Logical Reasonings / 7.31.15

A) A higher percentage of recent law school grads are finding jobs, according to NALP. National Law Journal

B) Right now, SCOTUS justices can do whatever they want. Is it time to institute a code of conduct? New Yorker

C) When does mob justice cross the line? Vox

D) It turns out that young voters care a lot about the amount of student debt they have. Shocking! NPR

E) Chrissy Teigen hates to share her chicken wings. First We Feast

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:39 am - By Greg Nix
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Choosing a Law School: How Much Does Location Matter?

After you’ve combed through your stacks on stacks on stacks of acceptance letters, you’re on to one of the trickiest parts of the law school application process (after the Mauve Dinosaur game, of course): actually picking a school.

Among the myriad factors you’ll want to consider is location, location, location. Are you hoping to move back to your small town to practice after graduating? Are you dying to get out of suburbia? Itching to get to the Big Apple? Sunny California?

If so, it can be advisable to try and select a law school near your target area. For example, if you want to live and work in Los Angeles, then picking USC over Georgetown may make sense, despite the latter’s higher rank (lots to be said for the fickleness of rankings anyway — but you get the idea here).

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Jul 30, 2015 - 6:33 pm - By Robert Seaney
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Logical Reasonings / 7.30.15

A) In a move pretty much everyone can get behind, a Michigan lawyer quit lawyering in order to open a brewery. Click on Detroit

B) Meet South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof’s attorney. The Marshall Project

C) A toddler’s birthday party is making the news – the kid is so obsessed with a personal injury lawyer’s commercials that it was his party theme. BuzzFeed

D) There will be an actual blue moon on Friday – which won’t happen again until 2018. CNN

E) This panda may have faked a pregnancy in order to get access to better food. Huffington Post

Jul 30, 2015 - 12:50 pm - By Greg Nix
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Logical Fallacies to Look Out For This Election Season

We’re already being forced to deal with election season nonsense. Instead of catching up on the latest Donald Trump fluff in the news, we’re going to look at some common logical fallacies used and abused by politicians.

Causal Flaws

Causal flaws abound in political reasoning. For example, a state will pass some expensive piece of tough-on-crime legislation, and then point to the fact that crime rates went down in the following years as justification.

However, just because Thing One happened before Thing Two, it doesn’t mean that Thing One caused Thing Two. Thing Two might have happened anyway. Crime rates may be plummeting in many similar states that have no analogous tough-on-crime legislation. That’s an instance of the effect without the purported cause.

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Jul 29, 2015 - 6:39 pm - By Yuko Sin
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Logical Reasonings / 7.29.15

A) Bill Cosby’s legal team is changing tactics in light of the volume of recent allegations against him. CNN

B) It sucks to be (alleged) lion-killer Walter Palmer right now. Slate

C) Citizens United lost a bid to prevent the New York Attorney General from requiring charities to disclose the names of people who have donated more than $5,000. WSJ

D) The Arizona Cardinals have hired what may be the first female coach in the NFL. Associated Press

E) Need an afternoon pick-me-up? These Pixar short films will brighten your day. BuzzFeed

Jul 29, 2015 - 1:02 pm - By Greg Nix
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