February 21, 2018

LSAT Logic Module

Hello Mr. Richardson,

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your advice, your class and especially your realistic positivity. I think these three things, plus good luck and some hard work lead me to my success in the admission process. I have been accepted to the LLB program at Ottawa and Windsor Law schools (I am wait listed for the JD/LLB at Windsor, but I am remaining positive and hopeful :-) )


Richardson – Mastering The LSAT – “LSAT Logic” Module

1. The Root Of The Problem

The LSAT is a test of reading and reasoning in context.

The LSAT does NOT test a particular set of background skills (although conditional reasoning is a concept that is at the root of many question types).

LSAT questions require you to clearly understand:

* the main point or conclusion;
* the justification or reason for the main point or conclusion; and
* how that justification bears on that main point or conclusion.

In addition, you may also be asked to recognize inferences that can or cannot be made from this information.

A high LSAT score requires competency in the following skills:

1. Reading – What is being said and why?
2. Reasoning – How does the justification bear on the conclusion?
3. Recognizing inappropriate inferences (many of which are attractive)
4. Making appropriate inferences (many of which are disguised)

The average test taker does NOT read the information in LSAT questions efficiently and accurately. (That’s why they get average scores.) This is no surprise. LSAT questions are designed to obfuscate the main point. LSAT accomplishes this in highly predictable ways.

2. Attacking The Problem At Its Root

Mastering The LSAT Includes The New “LSAT Logic” Module

The Mastering The LSAT course will develop the core skills that many LSAT test takers lack. As you progress through the Mastering The LSAT course, you will simultaneously will learn “LSAT  Logic” using the text “Introduction To Logic” by Irving Copi. Consider the following comment  from a reviewer of  this book:

“This introductory text is also recommended reading for those preparing for major placement examinations, such as the LSAT and the MCAT. Learning how to think, and recognizing typical and non-so-typical flaws in argumentation and reasoning are vital in many professions; the applications for law and medicine are fairly clear.”

3. LSAT Logic Dates and Content

The “LSAT Logic”  module  is included  and integrated into the Mastering The LSAT course.

The general topics  will include  the following:

What is an argument  (premises and conclusions)
Recognizing arguments (multiple conclusions)
Conditional reasoning and quantifiers
Fallacies in language (that conclusion doesn’t follow)
Meaning and definition
Argument forms (analogy, causal, etc.)

(Note that the order of topics is not  guaranteed and is subject to change.

The Mastering The LSAT course includes “unlimited  access” until  October 1, 2011. You may start  with the “LSAT Logic” component before  attending the rest of the classes.