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Logical Reasonings / 9.22.17

A. If you’re studying for the December LSAT, Blueprint’s last round of classes are starting this weekend, and we have many more classes already underway. Check out the classes here and use promo code PLUS11 to save 11%. Blueprint LSAT

B. The Dept. of Education just lowered the Obama-era evidentiary standard recommended to universities dealing with sexual assault on campus from “preponderance of the evidence” to “clear and convincing evidence.” These may sound like meaningless words, but by 1L, you’ll get why this is a big deal. Dept. of Education

C. You got to give it up to the students at Howard University — they know how to heckle a speaker. USA Today

D. The future does not look very bright for big law firms. Above the Law

E. And the same can be said of Graham-Cassidy: looks like McCain is ready to DDT the health care bill, which may make it DOA. Washington Post

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September 2017 Post-LSAT Carnival

It’s been a week since the Law School Admissions Council bequeathed the September 2017 LSAT to a nation of lawyers-to-be (unless you live in parts of Florida, in which case, good luck when the exam comes around to you!). And since this momentous bequeathing, the internet has been ablaze with hot takes on the exam. Well, more accurately, a very specific niche of chatty soon-to-be law students have been talking about the exam, mostly trying to figure out which section was the experimental.

But there has been some interesting and lively discussions surrounding the exam on all corners of the internet, so we thought we’d bring back an old favorite — the post-LSAT Carnival — to round up the chatter about the September exam.

Logical Reasonings / 9.21.17

A. Another law school — the University of Hawai’i’s, in fact — has decided to start accepting the GRE. Above the Law

B. If you’re looking for a good value law school that will give you a solid shot at getting a job upon graduation, here are the law schools with the most improved employment rates. National Jurist

C. The Trump Administration got with another law suit, this from California to stop construction of the border wall. ABA Journal

D. And a defamation lawsuit against Trump got some support from law professors. The Hollywood Reporter

E. A useful list on how to best contribute to relief efforts following the recent earthquakes and hurricanes. Meanwhile, please just chill for a little bit Mother Nature. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 9.20.17

A. Above the Law gives presumably nervous and stressed 1L’s some tough advice: In addition to learning all this crazy stuff about the law, you have to start finding your career ASAP. Above the Law

B. Good news for those 1Ls though: the demand for in-house attorneys is apparently on the upswing.

C. Mueller’s request for documents relating to Trump’s actions in the White House is the strongest signal yet that the special investigation encompasses the White House. NY Times

D. But … could White House counsel assert attorney-client privilege? Reuters

E. Finally, how to best send aid to our neighbors to the south following the earthquake in Mexico. Bustle

Logical Reasonings / 9.19.17

A. Signs of progress, but still a long way to go: Women now make up a third of all equity partners in Big Law firms. ABA Journal

B. The American Bar Association, which represents all of the lawyers, filed a friend of the court brief asking the Supreme Court to invalidate Trump’s travel ban. American Bar Association

C. A former federal prosecutor explains Mueller’s aggressive investigations against Paul Manafort. Vox

D. The USD Law professor who wrote an anti-tolerance op-ed continues to get lambasted by his own students. Above the Law

E. In a partnership no one saw coming, the Washington Post collaborated with Rap Genius to give you an annotated version of Trump’s bellicose speech to the UN General Assembly. Washington Post


The Morning Cometh: The September 2017 LSAT Recap

On Saturday, what will almost certainly be the largest collection of law school hopefuls to assemble this year woke up to chase their proverbial paper boat of law school dreams down the street, leading them to a storm drain testing center. These law school hopefuls could have lost that paper boat down the storm drain, taken hostage by an evil, shape-shifting clown called the LSIT. Or they could have safely retrieved the boat before it washed down the drain, instead encountering a familiar, less scary, and predictable entity called the LSAT.

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Your September 2017 LSAT Instant Reaction

A big congrats to all those who just completed the September 2017 LSAT from all of us at Blueprint! Now that the exam is over, let this post serve as a safe space for you to unwind and reflect on the exam. So if your speech has not already devolved into a string of champagne and confetti emojis, drop us a comment below to share your experience today. And if you just want to unpack your frustrations after a grueling exam, we’re here for you. We’ll be updating throughout the day.

Logical Reasonings / 9.15.17

A. We’re gonna take a break from our normal news round up and have a little fun. First, we went ahead and googled “fennec fox” for you, because it is objectively the cutest animal. Fennec Fox

B. Speaking of animals, did you know that otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other? Does that not melt your icy, LSAT-hardened heart? Mother Nature Network

C. Here’s a rough approximation of what you’re going to do to the LSAT tomorrow. The Raid Redemption

D. Here’s what you’re gonna look like after the exam. A Cool Ass Dog

E. And just for something a little bit practical, here are LSAC’s rules about the day of the exam. Remember to bring your admissions ticket, an ID, plenty of wooden pencils, an analog watch, and a snack and bev (20 oz. or fewer, plastic or juice box only). Leave your phone, vape, guns, and sleeved erasers at home. Good luck! LSAC

Logical Reasonings / 9.14.17

A. The California Bar has some harsh words for the California Supreme Court, which wants to lower the minimum passage requirement for the California Bar Exam. ABA Journal

B. Protests are alive at even the top law schools, as students at Harvard Law are protesting the transgender ban in the military as JAG officers recruit on their campus. The Harvard Crimson

C. Some tips for how those with a legal background can help Florida recover from Hurricane Irma. Daily Business Review

D. The “master negotiator” is close to a deal with the congressional Democrats to renege on his campaign promises and executive order and protect DREAMERs from deportation with little in return … which, I mean, thank goodness. Bloomberg

E. The makers of the popular sparking beverage LaCroix won’t reveal what’s in it. They call the sugar and GMO-free flavoring the beverage’s “essence” — hopefully it’s not LaCroix-sonous. Grubstreet

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Only a fool would predict what’ll be on the LSAT. So here are our predictions …

All right, the time is upon us. We are T-minus 2 days until the September 2017 LSAT is unveiled to a nation of law school hopefuls and, in the case of the fine people who contribute to this blog, LSAT instructors.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been studying for that moment for months on end. You’ve used past exams to guide your study. You’ve seen that, while there are only a few different kinds of Logical Reasoning questions, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension passages that the LSAT returns to again and again, you never quite know which combination of those you’re going get on a given exam. The malevolent sorcerers who write this test can be quite unpredictable in that way.