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Shutdown Prompts Free Law School Test Prep for Feds, Contractors

Jan. 25, 2019, 4:57 PM

The government shutdown might produce more lawyers, now that a DC-area law school is offering federal employees and contractors a free two-day introductory prep course for the grueling Law School Admission Test.

As the shutdown hits day 35 due to a stalemate over President Donald Trump’s proposed Mexican border wall, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School is offering a free two-day LSAT course to all federal employees and contractors. The test is a requirement for admission to most law schools.

The sessions, scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31, will cover why the LSAT is a skills-based and not knowledge-based exam, the details of each exam section, and practice techniques that drive up scores, the announcement says. Registration and federal ID are required.

Other organizations have offered legal education opportunities. The American Bar Association, for example, is offering free continuing legal education classes to all lawyers affected by the shutdown.

The D.C. Bar is offering a free CLE class to furloughed federal workers during January. Class offerings include class actions 2019, a litigator’s guide to negotiations, statute drafting, and estate tax developments.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jordan S. Rubin in Washington at jrubin@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com

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