Logical Reasonings / 5.19.15

A) Above the Law surveyed some young lawyers to find the highest rated summer internship programs in Biglaw.

B) What you need to know to get onto law review (and all the career perks that come with it). Law School Toolbox

C) More law schools are dropping the LSAT requirement for their university’s high-performing undergrads, making it five in total. Bloomberg

D) A Columbia University student carried her dorm mattress to graduation, completing a year-long art project protesting campus sexual assault. The Guardian

E) “Time-lapse mining” sounds like something Derek Zoolander would do, but it’s actually the process of making time-lapse videos using publicly available snapshots — and it’s very cool. Slate

May 19, 2015 - 3:55 pm - By Greg Nix
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Keep Calm and Study On

There are three weeks left until the LSAT. What’s the best plan of action?

A) Spend all your time studying, with breaks to go to the bathroom (two minutes max), sleep (two hours max), take showers (two a week max), and answer the door for the smoothie delivery guy (no solids—remember the bathroom rule).
B) Do practice tests, wonder why you’re not making as much progress as you should be, wail about how the world will be over to anyone who will listen, and pull a Chicken Little and send a series of tweets to LSAC demanding the LSAT be canceled, because there won’t be any test centers around anyway. #theendisnigh
C) Party, go to the beach, Netflix all day and night. You’ve already learned all you’re going to learn anyway. What will come will come. Who are you to fight fate?

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May 18, 2015 - 6:31 pm - By Anna Wang
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Logical Reasonings / 5.18.15

A) U.S. News and World Report offers some advice on deciding between two great law schools and taking the LSAT for the third time.

B) Why do law school professors take an eternity (a few weeks) to grade final exams? Above the Law gets the answer straight from the horse’s mouth.

C) Don’t use overly flowery descriptions in your personal statement, you obliviously verbose muttonhead. jdMission

D) The U.S. government thinks courts aren’t able to order top secret documents unsealed for evidence. The Intercept

E) Louis CK’s monologue in Saturday Night Live’s season finale was hilarious… and offensive. Hollywood Reporter

May 18, 2015 - 2:33 pm - By Greg Nix
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LSAT Instructor: The End of 1L

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He started as a 1L at Columbia Law School in the fall, and has been writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences.

I’m almost at the end of my first year of law school. I have one more exam to go: Property. Japanese Law, Crim, and Torts are done. I have no idea how I did, but I’m alternating between disgust, resignation, and occasional bouts of wild optimism.

Taking a law school exam is neither science nor art. It’s more like alchemy. You don’t really know what you’re doing but you construct a system of symbols and incantations called an “outline”, and that system sometimes produces good outcomes, though it always falls short of gold.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.15.15

A) How much should you budget for your law school applications? Probably more than you think. Above the Law

B) Three tips for making your way through Reading Comprehension passages. Ms. JD

C) Five ways to get a head start on application season. Pen and Chisel

D) Now that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death, what happens next? Wall Street Journal

E) Law school upheaval might be rough, but at least things haven’t gotten to the point that whole departments are dropping out, like at USC’s art school. Hyperallergic

May 15, 2015 - 3:00 pm - By Greg Nix
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