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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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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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LSAT Instructor: Starting My Second Semester of Law School

Law school exams are over, winter vacation is behind me, and grades are in.

Exams were pretty stressful. Law school grades fall on a curve. A curve says, “It’s not about you doing well, it’s about others doing worse than you.” Brutal.

But it helps if you have an awesome study group. Someone to help you figure out why the right answers are right, and why the wrong answers are wrong. Someone to tell you that you that you’re scaring them after you drink your twelfth espresso. It’s also easier to take a break from studying if you can drag a few people out with you to the movies or to the museum.

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3 Tips to Balance Law School Applications and Finals

Applying to law school is a difficult and stressful process at the best of times. When you have to worry about final exams, papers, and holiday activities on top of your applications, it becomes even more difficult. Having gone through the process last year, I am going to offer a few words of advice on how to make it through in one piece.

Set Reasonable Goals
The best part of the application process is that you can easily break it up into small parts. Apart from the personal statement, virtually every part of schools’ applications are made up of segments that you can complete in a few hours. For example, you can complete the forms on LSAC or write the first draft of an optional essay over the course of an afternoon.