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Feeling The Feels: Two Weeks From The LSAT

We have two weeks until the September LSAT. I often see similar intellectual and emotional reactions in students at this point in their LSAT prep – people start to get little nutty. “I wonder how well I’d score on the LSAT if I just took some amphetamines?” “If my LSAT instructor threw on a wig and wore a dress, he could just take the test for me!”

Not to worry: it’s completely normal to feel anxious or even miserable at this point. For most of you, your highest practice LSAT scores are still about a week away. But without a reassuring practice test score or two, thinking of taking the real thing is quite unnerving.

You may be thinking, “If I’m not where I want to be right now, should I just postpone?”

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Sep 15, 2014 - 6:38 pm - By Yuko Sin
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Logical Reasonings / 9.15.14

Avoiding common logical reasoning mistakes is all about thoroughness. US News and World Report

A dean talks about law school, the legal economy, and his sexiest make-up tips. (One of those is not true.) North Bay Business Journal

A ranking of summer associate programs. Mmm numerical goodness. Above The Law

Law firms are losing work… to their own clients! What a twist! Wall Street Journal

7 steps to living your life like (American hero and future President of Earth) Bill Murray. Vulture

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm - By Greg Nix
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LSAT Logic Flaws: Correlation vs. Causation

Ever had this experience? Your gooberish buddy stumbles up to you, a couple drinks too deep, and spouts out an epiphany that (to him) rivals Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis. You and your LSAT-prepped mind, however, are not impressed. Something about the logic doesn’t sit right. It gives you an uneasy feeling deep in your gut — a sensation exacerbated by the PBR and stale pretzels sloshing around down there.

Let’s take an example. Say your friend — let’s call him Elliot — adamantly insists that when he stood up, Sexy Sadie looked over. He’s convinced that his standing caused her eyes to linger longingly on his portly physique and freshly-starched robin’s egg Polo.

You tell him, in accordance with your studies, that there are three methods by which we may seek to weaken a causal claim.

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Sep 12, 2014 - 6:06 pm - By Robert Seaney
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Logical Reasonings / 9.12.14

Go to law school in NYC? Like to get boozy? Head on over to ATL’s Law School Open Bar. Above The Law

Friend of the blog Anna Ivey debunks an admissions myth. Ivey Files

4 tips for studying in law school. Studying? Dang, I thought it was all fancy lunches and powdered wigs. Law School Toolbox

Former NFL players are taking the Madden video game franchise to court. Here’s a joke for all you Madden junkies: “EA Sports. It’s In The Judicial System.” Game Politics

One more study habit: be any human being but these ones. College Humor

Sep 12, 2014 - 12:56 pm - By Greg Nix
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LSAT Instructor: My First Week of Law Classes

Classes – the graded, real kind – started this week at Columbia. Sure, we did go through three weeks of Legal Methods, but that’s a pass-fail class that everyone passes.

Among other things, you’re supposed to get your first cold-calls out of the way in Legal Methods. You see, at law school, professors don’t wait for someone to contribute to the class discussion. They call on people. So you’d better be ready.

Or not.

Class participation usually won’t figure into your final grade, so you can flub all your cold-calls, but you’d better have a high tolerance for public shaming.

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Sep 11, 2014 - 6:50 pm - By Yuko Sin
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