Ross Rinehart

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Logical Reasonings / 8.10.18

A. It’s score release day for all the July LSAT test takers! Congratulations to you all for making it past one of the most significant milestones on your path to law school.

B. A reminder for September test takers: Next Tuesday, August 13th is the last day to change your test date, test center, or get a partial refund. LSAC

C. The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings will commence on September 4th. ABA Journal

D. With all the celebrities getting caught and reprimanded for behaving badly, insurance companies are now offering “disgrace policies” to protect celebrities against their own terrible impulses. Law.com

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: Apparently, stalking via drones is OK? WPLG Local10

Logical Reasonings / 8.9.18

A. LSAC has learned the error of its score release ways, and will release the July 2018 scores on Friday, starting at 9 am Eastern. @Official_LSAT

B. Here’s a new update to the much maligned writing sample: LSAC is conducting field tests for an do-it-at-home version of the writing sample. It’s sending out invitations to volunteers for the field test — those who accept the invitation won’t get to skip the writing sample on the real LSAT, but they will get a free law school report. @DaveKilloran

C. Will the ABA’s decision to keep the rule that requires law schools to use a standardized test for admissions stymie the number of schools that are accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT? Maybe, given the costs and time needed to satisfy the rule’s requirement that school’s using alternate tests demonstrate the reliability of those tests. ABA Journal

D. A new study shows that the chances of getting good grades during 1L depends largely on whether you look like your professor … which is great news for white cis men, who are finally getting a much-needed advantage. Law.com

E. On the importance of not having a loan-shaming SO in law school. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 8.8.18

A. If your want to cut your GPA into pieces, ASU Law is giving you a last resort: a new honors program that will allow would-be law students to prove their mettle in real 1L classes. If these students finish in the top 50, they get admitted into the law school. Law.com

B. For those among us who love paying extra for things, here are the law schools with the most expensive out-of-state tuition. U.S. News & World Report

C. An uncharacteristically rosy-ish outlook on the state of the post-recession legal market from Above the Law. Above the Law

D. Slate may have unearthed Brett Kavanaugh’s “frozen trucker” case — a dissent where he argued SeaWorld orca trainers assume life-threatening risk, and therefore shouldn’t expect terribly safe working conditions. Slate

E. And back and forth between Robert Mueller and Trump’s lawyers over a sit-down interview continues. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 8.7.18

A. Even if you missed this morning’s LSAT Webinar, there’s still time to reserve your space for tonight’s Logic Games Webinar, which will begin at 5 pm Pacific. If you RSVP and attend, you’ll get promo codes good for $300 off any Blueprint classroom course and $75 off for the first month of an online course subscription. Blueprint LSAT

B. After much debate — and all signs suggesting it would drop the rule — the ABA has decided to keep Standard 503 in place, which is a rule that requires law schools to use a standardized test for admissions. ABA Journal

C. This is big news for the LSAT, which gets to reign supreme in the law school admissions space for a little while longer. Law.com

D. On the similarities between law school and high school. Above the Law

E. Adorably, Ruth Bader Ginsburg refers to her clerks’ children as her “grandclerks.” Law360

Logical Reasonings / 8.6.18

A. Don’t forget to RSVP to the webinars we’re hosting tomorrow. The first is on the LSAT and will begin at 11 am Pacific on the dot. And the second is on Logic Games, which will begin at 5 pm Pacific. If you digitally attend either, we’ll hook you up with promo codes good for $300 off any Blueprint classroom course and $75 off for the first month of an online course subscription. Blueprint LSAT

B. As the ABA continues to debate whether it’ll get rid of the requirement that law schools use a standardized test for admissions, 58% of pre-law students in a recent survey claimed they want the requirement to be maintained. This may be the most egregious case of the pot calling the kettle black … but … still … 58% of pre-law students are apparently nerds. Above the Law

C. The LSAT Prep Book — which does not license real LSAT questions from LSAC but instead comes up with its own — wrote some questions that were not particularly kind to the current president. This ruffled the feathers some right-leaning pre-law types, but we’re honestly more upset that one the supposed LR questions included asked students to identify the answer choice the author would agree with. That’s not a real LR question, bruv. The College Fix

D. Constitutional law guy Erwin Chemerinsky runs down some under-the-radar Supreme Court cases from this term. ABA Journal

E. In his latest main segment, John Oliver waded into the power wielded by prosecutors. YouTube

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Don’t Miss Out on Our Two LSAT Webinars Tomorrow!

Before we could harness the power of the internet to bring LSAT content directly to you, the industrious future attorney, some of the older LSAT knowers at Blueprint had to pile into a used Ford Econoline and hit the road, trekking all across this nation, dropping kernels of LSAT knowledge wherever we could. Like some weird, legal-themed Johnny Appleseeds. By the time we would reach the east coast, the van’s brakes would be shot, along with our patience for each other and our tolerance for a diet of gas station gastronomy.

Logical Reasonings / 8.3.18

A. Make sure to RSVP to the webinars on the LSAT and Logic Games we’re hosting next Tuesday at 11 am PDT and 5 pm PDT, respectively. Attend either, and you’ll get promo codes good for $300 off any Blueprint classroom course and $75 off for the first month of an online course subscription! Blueprint LSAT

B. LSAC plans to have ten — 10! — LSATs administered per year by 2020 and plan to have a digital version of exam by 2019. Law.com

C. Four out of five dentists recommend Crest toothpaste, but only one out of five lawyers recommend the GRE. National Jurist

D. Median salaries for law grads are up! Due in no small part to the salary increase many big firms instituted this year. ABA Journal

E. The judge in the Manafort case sounds like one stern dude with a droll wit, telling the attorneys to “rein in” their facial expressions and eye-rolling, and openly mocking the evidence offered by both sides. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 8.2.18

A. We have two webinars next Tuesday that you can RSVP to here! Attend either, and you’ll get promo codes good for $300 off any Blueprint classroom course and $75 off for the first month of an online course subscription. Blueprint LSAT

B. Good news, soon-to-be-legal-job-seekers: according to NALP, last year there was an increase in the percentage of law school grads who got jobs … the first time that’s happened since 2008. NALP

C. It should be noted, however, that most of the growth was in Big Law hiring, and that the number of jobs available actually decreased. Law.com

D. Nonetheless, some people are willing to do whatever it takes … like this grad who lived in his car to complete his third year. Above the Law

E. A new study shows that recreational use of the of Adderall — a staple of law school study sessions — won’t add all that much to the learning process. Psychology Today

Logical Reasonings / 8.1.18

A. There’s still a little bit of time left before the Early Bird Sale flutters away! You have until tonight at 11:59 pm PDT to take advantage of the $300 discount on any Blueprint classroom course with the promo code earlybird300, or the $75 discount on the first month of an online course subscription with the promo code earlybird75. Blueprint LSAT

B. More from the going-law-school-advice content farm, this piece focusing on making sure you have a realistic conception of the day-to-day life of an attorney before embarking on your legal education. Above the Law

C. And if you’re a masochist for real talk, here’s even more frightening advice on the same topic. Above the Law

D. But with statistics like these, you can see why the above advice is salient. ABA Journal

E. The latest update from the Mueller investigation: The Trump team’s “collusion is not a crime” defense lasted all of two days before going back to the demand that Sessions “stop this Rigged Witch Hunt [sic]” — forgetting of course that since Sessions recused himself from the investigation, he isn’t able to interfere with, much less end, it. CNBC

Logical Reasonings / 7.31.18

A. There’s one day left to take advantage of the Early Bird Sale! Until Wednesday, August 1st at 11:59 pm PDT, you can get $300 off any Blueprint classroom course with the promo code earlybird300, or $75 off the first month of an online course subscription with the promo code earlybird75. Blueprint LSAT

B. LSAC reported the data for the 2017-18 application cycle, and it was competitive out there. Applicants rose 8% over last year, with dramatic increases for students who scored above a 165. Law.com

C. Working Mother partnered with the ABA to put together a list of the 50 best law firms for women. Working Mother

D. Jayne Reardon, the executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission, argues that we have maybe reached a tipping point with the Uniform Bar Exam, and that may make state-specific bar membership a thing of the past. ABA Journal

E. The Paul Manafort trial began today — here’s an overview of what it’s expected to cover. NY Times