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Ep. 269: LSAC Fee Waivers with Kalyn McDaniel
The world of LSAC Fee Waivers is opaque and confusing. You may not get a clear answer as to why you were granted or denied a fee waiver, leaving many people frustrated and in the dark—and still in need of any bit of financial relief they can get. The guys sit down with Kalyn McDaniel, an LSAT Demon tutor and 1L applicant who recently received a fee waiver after initially being denied. Kalyn discusses the fee-waiver appeal process and lets you know how you can set yourself up for success when asking LSAC for help. Plus, the guys consider the relationship between GPA and scholarships, they offer advice to someone who’s just starting their LSAT prep journey, they hear from someone who’s seen a bump in their score after studying with the Demon, and they critique a listener’s personal statement. Read more on our website!
Ep. 268: The Most Competitive Admissions Cycle Ever with Ann Levine
This year has seen major changes to the LSAT—namely through the LSAT Flex. It’s a shorter test with just three sections that you can take from the comfort of your home (or hotel) and a completely separate writing section. So how are these changes affecting the 2020 law school admissions cycle? The guys sit down with law school admissions expert Ann Levine to talk about how this cycle may be the most competitive ever. Read more on our website!
Ep. 267: 143 to 173 with Santi Del Campo
When Santi Del Campo started studying for the LSAT from Spain, he was scoring in the 140s. But after studying with the Thinking LSAT team, he smashed out a 173 on the test. Now he’s helping other students with the LSAT in the LSAT Demon. The guys talk to Santi about his LSAT journey and what his classes are like in the Demon. Nathan and Ben also offer some advice to a student who’s taking the test as a non-native English speaker, they hear from a student who wants to know about scholarship opportunities for folks with low GPAs, and they dive into a listener’s personal statement. Read more on our website!
Ep. 266: An Arresting Personal Statement
The leaves are changing and the weather is getting colder, but the LSAT remains the same. It’s the time of year where law schools wheel out their college admissions staffers to try to sell you big on their schools. In the past, LSAC would hold forums where you could meet and greet admissions folks from around the country. Now they’re creating virtual events. The guys discuss LSAC’s new digital forum, they discuss the value of studying with “old” LSAT practice tests vs. new ones, they weigh some advice from a listener, and they critique a personal statement. Read more on our website!
Ep. 265: The Demon Scholarship Estimator
Nathan and Ben are joined by LSAT Demon tutor, Jackson, to discuss a brand-new feature of the platform—a scholarship estimator. The estimator takes your GPA and your LSAT score and lets you know what kind of scholarship you could expect from any accredited law school. Jackson talks about how he helped develop the feature and the guys put the beta feature to the test. Plus, Ben and Nathan assess some advice from the Dean of Admissions at the University of Michigan, they help a listener with an addendum, they tear apart a personal statement, and more. Read more on our website!
Ep. 264: Summer of LSAT-Flex
Even though the registration deadline for the October LSAT-Flex is long past, students who took the test over the summer are just now getting their LSAT scores back. And waiting weeks on end for a score isn’t the only miserable thing about taking the LSAT during a pandemic. Nathan and Ben hear from a bunch of folks who have received or had trouble getting their scores back from LSAC. Some want advice. And some just want to gripe. The guys also offer up some thoughts about strengthening your reading comprehension skills, and they hear a big list of mostly terrible advice. Read more on our website!
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Best LSAT advice out there
Ben and Nathan are unparalleled LSAT teachers. Please do yourself a favor and abandon everything you thought you knew about the LSAT, stop studying LSAT theory, and let these guys initiate you into their simple, intuitive, commonsense approach to the test.
Be warned: they generously offer advice on things besides the LSAT. It’s mostly good, but take it with a grain of salt. They’re not admissions professionals, they don’t keep up with admissions trends, and neither of them seem to be able to cite reliable sources for their strong hunches related to trends in admissions and scholarships.
For example, when it comes to their personal statement reviews: enjoy them (they’re snarky as hell, highly entertaining), take the writing advice, but use your own head to weigh what they say about personal statement content. Even better, listen to someone who has worked in admissions and DOES know what admission officers are looking for (and looking out for).
As long as the guys stay in their lane and stick to the LSAT, they’re right 100% of the time.
Best LSAT/law school apps resource
This is a review for the podcast and LSAT DEMON. I love Ben and Nathan. I honestly have no idea what I would have done if it weren't for them. I saw a 12 point jump from my diagnostic in the LSAT and they give great advice and have awesome guest Speakers on their show. They are so knowledgable in this field and show that they care about their listeners and students. The only "negative" comment I would say is regarding the Personal Statements. A couple of LSATDEMON students and I created a group chat to support each other and share our ideas regarding law school apps. Ben and Nathan have mentioned that PS are a one size fits all, but unfortunately the students in the groupchat and I agree that is just not the case with certain prompts from the law schools and after attending the forums they do encourage to answer SPECIFICALLY the question in the prompt. Other than that, i think they are fantastic. I listen to this podcast every Monday to start off my work week. For the love of god, do not use any other LSAT prepcourse; just subscribe to the demon.
Great for lost students
I LOVE this podcast, I was so lost looking for study materials in the midst of a pandemic and then stumbled across this. Now I am getting the Demon and am confident I can get the score I need. It even helped me decide to wait a year to apply for law school, a choice I am so excited about!