Todd Baynes

Todd is one of the few born and raised Southern Californians of whom the legends speak. When college beckoned, Todd left the aqua waters of the Pacific to attend Emory University in Atlanta and then travel in Australia. He says it was to ''experience life'' but we think it was a clear attempt to mask his So Cal accent.

Alas, his travels were no match for the tenacity of surfer boy lingo as anyone who calls the office will find that Todd is ''totally interested in helping you out, dude.'' He also fiercely defends Keanu Reeves in Point Break. When questioned about The Matrix Reloaded or The Lakehouse, he declines to comment.

Todd joins the Blueprint team to master the art of online ordering at Staples, to field questions about testing centers (Saddleback, not UCI) and to de-throne Karl in the office sports pool. Youth vs. Wisdom. We shall see.

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Get Your Seat for the June 2011 LSAT Now.

You know when you’re flipping around different TV channels and you come across the end of an infomercial? Two things always strike me as strange: The first is that you can always pay for infomercial products with a money order. Not a credit card, not even a personal check, but a money order. If you are using a money order to buy a Shoedini, you are either 100 years old or someone didn’t hug you as a child. The second strange thing is that they always try to illicit some sort of supply crisis (“CALL NOW to order your Snuggie before they are all gone! Supplies are limited and there is a limit of 5 Snuggies per order!“). I mean, come on. You’re telling me if Danny Tanner called up to get Snuggies for everyone in his family they wouldn’t sell them to him? Of course they would. They’d even hook up Kimmy Gibler. I can also guarantee you that they will always have enough fabric available to make a backwards robe.

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The Lowdown on Accommodated Testing on the LSAT

Hello out there to all of you in LSAT Land. It’s early March, which is a strange, awkward time for the pre-law community (think: your middle-school years). We’re caught between two application cycles: one which culminated a few weeks ago with the February 1st deadline, and one that won’t officially start until a fresh batch of hopefuls take on the June 6th LSAT. Students are caught in pre-law purgatory, either waiting on law school decisions, or waiting for their LSAT class to start. The good news is that this gives us some extra time to make sure that we have every last nook and cranny of the LSAT covered, which we then so charitably pass on to you.

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Should You Take an Online or Classroom LSAT Prep Course?

Congratulations! The mere fact that you are reading MSS indicates that you are serious about preparing for the LSAT, and you are probably aware that your score on this difficult exam is the most important component of your law school application. Hopefully, you’ve done your research and realize that the quality of the Blueprint curriculum, instructors, and online resources are second to none, and are surely your best bet for LSAT domination. (If you are still unsure, click here).

Now that you have decided to take a Blueprint course, the question may very well be: Should I take a classroom course, or should I take Blueprint’s self-study course, Blueprint: The Movie 2.0? Having taken both courses as I studied for the LSAT last fall, I’m in a pretty good position to answer this question.

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The LSAT / Law School Admissions Waiting Game

What’s there to say about the month of February? Well, it’s the shortest month, it has Valentine’s Day, and it is Black History month. A few things you probably didn’t know about February: it’s National Bird-Feeding MonthNational Wear Red Day, AND hopefully you are sitting down, because as you read this, I think you’ll be thrilled to know that our neighbors to the north are celebrating Canadian Flag Day.

Now, I suspect that you have two questions for me: First: “Is it lame if I don’t have any bird-feeding activities penciled in until March?” Second: “Is this a joke? You just managed to write the most useless, mundane, and insipid article introduction of all time. I’m calling Blueprint during normal business hours to see if there is anyway to reclaim those 15 seconds of my life.”

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Don’t Forget the Ziplock! What to Bring to the February LSAT

We know this seems like the end of a long journey. You have covered everything from Must Be True stimuli to tiered ordering games, and while you are undoubtedly nervous about the LSAT this Saturday, try to focus on all that you have learned over these last two months. There aren’t any more concepts or strategies to cover, and you should be in a (somewhat) comfortable review mode. It is therefore time to iron out some gameday logistics, and to make sure that you know exactly what to bring, and what to leave behind, on the day of the February LSAT

1.  One clear plastic ziplock bag, maximum size one gallon.

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Charlie Sheen: Oh the LSAT Fallacies

It’s important to keep up with the latest developments in the world, but we also need a break. That’s where my man Chuck Sheen comes in to save the day. Mr. Sheen is a proud alumni of the high school I attended, and I feel compelled to follow up on any developments to make sure us local Santa Monicans are doing all right. Plus, the details of Charlie Sheen’s absurd shenanigans provide entertainment, as well as LSAT enlightenment, for us all.

As you study for an exam that tests your ability to reason and to recognize formal logic, Chuck’s “high jinks” can also provide you with immaculate, untainted examples of fallacious reasoning in their purest form. Here are a few:

New Study Shows College Students Academically Adrift

As bright-eyed eighteen year-olds, we pack up boxes of our clothes and other possessions, load it into our wood paneled hatchback station wagons, wave goodbye to ma’ and pa’, and head off to college. Once we get there, we expand our minds and learn to think critically, while we kick the hacky sack around and discuss Immanuel Kant. Right? Apparently, college students as a whole essentially learn how to cook Ramen Noodles (delicious) and learn how to make $400 last for an entire month (not a bad skill).

This is according to a widespread and thorough study that showed forty-five percent of students “demonstrated no significant gains in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and written communications during the first two years of college.”

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Is Law School Worth It? New York Times asks 4th Tier Debt-Dodger

I read the New York Times almost every morning. It is undoubtedly our country’s newspaper of record, and its articles are usually thorough in their ability to break down complex world events and developments clearly. Nevertheless, I was disappointed after reading David Segal’s article on the front page of last Sunday’s business section, titled Is Law School a Losing Game?

This certainly is not the first article to address the tight job market for newly minted lawyers.

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Waiting on the December 2010 LSAT Score Release

For those of you who took the December LSAT, we feel your pain. It has been 25 full days since you filled in that last Scantron bubble, gave everyone a little sample of your writing, and then likely obsessed over that one Logical Reasoning question that could have been (D) instead of (C). We get it, you would really, really like to get those applications in, and you are starting to wonder why this is taking so long.

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Looking Back at 2010, LSAT-Style

Hello out there to all you February LSATers. I’d like to personally congratulate you on making it through a quarter of the Blueprint curriculum. While you’ve only completed about 25% of the course, 2010 is about to be 100% wrapped up by this weekend. I have no doubt that all of you will be drinking exactly two glasses of red wine this New Years Eve (it’s heart healthy, just ask the LSAT).

Lesson 6 is upon us, and for those Logical Reasoning enthusiasts out there, this is going to be quite a treat. L6 introduces all of the major flaws that pop up repeatedly on the LSAT. You haven’t covered these yet, (pipe down and play along, retake students) but it can’t hurt to get a quick introduction while fondly looking back at a few of this past year’s big moments and gaffes. Adios 2010, it’s been real…