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Cheaters Never, Or at Least Rarely, Prosper, Even on the LSAT


I’ve had at least three people ask me via twitter if someone from Blueprint can take the LSAT for them. I generally respond with a “only if you can amputate your forefinger” but I’m a little worried that they’re serious enough that I might end up with a Van Gogh situation. Anyway, apparently this week a harried LSAT student posted an ad on Craigslist asking for someone to take the LSAT for him. Above the Law has a screenshot of the ad and their own commentary, which I recommend checking out.

In general, I don’t really have strong feelings about cheating. If there are a lot of impediments or people who want to cheat, and they still manage to do so successfully, I’d say that is a pretty strong indication of cleverness or intellect or what have you. However, I don’t work for LSAC, and I certainly don’t do the ethics reviews for the Bar. Those folks frown on cheating, and if they find out you did something so stupid as to put an ad on Craigslist, you’ll go through three years of law school and be told at the end of it that you don’t have the requisite ethical fortitude to be a lawyer. Which would be true, of course, but it would also suck.

So, I hate to belabor the point, but it’s probably a good idea not to cheat on the LSAT. First, you have to figure out some way to get past the fingerprinting they do. Then you have to figure out some way to make sure that doesn’t get noticed when you get reviewed toward the end of law school. And, perhaps more to the point, you have to figure out how to find someone who’s actually good at the LSAT and willing to do stupid things for money. Or maybe that’s not too hard.

Regardless, if you are going to cheat, don’t be an idiot.