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Law school ain’t just for lawyers.

As you trudge along towards your February LSAT date, I bet I know exactly what’s keeping you going. Keeping you motivated. Fortifying your lawyerly resolve. You know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – the light of a late-night desk lamp as you scramble to decipher the Erie Doctrine on the eve of your first year exams.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.15.15

A) All that you ever wanted to know about undergrad and transfer GPAs. That might be an exaggeration; some of what you ever wanted to know about undergrad and transfer GPAs. U.S. News and World Report

B) When and how to ask for letters of recommendation. Prelaw Guru

C) A new partnership between four law schools is aimed at helping recent law grads get jobs and experience… by following the example of medical residencies. I can’t wait for the Scrubs spinoff. Above the Law

D) Five ways to approach your job everyday that maximize positivity and efficiency. Ms. JD

E) When a jellyfish loses a limb, it just reorganizes the rest of them. I wish I was that resilient when I lose my car keys. New York Times

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Above the Law’s 2015 Law School Rankings

The law school rankings game is competitive these days. While U.S. News and World Report is still House Lannister — they’ve got the money and the power — there have been a ton of pretenders to the throne cropping up in the last few years. Of these, Above the Law’s rankings might be House Stark in our Game of Thrones analogy: they’re in this thing for honor, not (only) for money or power.

Started three years ago as an alternative to U.S. News, Above the Law’s law school rankings are based almost solely on the employment prospects of each law school. They want students to have an accurate picture of what their degree is worth, to the point where they often discourage students from attending law school because of what a poor investment the bottom tier of degrees is. To that end, they don’t even bother ranking schools past number 50.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.6.15

A) Get more out of law school by choosing productive extra-curriculars. Law School Toolbox

B) What would the legal job market look like if 30 poorly performing law schools were forced to close? Much better for graduates of other schools (and about the same for alumni of the poor schools, unfortunately). Above the Law

C) Is a law degree necessary for your career goals? Check to make sure before you drop six figures on a J.D. Prelaw Guru

D) A Nebraska woman is suing all homosexuals on behalf of God and Jesus. Surprisingly, her case has some holes. Slate

E) A comprehensive collection of comedians tweeting about air travel. Splitsider

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How Should Pre-Laws Spend Summer Vacation?

Summer’s just around the corner, which, for the prelaw, means that you have plenty of time to beef up your law school application. If you’re taking the LSAT, you’ll be spending some time studying for the LSAT, though not all your time studying for the LSAT (despite what you may have been led to believe, vitamin D insufficiency does not automatically add ten points to your LSAT score). And if you’ve already taken the LSAT, you need to figure out what to do for the summer. Should you get a part-time gig at a law office, or should you do something unrelated to the law, so you can show admissions offices that you have outside interests?

For the most part, law school admissions is based on three components: your GPA, your LSAT score, and the “character and individuality” factor.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.4.15

A) Don’t believe these three LSAT myths. They’re wrong, and there are also way cooler myths out there. U.S. News & World Report

B) Which law schools are the most likely to help you get a *good* job? Above the Law

C) Check out some stats about paralegals, from Abraham Lincoln to Erin Brockovich. Online Paralegal Programs

D) Recent SCOTUS developments include getting White House feedback on Colorado marijuana laws and declining a challenge to New Jersey’s laws about “gay conversion therapy.” Wall Street Journal

E) This Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup on old school Mike Tyson’s Punch Out is way more entertaining than their actual fight was. YouTube

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Logical Reasonings / 5.1.15

A) The June LSAT draws ever closer. Here’s a helpful Logical Reasoning cheat sheet. LawSchooli

B) A second-year law student thinks that the media doesn’t understand the state of law hiring. Above the Law

C) The job numbers for law schools’ “lost generation” look better than they did in 2010, but Slate thinks there’s still more going on than meets the eye.

D) “This to-do list app could change your life!” – my As-Seen-On-TV host impression. Wired

E) Can you find the mole in this spy organization? I assure you that it’s well worth your time to try. ClickHole

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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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Logical Reasonings / 4.27.15

A) Three gap year jobs that help prepare students for law school. Not to be confused with “three law school jobs that help students afford the Gap.” US News & World Report

B) A college senior writes about how to approach the “pre” part of pre-law. Ms. JD

C) It’s come to my attention that last week when I posted “Five Charts That Show You Should Apply to Law School This Year,” I didn’t link to the correct article. One million apologies. Here it is. Bloomberg

D) The world has a new highest-grossing law firm. Surprisingly, it’s not produced by Marvel. Inside Counsel

E) A CSI: style breakdown of Nicki Minaj’s appearance at a bar mitzvah. Grantland

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Logical Reasonings / 4.24.15

A) Yesterday we linked to news that law school applications are down for the zillionth (approx.) straight year. Spivey Consulting has more in-depth data.

B) Law schools may be in trouble, but they’ve also been in trouble many times before. Bloomberg

C) And there’s good news about the legal job market! Above the Law

D) There a lot of comic book movies happening, and you probably haven’t even heard of most of them. io9

E) If you like funny things, this 90’s Sizzler commercial is one of them. SIZZLER FOR AMERICAAAAA. YouTube