Category Archive: Logical Reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 5.22.18

A. Considering taking a gap year or two? USNWR talked to some law school deans, and apparently work experience is becoming a more important consideration for some law schools. U.S. News & World Report

B. You may think this manifesto on the importance of double spacing after a sentence is frivolous now, but wait until you have to learn The Bluebook. Then it’ll be a matter of life and death. Above the Law

C. Having a bad day? It could be worse. You could be this kid who was ordered to pay $36 million in restitution after causing a wildfire. The Oregonian

D. Dovey Johsnon Roundtree, the legendary civil rights and criminal defense attorney who argued the case that desegregated public buses, passed away at the age of 104. Washington Post

E. Publix wouldn’t write “Cum” — as in “Summa Cum Laude,” Latin for “with” — on a graduate’s cake because they apparently couldn’t get their unlearned heads out of the gutter. This, of course, led to the graduate having to explain to his grandmother about why that word was censored from the cake. BuzzFeed

Logical Reasonings / 5.21.18

A. The 2017-18 (nearly final) application data are in. Pretty consistent with our past coverage of the data, but overall, applicants rose 8.8% and applications rose 9.2%. Spivey Consulting

B. Californians are notoriously laid back. So much so that sometimes we forget to study for the February bar examination and then only 27.3% of us who took the exam actually passed it, which is the worst pass rate in almost 70 years. State Bar of California

C. Speaking of California, San Francisco’s DA office will use an algorithm — because it’s in San Francisco, of course it would — to expunge felony marijuana convictions, now that cannabis is legal here. ABA Journal

D. Over at UT, law students had an especially fun Con Law final where they were asked to imagine that they were counsel to the Governor of Kansas … in the Brown v. Board of Education case … and defend segregation. Above the Law

E. SCOTUS came out with a big decision today, penned by Gorsuch, which held that employers can use arbitration agreements to block employees for banding together in class action suits. CNN

Logical Reasonings / 5.18.18

A. No excuses — if this 84 year old can do law school, so can you. Above the Law

B. Aaron Schlossberg, he of the threatening-to-call-ICE-on-some-people-who-were-just-speaking-Spanish incident, probably won’t be disbarred. Slate

C. …Despite having a history of these kind of incidents. CNN

D. Anita Hill, whose accusations of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas came to light during his SCOTUS confirmation hearings, told Rutgers Law grads to remember the ideals of #MeToo during their legal careers. ABC News

E. DREAMers in Utah can pay lots of money to go to law school, but they’re ineligible to take the bar exam there. That is dumb. And someone should fix it. Salt Lake Tribune

Logical Reasonings / 5.17.18

A. Ever wonder who’s the youngest person to ever graduate for law school? Above the Law

B. UCLA Law is the latest school to accept the GRE. Daily Bruin

C. The NY attorney who was caught screaming at some restaurant employees who had the audacity to speak Spanish in his presence is getting críticas muy malas on Yelp. ABA Journal

D. Seven women law professors at the University of Denver just received a $2.6 million settlement from their employer after they filled a suit challenging the pay gap between them and their male colleagues. ABC News

E. Trump’s counsel, Rudy Giuliani, who’s been totally correct about everything so far, says that Mueller’s attorneys claim that they can’t indict a sitting president. CNN

Logical Reasonings / 5.16.18

A. Even if you missed the LSAT Webinar this afternoon, you can still catch the Law School Admissions Webinar at 6 pm Pacific tonight. If you RSVP and attend that one, you’ll get $300 off our classroom courses and $75 off the first month of a subscription to our online course, in addition to a ton of guidance in how to apply to law school. Blueprint LSAT

B. The recently shuddered Charlotte School of Law is suing the ABA, arguing the ABA violated the school’s due process rights when it put the school on probation. ABA Journal

C. We discussed “ambulance chasing” today, and that’s one name critics have called Michael Avenatti. Maybe those critics should brush up on ad hominem fallacies? Above the Law

D. New reports suggest that Trump Jr.’s lawyer tried to get the parties to the Trump Tower meeting with the Russia-connected lawyer to agree on a story about what happened at the meeting. Seems innocent enough. Washington Post

E. Choosing Laurel or Yanny is the height of an exclusivity fallacy. This NYT tool lets you hear both (theoretically, at least … my old-ass ears can barely hear the high-frequency “Yanny” even with the tool). NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 5.15.18

A. You’re cutting it close, buuut you we’ll still allow you to RSVP to the two webinars we’re putting on this Wednesday. You can even choose between LSAT Webinar at noon Pacific or Admissions Webinar at at 6 pm Pacific. If you RSVP and attend either, you’ll get $300 off our classroom courses and $75 off the first month of a subscription to our online course. Blueprint LSAT

B. Tonight at 11:59 pm Eastern is the last chance you have to change your test date or location (which will cost you $100), or withdraw for a partial refund (which will only be for $50), if you’re signed up to take the June exam. LSAC

C. A Big Law firm took a PR L when word broke that it was forcing its summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements for all employment-related claims — including sexual harassment. Now Yale law students are attempting to put an end to that practice by asking firms to disclose whether they force associates to sign such an agreement. Above the Law

D. A compelling case for riding law schools of grades. Above the Law

E. Is Stormy Daniel’s attorney courting ethical violations by being so damn ubiquitous? Probably! ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 5.14.18

A. A reminder: we have two webinars this Wednesday. The first is at noon Pacific and will cover the LSAT. The second is at 6 pm Pacfiic, and will address law school applications. Either will entitle you to $300 off our classroom courses and $75 off the first month of a subscription to our online course. Just RSVP to either at the link right here. Blueprint LSAT

B. Another reminder: Tomorrow is the deadline to change your test date or location, or withdraw for a partial refund, if you’re signed up to take the June LSAT. LSAC

C. After its tumultuous slide down the U.S. News rankings, UVA Law is rebounding with a record $50 million donation. University of Virginia Law

D. Maybe law schools should start teaching self-defense, if this criminal defendant’s actions — punching out his attorney after a guilty verdict was reached — is any indication. It will not shock you to learn that this all happened in a Florida courtroom. ABA Journal

E. Just in time for the NBA Western Conference finals, the Supreme Court has legalized sports gambling. Warriors in 6, lock it down. ESPN

Logical Reasonings / 5.11.18

A. There’s still time to reserve your virtual seat to one of the webinars we’re hosting next Wednesday. At 12 pm Pacific we’ll go over the LSAT and then at 6 pm Pacific we’ll take you step-by-step through the law school admissions process. At both, we’ll give you discounts good for $300 off our classroom courses and $75 off the first month of a subscription to our online course. Just RSVP here! Blueprint LSAT

B. The ABA made a decision today that is big news in the GRE/LSAT showdown. ABA Journal

C. A helpful Venn diagram for all the ways law school fails to prepare you for a legal career. Above the Law

D. Law schools can get you a job though. Here are the schools that send the highest percentage of their grad to big law firms. Above the Law

E. Michael Cohen, who’s fast taken the pole position as the world’s most infamous lawyer, is somehow wrapped up in the case of NY attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 5.10.18

A. RSVP to one (or both!) of the webinars we’re hosting next Wednesday. First up, at 12 pm Pacific, we’ll go over the LSAT in all of its glory. Next, at 6 pm Pacific, we’ll take you through the law school admissions process. If you virtually attend either, and behave nicely, we’ll hook you up with discounts good for $300 off our classroom courses and $75 off the first month of a subscription to our online course. Blueprint LSAT

B. Tough day for the ABA. First, the it got sued by Florida Coastal School of Law for enforcing its accreditation standards too strictly; the school claims the enforcement constitutes an “attack on diversity.” PR Newswire

C. And then a former student and president of the law school formerly known as Charlotte School of Law sued the ABA for not enforcing its accreditation standards strictly enough. ABA Journal

D. Above the Law discusses why journal membership is so important in law school. Above the Law

E. Greenberg Traurig, Rudy Giuliani’s (now former employer), took the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ approach to his recent comments re: Trump, Cohen, and Daniels. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 5.9.18

A. Don’t forget … we have two webinars next Wednesday where we’ll be dishing out great info on the LSAT and law school admissions and giving you discounts on our classroom and online courses. $300 off our classroom courses and $75 off the first month of a subscription to our online course, in fact. Just RSVP to either at the link to the right. Blueprint LSAT

B. National Jurist asks if law schools are preparing students for the day-to-day reality of a legal career. Its dispiriting answer: not really. National Jurist

C. You’re on your path to law school, but maybe some people you know are already graduating? And you need to reluctantly buy those overachievers a gift? Here’s some help. Above the Law

D. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: Try to be a little discreet when your shell company accepts money from a business linked to Russia, especially if your client is trying to argue that he didn’t have any contact with Russia. NY Times

E. And finally, Today in False Equivalences: the judge who handed down the controversial six-month sentence to convicted sexual assaulter and former Stanford simmer Brock Turner compared that decision to the decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. You know, the one that desegregated public schools. BuzzFeed