Jodi Teti

Don’t let the long locks and blue eyes fool you, Jodi Teti, is more than just  a pretty face.  She also has attractive elbows.  At least that's what her garden gnome told her when she was out planting radishes.  He also said not to put too much paprika on deviled eggs, but he was just plain wrong about that.

After getting a BA from Stanford in English (an utterly worthless degree) followed by an MA in English from the University of Virginia (a horrifying 30K accumulation of debt with no job prospects whatsoever), Jodi Teti began consulting with students to assist them in making their own life mistakes by going to graduate school.  When she discovered the a JD that can actually be paid off by a job in the field for which it was intended, Jodi Teti fainted dead away, then promptly limited her consulting to law school (though the occasional dentistry college will creep in).

Jodi Teti was the leading admissions consultant for a national test preparation company for over three years, during which time she supervised and consulted on applications for hundreds of students.  At some point, she decided to strike out on her own with Trent Teti and Matt Riley to found Blueprint, where she oversees law school application consulting.  Jodi's blog posts focus on law school admissions, although she dearly loves finding LSAT fallacies in Project Runway episodes and employing palindromes for instructional purposes.  Her latest for how much to study the night before the LSAT?  Not a ton.

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LSAT Scores: To Law School and Beyond

Do prospective employers care about your LSAT score? Career social networking site LinkedIn thinks they might.

Digital Trends reports that last month LinkedIn added a service targeted for students to enhance their member profiles. These include places for students to list any organizations to which they belong, coursework, honors and awards, and (cue the dramatic pause) standardized test scores.

I get that students don’t have much work experience to put on their résumé beyond “Starbucks Barista” or “Manager of Customer Service Relations at Hot Dog on a Stick,” so additional information can be extremely useful. However, do prospective employers really care about your LSAT score? Doesn’t the importance of your LSAT fade away after law school admissions?

For the most part, no and yes.

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Villanova Scandal Shows LSAT Scores Matter to Schools, Too

There’s a lot of buzz going on right now about Villanova’s Law School. Diverse Education reports that “Villanova’s average LSAT scores were padded by two to three points between 2005 and 2009…The median GPA was raised by up to 0.16 points.”

While the law school didn’t lose its ABA accreditation, it certainly could have. Instead, the bar association issued a public censure that the law school must display on its web site for two years. Not exactly great for the law school’s image.

As a student you’re probably interested in a high LSAT score to get into the best law school possible. But why would a law school care enough about its average LSAT scores to lie about it and run the risk of losing its accreditation?

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Le Tour de France of LSAT Studying

The Tour de France officially ended this week. Comprised of three grueling weeks over varied terrain including the French Alps and Pyrenees, it is the most prestigious bicycle race in the world. You might be familiar with the tour from one Lance Armstrong, who won the tour a world-record seven times with only one testicle. Which is why he’s such a badass. (Also because he dated Sheryl Crow).

Anyhoo.

I find watching the tour every year a riveting experience, and this time around was no different. From Dutch cyclist Hoogerland getting hurled into a barb wire fence to the first time stage win by America sprinter Tyler Ferrar, it was packed full of excitement.

So what does the Tour de France have to do with the LSAT, you might wonder?

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These Go to Eleven.

Every three years or so, we survey our spring classroom students for the Blueprint score increase study. We do this to make sure that we’re doing a good job of teaching our students. After all, if your students aren’t improving their performance on the LSAT during the course, then you’ve failed as an LSAT prep company.

In spring 2008, our average practice exam score increase was 10 points. We were a smaller company then, with classes throughout California and an outpost in New York City. Since then, we’ve been adding locations and this spring expanded into five new cities – Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Austin, and Phoenix (in addition to our extant California and New York classes).

The big question became: was it possible to become a national company and still maintain our massive score increase of 10 points? So many companies grow and lose all quality control. (You know what I mean, Starbucks – you actually served good coffee, once upon a time).

So what are the results?

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Why You Should Take a Prep Course, and Also Shop at Ikea

This weekend I moved. In the past, I moved perhaps twice a year for roughly five years in my twenties and had it down to a science. One U-haul, some hastily packed boxes that eventually gave way to drawers emptied into garbage bags, and voila! I was done.

Then I moved from a condo where I have been residing for approximately seven years. Using inductive reasoning, I thought the condo move would be the same as the numerous apartment moves I had experienced in my (relative) youth. Right? Wrong. Three days, one very sore back, and two workers who weren’t amused that an 8 hour work day stretched into 12 hours later, I learned my lesson.

Where is the LSAT in all this, you may wonder. Don’t worry; it’s tied to the lesson. Here’s the deal.

Logical Reasonings/Birther Edition / 4.27.11

A) The Obama birth certificate controversy explained. Yep, it’s as lame as you’d think it would be. CNN.

B) Trump unable to produce certificate proving he’s not a festering pile of shit. The Onion.

C) Afterbirthers demand to see Obama’s placenta. The Onion.

D) Political responses to the release of Obama’s birth certificate. LA Times.

E) Responses to the release of Obama’s birth certificate. The NY Times.

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Introducing Blueprint’s New LSAT Website

Hello everyone out there in LSAT land.
The folks over at Blueprint have an exciting announcement: the unveiling of their new and improved web site. Why should you care?  First, any excuse to take a few minutes away from LSAT study is a good thing. Second, the site is much more attractive and easier to navigate. Third, there’s a fair amount of lime-colored accenting going on that should be explored.
So head on over and check it out!

Logical Reasonings / 3.29.11

A) Getting arrested for pot isn’t such a big deal when you’re in Texas. If you’re Willie Nelson that is…Daily Mail.

B) Attention convicts.  Don’t use the phone from jail to continue to commit crimes.  CNN.

C) Here’s an alum Harvard Law School probably isn’t excited about.  The Blog of Legal Times.

D) Be careful where your fluids end up. Pop Jolly.

E) Those the history  they didn’t teach you in school. Cracked.

Logical Reasonings / 3.28.11

A) US News ranks the ten most popular law schools in the country. US News.

B) Put that law degree to good use and study the legal issues in Bob Dylan’s songs. The National Law Journal.

C) Gaylord Tootsie Daney (yes, that’s his real name) punches his female attorney over poor pot representation. OC Register.

D) Japanese man dives into the tsunami to save his wife and mother. Good.Is.

E) Still living in your parent’s basement? Studies show this type of “scaffolding” may not be so bad. Live Science.

Logical Reasonings / 3.24.11

A) Money, ranking, or frequency of free tootsie rolls: things to consider when choosing a law school. Above the Law.

B)  Invest in a hair net and name tag – more jobs will be available this summer. CNN.

C) When sweat lodge ceremonies go very, very wrong.  CNN.

D) Known for her beauty, acting, tempestuous love life, and charity work, Elizabeth Taylor passes away at age 79.  The Daily Beast.

E) Eight photos of rebels as amusing as they are inspiring.  Cracked.