Logical Reasonings / 5.23.17

A. You can still register to attend the two webinars we’re doing on Wednesday, May 31! The first, from 12-1 pm PST, will go give an overview of the LSAT: what it is, how it’s scored, how it’s weighed in the law school admissions process. You’ll even get to do some practice problems. The second, from 6 to 7 pm PST, will walk you step-by-step through the law school admissions process. There will be a Q&A portion after the event, where our instructor Branden Frankel will answer any questions you have about the LSAT, law school, or his sci-fi novel Snowfall on Mars. Plus, if you attend, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. Trump dropped his budget requests on Congress today. He requesting massive cuts to things I think we all agree have never helped anyone or anything, like scientific and medical research and disease prevention programs. Washington Post

C. British police have identified the suspected suicide bomber who detonated bombs at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Although ISIS claimed responsibility, there is no current evidence that links the suspect to the terror group. CNN

D. Before removing a statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech rebuking the preservation of confederate symbols. Vox

E. U.S. News & World Report published a list of law schools with the least-indebted graduates. They are mostly mid-tier (and lower) schools in areas where the cost of living is practically free, but still worth a look. U.S. News & World Report

Logical Reasonings / 5.22.17

A. There are still spots available for the two webinars we’re putting on from 12-1 pm PST and 6-7 pm PST on Wednesday, May 31! Attend from the comfort of your own home, though the event will be black tie only (JK—wear your jammies for all we care!). By attending, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and $75 off the first month of our online course subscription. Just register at the link immediately following this exclamation point! Blueprint LSAT

B. There are so many amendments in the Constitution of the United States of America, but former national security advisory Michael Flynn can only choose one in response to a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena. So he chose the Fifth. One, two, three, Flynn, fifth. Washington Post

C. North Carolina has gotten it left, right, and center from the Supreme Court lately. First, SCOTUS effectively struck down a restrictive voter ID law in North Carolina after refusing to hear the state’s appeal. And today it struck down two North Carolina congressional districts because the state’s lawmakers relied on race when drawing them. I don’t know, maybe don’t pass racist laws, North Carolina? NY Times

D. The Supreme Court also made a pretty boring ruling today about “forum shopping” in patent cases. But the decision has pretty big implications for “patent trolls,” who apparently love make major corporations defend themselves in East Texas, of all places. Reuters

E. A blind man is bringing a lawsuit against LSAC, arguing that the LSAT, specifically the logic games portion, discriminates against people with visual impairment. NPR

Logical Reasonings / 5.19.17

A. Reserve your spot to one (or both!) of webinars we’ll be putting on on Wednesday, May 31! From noon to 1 pm PST, Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel will provide a complete overview of the LSAT—what it is, how it’s scored, how it’s weighted in the law school admissions process, how to do some practice problems. And then from 6 to 7 pm PST, Branden will take you through the law school admissions process. The knowledge provided in this webinar double feature is truly priceless, but we’ll also be giving out $300 discounts on our classroom course and $75 off the first month of our online course subscription. All you have to do to attend is register at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. V. relevant to those pursuing a career as a public interest lawyer: DeVos and Trump just dropped a budget proposal that ends the public-service loan forgiveness program. Washington Post

C. The DOJ is taking a very draconian approach to regulations on immigration attorneys. It’s using these regulations to target non-profits that provided representation to those affected by the travel ban. The argument is that these non-profits are providing counsel to people in immigration proceedings without committing to full representation, violating the rules. The Nation

D. Anthony Weiner had a tough day in court. He pled guilty to sexting with an under-aged teen and, probably unrelated, his estranged wife filed for divorce. LA Times

E. WaPo just reported that now the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is probing an unidentified “senior white house official” as a significant person of interest. And the weekend-long speculation as to who that official is shall begin. Washington Post

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Speeding Up on Those Pesky Reading Comp Passages

As the June LSAT approaches, you may be turning your attention to that pesky Reading Comprehension section, the bane of many students who feel that it’s just impossible to get through all four of those passages in a measly 35 minutes. If you relate to that description, you might also be wondering what in the world you can do to improve your score, because you’re already reading the passages as fast as you can.