Logical Reasonings / 10.20.17

A. Even the dean of the UCLA School of Law, one of the handful of California law schools that doesn’t have an abysmal bar passage rate, called the California Supreme Court’s decision to not lower the cut score for the California state bar exam “deeply disappoint[ing].” Above the Law

B. Over on the U.S. Supreme Court, apparently Justice Elena Kagan and new guy Neil Gorsuch really hate each other. Too bad they signed up for the one job you’re expected to do for the rest of your life. Slate

C. More trouble for SCOTUS: A recent study says the court desperately needs fact checkers. NY Times

D. Although it won’t bring solace to the perhaps hundreds of women Harvey Weinstein harassed and assaulted, the LAPD might provide some justice. Vanity Fair

E. Finally, there’s a conspiracy on the internet that the White House is trotting out a fake Melania Trump. This weekend, let’s all imagine we have doppelgängers out on the town while we study for the LSAT. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 10.19.17

A. Bad news future California lawyers: the California state bar exam’s cut score will not be lowered, at least for now. ABA Journal

B. Good news current Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners (but bad news for those who would wish those accused of serious sexual assault face some punishment): a Texas judge issued a stay on Cowboys’ running back’s 6-game suspension, allowing him to play this weekend. Dallas News

C. Speaking of that, a case for why the Supreme Court’s Faragher-Ellerth theory of employer liability for sexual harassment has allowed workplace harassment to proceed with minimal checks for decades. Slate

D. The Trump administration prevented an imprisoned, 15-week pregnant teen’s access to an abortion facility. A federal judge told the administration it can’t do that. Now the whole case is being fast tracked through the appeals process, since there’s, you know, a deadline here. Buzzfeed News

E. Finally, who else but attorneys would be fresh on the hunt for evidence that electric company PG&E are to blame for the Northern California wildfires. Bloomberg


Should I re-do Logic Games?

There is a surprisingly broad range of opinions when it comes to the question of re-doing Logic Games. I find that many students assume their time is better spent working on material they’ve never seen before, instead of repeating games they’ve already tried. Meanwhile, some LSAT tutors advocate re-doing games as many as 10 times to glean the maximum amount of knowledge from them. I’d argue that the truth, as is often the case, lies somewhere in the middle.

Logical Reasonings / 10.18.17

A. Tonight 11:59 pm ET is the deadline for regular registration for the December LSAT. So make sure to sign up, unless you have $100 you want to waste by signing up for the late registration next week. LSAC

B. Although the Supreme Court punted when asked to weigh in on Trump’s revised travel ban, two federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have banned the ban yet again. Washington Post

C. Like Oregon, Nevada lowered the “cut score” for its bar examination, which was a great boon to Nevada law students and law schools. Las Vegas Review-Journal

D. Although it’s not an argument our contributing writer buys, here’s a case for why Trump’s pressure on the NFL owners brings the First Amendment into Colin Kaepernick’s case against the NFL. ABA Journal

E. A new poll shows that 46% of Americans believe that the media makes up stories about Trump and only 51% believe that the federal government should not have the power to revoke broadcasting licenses to news organizations accused of making up stories. So much for the First Amendment. Politico

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Colin Kaepernick’s Case Against the NFL

I’m a big San Francisco 49ers fan. I suffered through the 2000s, enjoyed three years of playoff football, and watched as the team crashed harder than any other franchise in recent history. Paralleling that crash was Colin Kaepernick’s career trajectory. Kaepernick went from starting in a Super Bowl to out of a job within a few years.