Robert Seaney

Robert Seaney is a second-year student at Harvard Law School, which is unfortunate after having grown accustomed to life in San Fracisco and New York in the years prior. After swearing he'd never get a grasp on Logic Games ("too many moving pieces, dammit!"), he's since developed a solid working relationship with the test's Xinjins and Tyrones and Mauve Dinosaurs.

Robert's writing for Blueprint is inspired by Delillo and DFW. That probably puts it too charitably though -- Robert enjoys reading these authors; his work maybe more channels Bill Watterson's, sans the artistic talents. He enjoys The Economist's gentle snobbery too, with his afternoon tea and crumpets. A brief and traumatic perusal of the Comments section, which unearthed a most pernicious variety of LSAT-engrossed Internet trolls, left Robert preferring the most anodyne of blogging subjects: happy to review the converse fallacy for you, thank you very much. Recently, however, our intrepid corespondent has also tentatively forayed into some more controversial themes, such as whether or not to write out scenarios on a game with four or more possible setups. He looks forward to many more.

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Rap’s Biggest Fans: The Supreme Court?

President Obama became embroiled in yet another controversy last week when he dissed the New York Times’ guacamole recipe (consequently, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly lambasted the President for what critics have dubbed the administration’s “War on Peas”).

This isn’t the first time the President’s made a splash in contemporary pop culture. He’s noted for numerous appearances in Millennial-loved media – such as Buzzfeed and Between Two Ferns – and he cites rapper Jay-Z as among his favorite musical artists (even taking the time out of a full day of Presidenting to spit a diss track over Hov’s seminal “99 Problems”).

And yet, another branch of the federal government may just have him beat when it comes to captivating the minds of the youth and paying homage to hip-hop’s greats.

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Three Quick Tips for an October LSAT Retake

In any given year, a solid portion of October LSAT test-takers are comprised of people who took the June test, weren’t quite satisfied with their score, and want to give it another shot. If this describes you — or if you’re planning to just self-study and retake — here’s how to optimize your application timeline.

1) Start today

First and foremost, I should say that the LSAT should become high-priority as soon as you decide to retake. Because so many admissions officers have cited the LSAT as the single most important factor in evaluating an applicant, it is important that you resume your studies more or less immediately after you know you’re going for the October test. Don’t put it off.

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What Do Millennials Really Want?

I’ve got an unfortunate bit of news for you prestige-hounds in the audience: The palatial “corner office” may be on its way out. While this is surely a source of chagrin for baby-boomer lawyers nation-wide, Nixon Peabody’s DC offices are confident it will be a boon for millennials.

That seems to be the target of a vast new office design campaign taking hold in major cities throughout the country. Perhaps in imitation of California’s start-up culture, many firms are opting to throw out the classic model of imposing marble reception desks with modest associate setups and coruscating , large-windowed, partner offices. In its place is a more democratic, open, and communal office environment focused on equity and collaboration. In the case of Nixon Peabody, the aesthetic is completed with a massive wall of television sets, which fill the quixotic millennial’s bright, wide eyes all day long with tales of the firm’s pro bono beneficence.


Your Summer Viewing List

Blessed be the neurotic, for they shall surely miss out on summer while they’re indoors studying, and come October will be all the better prepared for it. 

However, if you aren’t one of these nerds gifted with innate assiduity, then you may be spending a decent portion of your summer months blah-ing in front of the TV. Might as well feel like you’re learning something, right? For your peace of mind, we here at Blueprint have compiled a list of law-related summer movies and shows, just for you.

Look to your left… now look to your right… because one of you is going to have to get up and order a pizza. That’s right, no law-oriented binge-watching list could begin with anything other than that quintessential 1L film, The Paper Chase.

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Pro Stone-o: The Burgeoning Marijuana Legal Field

I typically break some unhappy news to my students on the first day of the course. I teach in the Bay Area, after all, so the matter is highly pertinent.

“…and, yes, I do recommend you lay off your sticky green habits while studying for the LSAT.”

I’m not really in a position to pile invective on such recreation. But, as I always tell my students, it’s probably safe to say that you’re not doing your short-term memory or your assiduity any favors when you’re toking regularly.

But as some of my recent students have delighted in pointing out, there is an important intersection between marijuana and the law, and it’s growing rapidly.

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LSAT Deadlines Abound

LSAT-related withdrawals are never fun. Be they alcohol withdrawals, from your most recent stress-induced bender, or Adderall withdrawals, from that extra boost you insist you need, or a test registration withdrawal itself, it’s important to recognize you’re not in for a walk in the park. Today we’ll be covering the last of these three, in line with our expertise and with the fact that no one here at Blueprint is in a position to throw shade at you for an enthusiastic expression of tequila appreciation.

As many of you know, today is the last day to withdraw your registration with a (partial) refund. Unfortunately, some of your fee has already been absorbed by the LSAC bureaucracy, but it’s still good to get a chunk back if you bail on the test. Note that if you decide to withdraw today you’ll need to fax this form to the LSAC, rather than mail it so that they receive it in time.

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My First LSAT: Cut Through the B.S.

From time to time, we ask a Blueprint instructor to reflect on his or her experiences studying for the LSAT. Today we welcome Robert Seaney of New York. To read past installments, click here.

Everyone’s approach to the LSAT is going to be a little bit different. When I began my studies, I was told that you just have to figure out which is the experimental section (good luck…), and spend that 35 minute segment sneakily going back to answer the scored questions. I was told by others that Reading Comprehension is specifically designed to be completable only for those who know how to speed-read; a two-time 180 scorer told me that the key is in meditation; and a dubious gentleman studying at Florida Coastal insisted that you really don’t even need to study.

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Breaking: LSAC to Reduce Time Limits

The Law School Admissions Council captured attention from pre-laws and admissions counselors around the country this morning, issuing a press release concerning their ongoing disability lawsuit. However, buried toward the bottom of the release was the news that really shocked the law school world:

As part of its continuing efforts to make the Law School Admission Test an accurate barometer of the academic capability of future law students, the Law School Admissions Council will reduce the time limit for each section of the exam from thirty five (35) minutes to thirty (30) minutes, beginning with the next test administration.

That’s right. Beginning with the June LSAT, test-takers will only have 30 minutes for every section.

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Happy St. LSATrick’s Day

In the year 1995 the Republic of Ireland began a campaign to use St. Patrick’s Day to showcase Ireland and its rich culture. The government thus established an event called the St. Patrick’s Festival, with the stated aim:

“To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional, sophisticated country with wide appeal.”

And boy have they succeeded. Today nary a soul in the western world is unaware of the Irish’s St. Patty’s Day shenanigans. With phosisticated displaysof professional Guiness-guzzling, and creatively verdant colorizations of things never intended to be anything close to a shade of green, the projected image of Ireland is, I think we can all agree, widely appealing and superlatively accurate.

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Choosing a Law School After You’re Accepted

At this point in the year, as you’re practically blowing your nose and wiping your bum with an unmanageable mountain of law school acceptance letters (*fingers crossed*), you enter the hardest part of the application journey: deciding where to go.

For most people, the primary factors to consider are — in precisely this order — cash, money, guap, and cheeze. Whether in the form of scholarships, grants, or financial aid, it’s imperative that you consider where your school choice will land you financially in three years. That’s truer now than ever before, because graduate school debt, and law school debt in particular, has drastically increased in the last few years without a commensurate rise in payment or employment prospects. In fact, since 2008, many firms have actually scaled back their hiring, and some schools have responded with shady-at-best practices to obfuscate their blighted placement records.