Category Archive: Sports

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How Would They Have Scored on the LSAT: Rio 2016 Edition

Despite the fame of the Olympics, it’s important to recall its history as an amateur sport. Even today, the vast majority of Olympians can’t rely simply on their professional careers or their Wheaties endorsements to sustain their livelihood, much less to finance their training and competing. And so, naturally, they turn to legal careers. And

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March Law School Madness

March Madness is upon us! I hope your NCAA tournament bracket is doing better than mine (c’mon Michigan State, really?). In keeping with the spirit of the season, this post is going to present a “mini-bracket” with different law schools facing off. To ratchet up the excitement, we’re going to start with a Final Four.

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The Intersection of Fantasy Football and Practicing Law

Continuing our series on relatively obscure areas of law, this post is going to focus on gambling law—specifically, the laws related to daily fantasy sports leagues. This topic has been in the news a lot fairly recently, and it has led to some high-profile class actions. Also, choosing this topic gave me a relatively easy way to mention the fact that I’m in the playoffs of both of my fantasy leagues. Yup, I’m kind of a big deal.

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A Breakdown of Sports Law

Having hashed out the intricacies of furry and cuddly animal law last week, we turn in the second installment of our practice-area series to sports law — the pragmatic option for all the nerdy types hoping to salvage a distant cousin of their childhood pro athlete aspirations.

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How the LSAT is Like the World Cup

The U.S. Women’s National Team found a perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday – by crushing Japan to win the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. In honor of the team’s accomplishment, here are a few ways in which the LSAT is like the World Cup.

1.) There’s a lot of competition

When you take the LSAT, you don’t have to compete against anyone else, but you do have to compete with yourself. The test-preparation process is a grind; it gets boring and unpleasant pretty quickly. When I prepared for the LSAT, I would constantly try to one-up myself – I would try to complete every practice set and every practice exam more quickly and accurately than the last. The more I practiced, the better I got, and the more intense my “competition” became. Consequently, my preparation technique was analogous to the increasingly difficult rounds in the World Cup tournament. Obviously, this style of preparation isn’t for everyone, but it is one way of trying to make the process more bearable.

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Does the NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Ruling Make Legal Sense?

On May 6th, the NFL released the Wells Report (named for its chief author, Ted Wells of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP), a summary of the NFL’s investigation into the events popularly known as “Deflategate.” (If you don’t know what “Deflategate” is, stop, take a minute to read this, and then come back.) The findings detailed in the Wells Report were unflattering for the Patriots organization and, somewhat surprisingly, condemnatory of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Despite Brady’s insistence that he had “no knowledge of any wrongdoing,”[1] the NFL found not only that it was probable that Patriots personnel acted deliberately, but also that it was “more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware” of the wrongdoing.

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Logical Fallacies and the NBA Playoffs

We’re getting deep into the NBA playoffs. You may be tempted to avoid studying for the LSAT by watching these games, but with just about a month before the June exam, there isn’t a moment to waste. Fortunately, you can multitask and get some much-needed review of the common fallacies by paying close attention to the commentators in this series. Sports commentators fall victim to a lot of logical fallacies. This is especially true for TNT color man Reggie Miller. Here are some examples from the first-round Spurs-Clippers series …

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In this series, the Spurs coach Gregg Popovich frequently employed the controversial Hack-a-Jordan strategy. This involves Pop sending one of his bench-riding scrubs out to deliberately foul star Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, and send him to the free throw line for two unobstructed shots. Why do this?

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March Median Madness

The NCAA tournament is upon us, and your bracket is probably already busted. (Thanks, UAB!) Yup, picking basketball teams at this time of year is a crapshoot. But have you ever wondered what the bracket would look like if you picked schools by their median LSAT score?

What’s that? You haven’t wondered that at all? Well, we must have more time on our hands than you do. Probably because you’re studying for the LSAT. So we filled out a whole 64-team bracket based on law school median LSAT score.

A couple of notes:
Only 42 of the 64 colleges in this year’s field actually have law schools. Any school that doesn’t was disqualified.

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The LSAT and Super Bowl Sunday

Here at Blueprint we accept as something of an inevitability the fact that you’re probably spending this Sunday drunk, covered head-to-toe in body paint, and bloated with guacamole. It’s Super Bowl Weekend; why shouldn’t you?

We’re not here to shout you back to your textbooks. Far from it! We actually think this is great preparation for law school. Look at the similarities: it’s a high-stakes test for future lawyers. The scene will be rife with loud mouths who refuse shut up, and you’re going to feel reasonably certain that half the people there are cheaters.

The similarities don’t stop at law school. In many ways, the Super Bowl and the LSAT are essentially the same (go with me here).