LEAP Center Hosts Mock LSAT

The Center for Law, Engagement, And Politics (LEAP) and The Princeton Review recently hosted a Mock LSAT for Sam Houston State University Pre-Law Students.  The test, which takes about four hours to complete, was an actual exam used by the Law School Admission Council and was professionally scored for the students.  The scores, however, did not count as official scores and were not provided to the Law School Admissions Council.

“The purpose of the mock LSAT,” noted Mike Yawn, Director of the LEAP Center, “is to give students an idea of where they stand, assist them identifying the areas in which they need to improve, and help them feel more comfortable with the testing environment.”

More than forty students devoted their Saturday to taking the exam.  Law School has emerged as one of the more popular post-graduate pursuits on the campus of SHSU.  Since 2005, the number of students applying to law school has doubled, from approximately 60 to 120.  Even more promising, the number of students accepted to law school has almost tripled, rising from approximately 20 to the 50-60 range.

SHSU Students Take LSAT
           SHSU Students Take Mock LSAT

According to the Law School Admissions Council, SHSU is now 141st in the nation—out of 2,774 schools—at producing applicants to law schools.  SHSU recently moved ahead of Rice University, University of North Carolina, Seton Hall, and Loyola on the list.

“We’ve moved ahead rapidly,” noted Yawn.  “We have a Pre-Law minor, numerous faculty with law degrees, and dozens of law-related programs per year.  This is a great University to attend for students interested in pursuing law.”

“It was a challenging test,” observed Jessica Rodriguez, an SHSU Junior and aspiring law student. “It was the second Mock LSAT I’ve taken, and I improved, which is what I was hoping for.  I plan to take the LSAT Prep Course in the spring and take the real thing next fall.”

The Princeton Review will be offering a Prep Course on the campus of SHSU in the spring of 2014, the only such offering in Huntsville over the next year.  For more information on the test, contact Mike Yawn at (936) 294-1456 or at mike.yawn@shsu.edu.


Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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