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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14629)
Specific Reference, Function. The correct answer choice is (A)
This question refers to line 43, so it is advisable to begin reading for context a few lines earlier. The
third paragraph begins with a pessimistic prediction about the long-term ramifications of these plans,
and the author goes on to assert that the plans’ main role will probably be to serve as marketing devices
for unestablished attorneys. Since the passage goes on to say that this class of attorney is likely to offer
less expertise and less customer satisfaction, it appears that the author does not believe that such use, as
marketing devices, will be beneficial.
Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. The author believes that the use of these plans
as marketing devices is likely to bring more clients to lawyers with less expertise, thus reducing client
satisfaction. It would therefore seem the author focuses on this aspect of the plan in order to point out its
Answer choice (B): Since the author does not discuss what plan administrators believe, this answer
choice is incorrect. While it seems reasonable to believe that administrators might perceive their role in
this way, the author never makes this point.
Answer choice (C): The author doesn’t seem to believe the plans offer any long-term benefits to lawyers
and clients, and specifically discusses how the aspect of marketing can be harmful. This response states
that marketing is an “unequivocal” benefit, an assertion which is contrary to the passage.
Answer choice (D): The last paragraph consists of the author’s own opinions, and does not attribute any
ideas to established opponents of the plan.
Answer choice (E): Even though the discussion of marketing might explain why lawyers who are not yet
established are willing to sign on to the plan, the passage does not define marketing as a “chief burden.”