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Your Summer Homework: Letters of Recommendation

It’s summer. School’s out – well, not forever, but at least for a few months. If you’re applying to law school, that means it’s a good time to get around to asking for some letters of recommendation.

See, professors are notoriously slow at getting these things turned around. If you were a professor and had students asking you to take unpaid time to write about how great they are, you probably wouldn’t be in any big hurry either.

So summer has a couple advantages. First, professors often have a bit less going on in the summer time, so they might be a bit more inclined to get on it and write those letters. Just look at them; it’s clearly not like they’re taking off to the beach. Second, even if the professors you ask are as slow as usual, there’s plenty of time before you need to get those applications in. It won’t screw you over.

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Jun 29, 2015 - 6:04 pm - By Aaron Cohn
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Logical Reasonings / 6.29.15

A) Another of the beautiful results of last week’s Supreme Court decisions: #scalia4kids. Storify

B) Have you ever wondered how exactly Scalia would insult you? Wonder no longer with this Scalia insult generator. Slate

C) The Marshall Project delves into the legality of cursing at cops. (Legality aside, it’s probably not a good idea.) The Marshall Project

D) If the whole going to law school thing doesn’t work out, you can always follow this guy’s lead and drop out to become a circus performer. Grand Forks Herald

E) Artist Brandon Bird drew Shia LaBeouf as all 13 Doctors from Doctor Who. Mashable

Jun 29, 2015 - 1:07 pm - By Greg Nix
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LSAT Got You Down? It Could Be Worse

The LSAT isn’t fun. Now, at Blueprint, we try to make the LSAT as enjoyable as possible – but at the end of the day, the LSAT is still a test that takes up half the day, matters a lot, and sometimes is less-than-fascinating.

But it could be – and was – worse! Lest you think I’m grossly exaggerating in the way your parents and/or grandparents do (“back in my day, I had to walk twenty miles through blinding blizzards – uphill, in my bare feet – to get to school”), the LSAT used to be a six-hour slog, with some seriously bizarre sections.

In this episode of Count Your Blessings, You Young Bucks #firstworldproblems, let’s go over some of the old sections that will make you grateful that you only have to deal with Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension (and your writing sample, technically).

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Jun 26, 2015 - 6:17 pm - By Anna Wang
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Logical Reasonings / 6.26.15

A) The Supreme Court rules that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. Scalia cries. The New York Times

B) In fact, Scalia’s dissent is generating almost as much conversation as the decision itself. Huffington Post

C) Meanwhile, the Massachusetts legislature is tackling important issues such as passing a bill that will allow you to be buried next to your precious pet. Cat ladies, rejoice! CBS Boston

D) This adjunct law professor says she earns less than a pet sitter. The Guardian

E) A sight so terrifyingly beautiful that you’ll have to avert your eyes: a deep-fried Big Mac. #america Buzzfeed

Jun 26, 2015 - 9:39 am - By Greg Nix
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Your Summer Viewing List

Blessed be the neurotic, for they shall surely miss out on summer while they’re indoors studying, and come October will be all the better prepared for it. 



However, if you aren’t one of these nerds gifted with innate assiduity, then you may be spending a decent portion of your summer months blah-ing in front of the TV. Might as well feel like you’re learning something, right? For your peace of mind, we here at Blueprint have compiled a list of law-related summer movies and shows, just for you.

Look to your left… now look to your right… because one of you is going to have to get up and order a pizza. That’s right, no law-oriented binge-watching list could begin with anything other than that quintessential 1L film, The Paper Chase.

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Jun 25, 2015 - 6:19 pm - By Robert Seaney
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