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Rewind is the eighth episode of the second season of Suits and the 20th overall. It first aired on August 9, 2012.

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  • 3.2 Recurring Cast
  • 3.3 Guest Cast
  • 4.1 Flashbacks
  • 4.2 Present Day
  • 5.1 Flashbacks
  • 5.2 Present Day

With the continuing upheaval at the firm, Mike and Harvey reflect back on how their past decisions have influenced their present situation.

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  • Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter
  • Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross
  • Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt
  • Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane
  • Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen
  • Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson

Recurring Cast

  • David Costabile as Daniel Hardman
  • Rebecca Schull as Edith Ross
  • Tom Lipinski as Trevor Evans
  • Vanessa Ray as Jenny Griffith
  • Jacinda Barrett as Zoe Lawford
  • Gina Holden as Monica Eton
  • Laura Miyata as Nikki Sordel
  • Russell Bennett as Bob
  • A. Frank Ruffo as Gardener
  • Dave McMullan as Maintenance Man

Major/Highlighted Events

  • Harvey 's father calls, although Harvey is too busy to answer and decides to call back later. Donna tells Harvey that his father keeps asking when he would be promoted to partner. Harvey is then notified by Jessica that someone from their firm is stealing from them, and she wants him to discreetly identify the culprit. Harvey asks her to promote him to partner if he comes through, and Jessica agrees.
  • Monica Eton , a senior associate at Pearson Hardman , is sexually harassed by Louis Litt , the firm's newest junior partner. She befriends Rachel Zane , a 22 year old paralegal who has just begun working at the firm three months prior. Rachel tells Monica that there are laws to protect her from sexual harassment, but Monica declares that the day she needs the law to protect her from Louis is the day she stops being a lawyer.
  • Harvey convinces his friend, fellow senior associate Zoe Lawford , to give him access to her laptop and leave her office for a few minutes as he wishes to find out who is stealing money from their client's escrow accounts. Harvey follows the money and it leads him to Louis. However, when Jessica confronts Louis, she realizes it is not him and scolds Harvey for giving her the wrong name.
  • Donna befriends Rachel, who lets slip that Monica goes out for a long lunch every Tuesday. Having overheard from Harvey's intercom that Hardman takes long lunches on Tuesday too, Donna suspects the money is being used on an extramarital affair and alerts Harvey. Harvey shows up to the hotel and catches Hardman and Monica in their room, and blackmails Hardman into signing a letter that declares he would be stepping down, naming Jessica as his successor.
  • Monica is fired by Jessica; despite Monica stating that she did not know about the embezzled money, Jessica tells her that the paid trips to Mexico, France and Hong Kong were expensive and that no jury would believe she did not know. Despite her threats for filing a wrongful termination suit, Jessica tells her that she cannot have an employee she can't trust, and further humiliates her by telling Monica to hand her resignation letter over to Louis.
  • With Hardman's departure, Jessica takes over his office and promotes Harvey from senior associate to junior partner, granting Harvey her old office.
  • Donna informs Harvey that his father has passed away of a heart attack.
  • Upon realizing that Harvey went to work ousting Hardman and getting promoted rather than mourning his father, Zoe decides to quit being a lawyer, citing that the livelihood of being an attorney at the firm is responsible.
  • After being recommended by Nikki to three of her friends, Mike then decides to go into the LSAT business while Trevor decides to embark in drug dealing.

Present Day

  • Harvey takes a day off from work to visit his father's grave for his fifth year death anniversary.
  • Mike is tasked by Harvey to give Monica Eton a lawsuit, citing that Pearson Hardman is willing to make amends for the past by representing her in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed towards Hardman. However, the entire ploy was so that Louis, whom Harvey knew ate lunch at the same restaurant as Monica, would notify Hardman, who in turn would lash out at Jessica, which prompts Jessica to openly scold Mike in the firm, and with the final piece being Mike broadcasting Hardman and Eton's affair to the firm in order to remove some of the partner's support for Hardman.
  • After agreeing to oust Hardman once more, Harvey informs Jessica that he will be hiring Donna back to the firm.

Cultural References

  • The New England Patriots and the New York Knicks are mentioned.
  • Jenny quotes the movie as well, referring to Mike as Lt. Weinberg, and then tells Mike that he doesn't want the truth, with the two of them quoting the "You need me on that wall" speech.
  • Donna refers to the partner embezzling money as "The Embezzler", causing Harvey to respond that the thief isn't a Batman villain.
  • Louis mentions Amadeus .
  • Trevor guesses a fellow barhop's favorite movie as Grease , only for him and Mike to rectify it as Grease 2 .
  • Mike refers to a barhop as " Rico Suave ".
  • Jenny mentions " Moby Dick " and " Curious George " while Nikki mentions " Old Man and the Sea ".
  • Louis mentions his MySpace profile as well as William Shakespeare .
  • Harvey mentions Scottie Pippen .
  • When Harvey tells Mike that he is not going to work today, Mike asks if it's like a "Harvey Specter's Day Off" thing, and asks if he should call Ed Rooney to get Sloane out of school, a reference to the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off . Harvey retorts that he does not have time for movie references today, prompting Mike to reply: "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while.", quoting Ferris Bueller himself.
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  • This is the first episode of the series to have flashbacks.
  • The flashbacks are confirmed to be "five years ago" in 2007, making the present day 2012.
  • Mike is shown to have worked as a bike messenger in the past.
  • Louis admits that he has transcribed every one of Shakespeare's works and charged Coastal Motors for it under the guise of legal paperwork, and that he also raids Harvey's liquor regularly on top of stealing raspberry bran bars from the kitchen.
  • Rachel is revealed to be 22 in the flashback, making her 27 in the present day.
  • Mike reveals that he received a score of 1590 on his SATs.
  • Rachel's father, Robert Zane is mentioned for the first time, revealing that he is a lawyer who works at Rand, Kaldor & Zane .

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  • In Defense of <i>Suits</i>

In Defense of Suits

D o you want to watch something smart or brainless? That seems to be the choice these days. HBO churns out dramas like White Lotus and Succession that will make you think, but you don't always want to contemplate class warfare on a weeknight. Alternatively, there's the ever-growing glut of reality television on Netflix that is made so cheaply and quickly you'll feel as if you're losing brain cells by just clicking on the preview. This is the state of TV—especially during the summer doldrums—and with no end in sight for either the writers' and actors' strikes , we could be in for a paltry fall as well.

And yet on many streaming services, the most-watched shows are the few dramedies that fall somewhere on the spectrum between mindless and mindful. They often hail from a bygone era and usually offer viewers dozens, if not hundreds, of episodes. Streamers like Netflix, Amazon, and Peacock often get into bidding wars over content produced well over a decade ago in hopes that a new audience will rediscover the pleasures of older TV.

The latest example is Suits , which originally premiered on the USA Network in 2011. The show has been previously available on Peacock, but reached new heights when it dropped on Netflix on June 17. The series—best known for launching the career of former-royal Meghan Markle —has broken several streaming records with 12.8 billion minutes viewed across Netflix and Peacock in the last four weeks. It's the most watched title ever acquired by a streaming service, according to Nielsen. (In a coup for Peacock, the ninth and final season is available exclusively on that streamer.)

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Critics and industry analysts have offered many theories as to why Suits is so successful: Casual royals watchers are seeing Markle's photo pop up on their Netflix app and clicking out of curiosity; Netflix dropped eight seasons of the show at once, the perfect way to fill long summer days; it's the "Netflix effect" in action , boosting once-ignored series like You and Breaking Bad by making them accessible.

But these stories largely dismiss Suits as a forgettable show riding on Markle's fashionable coattails. I would argue Suits is actually pretty good, the kind of middlebrow TV networks don't make anymore. Is it going to win a ton of Emmys or make you think deeply? Definitely not. But it's also not mind-numbing dreck. It's the perfect background show. Not only does it run for nearly 84 hours, but it strikes the perfect balance between drama and predictability.

It falls into a category I call the "ludicrous procedural." It can be at once utterly thrilling and totally mundane. It's exactly the kind of show Netflix needs.

What is the ludicrous procedural?

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You're sick of debating what to watch with your partner or roommates every night. You need a go-to weeknight show to flip on while cooking dinner or folding laundry. Let's say you want to binge something lighter than prestige TV shows like The Wire and The Sopranos but heftier than Selling Sunset . You're craving plot, but not one you have to track too carefully.

Classic sitcoms like Friends or The Office can provide weeks or months' worth of bingeing material, but at a certain point they feel too formulaic. There are no surprises. By definition, sitcom characters do not evolve or mature too much or the show will have to end. Ross and Rachel will never be done with each other, and Dwight will never stop making awkward comments about beets.

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A procedural might be up your alley: Predictable but with the occasional twist. Shows like Law & Order: SVU or ER offer an absurd number of episodes, but they're so intense and will wear you down. And you actually have to pay attention to something more concerned with the state of the world, like The Good Wife or The West Wing , in order to keep track of the political and romantic relationships and how it all factors into season-long arcs.

Suits hits a sweet spot. The plots are silly, but never dumb. The dialogue may make you roll your eyes, but it's clever just often enough. You can look down at your computer to answer emails for a 40-minute span, look back up again, and you haven't missed anything particularly significant. And yet something dramatic and entertaining is happening.

It's the same reason that Grey's Anatomy has proven so popular for 19 seasons. Everything is extremely high stakes—literally life or death—at Seattle Grace Hospital, and yet it's not so serious. At one point Katherine Heigl's character talked to a ghost. (Fun fact: Heigl eventually replaced Markle on Suits after the latter left to marry Prince Harry.)

Netflix often touts the notion that it wants to make "gourmet cheeseburger" shows that are both premium and commercial at the same time. I suspect that when Netflix executives make that argument, they have something like Suits in mind.

The insane Suits premise is part of its appeal

still from season 5 of Suits showing Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, and Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson

The premise of Suits , if you stop to think about it, is bonkers. The pilot episode—which for reasons that I cannot possibly fathom clocks in at 90 minutes—introduces us to Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), an orphan with a perfect memory. Despite being a genius, he was kicked out of college after doing a favor for his deadbeat friend. Mike makes a living taking the LSAT for other people in exchange for cash. The aforementioned wastrel friend, now a drug dealer, asks Mike to do him a favor: Deliver a briefcase of pot to a hotel room.

Mike deploys his immense powers of observation to suss out that his buyers are actually cops and runs into a a suite where a law firm is conducting interviews to evade capture. There he meets Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a cocky lawyer who wears really, really nice suits. Harvey, charmed that Mike can recite case law by heart and unperturbed by the fact that Mike's suitcase pops open, spilling weed on the floor, hires him. This is an insane decision because 1) Mike didn't go to law school at all and 2) this particular law firm only hires lawyers who went, specifically, to Harvard Law School. (This policy proves very strange to anyone who takes a peek at law school rankings . But the writers get to spend the next nine years cracking a lot of Harvard jokes.)

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Mike will be thrown in jail and Harvey will be disbarred if Mike's secret is ever discovered. On his first day, Mike meets a paralegal named Rachel Zane (Markle!). They flirt, and he learns that she is incredibly smart and desperately wants to be a lawyer, but is terrible at taking tests. She can't get a good score on the LSAT. You can probably guess where that plot is headed.

Every dozen or so episodes, someone new finds out Mike is not a real lawyer and needs to be bribed, blackmailed, or brought into the cabal of secret-keepers for this mediocre white man who happens to have a photographic memory. Is it believable? No. Does it conveniently provide a fail-safe plot device to stir up intrigue at the end of a season? Absolutely.

The comfort of the procedural

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Once you get into the groove of the show, you quickly learn the beats. It's a buddy comedy: Harvey teaches Mike how to be a closer, and Mike teaches Harvey to exercise his long-buried empathy. It's a procedural: Each episode, a lawyer takes a case they think will be easy, but—surprise—there's some major roadblock that they'll overcome by the end of the episode. And it's a soap: One of the lawyers is always sleeping with someone ill-advised like a client or an opposing attorney or a paralegal.

Even by the standards of a workplace drama, the firm of Pearson Hardman is highly chaotic. It changes its name every few episodes as various attorneys backstab and blackmail to obtain the status of name partner, which frankly seems like a massive marketing problem. But the show's bloat is the point. In an era of slim seasons with just a handful of episodes, the endless ups and downs of one cast of characters has an undeniable appeal. Even if the revelations are usually predictable, there's a certain dopamine hit that comes with correctly guessing how Mike and Harvey will squirm out of a particular jam. Surprises are welcome, but only on occasion. Sometimes TV tries to twist itself in knots trying to spring the unexpected on its audience— just ask Game of Thrones .

Just enough prestige touches

still from season 3 of Suits showing Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross, and Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt

Suits is not prestige TV. But it does borrow elements from that golden era of television.

As Matt Zoller Seitz once pointed out in his review in Vulture , "There are no dumb or weak characters, just smart sharks." Harvey's secretary Donna (Sarah Rafferty) is whip-smart. The managing partner of the firm (Gina Torres) never has the wool pulled over her eyes. Even the jealous and socially awkward character of Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), a sometimes-antagonist-sometimes-hapless-sidekick to Harvey, is a whiz at tax law.

One-liners are the show's bread and butter. “We’re like two fingers of the same hand,” Louis tells Harvey in a bid for peace over dinner one night. “As long as I’m the index,” Harvey shoots back. Like the rest of the show, the banter lends itself to half-listening.

It also helps that Suits looks good. Every time you do glance at the screen, you'll be greeted by beautiful people in immaculately tailored suits strutting through a perfectly appointed midcentury modern office. Yet the show somehow manages to add depth to its seemingly surface sartorial choices. Mike's wardrobe gradually becomes more expensive and fitted as he insinuates himself into the world of white-shoe law firms and changes slightly during his brief stint as an investment banker. At one point, Donna susses out Louis' secret promotion after she remembers he bragged years ago he'd wear a certain Brioni suit after making senior partner.

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Every few episodes, you'll also find yourself pointing at the screen, like Leo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , at the sudden appearance of a famous person. Justified' s Margo Martindale, Game of Thrones' Conleth Hill, and The Wire' s Wendell Pierce (recurring every few episodes as Rachel's father) capture and hold your attention just when you were getting bored with the usual cast. (In a curious yet charming script choice, the pop culture-obsessed Mike often quotes The Wire when Pierce's character is out of the room.)

In his review, Seitz points out major overlaps with a much more lauded workplace drama of the same era: Mad Men . The two shows often shared directors. And they are actually interested in a lot of the same office politics, from complicated gender and race dynamics to the corrupting power of wealth. But while Mad Men left viewers feeling exhausted (if philosophically fulfilled), Suits always left its audience with a big smile. Nowadays, bingeing Mad Men feels like a project. Bingeing Suits feels like a diversion.

What we lost when we lost "blue sky" shows

still from season 3 of Suits showing Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter and Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross

They don't make them like this anymore. But why not? The devolution of the USA Network, where Suits first aired, tells the story of a flailing medium.

The network was once moderately successful in terms of its pop culture footprint. Monk was its biggest hit. But even the lesser-watched shows like Suits , Psych , Burn Notice and Royal Pains were, for me at least, a staple of childhood boredom. The New York Times once wrote that the cheery network "seems to have a mandate to uplift the national mood, to appeal to the fantasy of second chances and second opportunities." A Harvard fraud gets to practice law in New York; a fake psychic ingratiates himself with the Santa Barbara police by solving mysteries; a disavowed spy goes freelance in Miami to fight mobsters and con artists; and a doctor wrongfully blamed for the death of a patient reinvents himself as a concierge doctor in the Hamptons.

The locales were usually beachy: Even Suits' New York manages to hide the Big Apple's drearier streets—probably because it was filmed in Toronto. Inevitably, these hucksters and screw-ups used their particular talents to help the needy.

USA Network pivoted away from its "blue skies" programming in the 2010s when the rise of series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black at Netflix challenged traditional networks to enter the prestige TV race. For several years, USA Network pursued awards—or at least internet chatter— with grittier series like Mr. Robot , The Sinner , and Dirty John .

With the exception of Mr. Robot , which did get a few nominations and launched Rami Malek's career, USA failed to compete with the increasingly dominant streamers in the prestige space. It no longer makes original series. The NBC Universal subsidiary airs mostly reruns and reality TV, essentially killed off by the likes of Netflix, Disney+, and NBC's own streaming service Peacock.

Counterintuitively, the death of networks like USA is bad news for Netflix, who has relied on network TV shows like Suits , Manifest , and You to boost its viewership numbers. Netflix has been trying to build up its own library of bingeworthy content. But its most-watched series, like The Crown or Stranger Things , cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make and could never produce nearly enough episodes to fulfill viewers' insatiable appetite. While newer (and slightly cheaper) Netflix originals like The Night Agent or The Diplomat have aspirations to become the mid-tier dramas that people will binge for weeks on end, the streamer simply doesn't have a robust enough library to keep up with demand.

As long as there are lulls in television programming, some old and seemingly unexpected series will find new life on these streamers. Eventually TV creators may learn the lesson. We don't want dumb shows and smart shows. We want shows that are just smart enough.

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  • Jan 7, 2014

Three Things I Learnt from Suits

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I became a massive fan of Suits when I was still in high school. Fast forward a year, I was recommending it to all my law school friends and watching as each of them became hooked. There is something about watching Harvey Specter that gives law students motivation and the hope that one day they will be replicating his badass approach to practising law.

Suits also teaches us law students much more than simply how to be cool and suave when your back is against the wall. Here are three things I’ve learnt from Suits…


You can overcome failure

When we first meet Rachel Zane, she is a paralegal who is far more talented than the associates in terms of legal expertise, but is limited to her position due to her poor test-taking ability. With Mike's help, Rachel identifies the factors behind her past exam performance and is able to finally succeed in obtaining an LSAT score to allow her to attend law school, proving that you can overcome failure.

Throughout your studies, it is easy to be disheartened if you receive a low mark . However, like Rachel, if you learn from your mistakes and work hard to rectify them, a bad assessment or exam result needn’t stop you from getting where you want to be.

Having a photographic memory isn't the solution to everything

While staring at an endless pile of readings and trying to memorise cases for a closed-book exam, I would dream of the easy life I would have if I had a photographic memory. Surely it would provide an easy path to top marks and a successful legal career.

Although Mike Ross’ amazing memory is irrefutably useful, Suits shows that his accomplishments are really a testament to his hard work and dedication. He still spends hours sifting through countless precedents and analysing contracts for potential loopholes. So next time you lament your average memory, remember that it is hard work that is key to a legal career.

Passion is key

Although Harvey may be our muse before a mooting competition, his love of winning is contrasted with Louis' love for law. From his tenacious desire to be promoted to senior partner, to his covert attachment to the associates, Louis is irrefutably the most passionate of his colleagues.

So when you forget why you are studying law, remember Louis Litt. You might not be enjoying all of your law subjects, but if you can find something where your passion rivals Louis' dedication to corporate finance, then you have truly won in life.

So the next time you are facing a hurdle at law school, I recommend watching an episode of Suits – it may just give you the inspiration and enlightenment you need.

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Applicants to the 10 highest-ranked schools should aim for an LSAT score of 170 or higher, experts say.

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A perfect or near-perfect LSAT score dramatically raises someone's odds of admission into the most prestigious law schools.

Aspiring attorneys who are wondering what their target score should be for the Law School Admission Test, commonly known as the LSAT , should start by looking at admission statistics for the J.D. programs they are interested in, experts suggest.

"As far as an LSAT score to aim for in order to be competitive for admission to law school, it really does depend on the particular school and how competitive it is," Kellye Testy, president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council – the nonprofit organization that administers the LSAT – wrote in email.

Anyone who successfully completes the LSAT receives a score between 120 and 180. "In general, scores in the high 160s and 170s are usually considered very competitive," she says.

Testy advises J.D. hopefuls to look up the 25th-to-75th-percentile LSAT score range and median LSAT score for each law school on their short list so they can get a sense of the score that is usually required for admission to that school.

According to the LSAC, the average LSAT score during the 2019-2020 testing year was 151.88, while the average score for 2018-2019 was slightly lower: 150.99.

Law school admissions experts say the minimum LSAT score applicants should strive for is 150, assuming they would be satisfied with acceptance at any accredited law school. However, if the applicant wants to enroll in a J.D. program that ranks among the top 25 in the U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings , the target should be a score of 160 or better. If an applicant hopes to get into a top-10 program, he or she should aim for an LSAT score of 170 or more, experts suggest.

Will Haynes, a former test prep tutor manager for The Princeton Review, says LSAT test-takers should consider not only their raw score, but also their percentile rank – meaning the percentage of test-takers they outperformed on the test. For instance, a 50th percentile score would be a score that was better than that of 50 percent of all test-takers.

"People often get hung up on the exact score, but they should also consider their percentile rank," Haynes wrote in an email. "This looks at how test takers compare to each other."

At the most selective law schools, a merely good LSAT score may be insufficient, according to some experts.

"Law school admissions is the most numbers-driven admissions process of all graduate programs," Daniel Lee, a co-founder of Solomon Admissions Consulting, wrote in an email. "There is an enormous difference in law school acceptance outcomes given two applicants with the same GPA and one who has a 170 LSAT and the other who has a 180 LSAT."

A perfect or near-perfect LSAT score dramatically raises someone's odds of admission into the most prestigious law schools, Lee emphasizes.

"The LSAT, unlike the SAT, is not a test where 'all scores in the 99th percentile are created equal,'" he says. "On the SAT, there is very little difference in college admissions outcomes between a student who scores a 1580 and one who scores a 1590. On the LSAT, each point above the 99th percentile that a student scores increases their odds at top law schools."

Law school admissions officers may consider how many times a J.D. hopeful has taken the LSAT, Lee warns. "An applicant who only takes the LSAT once and scores a 172 is much more impressive than an applicant who scores 163 on the first attempt and 172 on the second attempt, so it still colors the perception of the applicant," he suggests.

Nikki Geula, founder of Arete Educational Consulting, says the logic games portion of the LSAT , – a section many students struggle with – can be addressed through solid test prep. "Logic games can really be mastered," Geula says. "It's really just knowing how to set them up and having a strategy for all the types of games that are on the test."

Geula says she does not think every J.D. applicant needs an LSAT test prep tutor. J.D. hopefuls who want to go to a law school that accepts both the LSAT and the GRE, such as Harvard Law School , should consider taking the GRE instead of the LSAT, she says.

"If the LSAT is not your cup of tea and you're aiming for a school like Harvard, you may want to think about the GRE," Geula says.

Geula says law school applicants should not delay applying to law school simply because their LSAT score is a point or two below the median at that school.

"Law school is a rolling process for many schools, so the sooner you get your application in, the better off you are," Geula says. "So, you're better off with your 168 or 169 applying as soon as applications even open than you are applying right before the deadline with a 170."

"So there's more to this ... to the game of getting into law school than simply your score," she says.

Lee, however, recommends that law school applicants with a slightly subpar LSAT score study more and wait to apply until the next year so that they have ample time to improve their score .

"Law school applicants who are serious about working at a big law firm or in clerking for a federal judge should absolutely wait a year to apply to law school if their LSAT score is a point or two below the median at their top choice," Lee says. "One or two LSAT points is the difference between attending a regional law school versus a national top 14 law school, the latter opening up tremendous opportunities to work at large law firms and to clerk for federal judges."

Experts say most law schools have a holistic review process, meaning that in addition to standardized test scores, they also consider resumes , transcripts and personal statements .

"Sadly, someone can't simply score high on the LSAT and expect a direct acceptance into the best law schools; the rest of the application absolutely matters," Haynes says.

Nevertheless, many experts say that the LSAT is the most important aspect of a law school application and the biggest factor in J.D. admission decisions.

"The top law schools weight the LSAT more heavily than GPA," Lee says.

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What Happened to All the Cool Lawyers on TV?

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  • May 01, 2017
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On television, not very long ago, there was Ally McBeal . On that show, Calista Flockhart captured the 90s zeitgest by navigating her 20s in a zany Boston law firm with a unisex bathroom, all while wearing high-hemmed business suits and dating Robert Downey, Jr. Before her, there was Arnie Becker and Michael Kuzak and Doug Brackman of L.A. Law ’s elite firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney, and Kuzak, who slept with clients after having them sign legal documents, discussed an apparently mythical sexual position called the “Venus Flytrap,” and gallivanted around a sunny Los Angeles with Reagan-era excess. Before them, there was Perry Mason , where Raymond Burr played a immaculately-coifed criminal defense attorney with the remarkable fortuity to not only represent exclusively innocent clients, but to be able to use logic, evidence, and a steely courtroom demeanor to break down the actual perpetrator on the stand.

The “cool” lawyer—whip smart, relatively young, attractive, and improbably successful in winning cases—used to be practically a stock character on television. Nearly every network had a legal show, and nearly every legal show had the character that made being an attorney look like one of the coolest things you could do. There was the follicly-gifted Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen on The O.C. There was Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn on The West Wing . James Spader as Alan Shore on Boston Legal . A veritable army of prosecutors on the Law & Order franchise . These shows may have taken a few liberties in depicting a work of a lawyer, but the characters made the job look fun and aspirational.

But now, these lawyers have all but vanished from television. It’s not exactly a surprising development; TV cycles come and go. But this time, the disappearance of the “cool” lawyer character type has corresponded with an era when young graduates don’t necessarily consider legal careers with the same starry-eyed reverence they once did . So it’s worth asking why that is, and if the disappearance of this once ubiquitous character had anything to do with that.


When you look to attorneys currently on television, you have to start with Better Call Saul , currently airing its third season on AMC. On that show, Bob Odenkirk depicts the slow moral degradation of Jimmy McGill, a former two-bit con man trying to straighten his act and make it in the legal world. Of course, everyone watching this show knows where this story ends. Better Call Saul is a prequel to the massively-popular Breaking Bad , where Odenkirk played the beloved character Saul Goodman, the alias McGill adopts to take an “unscrupulous” approach to the law.

The way Saul depicts the legal profession is actually fairly realistic. A season two episode features a lengthy (and, for what it’s worth, beautifully shot) montage of a character methodically working through a Rolodex to find a new client for her law firm. No one will accuse Saul of taking the poetic license with the legal profession its predecessors did. But this accurate depiction of legal work, along with a protagonist who, at his very best, takes a very shady approach to his work, isn’t exactly making the legal profession look cool the same way these older shows did. In other words, it’s hard to imagine Saul inspiring recent grads to take the leap into the life of an attorney.


And that seems to be the death knell for the “cool” lawyer trope. Once upon a time, if a TV writer wanted to make a character seem smart, witty, and iconoclastic, making them an attorney was an obvious move. Now, making them a tech visionary is an even more obvious move. Obviously, the stagnation in law school applications is due to a multitude of factors. But it’s no secret that pop culture influences people’s, especially young people’s, attitudes and perceptions. And with the disappearance of the charismatic attorneys from the television screen has to play at least some small role in the legal profession’s relative loss of cachet.

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LSAT Scoring

Your LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly — your “raw score.” All test questions are weighted exactly the same. The total number of questions you get right is what matters for your score, not which particular questions you get right or wrong. There is no deduction for incorrect answers.

To make it easier to compare scores earned across different LSAT administrations, your “raw score” is converted to an LSAT scale. This is the score you receive in your score report. The LSAT scale ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 being the highest possible score.

Your LSAT Score Report

Your LSAT Score Report includes:

  • Your current score .
  • Results of all reportable tests — up to 12 —  including absences and cancellations for standard LSAT takers and cancellations only for LSAT-Flex takers due to the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. An LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) result is reportable for up to five testing years after the testing year in which the score is earned. For information about how many times a test taker may sit for the LSAT, please see Limits on Repeating the LSAT . LSAT testing years run from July 1 through June 30.
  • Your percentile rank , which reflects the percentage of test takers whose scores were lower than yours during the previous three testing years. A percentile rank is reported for each of your scores. Note that percentiles for all reported scores will be updated every year by the end of July.
  • Your score band .

Frequently Asked Questions

When will i get my score.

All test takers will receive their scores on the score release date associated with their test date, provided they have an approved LSAT Writing sample on file and do not have any holds on their account. Your LSAT score will be posted to the LSAT Status page of your LSAC account .  You will receive an email when your score is available.

All test takers must have a completed LSAT Writing  sample on file in order to see their score or have their score released to law schools. Test takers can complete their LSAT Writing as early as eight (8) days prior to the multiple-choice test. 

How do I sign up for LSAT Score Preview?

LSAT Score Preview  is available to test takers who wish to see their score before deciding whether to keep it as part of their LSAC file and report it to schools. Score Preview will cost $45 if you sign up prior to the first day of testing for a given test administration, or $75 if you sign up after testing has concluded. 

Test takers who sign up for Score Preview will receive their scores at the same time as other test takers (assuming they have an approved  LSAT Writing  sample on file and have no holds on their accounts), and will have six (6) calendar days from the date their score is released to decide if they want to cancel or keep their score. If they take no action, their scores will be added to their LSAC file and released to schools at the end of the six-day period. 

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Can I cancel my LSAT score?

Yes. Should you decide to cancel your LSAT score, you must do so within six (6) calendar days of your test date. You can cancel your score through your LSAC online account or by contacting LSAC directly at  [email protected]  or  215.968.1001 . Please note that this six-day deadline does not apply for test takers who have purchased  LSAT Score Preview . 

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Who receives my score report?

Your score is released only to you and the law schools to which you have applied .

During the registration process, you can request that your score also be released to other law schools (as well as agencies or individuals working on the law schools’ behalf and other eligible programs related to legal education) through the Candidate Referral Service .

You can also have your score released to the prelaw advisor at your undergraduate school. (Receiving LSAT scores enables prelaw advisors to improve their advising, both to you and to other students and alumni of your college.)

Your score will not be released to any other person (including a parent, spouse, friend, etc.).

Scores for the LSAT-Flex (a test with three scored sections and no unscored variable section) will have an annotation that the test was administered in the online, remotely proctored format developed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic during the period May 2020 through June 2021.

How long can I use my LSAT score for applying to law school?

All of your 12 most recent LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) results will be reported to the law schools to which you apply if earned in the current testing year or if earned in the prior five testing years. (Note that LSAT results include scores, cancellations, and absences. LSAT-Flex results include only scores and cancellations, due to the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.)  Beginning with the 2021-2022 testing year, LSAT testing years run from July through June.  For information about how many times a test taker may sit for the LSAT, please see  Limits on Repeating the LSAT .

For example, if you apply to a law school in January 2024, any LSAT scores you earn in the July 2023-June 2024 testing year will be reported. Any scores you earned during the following testing years will also be reported:

  • July 2022-June 2023
  • July 2021-June 2022
  • June 2020-June 2021
  • June 2019-May 2020
  • June 2018-May 2019

If you took the LSAT in June 2018 , you could use this score to apply to law school through June 2024. Results from LSATs prior to June 2018 will not be reported.

I believe there is an error in my LSAT score. What can I do?

LSAC routinely conducts multiple procedures to ensure the accuracy of all test response data before scores are released. Because we go to these great lengths as part of our normal processes, the possibility of finding any scoring errors on computerized tests is extremely small. 

However, in response to requests from test takers, LSAC is providing an optional Score Audit service. This service costs $150 (or $75 if you’ve been preapproved for a fee waiver which is noted on your LSAC account). You may request a score audit after you have received your LSAT score. If the score audit results in a score that is different from the original score —  higher or lower  — the result will be emailed to you and will be reflected in the CAS reports that are transmitted to the law schools to which you apply.  

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LSAT scores can range from a low of 120 to a perfect score of 180. The average LSAT score is between 150 and 151, but most students accepted to top law schools receive a score well over 160.

The exam consists of four scored sections (one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections) and one unscored, experimental section. A separate writing section, taken remotely within a year of registering for the LSAT, is also required but not scored.

Each administration of the LSAT exam consists of a total of approximately 100 questions, and every question answered correctly accounts for one point of your raw score. The raw score, which can range from 0 to 100, is converted into a scaled score ranging from 120 (lowest) to 180 (highest). Raw scores of 96 and above translate to scaled scores of 175 to 180. Note that points are given for correct responses, but are not deducted for incorrect answers. Differences in scaled and percentile scores for different test administrations are based on adjustments made for variations in exam difficulty.

When you receive your LSAT score report, it will include a percentile rank . This percentile rank tells you how you compare to other applicants who took the LSAT test at the same time. It’s also a good way to gauge how competitive you are for different law schools. For example, if your percentile rank is 70% for the October LSAT exam, that means that you scored equal to or higher than 70% of test-takers, and the same or lower than 30% of test-takers who sat for the October test.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) releases LSAT score data for all tests administered during a three year period. The table represents the most current data with percentile ranks for all test administrations between June 2016 and February 2019.

The overall LSAT percentile ranking is useful for noting how your score for a specific exam compares to other applicants who sat for the same exam. However, law schools are more interested in your numerical score. The table below provides the score ranges for students accepted to top 20 law schools.

The data in the table below represents the 2018 LSAT score ranges for 20 top law schools . The percentiles represent the range of LSAT scores of students who were admitted to each school.

To understand the data, remember the following:

  • 25% of admitted students scored at or below the 25th percentile score. That means 75% of admitted students got a higher score. If your score is below a certain school's 25th percentile score, your chances of admission to that school are not high.
  • 50% of admitted students scored at or below the 50th percentile score (the median). That means half of the admitted students got a higher score.
  • 75% of students scored at or below the 75th percentile score. That means 25% of admitted students got a higher score. If your score is in the 75th percentile or higher for a particular school, your odds of admission are favorable.

Note that this data is specific to each school, unlike the LSAC data which is for all students who took the LSAT in a given year or years.

The Truth About LSAT Cutoff Scores

Most law schools do not have minimum cutoff LSAT scores. The Law School Admission Council strongly discourages LSAT cutoff scores, unless the minimum score is supported by “clear evidence that those scoring below the cutoff have substantial difficulty doing satisfactory law school work.” Several top tier law schools, including Yale, Harvard, and Columbia, specifically state that they have no minimum score requirements. However, the score data for the most selective schools indicates that most successful applicants score above the 90th percentile on the LSAT.

How Important Is It to Have a Good LSAT Score?

A good LSAT score is perhaps the most important part of your law school application as it is ultimately a measure of your potential for success in law school. However, it is not the only significant part of your application. Your undergraduate GPA is also a strong determinate of your chances for admission to law school, so it's useful to consider your index score, which takes into account your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. Law school admissions calculators offer predictions as to how competitive your chances are to particular law schools given your undergraduate GPA and LSAT score.

Beyond quantitative measures, other important factors in law school admissions include your personal statement , letters of recommendation, resume , and work experience. While these factors may have less weight in the admission process, they are essential to a successful application. In particular, a strong personal statement exhibits writing and communication skills that are vital in the legal profession.

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Suits: The Progressively Harder Harvey Specter True Or False Quiz

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Harvey Specter left a lasting impression on every lawyer who watched Suits․ He was considered the “best closer” in New York.

He is a strong, loyal and reputable lawyer. He is arrogant and risky, with a charming personality. Because of this belief, he never shows any vulnerability. Although once Harvey said։ “I’m not about caring, I’m about winning”, he is very dedicated to his clients and does his best to win all cases. He bends the laws, sometimes even breaks them, but still has a strong moral code. Harvey gives a good image of a lawyer and shows what a person can do with confidence. His confidence and attitude towards the problem make up for his success.

Harvey’s character teaches fans to think outside the box. His purpose is a lesson to everyone and a reminder that with undeniable belief, ambition, and work ethic one can truly achieve anything.

The question we are asking fans today is, just how well do you remember the best closer in New York City? Can you score 100% on this Harvey Specter true or false quiz like Mike Ross would score in LSAT?

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Reviewed: 10/24/23

If you’re in the process of applying to law school and want to know more about how and why you should write a law school addendum, read on!

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Law school addendums can either make or break your law school application. While this optional supplementary letter may not seem like an important part of your application, it definitely is!

Writing a good addendum can boost your chances of gaining admission into your dream law school, helping you get one step closer to your ultimate goal of becoming Harvey Specter.

However, a poorly written or unnecessary addendum can harm your application and put a damper on your dreams of becoming a hot-shot attorney.

To help you decide if writing an addendum for your law school application is right for you, we’ve put together this guide that will tell you everything you need to know about what addendums are, including when and how to write them.

What Is a Law School Addendum?

Let’s begin with the basics. What is an addendum for law school?

Well, consider it your saving grace if you have anything on your application that might make the admissions team raise their eyebrows.

The addendum is designed to close any gaps in your application so the admission committee doesn’t make wrongful assumptions about you or your candidacy. When reviewing your application, you don’t want the admissions team to question your character, integrity, or intelligence.

If there is anything that could make you look like a less-than-ideal candidate, you’ll want to write an addendum to explain the circumstances . But remember, this is an explanation letter – not an excuse.

When to Write a Law School Addendum

You should only write an addendum to an application for law school if you have to. As we mentioned, it is meant to explain anything on your application that could make you seem like an unfit candidate. Read on to find out the most common reasons students write explanatory letters on their law school applications. 

Low GPA Scores

GPA scores and class marks are solid numbers law schools use to assess your academic performance and compare you to other students. If you have a GPA that is significantly lower than average or you failed some courses, you’ll probably want to write an addendum. 

Whether it be a family emergency that took up a lot of your time, a full-time job you needed to support yourself, or other personal difficulties, you can write a letter or essay to explain your low grades.

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Low LSAT Scores

The LSAT is a notoriously challenging exam, so it’s not unusual to have a low score. You should only use an addendum to explain low LSAT scores if they were affected by extraneous circumstances, if English is not your first language, or if you have large score discrepancies. 

Even if you have a significant increase in your LSAT score, some law schools will ask you to use an addendum to explain why. 

A Criminal Record

Whatever your criminal record is, even if it’s just a traffic violation, you should write a letter to explain yourself. Lawyers are meant to enforce the law, so having a criminal record may make you seem unfit to do so.

Keep in mind that you should only explain what is on your record. Adding additional details or crimes that aren’t on your record will create more questions than answers. 

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Academic Misconduct

Whether you were put on academic probation, caught for plagiarism, or expelled from a school, you’ll definitely want to explain why through an addendum on your application. Law schools want to know they’re accepting students who will uphold their values and act with academic integrity.

When Not to Write a Law School Addendum

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Now that you know when to write an addendum for law school, it’s also important to know when not to. 

If you did significantly worse in your first year of college but improved in the subsequent years, you do not have to write an addendum. It is clear you were able to get the marks you needed, and the majority of college students have this experience.

Another reason not to write an addendum is if your scores are just below your school’s requirements. If you are only a few points off on the LSAT, this does not warrant an explanation. Law schools consider your entire application, so slightly lower-than-average scores aren’t necessarily red flags.

If you’ve written about a circumstance in your personal statement and have described why it caused you to perform worse than expected, you don’t have to repeat yourself in your addendum.

Overall, regardless of the reason, you should not write an addendum if you don’t have an appropriate explanation for what happened. If you scored low on your LSAT simply because you didn’t take the time to prepare and refused to retake it, you shouldn’t write an addendum. In this case, it’s actually better to just say nothing at all.

How to Write a Law School Addendum

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It is important to remember that this essay is not like your personal statement. You aren’t trying to evoke any emotion or present an argument. You also don’t want to have a pity party! 

You should stick to the facts and be concise. Take responsibility for your actions, explain why they happened, and prove they won’t happen again (if applicable). You should also make it clear that the situation will not cause any issues in your legal studies and that you have grown since.

To make writing this addendum simple, here is a list of dos and don’ts detailing how to write your addendum:

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Knowing what to include and what not to include in your explanatory essay will help you write a good one. Understanding the appropriate structure is also crucial.

To make the process as easy as possible, you can follow a simple three-part process to ensure your addendum flows well:

Part One: The Incident

In your introduction, you want to briefly explain what you’ll address in your addendum (low GPA, low LSAT, criminal record, academic misconduct, etc.) and what happened.

Part Two: The Explanation

Then, you’ll want to explain the circumstances of the incident and take responsibility for it. Don’t make excuses or minimize the incident. Simply state the facts and own up to your actions. 

Part Three: The Growth

You’ll want to end your essay positively and prove how you’ve grown from the incident, how you’ve become a better person since, and assure the committee the incident will never happen again.

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By following this three-part structure, your addendum will be easy to read and follow. It will flow logically, and the admissions committee will have all the information they need to decide whether to pardon the incident.

Keep in mind that the admissions committee will also be reading your personal statement, resume, diversity statement, and any other supplemental essays you have to write for your application. Accordingly, you don’t want to repeat any information that is in any of these other parts of your application, and you want to keep your writing concise.

Stick to what’s relevant and focus the majority of your attention on getting your thoughts out clearly to prove that you are still a worthy candidate.

Law School Addendum Sample

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If you’re struggling to write your explanatory essay, here’s a sample addendum from Brigham Young University Law School :

“I would like to make the Admissions Committee aware of the circumstances surrounding my grades.
I came to BYU in the fall of 2020 and maintained a GPA of 3.7 or above. In winter semester of 2021, I received a GPA of 2.1. My mother was diagnosed with cancer that semester, and I made several trips home to support her in her illness. In retrospect, I probably should have withdrawn from school, but at the beginning of the semester, I did not understand how much time and effort it would take to help her through this difficult time.
Since that semester, I have maintained a GPA of 3.7 or above. I hope you will take this information into account when you evaluate my application. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

As you can see, this addendum is extremely short, stays on topic, and follows the three-part process:

  • Part One: Incident : The student received a 2.1 GPA in the winter semester of 2021.
  • Part Two: Explanation : His mother was diagnosed with cancer, and he had to make several time-consuming trips to support her.
  • Part Three: Growth : He knows he should have withdrawn from school but has since maintained a 3.7 GPA and above.

Your addendum can be this simple or can be more detailed, depending on your circumstances and the growth you’d like the committee to be aware of. You may choose to look at more examples of academic-related addendums like this one, or you can find an example of a character and fitness addendum related to misconduct. 

FAQs: Law School Addendum

In case you still have questions, here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions about addendums for law school.

1. How Do You Write a Good Addendum for Law School?

The most important step to writing a good addendum is to ensure you are explaining yourself and not providing excuses. You want to show that you are responsible, self-aware, and able to learn from your mistakes.

You should stick to the facts and prove that you’ve grown since the incident, assuring the committee it won’t happen again.

Additionally, you want to keep it short. The admissions committee already has thousands of applications and essays to read; if your addendum is not concise, you risk losing the committee’s interest.

2. How Do You Start an Addendum?

You’ll want to write your name and LSAC number in the top left corner and title the document “Addendum.”

Then, you want to start your introduction by immediately addressing the incident that occurred. Since this is a short explanatory text, you shouldn’t spend time easing into the incident or building up to it.  

For instance, your first sentence could be: “ During my final year of my undergraduate degree, I failed two of my courses: Business Management and Applied Mathematics. ”

This opening sentence gets straight to the point and allows the writer to spend the rest of the addendum explaining more details about the failures, why they occurred, and how the student grew from the experience.

3. How Long Should an Addendum Be?

Your addendum should only be around one page long.

4. Do I Have to Write an Addendum?

No, you should only write an addendum if there is an incident on your application that could prevent you from being offered admission. This can be a low GPA, a low LSAT score, academic misconduct, or legal violations.

5. What Should I Avoid in My Addendum?

Avoid being overly emotional, and don’t try to get the committee to pity you (it won’t work!). Keep your addendum short and stay on topic.   

6. Do Addendums Actually Matter?

Yes! If you have a legitimate reason to write one, an addendum can be the one part of your application that actually gets you in.

Even with perfect LSAT scores, superb supplemental essays, and stellar experience, factors like a criminal record, previous academic misconduct, or even class failures can severely impact your chances of admission.

Final Thoughts

As Harvey Specter wisely said , “you always have a choice.” Now that you know what an addendum is for law school and how to write one, you can decide if you should write one yourself.

Remember, this addendum must be well-written and useful in order to actually benefit you. If you don’t need one, don’t write one! That’s one less step of the extensive law school application process that you have to worry about.

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    Gallery. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted. Rewind is the eighth episode of the second season of Suits and the 20th overall. It first aired on August 9, 2012. With the continuing upheaval at the firm, Mike and Harvey reflect back on how their past decisions have influenced their present situation. To be added.

  9. Suits on Netflix: Why It's the Perfect Binge Show

    There he meets Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a cocky lawyer who wears really, really nice suits. ... She can't get a good score on the LSAT. You can probably guess where that plot is headed.

  10. Three Things I Learnt from Suits

    There is something about watching Harvey Specter that gives law students motivation and the hope that one day they will be replicating his badass approach to practising law. ... Rachel identifies the factors behind her past exam performance and is able to finally succeed in obtaining an LSAT score to allow her to attend law school, proving that ...

  11. What Is a Good LSAT Score?

    According to the LSAC, the average LSAT score during the 2019-2020 testing year was 151.88, while the average score for 2018-2019 was slightly lower: 150.99. Read: Law Schools Where Students Had ...

  12. What Happened to All the Cool Lawyers on TV?

    The closest things currently on the air to "cool" attorney characters are probably Harvey Specter and Mike Ross on USA's Suits. On that show, Specter—an attorney who's the best "closer" in New York (which is a thing, apparently)—brings on Ross to help him at his firm, despite the fact that Ross never attended law school, and is ...

  13. What would be the IQ of a real life Harvey Specter?

    If i were to make a Guess though, someone who manages to do what Harvey has done academically most likely has an IQ of 130-140 or more, but most extreemly high iq individualls would lack Harvey's ability to socialise with dumb and smart people alike Ayush Ranjan Specter Addict · 6 y

  14. 'Suits' Season 1 recap: Who was the traitor?

    The first episode of Suits introduces us to Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams), a man with a photographic memory who gets paid to pass the LSAT for others, even though he's never attended law school — or even finished college — himself. He's hired as a first-year associate at Pearson Hardman by Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), who ...

  15. 170+ LSAT scorers, what was your cold diagnostic score? : r/LSAT

    Just need to be a better, more careful reader. 1. Significant-Top-3065. • 1 yr. ago. you have given me hope lol,,, i was so worried i wouldn't have a chance to break it into the 170s with my terrible cold diagnostic lol. 2. JohnsCousin95. • 2 yr. ago. 148 diagnostic to 173.

  16. LSAT Scoring

    Your LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly — your "raw score." All test questions are weighted exactly the same. The total number of questions you get right is what matters for your score, not which particular questions you get right or wrong. There is no deduction for incorrect answers.

  17. What Is a Good LSAT Score? Score Ranges by School

    The average LSAT score is between 150 and 151, but most students accepted to top law schools receive a score well over 160. The exam consists of four scored sections (one reading comprehension section, one analytical reasoning section, and two logical reasoning sections) and one unscored, experimental section.

  18. Suits: The Progressively Harder Harvey Specter True Or False Quiz

    Harvey Specter left a lasting impression on every lawyer who watched Suits․ ... Can you score 100% on this Harvey Specter true or false quiz like Mike Ross would score in LSAT? 1. Harvey Has An ...

  19. Law School Addendum: Writing Tips, Samples & Expert Advice

    Low LSAT Scores. The LSAT is a notoriously challenging exam, so it's not unusual to have a low score. You should only use an addendum to explain low LSAT scores if they were affected by extraneous circumstances, ... As Harvey Specter wisely said, "you always have a choice." Now that you know what an addendum is for law school and how to ...

  20. How did Rachel not get into Harvard, but Harvey got in and ...

    Well mine got a 180 on the LSAT. Every single law school in the country would give him a full ride. Those don't come around often. As far as Harvey, he was probably very successful too early on. And Rachel bombed the LSAT the first time or two. Harvard has such a high standard that they have to figure some way to differentiate people.

  21. Suits Cast Guide: Get to Know All the Characters on the Legal Drama

    When we first meet Harvey Specter, he's finally become a senior partner at Pearson Hardman. ... Rachel is a paralegal at Pearson Hardman; however, she has aspirations of finally getting a high enough LSAT score so she can get into Harvard and become a full-fledged lawyer like her father, Robert Zane. She develops feelings for Mike nearly as ...

  22. List of Suits characters

    (December 2022) The main cast, from left to right: Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane, and Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen. Suits is an American legal drama, created by Aaron Korsh. It premiered on USA Network in June 2011.

  23. 129 on my first cold diagnostic test. : r/LSAT

    I got a 125 on my first diagnostic test and on my last LSAT I scored a 167. I agree with others, the first diagnostic has little bearing on your final score, esp. if this is your first time looking at the material. After studying for a few weeks try it again, that score will be more telling. [deleted] • 6 mo. ago Tasty-Frosting-7476 • 6 mo. ago