Category Archive: Logical Reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 9.27.18

A. September 2018 LSAT takers: LSAC did y’all a kindness and announced that your scores will be released at 9 am EST on Saturday. So no sleepless nights as you wait for your score to appear. And hopefully they’ll extend a similar kindness with the scores they give you. @Official_LSAT

B. Mel Elfin, who helped build the U.S. News & World Report college and grad school rankings, passed away this Saturday. NY Times has an obit on how he forever changed the game for higher ed. NY Times

C. A former 1L/current career services director has some advice to his former 1L self, which can presumably be applied to your future- or current-1L self. Above the Law

D. ICYMI, here’s what happened during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Vox

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: if you ever find that the traffic has you so angry that you want to stomp out someone else’s cell phone, try to restrain yourself. Otherwise, you might get a year’s suspension. Columbus Dispatch

Logical Reasonings / 9.26.18

A. If you’re planning on using the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to discharge your student loans, you’ll need to come very correct with your paperwork, or wait for a more forgiving administration. Last year, the Department of Education denied 99% of the applications to the program. Above the Law

B. Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of Berkeley Law and also of Con Law generally, gives an overview of the cases the Supreme Court will hear in its next term. ABA Journal

C. Speaking of the Supreme Court, have you heard there’s a nomination process going on? The Senate senators have selected Arizona prosector Rachel Mitchell to question both nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Vox

D. It’s unclear whether the second woman to accuse the SCOTUS nominee — or the third, who came forward today — will testify tomorrow. CNN

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: Check to see if your mic is still on before dropping f-bombs in court. Otherwise, you might get suspended. Law.com

Logical Reasonings / 9.25.18

A. Professor evaluations and ratemyprofessor.com are hotbeds of gender biases, even at law schools. Above the Law

B. On Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s journey from academic to ACLU attorney to pop culture icon. ABA Journal

C. She also just spoke to Columbia Law School on the issue of gender equality. Columbia Spectator

D. Meanwhile, Cosby was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. NY Times

E. Looks like Ted Cruz will get his very own Red Hen moment after he was heckled out of a restaurant for his support of Kavanaugh. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 9.24.18

A. Last week reports emerged that Yale Law School professor Amy Chua would counsel female students interviewing for a clerkship with Judge Kavanaugh that he preferred his clerks to have a “certain look.” Chua has categorically denied these accusations. Above the Law

B. Some Yale students don’t buy that though. Huffington Post

C. The magazine Golf Digest helped free a New York man wrongfully convicted of murder. He had been serving time — and making detailed golf illustrations — since 1993. Golf Digest

D. A tentative deal has been reached for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday. NY Times

E. Also, Deborah Ramirez, an acquaintance of Kavanaugh at Yale, has come forward to accuse the nominee of sexual misconduct in college. The New Yorker

Logical Reasonings / 9.21.18

A. Pro-tips on how to use the Career Services Office while in law school. Above the Law

B. A new study concluded that earning a high salary was not among the four most-cited reasons for pursuing law school. An alternative conclusion? No one’s willing to say earning a high salary is among the main reasons they’re pursuing law school. Law.com

C. Yale Law School students are protesting how the school has handled the Supreme Court nomination of one of its alums. Above the Law

D. And some representatives are using the ongoing nomination controversy as an opportunity to dust off their hacky jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Charleston Post Courier

E. And then the President finally weighed in. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 9.20.18

A. Yale Law professors Amy Chua — she of Battle of the Tiger Mom infamy — and Jed Rubenfeld would allegedly advise their female students to dress “model-like” to help the students earn clerkships with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Guardian

B. And now Yale Law School is desperately playing clean up after reports that some of its faculty members are giving wildly inappropriate advice. Above the Law

C. Harvard Law School also has to answer for Kavanaugh-related misdeeds, at least according to four current students who took the institution to task for paying the judge $27,490 for 9 days of teaching. Harvard Law Record

D. In super relatable news, some dude is suing Duke Law because he doesn’t want to take the LSAT. Duke Chronicle

E. Finally, to make sure you’re abreast on all the developments of boat law: In trying to console a Tropical Depression Florence survivor, President Trump pointed to a yacht that washed ashore near the survivor’s flooded home and noted that the the survivor that perhaps “got a nice boat out of the deal.” Clearly, Trump is very clueless a-boat the law, but fortunately he has a crack team of attorneys like Rudy Buoy-iani, Ty Bobb, and Michael Rowin’ to help clarify matters. The Hill

Logical Reasonings / 9.19.18

A. A survey asked almost 25,000 undergrads and 1Ls what they thought about law school. And many said it’s too long, too expensive, and doesn’t focus enough on the actual work of attorneys. Maybe law schools will listen? As they say, 25,000 freshmen can’t be wrong. Above the Law

B. A former University of New Hampshire law student is suing the school for $5.3 million. He alleges that after he withdrew from the school following a code of conduct violation, the school gave him a Catch-22-style method of resolving the code violation: he could request a hearing to investigate the handling of his the code violation, but only after he re-enrolled in the school … which the school forbade him from doing, because of the outstanding code violation. Law360

C. More results from state bar exams, but these are a little less dreary. Mississippi’s bar passage rate was 58.8% for the July 2018 exam. That doesn’t sound great, but only until you learn that they had a 36% passage rate in February 2017. Mississippi Litigation Review

D. On a more positive tip, here’s a podcast on how to say happy and balanced in law school. ABA Journal

E. A Yale grad student railed against the Yale Law School for being number one in both the USNWR rankings and the producing-Supreme-Court-nominees-with-serious-sexual-misconduct-allegations rankings. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 9.18.18

A. Some rascals at Michigan Law have created an Onion-style parody of law school called Ipse Dixit. Ipse Dixit

B. Continuing from yesterday’s pretty abysmal MBE score results, today brings pretty bad news regarding the Florida bar exam. Law.com

C. Here’s a taxonomic rundown of the type of students you’ll encounter in law school classes. Above the Law

D. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. Washington Post

E. Anita Hill, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding sexual harassment twenty-seven years before Ford will — and was subjected to a particularly brutal smear campaign — wrote an op-ed in the Times on how the Senate Judiciary Committee can get the investigation right this time. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 9.17.18

A. USNWR has some thoughts on the predictive success of online LSAT/GPA calculators. Pro tip: we have a pretty good one that you can use for free. U.S. News & World Report

B. And if you want to know where famous attorneys went to law school and where those schools are ranked, USNWR has a slideshow on that too. U.S. News & World Report

C. Scores from the July 2018 Multistate Bar Exam — the multiple-choice section of the bar exam that is a part of nearly every state’s exam — are in and they are not pretty. Above the Law

D. Maybe the Law & Corpus Linguistics project, which was just unveiled today and can help users translate and understand the text of founding federal documents, will help bring law students understand Con Law, and bring those scores up in the future. Law & Corpus Linguistics

E. There was a lot of news about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend. Here’s a helpful explainer on the nomination from the inveterate explainers at Vox. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 9.14.18

A. Your Friday Public Service Announcement: Tonight at 11:59 pm Eastern is the deadline to cancel your score for the September 2018 LSAT. Review the rules for cancellations here. LSAC

B. Still wondering whether you should cancel? Check out this video. Blueprint LSAT

C. A new study shows that higher tuition costs actually boost law school enrollments. Quick, everyone hide this study from all of the law schools. Law.com

D. Not only was InfiLaw shockingly bad at running law schools — having run the recently shuttered Charlotte School of Law and Arizona Summit School of Law — it’s apparently bad at running a profit too. It’s been running at a deficit for years, so the settlement it reached in the class action brought by former students is quite paltry. Above the Law

E. Finally, for the SoCal folks: Come hang with us this Saturday at Southwestern Law in Los Angeles! We’ll be offering discounts on Blueprint’s LSAT courses and giving a seminar on the LSAT! RSVP here. Blueprint LSAT