Is The LSAT Writing Sample Important?
This week’s podcast discusses the writing sample section of the LSAT. Our guests are Eva Lana, President and CEO of Binary Solution Test Preparation, and Andrew Brody, National Content Director for LSAT programs at The Princeton Review.
Our first guest, Eva Lana, says the writing sample of the LSAT, though not scored, is important because it is sent to the schools to which you are applying. She also suggests that some schools may use the sample as part of the admission process. Lana goes on to say that, when preparing for the section, reading samples and writing practice essays can be beneficial, and suggests that students develop a strategy of how they will answer the writing sample prompt questions in order to understand how to best organize their approach.
Andrew Brody suggests that students shouldn’t worry too much about this section because they will likely obtain or hone the skills needed for the writing sample during the course of their LSAT preparation. He also says that when students are developing their argument for the writing sample, they should strive to be fair-minded and consider both sides of the argument. Along with these suggestions, Brody underlines the importance of not letting a sample stand out for the wrong reasons (and tells us what those reasons are), and talks about how students should strive come into the LSAT understanding the basic structure of how they will approach the sample.