the article!)

While the scale is important in every passage you’ll tackle—since the LSAT is, of course, a test about arguments—you shouldn’t neglect the fundamentals of Reading Comprehension as a general test section. It’s on just about every standardized test, from the SATs and ACTs to the LSATs and MCATs… And for good reason.   

So, LSAT-specific Reading Comprehension tips aside, how can you get better at the basics?

One answer: Read more books! Read more

LSAT Logic Games: Some Common(ly Overlooked) Deductions

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - LSAT Logic Games: Some Common(ly Overlooked) Deductions by Chris Gentry

Learning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Almost all test-takers seem to share two concerns about LSAT Logic Games: speed and speed. Oh, and people also seem to worry about speed for some reason.

Sound familiar? If so, you may want to read Daniel Fogel’s excellent post from a few months ago before you continue.

All done? Good! Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Curse Only Sparingly

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Curse Only Sparingly by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

LSAT Update, Harvard GRE Update, and More!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - LSAT Update, Harvard GRE Update, and More! by Matt Shinners

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Phew, a lot has been going on in the LSAT world recently. Let’s take a look at everything and how it should impact your prep and application timeline. Read more

Telling Your Law School Personal Statement Story: Slicing Through Writer’s Block

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law-school-personal-statement-story-writers-block-jdmissionA personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, “Telling Your Story,” a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


We all suffer from writer’s block sometimes, and it can be particularly brutal when the stakes are high…like when you are trying to get into law school. Read more

Love Is Blind… But Is Your LSAT Review Process?

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Love Is Blind... But Is Your LSAT Review Process? by Ben Rashkovich

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When I ask my students how they review the LSAT prep tests they take, they usually fall into what I call the “spell of the score”: they’re mostly interested in whether they hit their target score or not, and not so focused on how to maximize their LSAT review process.

This is a huge mistake. Read more

Reading for the LSAT…in Only 35 Minutes!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Reading for the LSAT ...in Only 35 Minutes! by Daniel Fogel

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Reading for the LSAT

While Logical Reasoning and Logic Games offer new challenges for almost all LSAT students, Reading Comprehension provides a more familiar task. This is both a blessing and a curse: answering questions about a passage may feel more comfortable than identifying a flaw in an argument; however, this familiarity leads students to bring a set of presumptions to RC that doesn’t translate to success on the LSAT. This often manifests in not only reduced accuracy, but also reduced speed. Read more