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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Holiday Logic Game

It’s the Holiday season, and Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah to you and yours. Here at Blueprint, we thought we would mix something fun and warm (the holidays, presents, spending time with loved ones) with something a little more stressful and daunting (an LSAT drill that is hard as f***). Take your time on this one, but try to make those key deductions. More to the point, get ready for this to rock your world.

Without further ado, here is a holiday-themed logic game to get you in the spirit of the season:

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TV Review: Law & Order: Los Angeles

If you have any interest in law school, or if you’ve ever owned a television, then you have seen a few episodes of Law & Order. While dozens of wannabe network spin-offs have tried to replicate its magic, few have come close. I mean, the show aired for TWENTY seasons, giving us 456 episodes where we could follow along as complex capital crimes were investigated and prosecuted in a tidy 44 minutes.

I have no doubt that there are some lawyers out there today who went to law school mainly because they were inspired by Jack McCoy, the most bad-ass fictional district attorney of all time. If you watched any Law & Order, you know that defense attorneys going up against Mr. McCoy had no chance.

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Are You Running from the December 2010 LSAT?

“Are you scared, or are you really just not ready?” Ladies and gentlemen, this post is about your high school prom night. Wait a second. No…No that’s not right at all. This post is about the LSAT. Now that I am back on track, it’s time for you to ask yourself the aforementioned question, but this time under vastly different circumstances. If you read this blog or you are in a Blueprint class, I know that you have received plenty of information and advice, so I will keep this as straightforward as possible. This post is dedicated to those of you who are still unsure about whether or not to show up on Saturday. Are you going to take an absence and refresh your LSAT gameplan, or are you going to sharpen up those #2 pencils, polish off that government issued I.D., find the most nutritious damned granola bar on the market, and own this exam.

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Personal Statement Help (from the U.S. Supreme Court)

Law school application season is heating up, and as we head into December, I suspect that the majority of you are working on your personal statements and supplemental essays. For those of you studying for the December LSAT, stop reading now and go study. To the early birds who have already submitted all of their applications, congratulations and best of luck. The rest of us are looking for that perfect way to sum up who we are and what we can offer our prospective law schools. It certainly helps to look at examples of strong personal statements and identify what features make them compelling to admissions officers. It can be equally effective to look at examples of what NOT to do in your personal statement, and if you want to know what kind of writing to avoid, look no further than the United States Supreme Court.

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Gobble Gobble: How to Study Over Thanksgiving Break

We know. Studying for the LSAT can be a drag, especially as the pressure mounts with a few weeks left until gameday. While the upcoming Thanksgiving break is certainly a welcome intermission in your LSAT course, it is especially difficult to have the exam looming over your head when everyone else is kicking back and eating turkey without a care in the world. So, what is an LSAT student to do? Should you take a complete hiatus from LSAT studying these next 4 days? No. Should you prepare a stack of practice LSATs and lock yourself in your room with a 35-minute timer. Definitely not. This is why I have prepared the following schedule to guide you through Turkey Weekend 2010:

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Fallacies and the World of Sports

Who doesn’t love a good sports cliche? These little gems of oft-repeated wisdom can easily translate to any facet of life — including the LSAT. As you know, there is less than a month until the December LSAT, or “gameday” as we like to call it here at Blueprint. These last few weeks are crunch time, but if you take it one logical reasoning question at a time, give 110%, and stick to your game plan, you should come out on top with a “W”. Always remember the fundamentals.

Last month, Blueprint founder Jodi Triplett wrote a post about fallacies and some show called “Project Runway”.

LSAT Logic: Correlation, Causation, and Oral Sex

Here at Blueprint, it is pretty common for our students to gripe about the large amount of homework we give them. It gets tedious, and you wish there was a way to mix things up while still practicing our methods. We also hear from a different set of students who burn through all the homework, and who crave more supplemental drills, especially in the precious few weeks before the LSAT. We understand where both groups of students are coming from, and today, on this very LSAT blog, I’d like to help.

One of the most common argument types on the LSAT are causal arguments. You’ll hear from a plethora of characters on the LSAT who notice that two things tend to occur together, and then they emphatically claim that one thing CAUSED the other.

Private Tutoring and the LSAT: Evaluating the Tutor Stampede

It’s no secret that most of the global economy (excluding Wall St.) is in the dumps. Various media outlets rarely pass up an opportunity to remind us that virtually all industries are treading water, or if they are lucky, squeaking out some modest growth. That was why I was somewhat surprised by this New York Times article from a few days ago that pointed out one industry that is thriving: private tutoring. It was a follow-up to this article, which considered the effects of this tutoring stampede. Consider the following:

– Spending on tutors is growing by more than 5 percent each year

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Top Three Things to do with your LSAT Books After Test Day

Those who are reading this post (or this blog, for that matter) are in one of two camps. In Camp #1 are those who took the October LSAT and are currently spending their days basking in post-LSAT relief, leisurely composing their personal statements. In Camp #2 are those who are in the midst of studying for the LSAT beast, who are undoubtedly wondering what sick bastard invented the tiered ordering game. There is a third camp of MSS readers who we don’t like to talk about, but rest assured that we will hunt them down and find out what they’re up to.

If you are like me and are in Camp #1, you’re patiently waiting while a team of LSAC-certified scoring gnomes hand grade your exams in the South Pole (I admit that’s a rumor, but it’s never been disproved).

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The Defenders: Catch It On CBS (While You Still Can)

Here at Most Strongly Supported, we try our best to post a new law school / legal related post every day to satisfy your rapacious Pre-Law minds. We want to keep you posted on relevant topics, such as the controversial U.S. News and World Report Law School rankings, who you’re going to meet in law school, and infallible (if not random) LSAT predictions. If you are familiar with Blueprint Prep you also know that we get excited when pop culture and the legal world collide (however soft that collision may be). This was clearly evident several months ago in Blueprint founder Trent Teti’s sardonic 2-part review of ABC’s short-lived legal dramedy, The Deep End.