The Ultimate Pick-Up Line: I Passed The LSAT
September 23, 2022
How does the saying go? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This bit of wisdom holds in many instances, but when it comes to standardized tests like the LSAT, one might argue that it would be far better if they did nothing at all with it.
After all, the LSAT has been around since 1948 and has served as the premier test by which law schools decide who they’ll accept into their programs.
The Bar Passage Rate Is 0.6% Lower For Law Schools That Don’t Require the LSAT
LSAC, the organization that administers the law school admission tests (the GRE and the LSAT), reported an all-time high in 2014 of 123,514 prospective law students registered to take a law school admission test.
Of those who took the LSAT, only 43% of them passed; that’s a lower passage rate than any other year on record. Furthermore, among schools that don’t require the LSAT as part of their admissions process, 93% of them graduated their most recent class with a bar passage rate at or above 75%. If you take out either one variable or another–require the LSAT or don’t require it–you’ll find similarly low bar passage rates for those groups.
Almost No One Writes Essays on the Bar Exam
I have written essays on the bar exam before. Now, there are also cases in which one could write an essay without ever having to take the bar exam.
It is a different process, but just as important in that it opens up opportunities for students who cannot afford to go to law school or students who don’t want to attend law school but still want a career in the legal field. However, if one does plan on taking the bar exam, writing an essay beforehand is crucial.
Most People Are Anxious About Failing
There are two scenarios in which people feel the most anxious. One is when they are preparing for something, and they want to succeed, but they’re afraid of failing.
The other is when they’ve done the thing already and failed. Although we often talk about the fear of failure more than anything else, it’s better to have this feeling before taking on a new challenge, so that you can prepare and make sure you succeed instead of worrying about failing after everything has been put into motion.
There Is Some Evidence That It Helps Exclude Asians
Many would speculate that eliminating the LSAT will only exacerbate existing inequalities in American society. However, most of those who would assert this don’t factor in Asian admissions. A student’s race has a marginal effect on their chances of being admitted to law school, but
ut applicants who are Asian are impacted the most. Locking out Asians is not a mistake — it’s intentional. A white applicant has an average chance of acceptance of 61%. For an African American applicant, that number dips down to 42%. Latinos and Hispanics fare better than African Americans at 50% and 40%, respectively. But when you look at Asians, the numbers flip dramatically – even below whites.
Getting Rid of the LSAT Would Be Good For Women (Maybe?)
This reasoning was articulated by Professor Erica Chito Childs. Childs, who served as a law professor at Berkeley Law School and is the vice dean of Columbia Law School,
argued that the increased number of women passing the bar exam only further supports the argument for eliminating the LSAT, because if they don’t need it to pass the bar then their male counterparts are not benefiting from taking it.
This reasoning makes sense. It’s been proven in multiple studies that females perform better on essay sections like those in the LSAT, so having to take an extra test may just hinder them more than men.
A Lot Of Schools Have Dropped it Already
The ABA announced plans to abolish the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, for admissions in 2020. Currently, those applying for admission to law school must take the exam.
This change is designed to make it more accessible for people with diverse backgrounds and to increase access to legal education. It may also be a way of encouraging schools that do not to use the exam as part of their application process. Law students must still take the exam as part of their coursework; however, there are currently three countries that have ditched the requirement altogether.
If We Get Rid of it, Then What Will D-Bags Use as Their Pick-up Line?
While the ABA is not law if they do away with the LSAT as a requirement, what will undergrads cite as their reasoning for getting into law school? They won’t have to put in the hard work and spend the money (approximately USD 1,200), and their grades don’t matter. Well…
this is just the beginning of society’s downward spiral. It will be open season for any educated person who dares go out in public. This can easily be seen when you walk around a big city on any given day of the week. You see well-dressed people being harassed on every street corner with pickup lines such as Hey baby!
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