Philip Mayer

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In Keeping With the Times, Law Schools Address Issues of Sex Assault and Harassment.

I recently read a disconcerting article on sexism in law school. This post is going to discuss my observations on the subject, as well as the ways the national dialogue about sexism, rape culture, sexual assault, and the like are making their way into the law school consciousness.

Now, before I delve into those topics, I feel the need to provide two disclaimers. First, I am not going to pretend that I, as a white male, have any real experience with sexism.


My 99th Percentile LSAT Score Story: Philip Mayer

I don’t like standardized tests. I hated studying for the SAT, the ACT, and the slew of other exams I had to slog my way through. This comic perfectly encapsulates my feelings toward standardized testing—certain people are better suited for the way of thinking that it takes to succeed, through no fault of their own. When it came to the LSAT, I started out nearer the monkey in the comic (definitely not the bird) than the fish…or seal.

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With Logic Games, a little time on the front-end pays off on the score report.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself scrambling to get an assignment done the night before it is due. Among those nights of panic and regret, you’ve probably also encountered the stomach churning realization that you’re not going to be able to complete your task on time. When I’ve been in those moments of desperate clarity, I’ve promised myself time and time again that I won’t procrastinate ever again–I’ll turn over a new leaf and stay ahead of my work. And yet, I keep finding myself in the same situation over and over again.

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Does networking make your stomach turn? You’re not alone.

I hate networking. It is one of my least favorite parts of the law school experience. And that’s saying a lot. I even hate the word “networking” and especially hate people who talk about “growing their network.” Unfortunately, networking is an essential part of the law school experience, and it is a great way to foster important relationships. If you’re an extrovert who loves engaging with people you don’t know, then this post isn’t for you. This is for my fellow introverts.

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The feds weigh in: ABA needs to get out of the law school business.

The federal Education Department recently opined that it may be wise for the American Bar Association to get out of the law school accreditation business. Now, on the one hand, there is an argument that we do not need to encourage the expansion of the law school business at the moment. On the other hand, the Education Department does not really specialize in legal education, and it is arguably better to leave accreditation decisions and the like to the ABA.

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Going to Law School, But Not for a JD

If you’ve read my posts in the past, you probably know that I have a very bleak outlook on law school in general. I think it is a risky, expensive venture that is not right for most people. Even the brightest students can struggle early in law school–when it matters most–and find themselves scrambling to find employment after graduation. Moreover, the law school model is worth questioning; it is arguably a year too long and prohibitively priced for too many people.

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Cancel my LSAT score? Don’t? Help!

Congratulations on finishing the June LSAT! For some, completion of the test is a cathartic and happy experience. For others, it is accompanied by dread and anxiety. If you’re in the latter camp, you might be thinking about cancelling your score. This post is dedicated to helping you understand how to go about making that decision and, if necessary, how to cancel your score.