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LSAT Lessons from Legally Blonde (really!)

If you’ve seen the movie Legally Blonde―and ‘fess up, you totally have―you know the experience of Elle Woods isn’t the “everyman” story of getting into law school (but please let us know if sending in an admissions video from your hot tub works for you). However far-fetched the movie may be, there are a few things you can take away from it as you prepare to take the LSAT:

Lesson #1: Studying Pays Off

As you probably know, the LSAT is scored from 120 to 180. Elle Woods was able to raise her score from a 143 to a 179 just by diligently preparing. While your distractions might be more along the lines of kids or a job and not a kegger and frat parties, you can commit to studying the way Elle did and achieve the score you want as well.

Lesson #2: Have a Goal and Work Toward It

The top schools in the country typically require an LSAT score of at least 160, but most people average about 150. If the university you’re looking at only requires a 155, you don’t need to beat yourself up if you don’t get a 175. Always aim to do the very best you can, but keep in mind there are very few people who get that perfect 180.

Lesson #3: Attitude Is Everything

One thing Elle Woods had in spades is confidence and a great attitude. When someone asked if she got into Harvard law, she replied, “What, like it’s hard?” Her can-do attitude and creative approach to both the admissions process and her career made her stand out from the crowd. Maybe your extracurricular activities don’t include starring in a Ricky Martin video, but you can use the unique gifts you do have to set yourself apart from others who want the same thing.

Elle Woods LSAT quote

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