Logical Reasonings / 5.18.17

A. Very exciting news. We’ll be hosting two webinars—that’s short for web seminars, Grandpa—on Wednesday, May 31. The first will discuss all matters of the LSAT from noon to 1 pm PST. The second will address the law school admissions process from 6 to 7 pm PST. Both will be hosted by the incomparable Blueprint instructor Branden Frankel who, in addition to being an LSAT master and UCLA Law Grad, has the yeoman-like stamina to do two webinars in one day. Oh, and all attendees of the webinar will receive a $300 discount off our live course and a $75 discount on the first month of the online course subscription. RSVP now at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. In legal news, a U.K. Court of Appeals ruled that Kit Kat bar’s memorable “four-finger” shape is not distinct enough to warrant a trademark, giving a break to Kit Kat rip offs across the Her Majesty’s Kingdom. Bloomberg

C. Another day, another frivolous lawsuit from Texas. This time, a fan of the San Antonio Spurs filed a suit against Golden State Warriors’ malevolent grampus Zaza Pachulia for injuring Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. SB Nation

D. Your daily update into the fallout from the firing of former FBI Director James Comey: Turns out deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein knew Trump was going to can Comey before Rosenstein even wrote the memo that was the alleged impetus for the firing. Now Rosenstein might be called as a witness in the investigation run by the special counsel he appointed. NY Times

E. Trump, trying to remember the last time being president made him feel anything other than frustration, ordered another missile strike on Syria, this time targeting Syrian government vehicles getting uncomfortably close to an allied base at At Tanf. Vox

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Managing LSAT Stress with Self-Care

Studying for the LSAT is like getting ready for an athletic event. To perform at your best, your body and mind need to be sharp. Here are some tips from a veteran LSAT instructor.

1. Get enough sleep

Nothing is more important. You need to sleep or else all sorts of things will go wrong with your body and ability to learn. Lack of sleep negatively affects your intelligence.

Logical Reasonings / 5.17.17

A. According to a memo written by former FBI director James Comey—an inveterate note-keeper, apparently—Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation of Michael Flynn. NY Times

B. And now Comey is the belle of the congressional ball, getting invited to all the congressional hearings. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will ask Comey to testify next week about the memo. The Senate Intelligence Committee will as well. Associated Press

C. ProPublica and Gizmodo tested the cyber security at Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties, and the results were not very impressive. Might be a bit more alarming if Trump didn’t disclose classified information voluntarily. ProPublica

D. Snapchat is being hit with a lawsuit from its shareholders, alleging that the social media app overrepresented how many users it had, leading to a drop in the shares’ value. But these lawsuits, much like Snaps themselves, tend to disappear once judges see them. LA Times

E. A Texas hero courageously filed a lawsuit against a woman who texted during Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 while on a date with him. In the good fight against habitual movie texters, we get the hero we deserve, not the hero we need. NPR

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Looking Back on Law School, Upon Graduation

In two days, I am going to graduate from law school. This post, like Yuko’s from last week, is going to provide some reflections on my experience over the last three years.

Looking back, the first year of school was exactly as bad as everyone says. The first semester, in particular, was extraordinarily stressful. I often felt lost, I dreaded cold calls, and I never felt like I was on top of the material. Not even rose-colored glasses can improve the situation. If you’re planning on going to law school, you shouldn’t expect anything different—you’re in for a trial by fire.

Logical Reasonings / 5.16.17

A. Might as well get this out of the way. Late last night, the Washington Post’s pair of Gregs, Miller and Jaffe, reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russian officials. This has since been confirmed by the NY Times, WSJ, Reuters, CNN, and those crazy kids at Buzzfeed. Washington Post

B. OK, now on to other stuff. Well … actually … you may be wondering how often presidents reveal classified information to ostensible foreign adversaries. Apparently it happens a fair amount, but usually in exchange for something valuable. Slate

C. All right, on to the next thing. Well, we would be remiss not to include national security adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster’s attempts to clean up this mess. Mix Master McMaster clarified that Trump did not disclose the “sources or methods” used to obtain this classified info, because Trump was not told those things, obviously. NY Times

D. Now let’s get onto … but will this revelation affect other nations? It seems as though other nations are not stoked on this revelation. Buzzfeed

E. Finally, let’s move on. So … what else is on the docket today? I guess some Australians are fighting about avocado toast? NY Times