What exactly does the LSAT test, and is it a fair measure of someone's aptitude for the study of law or potential for success in the legal profession? In order to answer these questions, I attended a two-day LSAT prep course as the guest of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. It's been over 30 years since I took the LSAT, and I honestly didn't spend enough time preparing for it. Now that I advise F&M students who are considering law as a profession, I figured it was time to reacquaint myself with an exam that is the only common attribute for all law school applicants.
“Is this a good time to go to law school?” This is the question I posed to Prof. Ben Barros, a professor at Widener Law School, when he was at F&M on Tuesday to teach his first day of property law – often the very first day of class for first-year law students. His answer: “This is the BEST time to go to law school – for someone who really wants to be a lawyer - in 30 years. Applications are down nationwide, and it’s likely that in three years, the economy will be stronger.”
As with battle over the value of higher education that I discussed in my previous blog post (and which resurfaced this weekend in the New York Times in an article misleading and worthy of critique in its own right), critics and advocates alike have taken to the newspapers and blogosphere to make their case regarding the value (economic or otherwise) of law school and a legal education.