Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

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Salvelinus

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Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

Post by Salvelinus » Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:46 pm

Folks who have taken at even one Government, Political Science, undergrad Law, Philosophy or Social Sciences class, or read a few books on these: doesn't at bother you that this type of content knowledge is barely tested by (on) the LSAT ?

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Re: Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

Post by nixy » Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:09 pm

No.

What does that have to do with educational standards for kindergarden through high school?

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Re: Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

Post by NoLongerALurker » Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:57 pm

The last thing law schools need is more government/poli sci majors who think they’re hot shit because they also at one point in their sophomore political theory class read an excerpt of Aristotle once.

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Re: Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

Post by cavalier1138 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:42 pm

How would knowing those subjects help, for example, a criminal defense attorney? Or corporate in-house counsel?

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Re: Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

Post by LookingGood » Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:56 am

No, it doesn't bother me at all. I'd prefer candidates to be evaluated based on aptitude, not knowledge. Seems to me keeping the test aptitude-based levels the playing field in that regard and provides a more accurate basis for comparison.

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Re: Who else thinks the LSAT should include some content area knowledge?

Post by apple22 » Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:28 pm

I mean, I majored in philosophy and I think I had a leg up on other test takers because I had taken formal logic classes.

Also, law schools like having a variety of different majors and if there was content knowledge STEM folks might be less apt to take the test, when they are actually in demand for patent/IP stuff. So it makes sense to me not to require content-based knowledge. The LSAT is really just supposed to be testing your brain's ability to reason and make arguments.

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