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Thinking LSAT

Ben Olson and Nathan Fox started the Thinking LSAT Podcast to become better LSAT teachers and have some fun. Please 1) subscribe, 2) rate and review, and 3) send us questions: help@thinkinglsat.com. Don't pay for law school!

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Episode 70: Big Law Advice from A Recent Graduate

Ben reads and recommends Alexander Hamilton. The biography by Ron Chernow inspired the recent musical phenomenon and Ben thinks it could also be an inspiration for aspiring lawyers. (5:30) Dreaming of […]

1hr 19mins

28 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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Ep. 154: Getting into law school with Ann Levine

With all the changes in law school admissions standards over the past year, the guys have received a bunch of questions about putting your best foot forward when applying to […]

1hr 25mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 97: Last minute advice for the June 2017 LSAT

00:02:05 – The biggest message is: You’ve either put in the work or not. “The hay is in the barn.” 00:03:36 – Don’t get caught up in “small sample” glitches—it’s […]

1hr 21mins

8 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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Thinking LSAT 35-Minute Timer

When students write in for self-studying advice, by far the most common piece of advice we give is to take (and thoroughly review) daily 35-minute timed sections. It’s the bread […]

35mins

22 May 2018

Rank #4

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Ep. 147: Detailed and Nuanced Reading

Welcome to July dear listeners. Summertime is in full swing, and if you follow your nose you might just smell the lingering scent of Nathan Fox’s BBQ ribs on the […]

1hr 27mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 67: Or Am I…

Josh planned to retake the LSAT but then received a recommendation from his pre-law advisor not to do so; now Josh is confused about what he should do. We give […]

1hr 24mins

20 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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Ep. 193: Logic Games Home Runs

Did you know that if you sort through all of the possible outcomes of any given logic game, it’s likely that you’ll be lookin’ at less than 18 possible outcomes. Not that many, right? And when you know all of the outcomes of a game, chances are you can slay the questions. In this episode, the guys get gnarly with Logic Game 4 from the June 2007 LSAT. They make worlds, they split worlds, and then they split the splits. It gets wild. They also share an email from a law school who wants you to apply to the school so they can give you admissions advice (ummm…insert crying while laughing emoji, pls). Lastly, you’ll hear about the latest from the LSAT Demon, AND you can get a first look at the new Thinking LSAT website. Happy (Logic) gaming!As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT, and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. Thinking LSAT Facebook GroupInstagram (upcoming events)LSAT DemonStrategy PrepFox LSAT Personal Statement Review PackageImportant Dates6/3 – The June LSAT6/4 – Registration cutoff for the July LSAT (SIGN UP! This puppy is a freebie, and you can cancel your score without penalty AFTER you see how you did…) 6/27 – June scores are released7/15 – July LSAT7:17 – Email 1—Alana received a rather amusing and ingenious email from Wash U. Turns out they are writing folks and offering FREE* law-school-admissions advice. Of course, they mention, it sure would be easier to give you said advice if you actually applied to Wash U. so they can review your application documents during the consultation.The guys half love this slick move by Wash U, but they’re also hearing Admiral Ackbar issuing a warning from the cosmos. On one hand, this move basically starts a negotiation with Wash U. You apply to their school. You get a one on one with their staff so you can feel each other out. Pretty cool so far… But their free advice will probably leave you with some warm and fuzzies about Wash U., increasing your chances of actually attending the school if you get in. On the other hand, whether or not you go to Wash U., you are getting advice from admissions officers who will probably share a valuable perspective on your admissions docs. We’d love to hear about this experience if any listeners dare to give it a try…23:08 –

1hr 28mins

20 May 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 53: How Do You Pace Yourself During the Logical Reasoning Section?

Nathan finally saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we find the flaws in the film like it’s Question #16 from Section 2 of the June 2007 LSAT. (Spoiler Alert […]

39mins

4 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 88: Let’s Make A Deal

Unfortunately, Ben just cannot deal! Ads with relentlessly poppy, upbeat, hand-clapping music are making him want to run for the hills. And if the tune features xylophones? Forget about it. […]

1hr 19mins

27 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 3: Should I cancel my LSAT score?

Ben and I mildly disagree on whether to bring a watch to test day, then vehemently agree that you should almost never cancel your LSAT score. On the issue of why the test is scaled, not curved, we're equally clueless.  Plus, news from the June 2014 LSAT.

1hr 5mins

13 Jun 2014

Rank #10

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Episode 57: Leveraging Scholarship Offers, When to Start Law School, and Tips for Campus Visits

After a bad test day and a “questionable” prep guide got him a 147 on the LSAT, Torvald* uses the Thinking LSAT podcast to jump his retake score to a […]

1hr 27mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #11

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Ep. 141: I turned down Harvard Law School

The guys jump into a bunch of listener emails and specifically sidestep their usual reports on east- and west-coast weather patterns. Instead, they chat cinema. Fireside style. Nathan talks Deadpool […]

1hr 21mins

29 May 2018

Rank #12

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Ep. 125: Plan Don’t Cram

Thanks to you, dear listeners, our inbox experienced a wave of new listener mail and the guys get to work answering your LSAT questions. But first, exciting LSAC news! It […]

1hr 23mins

6 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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Ep. 179: Logic Games Fundamentals

It’s no secret that the Logic Games represent the biggest challenge for most folks who are starting with the LSAT. But the good news? The games are perfectly solvable. That […]

1hr 30mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 49: Should a Student Retake the LSAT After Getting a Score of 171?

One listener has a full-time job, a diagnostic score of 165 and wants to take the June LSAT. She plans to study now, take a break during her busy season at work, and then re-start studying in the spring. Is this a workable study strategy?Should this listener retake the LSAT after getting a score of 171 on the October test?A listener from Brazil is studying for the LSAT and has taken five practice tests with scores ranging from 153 to 166. He asks the following questions: Do I have a chance at a scholarship (even with a lower GPA) at a good school? Is a 175 score feasible? Does being an international student make a difference for law school admission?We also tackle Logical Reasoning question 12 (Section 2) from the June 2007 LSAT.Got questions you want us to answer in a future podcast? Send us an email!Thinking LSAT is now on Twitter! Follow us at @thinkinglsat and tweet us a question!Take a listen and let us know what you think.

1hr 12mins

16 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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Episode 79: Little White Lies and the Diagramming Demon

Nathan gives five (death)stars to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” while Ben shares a far more lukewarm review of his family’s new dog, a “Mountain Swissy” kind. (0:30) In […]

1hr 11mins

31 Dec 2016

Rank #16

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Ep. 120: Back to the LSAT

Welcome to 2018, dear listeners. Nathan and Ben ring in the new year by answering a few LSAT questions on air. By popular demand, the guys tackle logical-reasoning and reading-comprehension […]

1hr 27mins

2 Jan 2018

Rank #17

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Ep. 122: Stop statsturbating

January is in full swing, we’re woefully behind on emails, and Nathan is flexing his Christmas gift to himself: Movie Pass. The guys give a brief review of Star Wars: […]

1hr 27mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 78: Think You’re Overthinking? Think Again.

The guys open Episode 78 by discussing the need to submit a diversity statement with a law school application. Both agree it can be a valuable addition but caution applicants […]

51mins

18 Dec 2016

Rank #19

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Ep. 187: 154 to 175 with LSAT Tutor Max Youngquist

Today the guys have a wide-ranging conversation with Thinking LSAT team member, Demon contributor, and LSAT tutor Max Youngquist about his LSAT journey. They talk about his trek from 154 […]

1hr 40mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #20