Tag Archive: admissions

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Hey, Blueprint! What LSAT score do I need?

The LSAT, as you may know, is not a pass/fail exam. Rather, it’s based on a scale of 120 to 180. If you get a 120, you won’t be going to law school, and, if you get a 180, you pretty much have your pick of schools to go to. Not surprisingly, most people don’t get within 10 points of either extreme. Very often I get the question from a student, “What LSAT score do I need?” Well, that depends on a few things. So, let me ask you a few questions, and maybe we can figure it out together.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.6.16

A. Getting offers from schools while you’re still on the waitlist(s) for dream school(s) or maybe just haven’t heard back? What to do? The Ivey Files

B. Antonin Scalia School of Law has a nice ring to it. And the acronym? (Think about it for just a second.) Slate

C. Country music legend/badboy Merle Haggard died today, his 79th birthday. Rest in peace, cowboy. People

D. Florida Gov. Rick Scott walked into a Gainesville Starbucks to get his daily, skinny-half-caf-extra-hot-nine-pump-mochalattechino and promptly got torn a new one by a patron. The Miami Herald

E. And finally, California law has changed to allow women to get birth control without a doctor’s prescription. New York Magazine

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Caveat Scolasticus, or, in English, Student Beware

We told you a few weeks ago about the student that was suing her law school for allegedly misrepresenting employment data. She lost.

My property professor is fond of saying that only deviants litigate, since pretty much everyone else figures out how to fix their problems outside of a courtroom. So what can prospective law school students do short of suing after they’ve already taken a $300,000 plunge?

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BREAKING NEWS: The American Bar Association adds a fourth year to law school

Responding to growing, twin crises in the legal field, the American Bar Association announced on Friday that all accredited law schools must provide their students four years of instruction, rather than the traditional three. To make matters worse, the ABA announced that the requirement applies to anyone who has yet to complete law school. 3L’s at law schools across the nation, many of whom had already secured bar study loans and lined up jobs, will be forced to put off those plans for a year, and put themselves substantially in debt.

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Law School Transfer: Solid Plan or Utter Fantasy?

Much like college applications, there are reach, match, and safety schools when applying for law school, and for a lot of people, there’s that one dream school. Things might not work out as planned, though — whether because of a low LSAT, GPA, or some other reason — and you might not get into your dream school. When that happens, some people choose to go to a lesser school than their dream school, while planning to transfer later, and the intake numbers at higher-ranked schools reflect this.

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Now’s the time.

The results are in, and, for the second time in a row, the number of LSAT takers year-over-year is emphatically up. For the June 2015 exam, the number of test takers was up 6.6% over June 2014, and for the September/October 2015 exam, the number of test takers was up 7.4% over September/October 2014. This comes after a string of drops, often in the double-digits, between 2010 and 2014.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.10.15

A) Check out this updated 2014-2015 law school admissions data by region, demographic and – most interesting – LSAT score. Spivey Consulting

B) One law school is allegedly paying low-performing students to skip the bar exam (and improve the school’s bar passage statistics). Yikes. Above the Law

C) Talk to law profs and current students to learn more about your law school options. U.S. News and World Report

D) A talk with one of New York’s few remaining courtroom artists. Wall Street Journal

E) Here’s how Clickhole became the best website on the internet. Slate

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This Week’s Best Pre-Law Links

The internet is like the Grand Canyon: massive, awe-inspiring, occasionally shitty, and impossible to see the whole thing. To help out with that last one, I’ve collected some of my favorite pre-law related stories from the past couple weeks for your edification. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

The Smartest People Are Opting Out of Law School
There are two ways to look at this article. One is that all the smarties have realized that law school does not guarantee a six-figure income like we once thought, and have decided to pursue a more certain career path, like engineering or grave-digging. The other is that a good LSAT score is worth more now that it ever has been. If you want to be a lawyer and you can ace the test, you’ll have your pick of schools and scholarships, and will be able to set yourself up for better opportunities than you ever could have during the law school boom of the early aughts.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.2.15

A) More wise words on the necessity of negotiating your scholarship award. PreLaw Magazine

B) It may be 40 years old, but The Paper Chase is still a realistic look at law school. Above the Law

C) If you’re still waiting on law school admissions, it might be best to just kick back and relax. Ms. JD

D) For the first time in U.S. history, a woman has been convicted of feticide. Washington Post

E) A man who hates April Fools live-blogged April Fools and it’s glorious. The Guardian