Ross Rinehart

Manager/author at Most Strongly Supported.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.14.17

A. Have you heard? We’re having a flash sale on classes in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. $300 off any qualifying class. But you only have until 9 am PT this Friday, June 16 to take advantage. Check out eligible courses here! Blueprint LSAT

B. Do you not live near one of the qualifying courses, but love learning and discounts? Then sign up to attend one of the two webinars we’re putting on Tuesday, June 27. Attendees of either webinar will receive a $300 discount off our live course and a $75 discount on the first month of the online course subscription. Register now, because space is limited! Blueprint LSAT

C. Legal experts weigh in on Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s refusal to answer certain questions based on a preemptive, by proxy, invocation of executive privilege at the Senate Intelligence Committee. Vox

D. The Supreme Court, in an opinion delivered via RBG herself, struck down a federal statute that places a stricter residency requirement on fathers than on mothers before they can pass down their citizenship to their children born abroad. Slate

E. Good news for those who take LSAT and land somewhere in the middle? Testing data indicate that those who get the best LSAT scores are choosing to not apply to law school at all. In 2017, there was a 12.4% decrease in the students who applied to law school with a score between 165 and 169, and a 23% decrease in the students who applied with a score between 175 and 180. ABA Journal

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Flash Sale for Blueprint Classroom Courses Starts Now!

Human beings who are planning to take the September 2017 LSAT: I don’t want to waste any of your time. Because, frankly, you don’t have a moment to spare. Not only because the test is nearly three months away at this point, but also because you now have a big decision to make, in a very short period of time.

Logical Reasonings / 6.13.17

A. We’re getting word out early: On Tuesday, June 27, we’ll be hosting two web seminars—or webinars, if you’re into the whole portmanteau thing. The first, from 11 am to noon Pacific Time, discuss the law school applications process with Blueprint instructor, UCLA Law graduate, and all-around higher education expert Branden Frankel. The second, from 5-6 pm Pacific Time, will discuss all matters of the LSAT with veteran Blueprint instructor Nick McIntosh. Oh, and attendees of either webinar will receive a $300 discount off our live course and a $75 discount on the first month of the online course subscription. Register now, because space is limited! Blueprint LSAT

B. Back in the ol’ White House, “friends” are leaking to the NY Times that Trump is apparently considering firing Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed to investigate this whole Russia rigmarole. Although Deputy AG Rob Rosenstein says it’s Rosenstein’s call and that he wouldn’t fire without good cause. NY Times

C. In the ol’ DOJ, Jeff Sessions didn’t think it was in the public interest to discuss conversations he had with Trump regarding James Comey’s firing … CNN

D. … although he does think it in the public interest to prosecute medical marijuana providers. Washington Post

E. And on Capitol Hill, the Senate is getting very, very close to passing their version of a health care bill. Vox

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The Morning Cometh: The June 2017 LSAT Recap

With the February 2017 LSAT held right before Super Bowl LI, it’s only fitting that the June 2017 LSAT fell on the same day as the deciding game of a major sporting championship. And while the, let’s say less-than-transparent, New England Patriots were appropriate victors for the ultra-secretive February exam, the Golden State Warriors, love ‘em or hate ‘em, are the appropriate winners for the start of the published LSAT year, as that team perfect embodiments of this test.

Logical Reasonings / 6.12.17

A. The June 2017 LSAT day is upon us. Celebrate finishing with something cold to drink and delicious to eat, and then let us know how it went here! Most Strongly Supported

B. The Trump travel ban, which already got it on the chin from the Fourth Circuit, just took another L in the Ninth Circuit. Interestingly, the Ninth Circuit didn’t rely on the intent of the drafters of the ban, but rather the lack of a sufficient national security threat. Washington Post

C. In fact, the Trump administration will likely be seeing more court time than the entire roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers, now that Maryland and D.C. have sued Trump for failure to shed his business interests. NY Times

D. Puerto Rico just voted in favor of becoming the fifty-first state on Sunday. It’s now up to congress to decide whether it will give the indebted and struggling island full statehood. Reuters

E. Someone dropped a little over twice what it costs to attend Yale Law School for a year for floor seats at tonight’s NBA Finals game. ESPN

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Your June 2017 LSAT Instant Reaction

Best of luck to all the June LSAT takers out there! Check back here after exam for information on the test, to add any information you know about the exam, or to just unwind after the grueling exam (we’re here for you) in the comment section below. We’ll be updating throughout the day.

Logical Reasonings / 6.9.17

A. The Comey hearings have turned into quite the he-said-she-said affair. Trump has accused James Comey of lying under oath, and is willing to testify to this. Trump claims that he never asked Comey to drop the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn or pledge his loyalty. NY Times

B. Vox has an interesting visual comparison of how news outlets across the political spectrum covered the Comey hearings. Vox

C. While your office was watching the Comey testimony, btw, the Senate Republicans have been at work passing a modified version of the House health care bill. They may not have the votes to pass it yet, but they’re inching toward the goal line. Vox

D. Across the pond, British Prime Minister Theresa May gambled on a snap election to consolidate power before negotiating the Brexit. But, oopsie doopsie, she ended up losing a bunch of seats in Parliament as a result—so many that her Conservative Party lost its majority. And now the process of leaving the EU is even more complicated. Washington Post

E. And to all the June LSAT test takers, make sure to review this page on LSAC’s website about what the day of the test is going to look like for you. Be sure to be very clear on the (mostly ridiculous) list of things you can’t bring into your testing center, which includes such every day items as chronographic watches, beepers, mechanical erasers (?) or erasers with sleeves (on the LSAT, erasers must be as nude as on the day they were born), and weapons of any kind, but also more normal stuff life your cell phone, hats, handbags, pens, or earplugs. Best of luck! LSAC

Logical Reasonings / 6.8.17

A. So the big news of today is obviously LeBron James defending his decision to pass to Kyle Korver at the end of the Cavs’ devasating game 3 loss to the Warriors James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning. Relive the highlights here. NY Times

B. One revelation from Comey’s testimony was that he used a Columbia Law School professor to leak a memo about Comey’s dealings with Trump, in order to prompt the appointment about a special counsel. Here’s a little background on the professor in question, Daniel C. Richman. Vox

C. Amid the fury of this scandal, Trump has been able to boost jobs, at least for a very select group of white-collar D.C. attorneys. Vanity Fair

D. Though there’s also good news for aspiring lawyers from all corners. The employment rate for the 2016 class of law grads rose 3 point and surpassed the historic median. National Jurist

E. And better yet, the starting salaries at some of the top law firms in major metropolitan areas is now a cool $180K. National Jurist

Logical Reasonings / 6.7.17

A. Tomorrow, former FBI Director James Comey will testify about Trump and Russia at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. He’ll be reading from a prepared statement, which you can read now. Most of the information he’ll be relaying has already been reported. But among other things, he’ll testify under oath that Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty, to back off of the Michael Flynn criminal investigation, to “lift the cloud” from the Russia probe, and to publicly deny that Trump was a subject of investigation. Senate Intelligence Committee

B. Trump also named a new FBI Director today: former Assistant Attorney General Chris Wray. True to form, Trump made the announcement in a tweet without notifying Congress. NY Times

C. You know what’s a good distraction from national intelligence? Dinosaurs, a favorite topic of both Blueprint and the LSAT. Two dino-facts people can’t seem to agree on is what led to their extinction, and whether they had feathers. A new study claims to have found definitive proof that the Tyrannosaurus rex did not have feathers. Expect this to show up in an antithesis passage in the not too distant future. Washington Post

D. And new evidence also suggests that humans are twice as old as we thought. A discovery of human fossils from an ancient Moroccan campsite suggest that the modern Homo sapien had evolved earlier and had spread farther across Africa than previously believed. National Geographic

E. And if you fancy a look, here’s a primer on tomorrow’s UK elections for those with a less than robust knowledge of UK politics. BBC

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Summer Classes Starting This Week in LA, Irvine, Berkeley, and NY!

Drums, please. It’s summer, summer, summertime, so let’s just sit back and unwind. As DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince taught us, summer is a time when school is out, the weather is hot and girls are dressing less. A time of riding around in your Jeep or Benzos, or in your Nissan sitting on Lorenzos. Of breaking to your crib to change your clothes once more, because you’re invited a barbecue that’s starting at four. When every moment you’re fronting and maxing, chilling in the car you spent all day waxing.

Unless of course, you’re planning on applying to law school next year.