Logical Reasonings / 1.27.15

A) Don’t waste your time editing an undergraduate law review. There are way more fun ways to waste your time at undergrad! Above The Law

B) When it comes to elite law schools, a great LSAT score is a binary prerequisite for admission: either you have it or you don’t. Law and More

C) Applying to law school this fall? It’s never too early to start your research. Girl’s Guide to Law School

D) The Seattle Seahawks are trying to trademark the word “boom” and the number “12.” They should look into the availability of “douchebags.” Jonathan Turley

E) Ghostbusters is back! Paul Feig announced his cast, and here’s everything we know. I just hope “Gozer the Gozerian” makes its way back into the lexicon. SplitSider

Jan 27, 2015 - 3:51 pm - By Greg Nix
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Law Student Perspective: Deflategate

Hey there, sports fans! Today’s post is dedicated to a topic that has dominated headlines and social media for the last week—Deflategate. You’ll get perspective from one law student (me) on fallacies and misinterpretations from the media, as well as the potential ramifications for the Patriots organization.

Before we go any further, there’s one pet peeve I feel compelled to address: this habit of adding “gate” to the end of any word associated with a scandal really needs to stop. Not only does it not make sense (Watergate was the actual name of the hotel where the Nixon scandal began—it wasn’t Watergate-gate), but it is also an unoriginal way for the media to sensationalize an issue without putting in any effort.

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Jan 26, 2015 - 6:02 pm - By Philip Mayer
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Logical Reasonings / 1.26.15

A) One law school admissions consultant shares his advice for when and how to show interest in your top choice schools. US News & World Report

B) Night law school is getting less “nighty” — is it still possible to work and get a law degree? Above the Law

C) Should you title your application’s personal statement? Perhaps my essay The Indubitable Uselessness of Titular Expression can help you answer that question. If not, Pen and Chisel has you covered.

D) The Silk Road trial continues, and it turns out it was the IRS(!) who first tracked down alleged mastermind Ross Ulbricht. Guess he shouldn’t have written all that “business heroin” off his taxes. Wall Street Journal

E) Why are movies released in January so terrible? Well, besides having names (and inexplicable ad campaigns) like Mortdecai, it seems they’re trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle. Five Thirty Eight

Jan 26, 2015 - 3:07 pm - By Greg Nix
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Letters of Continued Interest: When, How and Why?

Waiting to hear back from your target law schools post-application can be incredibly stressful! It’s tough to stay patient and keep calm — especially if your application has been placed in the academic limbo known as the waiting list.

If you have been waitlisted or your application has otherwise been put on hold, it may be a good idea to write a letter of continued interest.

What is a letter of continued interest?
A letter of continued interest (LOCI) is a short, concise communication in which you let a law school know that you still have a strong desire to attend their program. It is a way to update law schools on any relevant information they need to know, while also keeping them aware of your ongoing interest.

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Jan 23, 2015 - 6:13 pm - By Contributing Writer
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Logical Reasonings / 1.23.15

A) How is your law school personal statement different from an undergrad research paper? Well, hopefully you won’t have to spend much time on JSTOR for it. Pen and Chisel

B) Meet Ms. JD’s 2015 writers-in-residence — looks like a bunch of smart and ambitious future lawyers. Good luck, ladies! Ms. JD

C) A Berkeley law student is out to undermine Asian stereotypes by… doing porn? I think he’s the kind of guy that anyone can get behind. Oops, I mean he’s the kind of guy that can get behind anyone. Above the Law

D) Skymall filed for bankruptcy :-( Wall Street Journal

E) This extreme archery video is equal parts awesome and exceedingly lame. Laughing Squid

Jan 23, 2015 - 2:49 pm - By Greg Nix
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