Every year, thousands of people choose to go to law school. This leads to the most dreaded test, next to the bar exam, the LSAT. Many have long debated the necessity of the LSAT. Those who haven’t attended law school will say it’s pointless. When you enter law school, you soon realize the LSAT actually gives you insight into what law school is all about.
The LSAT has three sections of multiple choice questions, all related to areas you need to know in law school. The first type of questions deal with reading comprehension. This is an obvious must because law school requires you to read and process a lot of information overnight. If a professor asks you to name the plaintiff in a case, and you can’t, you can kiss that grade, and your reputation in that class, goodbye.
The second type of LSAT questions are Analytical Questions asking you to read hypothetical situations and then draw a logical conclusion. In law school, you are asked to do this everyday. You must take a case and reason out the situations, facts, and applicable law in order to draw a logical conclusion as a judge would. In addition, sometimes you have to work backwards and reason why the judge ruled the way he did, especially in cases where your heart wants to rule one way, but the law says you must rule another.
The third type of LSAT question asks you to use Logical Reasoning. These questions test your aptitude for reading a passage, then being able to answer one of many types of questions about the passage. All of these questions, however, have one thing in common. The test how you can critically analyze a situation. Again, this is central to both the study and practice of law. In law school, you need to be able to read whatever information is given to you and draw a logical conclusion. The very essence of law is logic: given a set of facts and the law that applies, you must provide, and argue for, the most logical conclusion.
If you want to go to law school, take the LSAT, and its results, seriously. It truly is a predictor of requirements and success in law school.
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