Ross Rinehart

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Logical Reasonings / 2.1.19

A. Still on the fence about whether to cancel your January LSAT score? You have until 11:59 pm Eastern to make that call. LSAC

B. But for real, you probably shouldn’t cancel. Blueprint LSAT

C. Think you had a rough day? This Louisiana public defender had to handle 194 felony cases in one day. NY Times

D. The immigration court system — already the most chaotic of our court systems — got a whole lot more chaotic yesterday. Hundreds of people, who were told that they needed to appear before an immigration court on Thursday, showed up and then were told that their cases — whoopsies — didn’t actually get scheduled because of the government shutdown. Washington Post

E. The Super Bowl will go on as expected this weekend, since a judge refused to employ the seldom-used legal remedy writ of mandamus to order a do over of the controversial Saints vs. Rams NFC Championship game. Unlike pass interference, legal decisions are reviewable, however. ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 1.31.19

A. A reminder to January LSAT takers who want to Bird Box their LSAT score: tomorrow is the last day to cancel your score. LSAC

B. Yale Law School, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the best law school for landing an illustrious federal clerkship. Above the Law

C. Some details on how income-based student loan repayment programs work. Above the Law

C. Continuing with today’s post about the Fyre Fest: apparently the Fyre Fest founder will be joining the Jersey Shore‘s The Situation and maybe even Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen at one of America’s “cushiest” prisons. Insider

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: Apparently offering free legal advice to donors on your GoFundMe page is a no no. West Virginia Record

Logical Reasonings / 1.28.19

A. Pondering whether to cancel your January LSAT score? Here’s LSAC’s cancellation policy. LSAC

B. But should you cancel? Probably not. Here’s why. Blueprint LSAT

C. If you’re studying for a later LSAT, let Timothée Chalamet reading at an award show be your spirit animal. @Kosherhotdogz

D. On utilizing the KonMarie method during law school, a period where few collectables will spark joy. Above the Law

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: There is a sacred oath that prevents all those who don judicial robes from secretly recording each other. Violations of this oath will result in two months suspension without pay. ABA Journal

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The Morning Cometh: The January 2019 LSAT Recap

For most of you reading this post, you probably didn’t spend this weekend watching a meaningless football exhibition, or being hoodwinked by a network into thinking a highly publicized televised production of a popular musical was actually live, or being reversed psychologied into running for president. Most of you — being a smart and motivated type — probably elected to spend four or so hours of your weekend holed up in a test center, taking the the first LSAT of the calendar year 2019.

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Your January 2019 LSAT Instant Reaction

Congratulations to all January LSAT takers! You’ve endured four hours of intense testing and now you’ve emerged — hopefully — triumphant. You’ve been through the proverbial ringer, all the logic you had stored in your brain rung out by each of the six sections on the exam. Whether you felt those sections went great or just OK or maybe even not great, one thing is certain: the test is over. And that is worth celebrating.

Logical Reasonings / 1.25.19

A. From all your pals at Blueprint, best of luck to everyone taking the January LSAT tomorrow.

B. And if the test tomorrow looks daunting, look on the bright side … at least you get to take the test? That’s more than those who registered for the February D.C. bar exam can say. The federal government shutdown may prevent many from taking that kind-of-important test. Above the Law

C. And the D.C. denizens who already passed the bar exam will have to wait a while to be sworn in and officially become an attorney, too.

D. More bar talk: the ABA ponders tightening bar exam passage standards for law schools, in light of the flagging bar passage rates in many states. ABA Journal

E. All this talk about the LSAT, law school, and the bar exam is getting me stressed out. Is it getting you stressed out? Well, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Some people who become lawyers get to be happy lawyers. Especially if they went to UVA Law, apparently, which boasts a 91% life satisfaction rate among its grads. University of Virginia Law

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Predictions for the January 2019 LSAT

For the January exam, we’re going to switch our typical predictions post up a little bit.

For the past few years, we’ve jokingly made hyper-specific and ridiculous predictions for each LSAT that, unsurprisingly, were not borne out by the actual exam. The “joke” was that making actual predictions on the LSAT was a fool’s errand, since you won’t know exactly what the Logical Reasoning questions, Reading Comp passages, or Logic Games would be about. And, even if you did, that knowledge wouldn’t be of much use. So, we’d make a few winking, sort-of-inane predictions, and then remind students that as long as they were comfortable with the concepts that get tested on every LSAT, they’d do great, irrespective of what would end up showing up on the test.

Logical Reasonings / 1.18.19

A. Today is the last day to upload your admission ticket photo to LSAC, so please don’t forget to follow the rules and upload your most professional selfie. LSAC

B, LSAC’s latest podcast breaks down the numbers — like, what’s the number of students who are taking the LSAT this year and applying to law school, and will that number go up or down in the future? LSAC

D. The year is young but we already have a contender for 2019’s most innovative idea for law school. Above the Law

C. On the importance of grit in legal education. Above the Law

E. We also have a contender for ad of the year. YouTube

Logical Reasonings / 1.17.19

A. Good for Texas A&M School of Law, maybe less good for people planning on going to Texas A&M School of Law. That school improved its median LSAT score more than any other law school since 2010. Above the Law

B. An Australian law professor surmises that junior attorneys are an “endangered species” at law firms, since their work will be increasingly automated. So … get those checks while you can, young lawyers. Legal Cheek

C. On the other hand, some discussions of the career opportunities for young attorneys are taking a rosier outlook. Above the Law

D. Who says lawyers aren’t fighting the good fight? This attorney just won a lawsuit against Ticketmaster after the corporation refused to refund the $2300 Hamilton tickets the lawyer accidentally purchased. With a clear sense of perspective, the attorney called the victory “Hamiltonian.” Clearly the courtroom is the room where it (justice) happens. Texas Lawyer

E. The California bar exam results were dreadful, and people are still wondering how it could have happened. National Jurist