By Susan Smith Blakely • October 29, 2018•Law School, Pre-Law
Everyone hates the LSAT, and that is the way we like it. Hating people is not good --- in fact it is very, very bad --- but hating tests is OK. So many former LSAT takers are very happy hating this ridiculous test (which only predicts success in the first semester of law school), and we want our bad memories left in tact.
But, now we are told that the LSAT has a benefit beyond giving some people an edge toward law school acceptance. The benefit approach is just plain not fair or productive in the hating process.
Here's the scoop. A recent article cites research to support that the LSAT can actually make you smarter. Yes. You read that right. Smarter. Apparently neurons start firing better and more effectively when studying for and taking the LSAT, and response times are reduced while answering the many annoying questions during the test and test review.
You would think it would be just the opposite and that the neurons would just doze off and try to sleep through the entire miserable experience. These researchers must be looking at some really tough or really bored neurons.
So, all you LSAT haters need to listen up. You may need to mend your hating ways. In fact, if you want to get really smart, study for and take an LSAT several times each year. Even if you are already through law school and practicing law. You either want to get smarter or you don't. No pain, no gain.
Study those fact patterns 24-7, and see how smart you get. The results will be so impressive. You will walk taller, talk smarter, and feel superior to almost everyone. You may even want to have a t-shirt made with your highest LSAT score and your IQ printed on both the front and the back. That way, no one will miss this important message.
Of course, be ready for the dark side. Really smart people are not that much fun to hang with. So, your friends, who do not want to indulge in deductive reasoning while sitting at a jazz bar, will abandon you. You no longer will be invited to join the gang at sporting events because they will remember you screaming "The answer is definitely the inverse" the last time when everyone else was cheering "Go Bears."
And, it does not stop there. Your family will forget the "family first" policy, and there will be no chair for you at Thanksgiving dinner. And the people at the office ... well, they thought you were weird to begin with, so no hope there.
Or you could be satisfied to be an LSAT hater. For ever and ever. The percs are great. Fun people. Fun times. Fun life.
Susan Smith Blakely is the Founder of LegalPerspectives LLC and an award-winning, nationally-recognized author, speaker and consultant on issues related to young women lawyers, young women law students and young women interested in careers in the law. She is author of Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers 2009), and Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today's Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2012), which addresses the work-life struggle for women lawyers and includes twelve profiles of women who have successfully transitioned from one practice setting to another. Her third book in the series, Best Friends at the Bar: Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, focuses on the responsibilities of law firm leaders and was released by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business in 2015.
Ms. Blakely’s new book for ALL young lawyers, What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice, will be released by Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers in the summer of 2018.
Ms. Blakely frequently speaks at colleges and universities, law schools, law firms and law organizations, and she has been featured in media including Corporate Counsel Magazine, the ABA Journal, the LA Daily Journal, National Jurist, Washington Examiner Newspaper, Forbes Woman, Women Lawyers Journal (NAWL), DC Spotlight, Lawyerist.com, Daily Muse, Lawyer and Statesman, Law.com, Georgetown Law Magazine, and Huffington Post Business. Ms. Blakely also is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at conferences on women's issues in business and the law profession, and she has been a featured speaker at the US Department of Justice, Civil Division. She is the recipient of the Ms. JD 2015 "Sharing Her Passion Award" and the Lawyer Monthly “Women in Law Award 2016”for her work on behalf of women in the law.
Ms. Blakely graduated from the University of Wisconsin with distinction and from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a teaching fellow. She is a member of the CoachSource global network of leadership coaches and is certified as a career coach for the Indiana University Marshall Goldsmith Leadership Development and Executive Coaching Academy. For more information, please visit www.bestfriendsatthebar.com.