What Is The LSAT Logic Course?

January 22, 2008

Why We Have Created The LSAT Logic Course

The LSAT is a test of:

Reading and reasoning in the context of the logical reasoning, reading comprehension and analytical reasoning question types.

The LSAT does NOT test a specific 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.

These skills which consist of:

  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)

are what the LSAT is designed to test.

Make no mistake! LSAT test takers have difficulty with these skills. (That’s what a low LSAT score represents!)

In our years of teaching LSAT courses, we have learned that, that the average test taker does NOT read 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.

Approximately Half Of LSAT Questions Are In The Logical Reasoning Format!

What Is The LSAT Logic Course?

The LSAT Logic Course is a course that has been designed as a supplement to our LSAT courses that will focus on:

  • how to read LSAT arguments, passages in reading comprehension and conditions in Logic Games quickly and accurately;
  • how to extract the meaning from a statement, argument or passage without inferring too much too little;
  • how to “reverse engineer” information into  smaller, more meaningful and more  workable  parts;
  • how to recognize how LSAT “clutters” information making that information difficult to understand and absorb;
  • how to “declutter” LSAT information quickly and accurately;
  • how to better understand (to use the words of LSAT) “How The Argument Goes”;
  • how to read LSAT answer choices (distinguishing literal information from the effect of that information);
  • how to recognize quantifiers and scope – and how they restrict what is being said;
  • how to understand and recognize the standard logical fallacies that appear on the LSAT;
  • how to determine the pattern of reasoning in LSAT arguments;
  • how to understand conditional reasoning and necessary and sufficient conditions;
  • how to make appropriate LSAT Inferences – The basic rules;
  • how to make appropriate LSAT Inferences – How much is too much? How little is too little?;
  • how to avoid inappropriate LSAT Inferences – those wrong answer choices;
  • how to understand and respond to what LSAT questions are asking you  WITHOUT becoming a slave to the over-categorization of questions

These skills will be explored in the context of Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Analytical Reasoning.

Why Is The LSAT Logic Course Separate From Our Regular LSAT Courses?

Our regular LSAT courses are taught only from actual LSAT questions. The LSAT Logic Course includes a strong “background reading and reasoning skills orientation” and will be taught from both actual LSAT questions and from a standard Logic text. This will allow us to use background analysis to help you better understand how the LSAT argument is structured. In addition, the background skills orientation of this course will allow us to focus better on exactly how arguments do and do not work. A better understanding of arguments will improve your LSAT score and help you in your day-to-day life. Information about our primary LSAT courses may be found at:

http://www.prep.com

Hence, the “LSAT Logic Course” may be used in two ways:

  1. As a stand alone course which will provide a foundation for the more effective reading and processing of actual LSAT questions; and/or
  2. As a supplement to our main LSAT Courses

http://www.prep.com/law/Toronto_lsatpreparationcourses.html

LSAT Logic Course Format

The LSAT Logic Course will be taught one night a week for five weeks. It is appropriate for those prepping for either the June or September LSAT tests.

Instructor: John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D. Author of: Mastering The LSAT and Law School Bound

Schedule:

Friday May 9 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday May 23 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday May 30 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday June 6 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday June 12 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The fee for the course is $400 plus GST for a total of $420.

The course texts which are INCLUDED in the course fee are:

  • Copi – Introduction To Logic (the classic text)
  • 10 Actual LSATs published by Law Services

Discounts for Richardson LSAT Students:

  • Richardson Mastering The LSAT (4 weekend) students FREE
  • All other Richardson LSAT Course students – $250 (GST and books included)

Non-Richardson LSAT Course Students – $420 (GST and books included)

How To Register:

You are not required to pay the course fee until the course begins. In order to register simply email:

Lsatlogic [at] gmail dot com

Include your name address and telephone number.

We look forward to meeting you at the LSAT Logic Course!

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