Tag Archive: columbia

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Logical Reasonings / 2.3.16

A. The Republican presidential field winnows as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum both drop out of the race. Vice

B. Human Rights Watch is teaming up with Columbia and NYU law schools to develop new and improved methodologies for gathering evidence in human rights abuse cases. National Law Journal

C. Lawyers for Adnan Syed – the convicted killer who was the focus of the runaway hit podcast “Serial” – are in court today asking for a new trial, based in part on evidence undercovered during the making of the podcast. ABC News

D. Donald Trump is crying foul about losing Iowa, and now he wants a rematch. Boo-friggin’-hoo. BBC News

E. And in other Trumptastic news, Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. No, really. Politico

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LSAT Instructor: The End of 1L

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He started as a 1L at Columbia Law School in the fall, and has been writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences.

I’m almost at the end of my first year of law school. I have one more exam to go: Property. Japanese Law, Crim, and Torts are done. I have no idea how I did, but I’m alternating between disgust, resignation, and occasional bouts of wild optimism.

Taking a law school exam is neither science nor art. It’s more like alchemy. You don’t really know what you’re doing but you construct a system of symbols and incantations called an “outline”, and that system sometimes produces good outcomes, though it always falls short of gold.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.30.15

A) The best law schools for social life aka GETTIN’ HAMMERED WOOOOOOO (an unscientific ranking). GraduatePrograms.com

B) President Obama might teach at Columbia Law after the end of his second term. Turns out all you need to bypass the legal job market is eight years of experience as the most powerful man in the world. Above the Law

C) Speaking of jobs… the percentage of law grads who got jobs right out of school increased in 2014, but the actual number of jobs still went down. National Law Journal

D) Bernie Sanders is running for president, and he couldn’t be much more different from the other candidates in just about every single way. Politico

E) When I saw the New York Times headline “Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat Is the Luxury You Won’t Want to Live Without” I knew I had to link to it. Happy reading/pooping, everyone!

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Dream Professors: Celebrity Spouse Edition

When I found out Amal Clooney was teaching at Columbia Law, I made it my mission to spot her on campus—George has nothing on me, after all. Thus far, I have been unsuccessful (much to my chagrin). Part of the reason may be that Columbia students are apparently forbidden from talking about her class. Because of my disappointment, I started hoping that maybe a few other celebrity spouses guest lecturing at Columbia would increase my odds of crossing paths with one.

Alexi Ashe
Seth Meyers’s wife, Alexi Ashe, is a human rights lawyer and Assistant District Attorney. I would love to see her guest lecture at Columbia in a criminal law class. For one thing, I’m not a huge fun of my criminal law professor right now, so anyone seems like a possible upgrade.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.15.15

A) A high LSAT score has never been more in demand: “Around 5,400 people with the highest scores will enroll in law school this year, down from 9,400 in 2010 [while] some 8,700 low-scoring students will likely start law school in 2015, up from 7,000 in 2010.” Bloomberg

B) Amal Clooney’s Columbia Law students are under something of a gag order about her class. Above the Law

C) Now’s the time to start buying .law web domains. ABA Journal

D) This math problem from Singapore is driving the internet crazy, and may remind you of some of the more nightmarish Logic Games you’ve practiced with. New York Times

E) If you saw Dennis Quaid’s freak out video yesterday, it’s… not what you think it is. Slate

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LSAT Instructor: The Second Semester Blues

J. Peterman: Bad news, people. Peggy is home sick.
Elaine: Oh, please.
J. Peterman: She’s stuffed up, achy, and suffering from intense malaise.
Elaine: Oh, come on, we all have intense malaise. Right?

Second semester of 1L is notoriously rough.


You get your first semester’s grades. Back in November, a professor pointed out that none of us were used to being B students, but a fair chunk of us would become B students. The curve demands Bs, and a lot of ‘em. Even if you beat the curve, you’re bummed for your friends that didn’t, but deserved to.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.9.15

A) Spivey Consulting has a sneak peek at the top 20 law schools from this year’s US News & World Report rankings. Full results come out on Wednesday.

B) Amal Clooney (aka Mrs. George) will guest lecture at Columbia next spring. I’m suddenly jealous of Philip and YukoAbove the Law

C) How to prepare your mind and body before an exam. Picmonic

D) “Legal scholarship is in a terrible state,” says a legal scholar. UM, POT MEET KETTLE. Wall Street Journal

E) Tomorrowland seems like it will be cool. A second Ghostbusters reboot does not. (Via Vulture)

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On Columbia Law and Studying for the LSAT Under Duress

You may have heard that, in the wake of the grand jury decisions not to indict the officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Columbia Law School is allowing its students to request a postponement of their final exams. The interim dean noted that the cases “have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally.”

The option to delay comes in response to pressure from students, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea, especially considering that part of the job of a lawyer is to suck it up and deal with it. Check out these articles from Elie Mystal and Eugene Volokh for good arguments against the extension, despite being sympathetic to the students’ concerns.

We’re here, though, to discuss the LSAT.

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LSAT Instructor: My First Law School Exams

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He started as a 1L at Columbia Law School this semester, and is writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences.

I just took my first final exam. Contracts. I loved my Contracts class. The exam, not so much.

The exam was open book. We had a multiple choice section, and an essay.

Law school exams are very different from undergrad exams. On the essay portion, there was no right answer. You just had to spot the major issues, argue both sides, come to a reasonable conclusion, and stay under the word limit. In undergrad, you just get to info dump and hope for the best, or you get to check your work.

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LSAT Instructor: One Month Into Law School

Alright, so I know I said in my last Columbia related post that law school isn’t all that bad, but I think I’m starting to crack.

We were debating in small groups whether extreme starvation can justify murder, if it’s for the purpose of cannibalizing the victim’s body. Things got a little heated. I may have threatened to eat someone.

This was highly out of character for me. I’m eating about 6 meals a day. Good stuff.

Okay, maybe I’m not eating the best stuff all the time. I get a few sandwiches, and about once a week I have the delicious NYC street food known as chicken over rice. Five bucks gets you a delicious plate of buttery self-loathing.