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Logical Reasonings / 8.9.17

A. USNWR has some ideas on how to avoid writing a really dumb-sounding personal statement. U.S. News & World Report

B. The two-day National HBCU Pre-Law Summit will convene next month at Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University to help increase the number of black law students. Diverse Education

C. Being an attorney is a demanding profession. Case in point: after Monday night’s finale, reigning bachelorette and current civil defense attorney Rachel Lindsay is already back to work. Above the Law

D. Five transgendered, active duty service members have filed suit to block the implementation of Trump’s three tweet plan to prohibit transgendered people from serving in the U.S. CNN

E. We’re now officially into the kicking-doors-down part of the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, with reports coming out that law enforcement searched former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home in late July. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 8.8.17

A. Kellye Testy, LSAC CEO, upon learning that Northwestern and Georgetown will now start accepting the GRE: “I think the rest of the top 14 will go like lemmings off the cliff.” Lemmings: “We don’t do that.” Above the Law

B. The American Bar Association, meanwhile, might just change its rules and keep the LSAT the king of law school admissions. Inside Higher Ed

C. The ABA is also deep in a debate over how law schools report school-funded positions–a stat that is very relevant to prospective law students. Law.com

D. One of the great perks of on-campus interviews in law school, other than potentially getting a job or whatever, is the swag bags big law firms give out. The newest trend? Fidget spinners, of course. Above the Law

E. Jeff Sessions will likely ignore his own task force’s recommendation that cracking down on state’s medical marijuana programs isn’t worth it. Which doesn’t make sense to me, given that, as the tree-dwelling elf that makes fudge-striped cookies, Jeff Sessions would likely stand to make a healthy profit should marijuana use become more common. Slate

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The Logical Rose-ning Section: Your Recap of The Bachelorette’s Season Finale

Rachel Lindsay is a practicing attorney who once took the LSAT. And you, dear reader, are an aspiring attorney who will soon take the LSAT, Rachel Lindsay is also an aspiring married person, serving as the bachelorette on this season of The Bachelorette, the love story these depraved times deserve. And you, dear reader, may also be an aspiring married person? Either way, you definitely have at least a few things in common with Rachel. So every Tuesday, we’re going to be tracking Rachel’s romantic journey on The Bachelorette, and see what we can learn about love, loss, and the LSAT. Bienvenidos a la Sección de Logical Rose-ning.

Logical Reasonings / 8.7.17

A. Northwestern joined Harvard and Arizona on the list of schools that will accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. ABA Journal

B. And not to be outdone, Georgetown is going to start accepting the GRE as well. Above the Law

C. Chicago filed suit to prevent the federal government from withholding law enforcement funding from “sanctuary cities,” arguing that the policy would deter cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities. CNN

D. The U.N. voted unanimously to levy sanctions on North Korea, which could cost the country $1 billion annually. Will these curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program? WaPo: “idk maybe?” Washington Post

E. Martin Shkreli, the hated “pharma bro” who raised the price of a lifesaving HIV drug by 5000% and bragged that he would outwit federal prosecutors in a security frauds case, was convicted of three counts of security fraud and now faces up to 20 years in prison. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 8.4.17

A. Just a few hours left to take advantage of our summer tutoring sale. 20% off all tutoring purchases with the promo code SUMMER20 before until tonight at 6:30 pm PDT. This is the last time we’ll be offering this sale before the September LSAT, so don’t miss out! Blueprint LSAT

B. A group of law professors weigh in on what special counsel Robert Mueller impaneling a grand jury in D.C. means for the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. The consensus? This is routine practice in investigations, he probably needs the jury’s subpoena power, but the fact that he is using a second grand jury–in addition to the one already in Virginia for the investigation into Michael Flynn–may suggest that he has significant evidence beyond just Flynn. Vox

C. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is moving right along with hard-line policies on drug sentencing and immigration, and with an investigation into leaking from the White House (but alas not that kind of leaking). NY Times

D. And the White House is having some success filling the federal courts with judges, just recently nominating ten new ones. Washington Times

E. Finally, one big law firm is out here offering signing-bonuses to 1L summer associates like they’re first-round NFL draft picks. Hopefully your weekend is as prosperous as these newly flush law students. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 8.3.17

A. You have one day to take advantage of our 20% discount on all tutoring purchases before this sale ends Friday at 6:30 pm PDT. Find your very own LSAT sherpa by using promo code SUMMER20 at the following link. Blueprint LSAT

B. A group of Yale Law students wrote a withering response to their dean, who argued that law students should only engage in decorous dissent, and not disruptive protest. The Nation

C. Good news for current and prospective law students: Big Law hiring is up for the second year in a row. Above the Law

D. WaPo–which, btw, is basically just showing off with its White House sources at this point–published the full transcripts of President Trump’s calls with Mexican President Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Washington Post

E. If the whole law school thing doesn’t work out, maybe you have a future in protecting Earth from aliens? If so, NASA has a job for you. NPR

Logical Reasonings / 8.2.17

A. Today’s the registration deadline for the September LSAT, so if you’re signed up, it’s really happening. If you’d like some one-on-one help with one of our many amazing tutors (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t), you’re in luck. We’re offering 20% off all tutoring purchases until Friday, August 4th at 6:30 pm PDT, so you ought to strike before it’s too late. Just use promo code SUMMER20 at the following link! Blueprint LSAT

B. The ACLU’s Jamie Lynn Crofts filed a top-notch amicus brief in support of John Oliver and HBO, who are being sued for defamation by coal baron Robert Murray. It’s a good read, especially if you’ve ever wanted to see the header “Anyone Can Legally Say ‘Eat Shit, Bob!'” in a court document. The Hollywood Reporter

C. Charlotte School of Law, which seemed dead in the water until the Department of Education told the school it might reinstate its access to federal financial aid programs, recently hired the lobbyist Laura Maddox who helped get current secretary of education Betsy DeVos confirmed. Hmm. Bloomberg

D. Trump, who promised his deal-making prowess would usher in a new era of good relations with Russia, but has so far been having a tough time even dealing with his own party, just signed a bill that not only sanctions Russia but limits his ability to make deals with foreign powers by requiring congressional review of a president’s decision to lift sanctions. Washington Post

E. Science did the dang thing today-either taking a major first step in limiting disease or setting us down a path towards a Gattaca-style dystopian future–by editing the genes in a human embryo. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 8.1.17

A. Our tutoring sale is still going strong, and will keep on going until Friday, August 4th at 6:30 pm PDT. 20% off all tutoring packages with promo code SUMMER20 at the link to the right. Blueprint LSAT

B. Last night, WaPo reported that President Trump told Trump Jr. to use the old meeting-with-a-Russian-attorney-with-ties-to-the-Kremlin-during-a-U.S.-presidential-campaign-in-order-to-discuss-a-program-about-adopting-Russian-children excuse that Trump Jr. trotted out before disclosing the full email thread a few days later. Washington Post

C. Speaking of fabricated stories from the White House, a lawsuit alleges that the Trump Administration reviewed drafts of Fox News reports of the baseless conspiracy theory relating to the death of DNC aide Seth Rich. NPR

D. Senator Cory Booker introduced legislation–surely going nowhere given that the GOP controls the Senate and the current (at least for now) Attorney General loves the war on drugs more than most Alabamans love the Roll Tide–that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions, and penalize states that arrest certain races disproportionately for marijuana-related crimes. Washington Post

E. Finally, if your idea of a safety school involves a beleaguered for-profit law school that has already lost its ability to award federal financial aid and may shut down at any moment, you’re in luck: the Charlotte School of Law may soon have its aid restored. Inside Higher Ed

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The Logical Rose-ning Section: Your Recap of The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All Special

Rachel Lindsay is a practicing attorney who once took the LSAT. And you, dear reader, are an aspiring attorney who will soon take the LSAT, Rachel Lindsay is also an aspiring married person, serving as the Bachelorette on this season of The Bachelorette, the love story these depraved times deserve. And you, dear reader, may also be an aspiring married person? Either way, you definitely have at least a few things in common with Rachel. So every Tuesday, we’re going to be tracking Rachel’s romantic journey on The Bachelorette, and see what we can learn about love, loss, and the LSAT. Welcome back to the Logical Rose-ning Section.

Logical Reasonings / 7.31.17

A. Our tutoring sale kicked off today, and will keep on going until Friday, August 4th at 6:30 pm PDT. So act now to get 20% off all tutoring packages with promo code SUMMER20! Blueprint LSAT

B. Unsurprisingly, given that it was the guy who did this and Harvard Law in the 80s, new communications director Anthony Scaramucci had a “big personality” in law school. ABA Journal

C. In case you missed it, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates–who refused to enforce Trump’s travel ban–wrote an op-ed on Friday about what the Trump presidency means for the future of the justice system. NY Times

D. A lot of sanctions levied out by the U.S. government. First it was against Russia, which responded by demanding that 755 U.S. diplomats be dismissed of their duties. NY Times

E. And then against Venezuela, whose President Nicolas Maduro is attempting to redraw the nation’s constitution to consolidate and secure lasting power. Washington Post