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Logical Reasonings / 5.26.17

A. Still time to register for the two webinars we’re doing on Wednesday, May 31! Veteran Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel will give you the low down on all things LSAT from 12-1 pm PDT, and then give an overview of the law school admissions process from 6-7 pm PDT. And, being the generous soul he is, he’ll also hook you up with a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. So why haven’t you registered yet? Do you hate knowledge? Discounts? Get your act together and register at the link right here! Blueprint LSAT

B. After body-slamming a reporter, Greg Gianforte body-slammed Montana’s body politic and won the state’s sole House seat, which was vacated by Ryan Zinke, who now serves as Secretary of the Interior at the White House. Time

C. Justice Kennedy may be considering retirement, so here are some musings on what that might mean for the future of the Supreme Court. Slate

D. As the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia increases, investigators are now looking into some meetings Kushner had with a Russian ambassador and banker. Washington Post

E. Oh and Kushner allegedly tried to set up secret communications with Russia. May your weekend be as fun and productive as Jared’s lawyers’ weekends are stressful and laborious. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 5.25.17

A. Don’t forget to register for the two webinars we’re doing on Wednesday, May 31! If you want the lowdown on LSAT, go for the first, from 12-1 pm PDT, which will give an overview of what the exam is, how it’s scored, and how it’s weighed in the law school admissions process. If you want the lowdown on the law school applications process, go for the second, from 6 to 7 pm PDT. If you want over two hours of the wit and wisdom of Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel, go for both! By attending either, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. There’s been a lot of talk about where House Republicans will draw the line in their support for Trump, and whether there is any line at all. Is there a limit to the GOP’s support of its own? Well, apparently piledriving a reporter from the Guardian will only receive mild reproach. Washington Post

C. Ben Carson, the man charged with overseeing the improvement and development of the nation’s low-income communities, called poverty, which is defined by the U.S. Census as a household whose total income is lower than the income threshold set for the family (which is defined three times the cost of a “minimum food diet,” updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index), a “state of mind.” Were mathematical formulae so simple, Ben Carson. NY Times

D. The White House is currently fighting two legal battles in its efforts to enforce the controversial revised travel ban: one in the 9th Circuit, where a federal district court in Hawaii issued a freeze on the ban, and one in the 4th Circuit, where a federal district court in Maryland issued a freeze. The White House took a hit in the 4th Circuit battle today, where the 4th Circuit appellate court upheld the freeze, arguing the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” And you know how the saying goes, if one circuit calls your bill discriminatory, they’re the jerk. If two call your bill discriminatory, and then one of the appellate courts agrees, then you’re the jerk. Washington Post

E. And speaking of the ban, former acting attorney general Sally Yates gave a speech about conscience and the law to Harvard Law graduates. And as someone who was fired for refusing to uphold the ban based on her conscience, she was speaking from experience. Boston Globe

Logical Reasonings / 5.24.17

A. The CBO score on the House health care bill just dropped. The report estimates that the bill would increase the number of uninsured people by 23 million by 2026 (which is a slight improvement from the House’s first draft), although insurance premiums overall will begin to drop by 2020—in part because far fewer sick people will be covered, in part because policies will provide less benefits—and the federal deficit will reduce by $119 billion over a decade. Washington Post

B. More news on Trump’s proposed budget, as CNN runs down the many, many cuts the president is requesting to federal programs. CNN

C. Good news for those already working in public service to pay off student loans, but bad news for those who planned to. Previous reports that Trump’s budget proposal would kill the student loan forgiveness program for those who worked in public service have been clarified: He’s just ending the program for new borrowers. Slate

D. In another sad tale of the American criminal justice system, Georgia resident Ramad Chatman will serve seven years in prison for a probation violation, despite meeting all the conditions of his probation order and a jury finding him not guilty of the crime that was supposedly the source of the violation. The Independent

E. Not the happiest news day, but the trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones finally came out. But then the realization that the July 16 premier is one LSAT and two major holidays away sinks in. Entertainment Weekly

Logical Reasonings / 5.23.17

A. You can still register to attend the two webinars we’re doing on Wednesday, May 31! The first, from 12-1 pm PST, will go give an overview of the LSAT: what it is, how it’s scored, how it’s weighed in the law school admissions process. You’ll even get to do some practice problems. The second, from 6 to 7 pm PST, will walk you step-by-step through the law school admissions process. There will be a Q&A portion after the event, where our instructor Branden Frankel will answer any questions you have about the LSAT, law school, or his sci-fi novel Snowfall on Mars. Plus, if you attend, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and a $75 discount on the first month of our online course subscription. Register to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. Trump dropped his budget requests on Congress today. He’s requesting massive cuts to things I think we all agree have never helped anyone or anything, like scientific and medical research and disease prevention programs. Washington Post

C. British police have identified the suspected suicide bomber who detonated bombs at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Although ISIS claimed responsibility, there is no current evidence that links the suspect to the terror group. CNN

D. Before removing a statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech rebuking the preservation of confederate symbols. Vox

E. U.S. News & World Report published a list of law schools with the least-indebted graduates. They are mostly mid-tier (and lower) schools in areas where the cost of living is practically free, but still worth a look. U.S. News & World Report

Logical Reasonings / 5.22.17

A. There are still spots available for the two webinars we’re putting on from 12-1 pm PST and 6-7 pm PST on Wednesday, May 31! Attend from the comfort of your own home, though the event will be black tie only (JK—wear your jammies for all we care!). By attending, you’ll receive a $300 discount on our live, in-person class and $75 off the first month of our online course subscription. Just register at the link immediately following this exclamation point! Blueprint LSAT

B. There are so many amendments in the Constitution of the United States of America, but former national security advisory Michael Flynn can only choose one in response to a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena. So he chose the Fifth. One, two, three, Flynn, fifth. Washington Post

C. North Carolina has gotten it left, right, and center from the Supreme Court lately. First, SCOTUS effectively struck down a restrictive voter ID law in North Carolina after refusing to hear the state’s appeal. And today it struck down two North Carolina congressional districts because the state’s lawmakers relied on race when drawing them. I don’t know, maybe don’t pass racist laws, North Carolina? NY Times

D. The Supreme Court also made a pretty boring ruling today about “forum shopping” in patent cases. But the decision has pretty big implications for “patent trolls,” who apparently love make major corporations defend themselves in East Texas, of all places. Reuters

E. A blind man is bringing a lawsuit against LSAC, arguing that the LSAT, specifically the logic games portion, discriminates against people with visual impairment. NPR

Logical Reasonings / 5.19.17

A. Reserve your spot to one (or both!) of webinars we’ll be putting on on Wednesday, May 31! From noon to 1 pm PST, Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel will provide a complete overview of the LSAT—what it is, how it’s scored, how it’s weighted in the law school admissions process, how to do some practice problems. And then from 6 to 7 pm PST, Branden will take you through the law school admissions process. The knowledge provided in this webinar double feature is truly priceless, but we’ll also be giving out $300 discounts on our classroom course and $75 off the first month of our online course subscription. All you have to do to attend is register at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. V. relevant to those pursuing a career as a public interest lawyer: DeVos and Trump just dropped a budget proposal that ends the public-service loan forgiveness program. Washington Post

C. The DOJ is taking a very draconian approach to regulations on immigration attorneys. It’s using these regulations to target non-profits that provided representation to those affected by the travel ban. The argument is that these non-profits are providing counsel to people in immigration proceedings without committing to full representation, violating the rules. The Nation

D. Anthony Weiner had a tough day in court. He pled guilty to sexting with an under-aged teen and, probably unrelated, his estranged wife filed for divorce. LA Times

E. WaPo just reported that now the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is probing an unidentified “senior white house official” as a significant person of interest. And the weekend-long speculation as to who that official is shall begin. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 5.18.17

A. Very exciting news. We’ll be hosting two webinars—that’s short for web seminars, Grandpa—on Wednesday, May 31. The first will discuss all matters of the LSAT from noon to 1 pm PST. The second will address the law school admissions process from 6 to 7 pm PST. Both will be hosted by the incomparable Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel who, in addition to being an LSAT master and UCLA Law Grad, has the yeoman-like stamina to do two webinars in one day. Oh, and all attendees of the webinar will receive a $300 discount off our live course and a $75 discount on the first month of the online course subscription. RSVP now at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. In legal news, a U.K. Court of Appeals ruled that Kit Kat bar’s memorable “four-finger” shape is not distinct enough to warrant a trademark, giving a break to Kit Kat rip offs across the Her Majesty’s Kingdom. Bloomberg

C. Another day, another frivolous lawsuit from Texas. This time, a fan of the San Antonio Spurs filed a suit against Golden State Warriors’ malevolent grampus Zaza Pachulia for injuring Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. SB Nation

D. Your daily update into the fallout from the firing of former FBI Director James Comey: Turns out deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein knew Trump was going to can Comey before Rosenstein even wrote the memo that was the alleged impetus for the firing. Now Rosenstein might be called as a witness in the investigation run by the special counsel he appointed. NY Times

E. Trump, trying to remember the last time being president made him feel anything other than frustration, ordered another missile strike on Syria, this time targeting Syrian government vehicles getting uncomfortably close to an allied base at At Tanf. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 5.17.17

A. According to a memo written by former FBI director James Comey—an inveterate note-keeper, apparently—Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation of Michael Flynn. NY Times

B. And now Comey is the belle of the congressional ball, getting invited to all the congressional hearings. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will ask Comey to testify next week about the memo. The Senate Intelligence Committee will as well. Associated Press

C. ProPublica and Gizmodo tested the cyber security at Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties, and the results were not very impressive. Might be a bit more alarming if Trump didn’t disclose classified information voluntarily. ProPublica

D. Snapchat is being hit with a lawsuit from its shareholders, alleging that the social media app overrepresented how many users it had, leading to a drop in the shares’ value. But these lawsuits, much like Snaps themselves, tend to disappear once judges see them. LA Times

E. A Texas hero courageously filed a lawsuit against a woman who texted during Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 while on a date with him. In the good fight against habitual movie texters, we get the hero we deserve, not the hero we need. NPR

Logical Reasonings / 5.16.17

A. Might as well get this out of the way. Late last night, the Washington Post’s pair of Gregs, Miller and Jaffe, reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russian officials. This has since been confirmed by the NY Times, WSJ, Reuters, CNN, and those crazy kids at Buzzfeed. Washington Post

B. OK, now on to other stuff. Well … actually … you may be wondering how often presidents reveal classified information to ostensible foreign adversaries. Apparently it happens a fair amount, but usually in exchange for something valuable. Slate

C. All right, on to the next thing. Well, we would be remiss not to include national security adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster’s attempts to clean up this mess. Mix Master McMaster clarified that Trump did not disclose the “sources or methods” used to obtain this classified info, because Trump was not told those things, obviously. NY Times

D. Now let’s get onto … but will this revelation affect other nations? It seems as though other nations are not stoked on this revelation. Buzzfeed

E. Finally, let’s move on. So … what else is on the docket today? I guess some Australians are fighting about avocado toast? NY Times

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The Big News Behind LSAC’s New Policy

It’s no secret that this year has shaken the Law School Admissions Council. Although there has been an increase in the number of people taking the LSAT in the last few years, the number of test takers was trending downwards for years and years, and the current amount of test takers is nowhere near the apex of the 2009-10 academic year. Plus, the slight increase in test takers hasn’t led to an increase in the number of people applying to law school, which is also of concern to LSAC. Then Harvard Law School flexed hard, and announced that it would allow applicants to apply with a GRE score, in addition to the LSAT. Harvard reasoned that the GRE was more open and accessible to potential applicants than the LSAT, which is admittedly quite restricted in the times and places you can actually take the exam.