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The HPPLC LSAT Preparation Workshop

Introduction

We offer this course directly before each of the four official LSAT exams, and sometimes more often during the year. Exact dates and times depend on instructor availability. The most well-attended classes take place in June, October, December, and February, in that order. We also try to offer a section immediately after spring break in the second semester. Enrollment is strictly limited, so plan ahead! Seating is limited to 35, with a minimum enrollment of 12.   (If we are unable to obtain the minimal enrollment, we cannot go forward with the class.)  Note that the HPPLC office purchases every past LSAT exam, which students can borrow at no charge—just ask our receptionist.

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Basics

The course will always be 20 hours of total class time.  The length of each individual class can vary, as can the number of sessions, but the total time spent in class is always 20 hours - the specific meeing times will depend on the availability of the instructor. There is usually one, but occasionally two, meetings per week, usually in the evenings or on weekends, and usually in Ballantine Hall. The present (2012-13) cost is $200.00; texts are available in the IU bookstore. You must have an account with the bursar's office in order to register. Please contact them directly if you need to set up an account. The course is NOT given for credit.

Registration

Registration is in-person only, on a first-come first-served basis, and takes place in the HPPLC Office in Maxwell 010. Unfortunately, we cannot take registrations by telephone, fax, or email.

Course structure

In general and in brief, the basic structure of the workshop should look like this, with many potential variations and exceptions depending on the needs of specific class populations and the availability of the instructor.  [note: there are 3 types of questions on the exam that are scored. The more difficult sections (for most people) are handled first to give students more time to polish these skills and to ask questions throughout the course]:

  • Session 1 - Diagnostic practice exam and analysis. Introduction to the course.
  • Session 2 - Analytical Reasoning [Logic Games].
  • Session 3 - Analytical Reasoning (con't).
  • Session 4 - Logical Reasoning.
  • Session 5 - Logical Reasoning (con't)
  • Session 6 - Reading Comprehension and Writing Sample.
  • Session 7 - Practice exam; analysis. Review and questions.

Throughout we discuss time management, test-taking strategies, critical thinking skills, and any questions students bring to the course.

This course is a supplement to home preparation. You will still have to do much on your own [as you should with any preparation course], and a major goal of the workshop is to help you do that effectively.

Instructors

Our instructors are usually outstanding current law students or doctoral candidates from the Philosophy Department who specialize in logic.

Other options

There are often other commercial LSAT prep classes in town--at present Kaplan and Princeton Review.  There are also numerous online LSAT prep options.  These are relatively new such that we do not have much feedback from students as to their perceived effectiveness.  Be sure to do your research!  Remember that not every student will need to take a preparation course in order to adequately prepare for this critical exam. A Prelaw Advisor would be happy to discuss preparation options with any student individually. Just call 855-1873 for an appointment.  HPPLC has every past LSAT exam on file, which you may borrow at no charge (just ask our receptionist). We often have the names of relatively inexpensive tutors as well--just email us for information.

A note about "Free LSAT Practice Exams" offered by commercial preparation companies.

In general, the more practice exams you can take under proctored, test-like conditions, the better.  Therefore we do recommend that you participate in such exercises.  But do keep in mind that such events often function, at least in part, as part of a marketing strategy.  Diagnostic testing can be stressful, and the first time you attempt this exam expect your score to be extremely low. If that happens, you might be especially vulnerable to a persuasive sales pitch.  We suggest you take your time and not decide on the spot.  Do your research!  While many students absolutely do benefit from commercial courses and give them high marks, many others will do just as well on their own. You need to thoughtfully decide what is best for you. 

Don't forget...

Admission to law schools remains extremely competitive. The LSAT score is more critical than ever. Although law schools look at the entire portfolio and the "whole person," for most applicants the LSAT remains by far the single-most important factor in admissions.

Employment

If you are interested in employment as an instructor for our LSAT workshops, please email HPPLC Director Mac Francis with information regarding your background and qualifications.

For information call HPPLC at 855-1873, email hpplc@indiana.edu or visit Maxwell 010.