The History of the LSAT

The History of the LSAT

Branden & Jelena explore the LSAT’s roots and growth over time, along with some of the controversies along the way.

Show notes

Did you know the LSAT was created in part because of World War I? This test we all have to take to apply to law school goes back way farther than most of us realized.

This week, Branden & Jelena explore the LSAT’s roots and growth over time, along with some of the controversies along the way.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. When the first LSAT was administered
  2. How the LSAT was initially developed
  3. Why some law schools wanted the test to include a section on history & literature
  4. When the LSAT first faced pushback from people opposed to standardized testing
  5. Which state passed a law forcing LSAC to disclose past tests
  6. And more!

Links and Further Resources from this Episode:

More on the History of the LSAT

LSAC’s Own History Page

Merit and Diversity: The Origins of the Law School Admissions Test (Law Review Article)

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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