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What LSAT Prep Students Can Learn from Steve Jobs

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Today marks the nationwide release of the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, starring Kelso, I mean, Ashton Kutcher. So far, critics don’t think much of the movie, some of the scenes are downright cringeworthy, and the portrayal of Steve Wozniak is just awful. But, we can draw a very important lesson about LSAT prep from Jobs’s life.

I think Jobs would not have done very well on his first practice LSAT. After all, when he was diagnosed with cancer he consulted a psychic instead of getting the surgery his doctor recommended. So, I would put Jobs’s first practice LSAT score at around a 140.

However, I do think Jobs’s final LSAT score, after considerable practice (and maybe a few psychic séances), would be much higher. He’d probably end up with an LSAT score somewhere in the 160s. This is because your final LSAT score is largely determined by how well you deal with adversity, and Jobs did this very well.

The LSAT is brutal. It will throw a lot of adversity your way. After about four years of undergraduate bliss, during which many of your assignments claim that, “there are no wrong answers,” you face the LSAT and find out that there are at least 400. LSAT students who see an opportunity for improvement in every question they get wrong do better than students who merely focus on the fact that they’re not doing so well at the moment. I think Jobs would have been this kind of student.

Before hitting it big with the iPhone, Jobs was fired from Apple, the computer company he co-founded. That sounds pretty awful, but Jobs saw this as an opportunity to improve the personal computer. He founded NeXT Computer, a million dollar company that he eventually sold to Apple. So, I think Jobs would have had the correct attitude about a low practice LSAT score, and that’s much more important than the score itself.

So, you don’t have to be a genius to do well on the LSAT, you just have to be persistent and optimistic.

If you make it out to see jOBS, you might be inspired to start a computer company of your own, instead of studying for the LSAT. Stick with the LSAT. After all, we can’t all be lucky enough to meet a Steve Wozniak.

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