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Logical Reasonings / 10.2.18

A. SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh will no longer teach a seminar at the Harvard Law this year, after hundred of grad students expressed their opposition to his role as a lecturer at the school. Washington Post

B. In even crazier news, Kavanaugh was questioned by the police in 1985, following a bar scuffle with a man he mistook for Ali Campbell, the lead singer of the band UB40, after attending a UB40 concert. Kids who don’t know what UB40 was: does this song make you want to brawl? NY Times

C. An anonymous 1L discusses all the “Brett Kavanaughs” — read: privileged white dudes destined for power — you encounter in law school. Above the Law

D. Here’s a rundown of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, the USMCA … or, uss-mick-ah … which doesn’t quite roll of the tongue like NAFTA did. Vox

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: When you’re already a notorious attorney who representing Suge Knight in his murder case, you probably shouldn’t go around cashing $1 million in stolen tax return checks. LA Times

Logical Reasonings / 10.1.18

A. No matter the score you got on the September LSAT, this is good advice. @SpiveyConult

B. Studying for the LSAT is hard, but some would argue the bar is even more arduous. Here are some tips on choosing the right bar prep class, meant for those who aren’t going to just plop down the cost of the most expensive course. Above the Law

C. Pro-tip: When you’re at law school, you’re there to learn about the law and make professional connections. You’re not there to rank the attractiveness of your fellow students, as some students at St. John’s University School of Law did. Above the Law

D. Congressional Democrats passed the first hurdle in their emoluments lawsuit against Trump: proving that they have standing. Washington Post

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: No matter how many retweets it gets, a snarky response to a Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweet might draw the ire of some of the partners at your law firm. ABA Journal

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A Look at the September 2018 LSAT: Logical Reasoning

For fans of rap music whose tastes go beyond putting on whatever shows up on Rap Caviar, September 29th, 1998 is generally considered to be the greatest release date for rap albums ever. You had Outkast get really into traditional rap subversions and astral funk excursions and spoken word discursions on their masterpiece Aquemini. You had Jay-Z, bolstered by the showtune-sampling hit single, cementing his crossover bona fides force with <em>Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life.* We also had Black Star’s conscious-styled antidote to the shiny suit era in Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, the last pre-break-up album from the legendary A Tribe Called Quest, and, sure why not, a Brand Nubian record thrown in.

Logical Reasonings / 9.28.18

A. September LSAT scores will be released tomorrow, and if you need a distraction from that, well, this whole Kavanaugh ordeal is providing more than enough details to get lost in. First, a lot of people called for an FBI investigation into the accusations levied against Kavanaugh. Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor who questioned Ford and Kavanaugh yesterday, was one person who suggested that maybe the FBI should look into this. NY Times

B. Another call for an FBI investigation came from the ABA, which previously determined that Kavanaugh was “very qualified” for the seat. ABA Journal

C. Yet another request came from Kavanaugh’s alma matter, Yale. Above the Law

D. And, most importantly, a demand for an investigation came Senator Jeff Flake of the Judiciary Committee, who said he’d only approve of Kavanaugh’s nomination after an investigation is performed. CNN

E. So the Senate will open a week-long FBI investigation into these accusations. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 9.27.18

A. September 2018 LSAT takers: LSAC did y’all a kindness and announced that your scores will be released at 9 am EST on Saturday. So no sleepless nights as you wait for your score to appear. And hopefully they’ll extend a similar kindness with the scores they give you. @Official_LSAT

B. Mel Elfin, who helped build the U.S. News & World Report college and grad school rankings, passed away this Saturday. NY Times has an obit on how he forever changed the game for higher ed. NY Times

C. A former 1L/current career services director has some advice to his former 1L self, which can presumably be applied to your future- or current-1L self. Above the Law

D. ICYMI, here’s what happened during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Vox

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: if you ever find that the traffic has you so angry that you want to stomp out someone else’s cell phone, try to restrain yourself. Otherwise, you might get a year’s suspension. Columbus Dispatch

Logical Reasonings / 9.26.18

A. If you’re planning on using the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to discharge your student loans, you’ll need to come very correct with your paperwork, or wait for a more forgiving administration. Last year, the Department of Education denied 99% of the applications to the program. Above the Law

B. Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of Berkeley Law and also of Con Law generally, gives an overview of the cases the Supreme Court will hear in its next term. ABA Journal

C. Speaking of the Supreme Court, have you heard there’s a nomination process going on? The Senate senators have selected Arizona prosector Rachel Mitchell to question both nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Vox

D. It’s unclear whether the second woman to accuse the SCOTUS nominee — or the third, who came forward today — will testify tomorrow. CNN

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: Check to see if your mic is still on before dropping f-bombs in court. Otherwise, you might get suspended. Law.com

Logical Reasonings / 9.25.18

A. Professor evaluations and ratemyprofessor.com are hotbeds of gender biases, even at law schools. Above the Law

B. On Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s journey from academic to ACLU attorney to pop culture icon. ABA Journal

C. She also just spoke to Columbia Law School on the issue of gender equality. Columbia Spectator

D. Meanwhile, Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. NY Times

E. Looks like Ted Cruz will get his very own Red Hen moment after he was heckled out of a restaurant for his support of Kavanaugh. Washington Post

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Should You Go to a Law School or a School of Law? An Investigation

In debating where you should go to law school, there are many factors to be weighed and contemplated. There are considerations even beyond the boring-old things everyone talks about, like ranking, prestige, location, financing, and cetera. Some law schools give you a good shot at passing the bar exam, while others do not. Some law schools have the status and connections to help you land that remunerative job that will bring in enough lucre to repay the cost of school before your temples grey and your body ripens into a soft middle age, while others will not. Some laws schools remain open and ABA-accredited throughout your three years spent there, while others, sadly, do not.

Logical Reasonings / 9.24.18

A. Last week reports emerged that Yale Law School professor Amy Chua would counsel female students interviewing for a clerkship with Judge Kavanaugh that he preferred his clerks to have a “certain look.” Chua has categorically denied these accusations. Above the Law

B. Some Yale students don’t buy that though. Huffington Post

C. The magazine Golf Digest helped free a New York man wrongfully convicted of murder. He had been serving time — and making detailed golf illustrations — since 1993. Golf Digest

D. A tentative deal has been reached for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday. NY Times

E. Also, Deborah Ramirez, an acquaintance of Kavanaugh at Yale, has come forward to accuse the nominee of sexual misconduct in college. The New Yorker

Logical Reasonings / 9.21.18

A. Pro-tips on how to use the Career Services Office while in law school. Above the Law

B. A new study concluded that earning a high salary was not among the four most-cited reasons for pursuing law school. An alternative conclusion? No one’s willing to say earning a high salary is among the main reasons they’re pursuing law school. Law.com

C. Yale Law School students are protesting how the school has handled the Supreme Court nomination of one of its alums. Above the Law

D. And some representatives are using the ongoing nomination controversy as an opportunity to dust off their hacky jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Charleston Post Courier

E. And then the President finally weighed in. NY Times