Andrew Kravis

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Should I Cancel My LSAT Score?

Congratulations on surviving Test Day! If you’re like most other test takers, you probably left the testing site feeling some mixture of relief and dread. The part of you that’s feeling relief is just glad that’s finally over with and is telling you to go get some ice cream, or watch GOT, or whatever it is that tickles your fancy. But the part of you that’s feeling dread is probably screaming at you to cancel your score.

Let’s be clear: most of you should not cancel your scores.

First of all, everyone experiences some level of self-doubt after walking out of the test. That’s totally normal. But nobody knows for sure how they did until scores are released. It’s very possible you did better than you think, but if you cancel your score you’ll never know.

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Last Minute Tips: Logical Reasoning

With less than three weeks until the June LSAT, it’s time to buckle down on studying. This week we’re offering one important last-minute tip for each LSAT section. In the last two days, we’ve looked at Reading Comprehension and Logic Games; today we’re talking Logical Reasoning.

The Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT can present an especially good opportunity to tweak your approach in the final weeks of prep. Why? Because many test-takers continually struggle with the same type of Logical Reasoning questions. It may be difficult to identify a pattern until you’ve taken a couple of practice exams, but once you have that practice under your belt, go back and look at all the questions you got wrong (or guessed correctly but didn’t know) on those tests.

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Does the NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Ruling Make Legal Sense?

On May 6th, the NFL released the Wells Report (named for its chief author, Ted Wells of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP), a summary of the NFL’s investigation into the events popularly known as “Deflategate.” (If you don’t know what “Deflategate” is, stop, take a minute to read this, and then come back.) The findings detailed in the Wells Report were unflattering for the Patriots organization and, somewhat surprisingly, condemnatory of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Despite Brady’s insistence that he had “no knowledge of any wrongdoing,”[1] the NFL found not only that it was probable that Patriots personnel acted deliberately, but also that it was “more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware” of the wrongdoing.

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Are You Ready for the June LSAT?

The June 2015 LSAT regular registration deadline is May 1, 2015. That’s a week from today. For those of you who haven’t registered yet, you might be feeling a little hesitant to pull the trigger. After all, the test is roughly six weeks away, and it seems like there’s still so much studying to do (or at least it did to me). Is it even possible to tell whether you’ll be ready by test day?

There are definitely a couple of ways to know if you’re not ready:

1. You haven’t started studying yet.
I know barely anyone who didn’t start studying at least two or three months before the test and got the score they wanted. These are the same test-taking savants who got perfect SAT scores without studying at all. If you’re this kind of person: congratulations. Also, this post probably isn’t for you.

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How to Decide Where to Apply

If you want a J.D. from an ABA-approved institution, there are 204 schools you can apply to. Most of us can’t apply to all 204. And why would you want to? That would be expensive and a huge waste of time.

So how do you figure out which law schools to apply to? There are four key factors to consider.

1. Rankings
Rankings are important for two reasons: A) They can help predict which schools you’ll get into, and B) They dictate how prestigious your degree is seen to be.

Regarding Point A: Your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA factor heavily into a law school’s admissions decision.

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What I Learned From Bombing the LSAT

As part of a continuing series of LSAT diaries, new Blueprint instructor Andrew Kravis tells us about the lessons he learned from his first LSAT. Find thoughts from two other instructors in Part 1 and Part 2.

The first time I took the LSAT, I was 19. It was the fall of my junior year of undergrad at the University of Michigan, and I was set to graduate the following spring with an English degree and a foggy idea of what I wanted to do with my life. As an insecure kid who measured his self-worth entirely on the basis of academic performance, naturally I locked in on applying to master’s programs. I researched the best schools for comparative literature and queer theory, booked campus visits, and set dates to take the GRE and the GRE Subject Test in Literature in English.