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Law Students of the World, Unite and Take Over

Recently, after law professors and law students brought to light that some firms make summer associates sign arbitration agreements for employment-related claims, including sexual harassment claims, law students banded together and got a bunch of law schools (including all of the T14 schools) to ask that firms participating in campus recruiting disclose such policies. Hearing about this story made me start thinking about what else the collective bargaining power of law students could accomplish.

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Legal Field Trips: Personal Injury Law

To complete our series on various legal practices areas, we’re going to dive into the much maligned world of personal injury law.

Personal injury lawyers are often pejoratively referred to as “ambulance chasers” because they — more in myth than fact — are thought to follow ambulances to the scenes of accidents in order to pick up new, injured clients. So, is it fair to consider these lawyers the used car salesmen of the legal world? And what exactly do these lawyers do?

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Legal Field Trips: Appellate Litigation

For the last couple weeks, we’ve been doing a series on various areas of the law. So far, we’ve covered securities law and criminal law. This week we’re going to take up appellate litigation. While this is a relatively niche area, it is another one that a lot of people seem to talk about before and during law school.

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Legal Field Trips: Securities Law

Many law students and applicant generally profess a desire to “be a lawyer” but have no real understanding of what practice area they want to work in. We’re going to kickoff a new series that provides a quick primer on certain fields of law. Naturally, this isn’t going to be an exhaustive study of life as an “x” lawyer, but it’ll help give you some insight into how the actual practice of law works.

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Getting to Know the Implication Family

With classes starting up for the June LSAT, we thought it would be a good idea to do a post covering one of the foundational groups of questions you’ll encounter on the LSAT. At Blueprint, we subdivide one of the big sections of the LSAT — the biggest section, in fact, Logical Reasoning — into three “families.” We’re going to zoom in on one of those families today: the Implication family.

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Wave Goodbye to Your US News Ranking, Pepperdine Law

Every time I read the news, it feels like one crisis after another. Evidently, the world of legal education is not isolated from the crazy currents events climate. Pepperdine Law dropped from 72 on last year’s U.S. News & World Report list all the way to … unranked. Apparently, Pepperdine misreported data about its median LSAT score, sent a correction to USNWR and USNWR thanked them for their honesty by taking them off the list entirely.

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The LSAT vs. The Bar Exam

The formal part of your legal education is book-ended by two exams. At the front, the LSAT and, at the end, the bar exam. While you’re probably familiar — or in the process of becoming familiar — with the LSAT, the bar exam is foreign to most applicants and law students. This post is going to compare and contrast the LSAT with the bar exam to help demystify what’s ahead.