Daily Archive: March 26th, 2012

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Geraldo Rivera’s Questionable Reasoning in the Trayvon Martin Case

The much-publicized death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin took an interesting twist when Geraldo Rivera pronounced in an interview on “Fox and Friends” last week that “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as much as George Zimmerman was.” Later in the interview Rivera also said “Trayvon Martin, God bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hands. He didn’t deserve to die. But I bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”

Without commenting on the tragedy of Trayvon’s death or the hoodie movement it has spawned across the country and at institutions like Harvard Law School, we at Blueprint were interested in the outrageous errors in reasoning Rivera’s comments displayed. One of the few bright spots in studying for the LSAT is that, if done correctly, it trains you to spot fallacious reasoning. This comes in handy as a law student, a law practitioner, and, in this case, as a media consumer.

Perhaps the journalism standards for someone who hosted episodes such as “My Ex Hired a Hitman to Kill Me”

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Logical Reasonings – Health Care Edition / 3.26.12

A) The Supreme Court takes on Obamacare. Huffington Post.

B) Check out some political implications of the heath care bill. CBS News.

C) Not sure who wins and who loses with Obamacare? An easy infographic. CNN.

D) What about the children in the health care debate? TheOnion.

E) Here’s a quick thought on conservatives chiming in on women’s health care. Someecards.com.

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Fewer LSAT Takers = Less Competition

The number of LSAT test takers is at its lowest in years. You’ve probably already read what the New York Times thinks this means for lower-tier law schools. You may read that article and think that the legal profession in America is dead. You may see gloom, doom, and any number of other cold pricklies. Well, here’s a warm fuzzy: your competition pool just got smaller.

In other words, if you are among those who still have a strong desire to enter the legal profession, and thus also go to law school, the ball is now more than ever in your court. And your incentive to be a stellar LSAT test taker is thus also greater.

As many of us know, the LSAT comprises a large chunk of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Schools, for better or worse, care a lot about these rankings. The better your LSAT test score, the more desirable an applicant you become.