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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.

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Law School Myth Busters: You’re Going to Give Up Your Social Life

To conclude our series on law school myths, we’re going to end on a positive note. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve gone over the “myth” that the first year of law school is incredibly rigorous and the “myth” that law school hiring is most dependent on your first semester’s grade. Unfortunately, both of those turned out to be more fact than fiction.

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Law School Myth Busters: 1L Grades Will Determine Your Employment

For the last couple weeks, we’ve been doing a series on law school myths. So far, we’ve covered two oft-repeated notions about law school — that the students are competitive and cutthroat and that the first year is incredibly difficult. While the first of those ideas is, indeed, mostly a myth, the second is sadly more fact than fiction.