Category Archive: Odds and Ends

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Black Friday Shopping List for the Stressed LSAT Taker

With Black Friday around the corner, and the test a mere week later, it’s the perfect time to get some presents for the stressed-out LSAT taker. This list keeps in mind that, by the time they receive their gifts, LSAT takers will still be ramping down from the stress of taking the test while still having low-level stress from knowing that results are waiting for them a week and a half away.

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Justin Bieber launches devastating assault on logic.

A few weeks ago we considered how a variety of celebrities would fit in as attorneys. Aaron Rodgers, for example, who at one point considered foregoing his football ambitions to focus on getting into law school. Or George Clooney, whose wife is such a brilliant attorney that he may be able to pass the bar right now, just based on intellectual osmosis across the pillow. This week we consider Justin Bieber.

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Sound-Tracking Your LSAT Study Montage

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it dozens of times: test prep is a sport, not a science. You’re not studying; you’re training.

And what does every good training montage need? A killer soundtrack.

Choosing the right music can help pump you up and clear your mind. Of course, you don’t want to listen to music while you’re taking a practice test – you have to simulate those game day conditions! But a well-balanced playlist can help you warm up for and wind-down from an LSAT workout. Here are my picks:


Why Your Friends Can’t Wait Until You Take the LSAT

When I was getting ready for the LSAT, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time with my friends. Most of the time, I was either doing homework, taking practice tests, or thinking about the disastrous consequences of performing poorly on the test. Consequently, I wasn’t a whole lot of fun to hang out with for about three months. Here are a few of the things my friends had to suffer through:

1.) Fallacies, Fallacies Everywhere

After we covered the lesson on logical fallacies, my instructor told me to practice finding examples of flawed reasoning in everyday life. Now, he didn’t tell me to point out those flaws to my friends every time they committed one… I decided to do that all on my own. If you ever want to really test a friendship, gleefully point and laugh at someone after accusing them of fallaciously relying on an ad hominem argument.

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True Life: I Was an LSAT Instructor

This post is dedicated to the man behind the curtain, so to speak. If you’re studying for the LSAT, you might be curious about what it’s like to actually teach the test. I’ll be giving you my insights on becoming a Yoda… or Mr. Miyagi… or… Rafiki of the LSAT world (if you don’t understand any of those references, you need to watch more movies). I’ll also briefly discuss the benefits and downsides of teaching a class.

First things first: To become an LSAT instructor, you need to perform well on the LSAT (Captain Obvious here, saying “you’re welcome, everyone!”). A solid score on the LSAT is a good marker of your ability to understand the concepts. With that said, scoring a 180 – that’s a perfect score, just so we’re clear – doesn’t mean that you’ll get hired as an instructor; you also need to show that you can actually instruct effectively. Ideally, instructors can communicate clearly and succinctly and present the material with humor and charisma.

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Rap’s Biggest Fans: The Supreme Court?

President Obama became embroiled in yet another controversy last week when he dissed the New York Times’ guacamole recipe (consequently, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly lambasted the President for what critics have dubbed the administration’s “War on Peas”).

This isn’t the first time the President’s made a splash in contemporary pop culture. He’s noted for numerous appearances in Millennial-loved media – such as Buzzfeed and Between Two Ferns – and he cites rapper Jay-Z as among his favorite musical artists (even taking the time out of a full day of Presidenting to spit a diss track over Hov’s seminal “99 Problems”).

And yet, another branch of the federal government may just have him beat when it comes to captivating the minds of the youth and paying homage to hip-hop’s greats.


The Pre-Law Declaration of Independence

June LSAT scores have been released, which means that many people who plan on applying to law school this fall have just crossed a huge hurdle (congratulations!). Unfortunately, as much as we at Blueprint LSAT Prep wish otherwise, we know that you’re probably still feeling some stress where law school admissions are concerned. That said, it’s a holiday weekend, which is a perfect time to sit back and bask in the glow of what you’ve already accomplished. So, for this Independence Day weekend, here are some things from which you should declare yourself independent:

1) Independence from checking various GPA/LSAT score calculators, reports of admitted students, crystal balls, tea leaves, and anything else you have been studying in an attempt to divine which law schools you might be able to get into. Yes, we know it’s tempting. No, it’s not a particularly productive use of time.

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Your Summer Viewing List

Blessed be the neurotic, for they shall surely miss out on summer while they’re indoors studying, and come October will be all the better prepared for it. 

However, if you aren’t one of these nerds gifted with innate assiduity, then you may be spending a decent portion of your summer months blah-ing in front of the TV. Might as well feel like you’re learning something, right? For your peace of mind, we here at Blueprint have compiled a list of law-related summer movies and shows, just for you.

Look to your left… now look to your right… because one of you is going to have to get up and order a pizza. That’s right, no law-oriented binge-watching list could begin with anything other than that quintessential 1L film, The Paper Chase.