Logical Reasonings / 6.26.17

A. Even if you procrastinated until now to sign up for the two webinars we’re hosting tomorrow, you still have time to sign up for either the first webinar on the law school admissions process or the second on the LSAT. Or, knock yourself out, sign up for both. You’ll be showered with great information on the LSAT and the law school admissions process, and you’ll also get a $300 discount on our classroom course or a $75 discount on the first month of an online LSAT course subscription. Register before tomorrow. Blueprint LSAT

B. It was the Supreme Court’s last day of school today, and it was a busy one. The most talked-about ruling of the day will surely be its decision to uphold just part of the freeze on Trump’s travel ban issued by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits. Before SCOTUS rules on the ban after reconvening in October (unless the issue becomes moot by then—this is supposed to be a temporary ban, after all), the ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with no “bona fide relationship” with the U.S. can be enforced. Washington Post

C. SCOTUS also held that a religious school in Missouri may use tax-payer grants reserved for nonprofits to build playgrounds. This seemingly minor issue could have led to major implications for the separation of church and state, but the opinion clarified the ruling only applied to playground funding. NPR

D. The Justice League also surprisingly announced that it would hear a case about the Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Buzzfeed

E. Finally, the Gang of Nine decided to call it a day and declined to hear a case from the Ninth Circuit, which upheld California’s strict limits on the right to carry concealed firearms in public. LA Times

Logical Reasonings / 6.23.17

A. There’s still time to register for the two webinars we’re hosting next Tuesday, June 27th. Not only will you get great information about the LSAT and law school admissions process, you’ll also get a $300 discount on our classroom course or a $75 discount on the first month of an online LSAT course subscription. Register to attend at the following link. Blueprint LSAT

B. Charlotte Law School, which has faced major challenges already, is now in actual, serious risk of closing down. Choose your school wisely, aspiring lawyers. Above the Law

C. A week after the verdict in the Philando Castile trial, a mistrial has been declared in the prosecution of the officer who fatally shot Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati during a traffic stop in 2015. Washington Post

D. Politifact has a comprehensive, no-nonsense look under the hood of the Senate Health Care Bill. Politifact

E. The Supreme Court announced that it will issue its last decisions of the judicial term on Monday, which will almost certainly not involve a decision on the travel ban. One day you too will be able to start your vacation on a random Monday. In the meantime, happy studying this weekend! LA Times

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So How Much Should I Really Be Studying for the LSAT?

Summertime and the prepppin’ is easy. Well, sort of. On the one hand you have tons of time now that you’re not in school (unless you’re a working man or woman), but on the other hand it’s very easy to overdo it. Here are my tips for getting the most out of your LSAT prep this summer.

Logical Reasonings / 6.22.17

A. There’s still time to take advantage of our 48-hour flash sale on classes in Los Angeles, Orange County, New York and Chicago. You have until Friday, 9 am PT to get $300 off a qualifying course. We’re slashing the prices of qualifying courses by $300. Don’t miss out! Blueprint LSAT

B. You also still have time to register for the webinars we’re hosting next Tuesday, June 27 from 11 am-noon PT and from 5-6 pm P. Not only will you get great information about the LSAT and law school admissions process, you’ll also get a $300 discount on our classroom course or a $75 discount on the first month of an online LSAT course subscription. Register to attend at the following link. Blueprint LSAT

C. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that Brendan Dassey’s confession to the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, which was the subject of the Netflix doc Making a Murderer, was improperly obtained, and that Dassey should be released from his life sentence or retried. ABC News

D. The Senate GOP Health Care Bill, which has spent the last few weeks behind closed doors, was finally unveiled today. Take a look at what’s in it here (or let journalists tell you what’s in it here). Senate.gov

E. I could allude to “secrets” to getting a perfect LSAT score that would put fear into the heart of LSAC. I could then wait a month and a half to reveal that, actually, there are no such secrets. You would be disappointed, right? You would wonder why I made such a claim in the first place, right? Well … Washington Post

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Building Your Law School Application: Letters of Recommendation

For those of you who are happy with how the June LSAT went, it is time to start thinking about getting your application materials together. If you’re thinking, “Wow, I just got done studying and taking a stressful exam, the last thing I want to do is start jumping through a bunch of application hoops,” well…this is just the beginning. Strap in for three years of academic hoop-jumping, culminating in a much worse examination (excuse my negativity, bar studying is taking its toll on me).