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On Not Having a Life (Or, How Studying for the LSAT Is Like Running a Marathon)

There are some pursuits in life that are so labor-intensive and time-consuming that they quickly end up occupying most of your brain-space. Studying for the LSAT is, not surprisingly, one of those things – and as I’ve recently discovered, training for a marathon is another. (Oh, you didn’t know I’m training for a marathon? We must not have had a conversation lasting more than 30 seconds in the last couple months.)

The thing about these niche, life-occupying activities is that people who aren’t doing that thing just don’t get it. Sure, they might understand that you’re spending a lot of time on something you really care about – but they probably don’t know (or even want to know) much more than that. So here is my ode to not-having-a-life (for goal-related reasons):

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Sep 2, 2015 - 11:58 am - By Laura Santoski
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October LSAT Check-In

To Register Or Not to Register

Wanna take the October LSAT? Then you need to register before the September 9 “late registration” deadline. If you’ve spent the last two months, or more, studying for the LSAT, go ahead and register. You’ll have until the night before the LSAT to back out without any black mark on your record.

If you’re planning on cramming for the LSAT, as in, you haven’t started your prep yet, forget about the October LSAT. You’ll be better off taking the December LSAT.

Significant score improvements often don’t show up until the last few weeks leading up to the LSAT, so don’t put too much stock into your current practice test scores. If you’ve given LSAT prep your best shot, register.

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Sep 1, 2015 - 11:06 am - By Yuko Sin
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Logical Reasonings / 8.31.15

A) At least one New York Times reporter is still not a huge fan of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. The New York Times

B) But on the other hand, some people weren’t such big fans of the NYT’s article. Above the Law

C) James Woods is trying to sue an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million for writing mean tweets about him. Hollywood Reporter

D) In North Dakota, police can now use drones to shoot beanbags. Wait, what? Ars Technica

E) Sometimes, bears just want to splash around in a swimming pool too, you know? WHDH

Aug 31, 2015 - 12:47 pm - By Greg Nix
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How Useful Are LSAC Evaluations?

Five years ago, LSAC rolled out an evaluation service. Evaluations are like letters of recommendations—those who know you judge your personal capabilities based on what they have seen of you—but in quantified form. There are questions within categories such as intellectual skill and task management, and, for each question, evaluators must select from the same answer choices: Below Average (Bottom 50%), Average (Top 50%), Good (Top 25%), Very Good (Top 10%), Excellent (Top 5%), Truly Exceptional (Top 1–2%), and Inadequate Opportunity to Judge. Evaluators also had space in each category (up to 750 characters) to make comments.

Back then, three schools required evaluations: Albany Law School, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of Montana.

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Aug 31, 2015 - 8:16 am - By Anna Wang
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Real-Life On-Campus Interview Nightmares

It’s job season for rising 2Ls. It’s a stressful time for pretty much anyone. But, I’ve been hearing a lot of hilarious stories, so I’m going to share some with you.

The Ronald Reagan Library

I was interviewing with a big firm in the City. They’re known for being especially left leaning in an industry that’s itself very liberal to begin with. So I walk into a partner’s office for my second interview of the day, and there’s presidential memorabilia everywhere. Pez dispensers, bobble heads, buttons, and a huge map marked with what are probably the birthplaces of US presidents.

She asks me, “So, where’re you from?” I tell her I’m from this small town in California.

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Aug 28, 2015 - 10:01 am - By Yuko Sin
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