Philip Mayer

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A Legal Primer, for Those Annoying RC Passages About the Law

One of the best things about the LSAT is that you don’t really have to remember any substantive information. Sure, you have to learn some techniques to answer questions, but you don’t have to know any legal facts (and believe me, once you take the bar exam, you’ll truly appreciate how wonderful that difference is).

And yet, many recent LSATs have had Reading Comprehension passages on the law and legal processes.

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From the Vault: Your Path to Becoming an LSAT Jedi Begins Practice Exam 1

Because many Blueprint classes started last weekend — which means that many Blueprint students just took Practice Exam 1 — we’re running an old post about what you should take away from that potentially demoralizing experience. If you just took that exam, and need a little pick me up, take this advice from former Blueprint instructor and Columbia Law alum Philip Mayer …

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Fall Classes Starting This Weekend: Don’t Debait Any Longer, Sign Up Now!

I love fishing (boy, I bet that got you hooked on this post … ). I’ve spent countless hours shore fishing, deep-sea fishing, and even bow-fishing (it was eco-friendly, I promise). Over the years, I’ve gained enough experience to be halfway decent at choosing the right spots, bait, flies, etc. But I still have the most success when I use a guide — a guide knows the best spots, the best techniques, and the best times.

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Fall classes begin this weekend in NY, LA, and Berkeley!

As the song goes, “everybody’s working for the weekend.” Well, this weekend, there’s a whole new reason to work: four LSAT prep classes are starting up in the next few days. If you are planning on applying to law school this cycle, or just hoping to get a score for the next time around, the December LSAT is a fast just around the corner, and these classes will all give you an excellent opportunity to succeed.

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SoCal Friends: RSVP to our event at Southwestern Law on 9/9!

Living in Southern California is pretty amazing — the weather is great, the beaches are beautiful, the social and food scenes are vibrant. As if that wasn’t enough, residents of Southern California get the added benefit of a free Blueprint event at Southwestern Law School on Saturday, September 9th from 4pm-6pm (the address is 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 and parking is free). To RSVP for the event, click here.

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Building Your Law School Application: The Explanatory Essay

As we head into September, those of you planning on attending law school next fall should be putting together your application materials. This post is designed to cover another facet of law school applications: the explanatory essay. For those of you keeping score at home, we’ve covered letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and the academic index. Those topics are all universally applicable, whereas the explanatory essay may not play a role in everyone’s application process.

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Building Your Law School Application: The Academic Index

It’s time for another post on the application building process. So far, we’ve discussed acquiring letters of recommendation and crafting your personal statement. If you’re planning on applying in the next few months, you should hopefully have already contacted your recommenders and you should have a sense of the topic for your personal statement. If you’re feeling overwhelmed already, don’t worry—this post is based on work you’ve already completed. Today, we’re going to discuss the academic index.

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20% Off Tutoring Ends Tonight!

Great news, everybody! Our sale on all Blueprint tutoring packages is still going on. But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and this particular sale is going to end tonight at 6:30 pm PT. Until then, you can get 20% off of both our tutoring packages and hourly tutoring by entering the promo code SUMMER20 at check-out.

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What caused the yuge increase in LSAT-takers this June?

According to LSAC, the number of LSAT takers was up 20% from June of last year. In the four or five years since I became more attentive to LSAT trends, I can’t remember very many jumps as significant as this one. This post is going to discuss a few factors that may have played into the increase in test-takers.