Tag Archive: exams

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Law School Exams Are Different, In Ways Good And Bad

Law school exams are very different from what you’re used to in undergrad. In a way, undergrad exams are more fair. If you study a lot, memorize the material that you’ve covered, and mange to demonstrate that you’ve done all this work on the day of the exam by basically regurgitating the material in a mad dash to fill as many blue books as you can, you’ll do really well.

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Best of Luck From Your Friends at Blueprint!

This is it!

You’ve put in a whole lot of hours (76 hours of lessons, another 24 hours of practice exams, plus countless hours of homework and extra practice), you’ve laughed and maybe cried, you’ve felt the frustration of a disappointing practice exam score and the elation of a substantial improvement. And now — a mere 24 hours from the writing of this post — you’ll be facing your greatest challenge of your young life thus far: The Law School Admission Test.

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You can do this!

You’ve struggled, studied, and burned the midnight oil. You’ve laughed at the absurdity of question after question, passage after passage. You pumped your fist in triumph over a great practice score increase, and you’ve cried (admit it) when you’ve seen your score stagnate or worse. All that is past. This weekend is your last to pack in a little bit more studying, maybe one more practice exam, and then, on Monday:

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Why is the June LSAT on a Monday afternoon?

The June LSAT is the only one offered in the afternoon instead of the torturously early morning. But do you know why LSAC has provided this unexpected bounty to us unworthy paeans?

My investigation yielded no insight into the minds of the creators, so we must conjecture in order to grasp at divine knowledge.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.18.15

A) U.S. News and World Report offers some advice on deciding between two great law schools and taking the LSAT for the third time.

B) Why do law school professors take an eternity (a few weeks) to grade final exams? Above the Law gets the answer straight from the horse’s mouth.

C) Don’t use overly flowery descriptions in your personal statement, you obliviously verbose muttonhead. jdMission

D) The U.S. government thinks courts aren’t able to order top secret documents unsealed for evidence. The Intercept

E) Louis CK’s monologue in Saturday Night Live’s season finale was hilarious… and offensive. Hollywood Reporter

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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 / 4.29.15

A) What can law students learn from Elon Musk? Be innovative, never give up, and found PayPal. Above the Law

B) Nine tips for applying to law school as a minority student. US News & World Report

C) The dean of UDC law school has offered to defer final exams for students who give Baltimore protestors legal advice. Washington Post

D) Microsoft has patented emotion-detecting glasses. GOOGLE ANGRY! Wall Street Journal

E) A firefighter saved a suicidal woman by drop kicking her through a window. A true act of heroism/excellent Jean Claude Van Damme impression. The Daily Scrolls

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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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Blueprint Instructor: How I Nailed My First LSAT

A few weeks ago, Blueprint LSAT instructor Branden Frankel shared his tale about the first time he took the LSAT. Branden exemplifies the laid-back, West Coast, chill approach to one’s first LSAT attempt. I, on the other hand, exhibited the uptight, Type A, super paranoid (but prepared!) approach to LSAT-taking. (Hmm, maybe I should have become a lawyer after all….)

Back in the day, I was a fresh-faced, bright-eyed pre-law student with big dreams and an even bigger stack of #2 pencils. I had taken an LSAT course with this company I’d never heard of prior to researching classes called Blueprint LSAT Prep. I had been scoring well on my practice exams and was feeling pretty confident about my odds of getting the score I wanted.