Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel is Most Strongly Supported's blog manager. He does indeed wear an Oak Cluster on his hoodie to indicate his rank with respect to other bloggers. If you question the editorial decision making on this blog, he's the fella whose photo you ought to throw darts at.

Branden's writing is influenced generally by current events, mostly regarding science, politics, and the law. Stylistically, Branden thinks of his posts as the Hemmingway of standardized testing -- writing that is at once spare, economical, and lyrical.

Branden's favorite section of the LSAT is Logical Reasoning, and he refers to individual LR questions as "logic snacks." They're yummy, not overfilling like Reading Comp passages or, y'know, crunchy like Logic Games.

When not blogging or teaching the LSAT in the San Fernando Valley, Branden writes books and hangs out with his daughter.

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The Day After the Day After

You shut your friends and family out of your life. You gave up that thing that was way too distracting. (Yes, we know about that thing. Blueprint is the Santa Claus of test preparation.) You studied and studied and studied. You pleaded with fate or whatever higher power you believe in. Maybe you even pleaded with a higher power you don’t believe in. In short, you turned your happy life upside down over a multiple-choice test. That test happened this past Saturday.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.7.15

A. Pharma bro Martin Shkreli regrets raising the price of a life saving drug from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. He should’ve raised it higher, apparently. CBS News
B. Kim and Kanye have announced the name of their new bundle of joy, Saint West. Here at Blueprint, we had money on Mid West. Other possibilities we’d considered: Old West, Go West, and Best West. Mashable
C. The US Department of Justice will investigate the Chicago Police Department. ABA Journal
D. A new study claims that Stonehenge was built in Wales, then dismantled and brought to England for reassembly. Sounds like a big waste of time. Discovery News
E. You may be feeling depressed and/or anxious after Saturday’s LSAT. Here’s what Buzzfeed thinks you ought to do about it. Buzzfeed

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Logical Reasonings / 12.3.15

A. From Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI Law and all around Constitutional law rockstar, here’s the lowdown on two important Supreme Court cases which will be the subject of oral argument next week. ABA Journal
B. The fifty best songs of 2015, yo. Rolling Stone
C. Senate Democrats try – and fail – to pass stricter gun control measures in the wake of the San Bernadino massacre. Huffington Post
D. Does your phone dance? Yeah, didn’t think so. Your phone sucks. Mashable
E. Doughnut holes? Yes. Bagel balls? Um, not so sure about that. Buzzfeed

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Logical Reasonings / 12.1.15

A. Spell check, people, learn to use it. Mental Floss
B. Mark Zuckerberg is giving 99% of his Facebook shares to charity. Yes, he will still be way richer than you. USA Today
C. Your prayers have been answered. Asteroid mining is now totally legal. You just have to get to the asteroid. Wall Street Journal
D. Take note, aspiring attorneys, judges have heard dumb arguments before, and they’re not gonna take it sitting down. Above the Law
E. All the great music you missed this year because you were studying for the LSAT. Rolling Stone

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Logical Reasonings / 11.30.15

A. Doggerland is the Atlantis of the North Sea, and scientists are trying to find out more about this sunken land. Wired
B. The December LSAT is this Saturday! Always a good idea to review the maddeningly complex, ever-changing list of things dos and don’ts when it comes to test day. LSAC
C. When is an agreement a treaty? Depends on whether or not you like it. ABA Journal
D. Why did NOBODY tell us that the Hermanator was making a comeback?? Mashable
E. You can now radically alter your experience with Google across its many platforms. Jedi or Sith? Choose. Google

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Logical Reasonings / 11.19.15

A. In the digital age, breakin’ up is extra hard to do. ABC News
B. Puppy tries peanut butter, internet breaks. Mashable
C. Cop dresses up as Butterball turkey, all for the good of humankind. ABA Journal
D. Austin plans to shelter its homeless in teensy, adorable homes. Shareable
E. Tell us, did Bernie Sanders sell you on Democratic Socialism? CNN

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Logical Reasonings / 11.17.15

A. One school’s experience shows that doing better on the LSAT increases your chances for passing the bar. Above the Law
B. Drinking obscene amounts of coffee is good for you. So get off our backs already! Huffington Post
C. Those who make partner at Big Law firms often – but not always – went to highly ranked law schools. Shocker. Bloomberg
D. Google has redesigned Google+ to make not using it more enjoyable than ever. Mashable
E. Puns are the lowest form of humor. Here’s a bunch of them with cute explanatory drawings. Bored Panda

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D-Fence or D-Bate?

Showing all the pride of a stepfather watching his entitled stepson’s spoken word performance at a coffee shop teeming with hipsters, the Democratic National Committee did its best to bury the second Democratic presidential debate under a mountain of college football. Saturday night’s debate drew 8.5 million viewers, which might seem respectable until you compare it to other debates. The first Democratic debate on CNN drew nearly twice as many viewers, 15.3 million or so.

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Social life matters in law school.

Here’s the thing about law school. You’re there to learn and build a solid ethical and knowledgeable foundation that will sustain a decade’s long career. But, if we’re being real, you’re also there to get to know people, to make friends, to schmooze even. The friends you make in law school — whether they are students, professors, or support staff — could have a direct impact on your job prospects after graduation. In law school, it’s both what you know, and who you know.