Category Archive: Logical Reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 10.20.17

A. Even the dean of the UCLA School of Law, one of the handful of California law schools that doesn’t have an abysmal bar passage rate, called the California Supreme Court’s decision to not lower the cut score for the California state bar exam “deeply disappoint[ing].” Above the Law

B. Over on the U.S. Supreme Court, apparently Justice Elena Kagan and new guy Neil Gorsuch really hate each other. Too bad they signed up for the one job you’re expected to do for the rest of your life. Slate

C. More trouble for SCOTUS: A recent study says the court desperately needs fact checkers. NY Times

D. Although it won’t bring solace to the perhaps hundreds of women Harvey Weinstein harassed and assaulted, the LAPD might provide some justice. Vanity Fair

E. Finally, there’s a conspiracy on the internet that the White House is trotting out a fake Melania Trump. This weekend, let’s all imagine we have doppelgängers out on the town while we study for the LSAT. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 10.19.17

A. Bad news future California lawyers: the California state bar exam’s cut score will not be lowered, at least for now. ABA Journal

B. Good news current Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners (but bad news for those who would wish those accused of serious sexual assault face some punishment): a Texas judge issued a stay on Cowboys’ running back’s 6-game suspension, allowing him to play this weekend. Dallas News

C. Speaking of that, a case for why the Supreme Court’s Faragher-Ellerth theory of employer liability for sexual harassment has allowed workplace harassment to proceed with minimal checks for decades. Slate

D. The Trump administration prevented an imprisoned, 15-week pregnant teen’s access to an abortion facility. A federal judge told the administration it can’t do that. Now the whole case is being fast tracked through the appeals process, since there’s, you know, a deadline here. Buzzfeed News

E. Finally, who else but attorneys would be fresh on the hunt for evidence that electric company PG&E are to blame for the Northern California wildfires. Bloomberg

Logical Reasonings / 10.18.17

A. Tonight 11:59 pm ET is the deadline for regular registration for the December LSAT. So make sure to sign up, unless you have $100 you want to waste by signing up for the late registration next week. LSAC

B. Although the Supreme Court punted when asked to weigh in on Trump’s revised travel ban, two federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have banned the ban yet again. Washington Post

C. Like Oregon, Nevada lowered the “cut score” for its bar examination, which was a great boon to Nevada law students and law schools. Las Vegas Review-Journal

D. Although it’s not an argument our contributing writer buys, here’s a case for why Trump’s pressure on the NFL owners brings the First Amendment into Colin Kaepernick’s case against the NFL. ABA Journal

E. A new poll shows that 46% of Americans believe that the media makes up stories about Trump and only 51% believe that the federal government should not have the power to revoke broadcasting licenses to news organizations accused of making up stories. So much for the First Amendment. Politico

Logical Reasonings / 10.17.17

A. Another T14 law school announced it will accept the GRE today. Columbia Law School will begin to accept the exam in fall 2018. Columbia Law

B. One school that doesn’t need more applicants? Arizona Summit Law, which was on probation before its most class had an abysmal 26% bar passage rate. Arizona Central

C. Arizona Summit may see the same fate as the shuttered Charlotte School of Law. But now Charlotte only has to face one lawsuit from its former students, albeit one with a ton of students. ABA Journal

D. In the federal government, Trump’s executive orders gutting the Affordable Care Act may be illegal under the take care clause of the Constitution. Then again, that clause has never been used to take legal action against a president and also nothing matters anymore. Vox

E. Well, at least the NBA is back tonight! With a great slate of games that the league more or less fell ass backwards into. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 10.16.17

A. Colin Kaepernick, former NFL QB and current social justice activist, filed a grievance against NFL owners, alleging that they colluded to keep him out of the league based on his political protests. Exhibit A of their case: Kevin Hogan, probably. ESPN

B. In other lawsuit news, alleged serial sexual harasser and assaulter and all-around monster Harvey Weinstein was planning to sue the New York Times, which initially broke the story about his decades-long harassment of women. But he just lost another hot-shot lawyer from his legal team, killing that case. Deadline

C. In SCOTUS news, Trump is making private, very macabre predictions about the deaths of Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor. But of course Trump believes that he will be able to set aside any outspoken woman who disagrees with him. Axios

D. In the meantime, SCOTUS will decide whether federal prosecutors can force companies like Microsoft to turn over its customers data that is stored outside the country. NY Times

E. Astrophysicists at UC Santa Cruz either witnessed for first time ever two neutron stars colliding, ushering in a “new era” for the field, or the weed there is even better than previously believed. MSN

Logical Reasonings / 10.13.17

A. What are you waiting for? Don’t you know that there are only a few hours left to get 20% off all tutoring packages? You have until 6:30 pm PT tonight. Just enter promo code FALL20 at checkout! Hurry up! Blueprint LSAT

B. Investigations into the causes of the deadly wildfires currently aflame in Northern California have identified faulty power lines as a potential source, which may make Pacific Gas & Electric on the … ahem … line for a lot damages. ABA Journal

C. While they sort that out, here’s how you can help the many victims of those wildfires. Huffington Post

D. Women inmates are certainly doing their part to help, but getting paid a pittance to do so. NBC New York

E. In other news, if you’re in Chicago and want to see Marshall, the biopic on LSAT (and Blueprint) fav Thurgood Marshall, this weekend, hit up Chance the Rapper. @chancetherapper

Logical Reasonings / 10.12.17

A. You have a little more than a day left to take advantage of our tutoring sale! From now until Friday, October 13 at 6:30 pm PT, we’re offering 20% off all tutoring purchases. Just enter the promo code FALL20 at checkout! Blueprint LSAT

B. LSAC, ever full of surprises, went grey a day early and released the September LSAT scores yesterday. Here’s how Twitter reacted. #greyday

C. Meanwhile, the ABA is considering making major changes to what kinds of exams law schools will accept from applicants. ABA Journal

D. Another major change, to one-sixth of the national economy, was made by executive order today. Washington Post

E. A profile of Lisa Bloom, the media savvy women’s rights attorney who represented the accusers of Trump, Cosby, and Bill O’Reilly, who came under fire for briefly representing alleged sexual monster Harvey Weinstein. The Ringer

Logical Reasonings / 10.11.17

A. For those preparing for the December LSAT: Our tutoring sale is still up and running! From today until Friday, October 13 at 6:30 pm PT, we’re offering 20% off any tutoring purchases. Just enter the promo code FALL20 at checkout! Blueprint LSAT

B. For those who took the September LSAT: Dave Killoran from PowerScore predicts that LSAC will be releasing your score tomorrow, probably around 4:30 pm ET. @DaveKilloran

C. Even if your score isn’t as great as you hoped it would be, remember: neither your LSAT score nor your law school determines your value as a person. Case in point: a professed NYU Law grad acted like a racist jerk on the L Train and earned a cup a soup thrown at his face by rapper Princess Nokia. Above the Law

D. But some law schools are still class acts. Florida State University School of Law is welcoming 35 law students who were displaced from the University of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. National Jurist

E. For those who live more than 100 miles away from the nearest LSAT testing center and want to request that LSAC establish a “nonpublished test center” closer to you, tonight is the last night to put in that request (which, since this is a 1986, LSAC requests be done by fax). Oh, and the total cost for that request is $465. LSAC

Logical Reasonings / 10.10.17

A. Our fall tutoring sale is still ongoing! For this week only, you’ll receive a 20% discount on all tutoring purchases with the promo code FALL20! Blueprint LSAT

B. This weekend, McDonalds offered very limited quantities of “Szechuan Sauce,” a previously forgotten McNugget dipping sauce that was part of a promotion for the 1998 Disney film Mulan. You may ask, reasonably, who cares? Well, fans of the Cartoon Network show Rick and Morty, which referenced the sauce in an episode earlier this year. They cared a lot. When the fans couldn’t get the sauce on Saturday, they threatened a class action lawsuit, so McDonalds is bringing the sauce back. I guess this is the power of the legal system working for the people? AV Club

C. In what is actually a good use of the legal system, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is offering free legal help to victims of the Las Vegas shooting. ABA Journal

D. If any law students or future law students are terrified of a law professor cold-calling them about an assigned case, here are some tips about how to best read a legal case. Above the Law

E. In “presidential” news, when someone refers to your administration as an “adult day care center,” obviously you respond with the most childish taunt possible. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 10.9.17

A. We kicked off our fall tutoring sale today. We are offering 20% off all tutoring purchases from now until Friday, October 13 at 6:30 pm PT. This is the last discount on tutoring that we’ll be offering before the December LSAT, so don’t miss out! Promo code FALL20 at checkout. Blueprint LSAT

B. In honor of Columbus Day, a reminder that he was a genocidal maniac who believed that the Earth was shaped like a giant pear and had a nipple at the top. New Yorker

C. Looks like inter-SCOTUS squabbles are developing between rookie Gorsuch and big chief Roberts. CNN

D. And … unrelated? … Gorsuch has to share an office with a creepy elk’s head from Scalia’s hunting endeavors. Associated Press

E. A compelling case that USC’s Gould School of Law is the ugliest law school in America. Above the Law