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Law School Myth Busters: 1L Is Going to Be Really Hard

Continuing our series from last week, we’re going to go over another commonly held belief regarding law school to determine whether or not it is a myth. Previously, we covered the notion that law school students are cutthroat competitors — the type who would trip you if you were trying to escape from a horde of zombies — and determined it was more myth than fact. This week, we’re going to cover another off-putting refrain regarding law school: the idea that your first year in school is the most difficult academic year of your life.

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Law School Myth Busters: Your Classmates Will Sabotage You

With the February LSAT in the rear view, we’ve entered a relatively LSAT-bereft period that will last until June. In this span, we’re going to do a series covering law school myths. To kick things off, we’ll talk about one of the most prevalent notions regarding law school — that it is a competitive environment filled with cutthroat law students.

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Bring a Little Love to the LSAT with Blueprint’s Valentine’s Day Sale

In case you haven’t walked by any pharmacies or department stores and noticed the gaudy pink decorations ensconcing every available wall and display, you should know we’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day. You could fall into the trap of the commercialized, Hallmark holiday and buy that someone special in your life some flowers, chocolate, and a silly stuffed bear, or you could take advantage of the upcoming Blueprint sale to get them something truly unforgettable.

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Law School Interviews: The First of Many to Come

The other day, I started thinking about the number of interviews I’ve participated in as part of my legal education and career thus far. In total, I think the number is somewhere around 75 in the last four years. For those of you applying this cycle, you may have your first taste of this never-ending cycle of interviews in the coming months. Increasingly, it seems, schools are interviewing applicants prior to making a decision on their applications.

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Writing an Interesting Letter of Continued Interest

Last week, we did a post about the difference between having your law school application waitlisted versus put on hold. For those in the latter camp, one of the recommended steps to strengthen your potential for acceptance is writing a letter of continued interest (going forward, an “LOCI”). This week, we’re going to discuss the contents of such a letter in more detail.

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On hold? Waitlisted? How to play the law school waiting game

For those of you applying to law school this cycle, we are now in the later stage of the law school application period. I’m sure many of you have noticed there is one constant to this whole process — waiting. You have to wait for your LSAT score, you have to wait for your letters of recommendation, you have to wait for a school to make a decision on your application, etc. Unfortunately, even when a decision is made, your waiting isn’t necessarily over. This post is about two different ways that schools can make you wait longer: by putting you on hold or by putting you on a waitlist.

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Weed Law: Is Sessions harshing states’ buzz or is he full of smoke?

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the so-called Cole memo, which discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges against marijuana growers and sellers who complied with state laws. This post is going to explore the contours of weed law in a newly divided federal and state system.

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Our Tutoring Sale Is Back Next Week!

The holiday season has come to a close. For those of you still in school, a return to the classroom is imminent. For those of you working, you’re already back in the office. This time of the year feels a little like a hangover. The joy and revelry of the past few weeks gives way to the bleak reality of everyday life without the prospect of an upcoming holiday.

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Did this judicial nominee flunk his confirmation hearing?

In case you missed it, the video of judicial nominee Matthew Peterson getting roasted during the Senate confirmation hearing — for not trying any court cases to a verdict, not knowing what a motion in limine is, not knowing what the Daubert standard is — went semi-“viral” over the last few days. The nominee at the center of the questioning has since dropped out.

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Is this year’s application cycle going to be much more competitive?

Michael Spivey, one of the most well-known law schools admissions consultants, just released some data on the number of LSAT test takers this year and the current admissions cycle. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are up across the board, continuing a recent trend. But after years of law schools having trouble getting “good” applicants with high LSAT scores, the number of people applying to law school with scores between 165 and 180 has increased disproportionally this year.