A letter from John – The June 6, 2011 LSAT Prep Course Explained
I wanted to offer a very sincere thank you, for everything!
I found the course tremendously helpful-I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, but you really clarified things for me!
You are an incredible teacher, and everyone in the class really enjoyed you, and the way you taught.”
Letter to Prospective Law Students
The Mastering The LSAT Course – Explained
From John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D.
Re: June 6, 2011 LSAT
Congratulations on your interest in law. The competition is fierce for a seat in one of Canada’s “common law schools”. There is an increase in both law school applications and the number of people taking the LSAT. In fact, on September 26, 2009 a record number of people took the LSAT (an almost 20% increase over the previous year). Gaining admission to Canadian law schools is a challenge – a challenge that is achievable. Admission to law school is a worthy goal. In order to succeed you focus on every part of your law school application file.
As you know the deadline date for applications to Ontario law schools is November 1. It is wise to write the LSAT in June. This will leave you the summer to develop the remaining components of your application file. Completion of the law school application file is a time consuming job. You should undertake it at a time that will not interfere with your academic commitments. I commend you on your decision to approach the LSAT and complete law school application process in this way!
Although we run different kinds of LSAT programs throughout the year I would like to give you early notice about a very special program that I have run each May since 1993 in preparation for the June LSAT. This program is a special enhanced version of Mastering The LSAT (and all other aspects of the law admissions process). The course will appeal to those of you who want the most comprehensive live instruction available to ensure that you do the LSAT one time only and do your best in the complete law school admissions process!
In 1979 I began teaching LSAT courses while I was still attending law school. Since that time I have personally developed and authored four different LSAT courses. My seminars about the “pre-law process” have been presented on behalf of university pre-law societies and career counseling departments. In addition I have personally organized numerous educational events for students interested in law school. I have authored a book about the pre-law and law admissions process. The book is called Law School Bound – How To Get Into Law School And Become A Lawyer In Canada And The U.S. In addition, I have also written a book about LSAT preparation. The book is called Mastering The LSAT – How To Prepare Effectively And Successfully.
What does effective LSAT preparation involve?
Effective preparation for the LSAT involves the mastery of four general categories of skills that are applicable to all LSAT question types. They are:
- Background skills that are at the root of each question type
- Rules for the design of the questions
- Rules for the design of the answer choices
- Multiple choice principles which will allow you to identify the correct answers
Effective preparation involves the application of the preceding general principles in the context of specific categories and sub-categories of questions. Although the LSAT is at test of “reading and reasoning” in context, these skills must be applied in the context of specific question types. In fact, each of the logic games, logical reasoning and reading comprehension sections have specific categories of questions.
My five week “Mastering The LSAT” course for the June LSAT will meet on the Saturday and Sunday of every weekend in May (with the exception of Victoria Day weekend). These will be full day class sessions running from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekend class sessions, will include the administration of up to six “practice testing” sessions (using real LSAT exams) throughout the course. During each session a full length LSAT will be administered.
There will be six parts to the program:
First, there will be individual class sessions. Class sessions will be on weekend days. Each class will be devoted to no more than two categories of LSAT questions. For those question categories I will teach the background skills and specific multiple choice techniques that are applicable to that question type. I will focus separately on both the questions and answer choices. The course will be taught from actual LSAT tests. In addition, you will be taught the requirements of writing an effective writing sample. I personally will teach the vast majority (if not all) of the class sessions. It is likely that Mastering The LSAT will be the only course that I will teach personally for the June LSAT!
Second, each class session will be followed by specially selected homework exercises. At the end of each class specific reinforcement exercises based on the class will be assigned for homework. To put it simply, the focused homework exercises are an important part of this program.
Third, you will participate in “practice LSAT testing” each week. The fact is that LSAT scores improve by practicing full-length LSAT exams. This improvement is attributable to both familiarity with the test questions and familiarity with the conditions you are being tested under!
Fourth, a background skills module in “LSAT Logic” will be integrated into the overall course. This will take place on Sundays from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is designed to teach you the background skills that will improve your ability to read and understand LSAT questions. These skills include: arguments, fallacies, conditional reasoning, quantifiers, argument forms and more. The text used for this module will be: “Introduction To Logic” by Irving Copi.
Fifth, we will pay special attention to all aspects of the law admissions process. As important as the LSAT is, it is only one part of your application file. We will learn how to apply differently to different law schools in both Canada and the U.S. Personal statements and effective letters of reference will be given special attention. The course includes my “Getting Into Law School” course on Sunday May 15 and my “Personal Statement Workshop” on Saturday June 4. In addition, I have arranged for various lawyers and law students to participate as “guest speakers” for this part of the program. The guest speakers are a wonderful dimension to the program that is included only in May of each year. Mastering The LSAT is the only complete law admissions program available. In addition, as a participant in my Mastering The LSAT program you will be invited to participate in an “early bird” session of my “Personal Statement and Law School Application Workshop” which will take place on Saturday morning June 4. In this way will provide you with guidance on how to approach the complete application process after the June LSAT!
Sixth, the course will include “cameo appearances” by a number of guest speakers. The guest speakers include: lawyers, law students, and law school admissions experts. In addition, I am once again organizing and hosting the annual “Pre-Law Forum” which will bring the admissions directors of many of Canada’s law schools together in one place to answer your questions. Although “Pre-Law Forum” is an event that is open to the “Pre-Law Community” it is organized by me.
My goal is to bring all my years of course development and teaching experience to bear in creating the most comprehensive, focused, structured and effective live LSAT course ever taught. I am not aware of any course anywhere that is as comprehensive as this one. For this reason, it is probable that I will not offer this enhanced version of the Mastering The LSAT program again until June of 2012.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the entire course, including all materials, is $999 (Canadian) which includes all course materials. This tuition fee will include everything (including a personalized writing sample evaluation). The course will be taught at St. Michael’s College on the downtown campus of the U. of T.
Unlimited access to December 1, 2011
Participants in the Mastering The LSAT course have unlimited access to any and all LSAT classes that we t each until December 1, 2011.
When can you start the program?
Official start dates
The course will officially start on each of the following three dates:
S. 1 Saturday April 23 with classes continuing on the weekends of April 30 – June 4
S. 2 Saturday April 30 with classes continuing on the weekends of May 7 – June 4
S. 3 Saturday May 7 with classes continuing on the weekends of May 14 – June 4.
S. 4 Saturday May 14 with classes continuing on the weekends of May 28 – June 4.
S. 5 Saturday May 21 – two weekend version.
“Early Bird” start dates
We will also have “Early Bird” starts throughout the winter. Many people want to start earlier to ensure that they have enough time to prepare. Remember that your primary job is to stay focused on school and achieve good grades. The purpose of the “Early Bird” start is to give you the opportunity to start with up to four LSAT seminars. These seminars are designed to assist you with the background skills that are at the root of LSAT questions. The “Early Bird” seminars include:
1. Logic Games – The Toolbox
2. Logic Games – Setups and diagramming
3. Conditional Statements and reasoning
4. How The Argument Goes
You will also be able to receive access to course materials and access to the online component of our course. We will have “Early Bird” starts for the June 6 LSAT in each of: January , February and March.
One personal counseling session
As a participant in the Mastering The LSAT program you are entitled to one private counseling session to discuss any aspect of your law school application. This must be booked sometime between April 23 and June 5.
My personal goals and expectations
I plan for “Mastering The LSAT” to be a tremendously effective course. The success of the course will result from my personal commitment to teach the best course that I can and a commitment from the students to give it a 100% effort! Your success and the success of this course will also depend on your consistent attendance and a commitment to doing the homework! I will give it my enthusiastic best, and I expect you to give it your enthusiastic best!
Come to a free sample class – Meet me before enrolling
When it comes to LSAT preparation, you have lots of options. I deliver a number of free LSAT preparation sessions on behalf of university career centers and pre-law societies. It is likely that you will find a free LSAT preparation seminar at your school.
Are you looking for a shorter course? We also offer one and two weekend courses
In addition to this course, during the months of May and June we will be offering one and two weekend programs for the June LSAT. As a participant in my “Mastering The LSAT” course you will be permitted to sit in (free of charge) on any of the sessions of our other courses for the June LSAT. You may find this useful as a refresher or for clarification of specific points. At the first session you will be given a list of dates and locations that are available.
How to register
A $100 deposit is required to reserve a seat in the course. We accept cheques (payable to “Richardson – Mastering The LSAT”) or credit card. You may wish to telephone us at 410-PREP(7737) with your credit card deposit. As a further option you may register by e-mail at email@example.com. The full tuition fee must be paid no later than the start of the first class (whatever that date may be for you).
If you are from outside the Toronto area you might be interested to know that accommodation is available at low cost on the St. Michael’s College campus. Call (416) 926-7141 for further information.
In May of 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009 and 2010 this enhanced version of Mastering The LSAT has been a tremendously exciting, stimulating, informative and effective experience! The students have been extremely enthusiastic! I look forward to a repeat in May of 2011!
Sincerely yours, John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D.
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