Tag Archive: bar exam

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Logical Reasonings / 10.22.15

A. Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearing quickly turned into a shouting match. New York Times

B. Northwestern Law School received $100 million Pritzker gift. Chicago Tribune

C. The recent spike in law school applications could lead to tougher competition for admissions. The Daily Campus

D. Failed the Bar Exam? Now what? Above the Law

E. Is it possible to love anything as much as this Shiba Inu loves digging holes in the sand? Mashable

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Early Bar Exam Results (And What They Mean for You)

Results are starting to trickle in from the July 2015 bar exam, and a first glance at the numbers shows that they’re not encouraging – the average score on the multiple-choice section of the exam has reached its lowest levels since 1988.

This news comes on the heels of last year’s results, when bar exam results had the single biggest drop since the bar exam started. Those results led to lots of finger-pointing – the National Conference of Bar Examiners stated that the people who took the July 2014 bar exam were “less able” than their predecessors. (More on that in a second.)

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Logical Reasonings / 9.8.15

A) The Southern California Institute of Law is suing over regulations that require law schools in CA to maintain a 40% bar passage rate. ‘Cause who cares about passing the bar, right?! LA Times

B) If working in academia is your dream after law school, take heed – new law professor jobs are down 55%. National Law Journal

C) Good info to have: You can still get a DWI for driving a Barbie Jeep, Zamboni, wheelchair, inflatable raft, and motorized beer cooler. Lowering the Bar

D) An Italian judge acquitted Amanda Knox and had some harsh words regarding flaws in her trials. The Guardian

E) Key and Peele’s spoof of Cosmos is perfect in almost every way. iO9

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Logical Reasonings / 7.27.15

A) The California bar exam is being shortened from three days to two, allowing JDs to start the post-bar heavy drinking a full day earlier. Above the Law

B) Conan is being sued for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter. Hollywood Reporter

C) Here’s one take on a firm’s policy against hiring graduates from T14 schools. Break in to Big Law

D) Donald Trump – who has been vehemently outspoken against illegal immigration – is now an artistic inspiration for piñatas. Lovely! CNN

E) Bostonians breathe a sigh of relief in unison, as Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics has been pulled. Boston.com

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Logical Reasonings / 6.17.15

A) An investigation into corruption of admissions standards at University of Texas Law (#15 in the US News rankings) has revealed that the school admitted some students with “atrocious test scores” — including one student who scored a 128 (!!!) on the LSAT. Watchdog.org

B) One law school prof thinks it’s time to kill the bar exam. Above the Law

C) The 25 law schools that offer the best financial aid. Get get get get that paper. Business Insider

D) Ralph Nader is opening a Tort Museum and called it “exciting.” I don’t know which element of that sentence is most ridiculous. Wall Street Journal

E) If you give up on law school, you can now get a BFA in Comedy from Emerson College. Splitsider

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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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The Uniform Bar Exam: LSAT Part Two

If you’re studying for the LSAT right now, you probably think it is a pretty terrible test that requires a lot of work and preparation. I hate to break it to you, but law school life doesn’t get easier after you pass the initial hurdle of the LSAT. In fact, the LSAT isn’t even the most difficult entry exam you’ll have to take on your way to becoming a lawyer. A few months after you graduate, you’ll have to take the bar exam.

With passage rates lower than 50% in some states, the bar exam is a daunting challenge. You’ll be tested on everything you supposedly learned over the course of your time in law school and then some. Given that I can’t remember a fraction of what I learned last semester, I can’t even begin to describe how unpleasant that sounds.

Even after you pass the bar, you might not be done.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.5.15

A) There’s a new law school ranking. The twist? This one is GLOBAL!!! Above the Law

B) And here’s a list of schools with the most competitive LSAT scores. No real twist here… OR IS THERE? (There’s not.) U.S. News and World Report

C) New York is switching from a state-specific bar exam to the Uniform Bar Exam. What a bunch of copycats. Wall Street Journal

D) Workaholics and people-who-are-good-at-faking-being-workaholics are the highest performers at a high-level consultancy. But those who requested lighter hours and more flexibility were hurt by it. New York Times

E) If you’re like me, you’ll never get tired of Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray impression. Late Show with David Letterman

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Logical Reasonings / 4.16.15

A) More law students are failing the bar exam than ever before, and the explanation might not be pretty. Bloomberg

B) How is law school like the Chillow? Apart from both being super chill, obvs. Forbes

C) I guess it’s not surprising that a magazine called Entrepreneur thinks law school should teach entrepreneurship.

D) Gun sales are down. Hooray!* Wall Street Journal

E) 10 genius recipes. Nothin’ fancy, just good food. Food52

*Please don’t hunt me down, gun owners.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.6.15

A) What law schools prepare their students for the bar exam better than the LSAT would predict? It’s an interesting way to rank schools, although keep in mind that schools like Yale don’t show up because the LSAT predicts extremely high bar passage. PreLaw Magazine

B) Three “Don’ts” for law students thinking of transferring. US News & World Report

C) A couple of updates to the law sXXXool prof story from last week. Above the Law

D) A California appeals court ruled against two Christian parents that are suing their kids’ school district for teaching yoga exercises. The parents say the poses are religious, and the court says the parents are dum dums. Wall Street Journal

E) Can the $3.4 million car in Furious 7 really jump between buildings? And, more importantly, AWESOME#&@^!%!$ Vulture