Tag Archive: lsat in real life

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What the NBA Finals Have Taught Us About LSAT Prep

Tonight, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will go at it in game seven of the NBA finals. The entire season has come down to this. Should the Heat win, South Beach will go crazy, but I think the basketball result will be more of an excuse for the celebration than its underlying cause. And if the Spurs emerge victorious, will revelers, uh, throng the River Walk?

LSAT studiers who are basketball fans have it easy: the June LSAT is over and done with, and the October LSAT is still far away. You can watch the NBA finals without any tinge of guilt.

Although the LSAC will never ask you to shoot free throws (probably), there are lessons you can take from this year’s NBA finals if you’re studying for the LSAT. Here are some parallels:

It takes a strong rotation throughout to succeed.

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Belated Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the LSAT Student’s Dad

While Father’s Day is in the rearview, it’s never too late to do something nice for Dad. If you’re an LSAT student, you’ve given Dad a set off worries beyond that of the average offspring. What might the father of an LSAT student like for Father’s Day? Let’s have a look:

LSAT Student Father’s Day Gift Idea I: Law School Tuition

If you’re like most LSAT students, you’re going to run to Pops, hat in hand, asking for help paying for law school (and probably Mom too). And who could blame you? Law school ain’t cheap. Wouldn’t it be grand if Dad could just win the lottery and throw all that worry out the window? Law school tuition for Dad is like a husband buying his wife lingerie. Sure, it’s technically a gift for the wife, but it’s really a gift for the husband.

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7 LSAT Prep Lessons to Take Away From the Indy 500

This past Sunday was an exciting day for motor racing fans. Two of the year’s most prestigious races — the Indianapolis 500 and its much richer European cousin, the Monaco Grand Prix — were held on the same day. Monaco was pretty disappointing, but the Indy 500 delivered drama, excitement, and a few lessons for June LSAT test-takers.

LSAT Prep Lesson I to Learn From the Indy 500: Walk the track before race day

Many of the top drivers in the Indy 500 will walk the track before any racing goes down so they can get to know the track better, feel more comfortable, and spot any potential problems. You should do the same with your LSAT test center. Before LSAT test day you should visit your LSAT test center to locate exactly where your exam will be.

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LSAT in Real Life: The Logical Fallacies of Charles Ramsey

Last week, Charles Ramsey rose to Internet fame with one TV interview following the rescue of three women in Cleveland who had been kidnapped for about a decade. And it was one hell of a TV interview (see below), covering everything from how surprised he was to find kidnapping victims in the house next door to a rather cynical take on race relations in the US — or at least in Cleveland. And as often happens when someone goes from unknown to media darling in so short a time, in the days since he was first on TV we’ve found out some unsavory details from Charles Ramsey’s past.

It turns out that Ramsey was convicted of domestic violence more than 10 years ago. But if we were to try to deny him credit for his recent good deeds on that basis, we’d be committing an ad hominem fallacy, attacking the person rather than the argument.

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Game of Thrones and LSAT Prep: A Match Made in Westeros

Fans love Game of Thrones for its intrigue, deceit, and wry humor. Of course, anyone studying for the LSAT knows that LSAT prep embodies the same qualities.

Pardon? You didn’t know that? Fear not, dear reader, for all shall be explained to you (and in prose as gripping as George R.R. Martin’s).

(Note: There aren’t any specific Game of Thrones spoilers in this article, but I will allude to things that are happening in the current season. If you haven’t gotten around to watching it yet, you should get off the computer, watch all available episodes immediately, and then return to the LSAT blog and read this. Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

Game of Thrones Example I: Daenerys’ big moment in Astapor

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LSAT Prep Lessons You Can Learn From Tax Day

Happy Tax Day, fellow Americans. As you (should) know, today is the last day for you to send in your tax return. For many, it’s a day rife with anxiety and marked by a harried late night journey to the post office. For others, it’s a day forgotten, only to be remembered too late. For this group the consequences can be severe. Too often this group will receive notice from the IRS that they owe ol’ Uncle Sam a stack of cold hard bendy-foldies. “But I’ve already spent the money I owe,” they plead. “I have to take a job I don’t really like to pay back the money,” they squeal. These folks are not terribly different from those who forget to study (or start studying late) for the LSAT.

The LSAT is a test of skill, not knowledge. The best way to develop a skill is through flawless repetition. The later you begin your studies, the less repetition you’re able to get in. Less repetition leads to flawed technique. Flawed technique leads to lower LSAT scores.

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3 Keys to Avoid Getting Upset by the LSAT

As you might have noticed, the NCAA March Madness tournament is underway — accompanied as usual by lower productivity in offices all across the land (or not?) and lots of illegal gambling. And upsets. While it’s too early to know whether this year will have any memorable Cinderella story, some high seeds have already fallen to their lower-seeded opponents, with consequences reaching millions of brackets.

If you’re taking the LSAT, you, too, need to avoid getting upset. There are lessons to take from these March Madness games.

How to Avoid Getting Upset by the LSAT I: Avoid overconfidence

New Mexico coach Steve Alford complained earlier this season about what he saw as disrespect for the Mountain West Conference, to which his team belongs, in the polls.

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Daylight Savings Shows the Value of an Hour in LSAT Prep

If you haven’t noticed, your cell phone and microwave may be displaying different times. That’s because Daylight Savings was this weekend. With spring officially on the way, that means daylight lasts longer, snow starts melting, and life in general starts feeling just a little less terrible.

With it will bring barbecues, day drinking in the park, bike rides, beach trips, and other such wonderment. Unless you’re studying for the June LSAT, in which case you’ll be seeing a lot more LSAT logic games than sunny afternoons.

But if you spend the spring fastidiously preparing for the June LSAT, you can spend the summer as a free man (or woman).

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A Look at the LSAT Flaws in the Oscar Pistorius Case

As those of you who have been following it know, the Oscar Pistorius case has been pretty crazy. A few weeks ago the South African Paralympian fired rounds through a closed door, killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius maintains he thought she was an intruder, while the prosecution is claiming that it was a crime of passion. No one can say for certain at this point, but using LSAT logic we can deconstruct some of the claims that are being thrown around. Claims such as:

There have been allegations of abuse prior to this; he therefore killed Steenkamp purposefully. – Just because he was abusive before doesn’t actually prove that he murdered her. Does it make it more likely? Maybe. But just because something is more likely, that doesn’t show that it’s definite. Relevant data can strengthen a claim, but that doesn’t imply sufficiency to know that that claim is in fact certain.

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How Would This Year’s Oscar Nominees Fare on the LSAT?

The Oscars are this weekend, so we here at Blueprint LSAT Prep will all be tuning in to watch the film industry collectively pat itself on the back. But who will win? Who will lose? Why should you care?

All good questions, so, using the powers of the LSAT, we’re here to answer them. Sort of.

Here are our predictions of how the fictional characters portrayed would do if the awards were based on their LSAT scores, and whether or not the actor actually deserves the Oscar. Which seems as good a measure as any, considering what a subpar year this was for movies.

Supporting Actor: Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) — Lincoln

This one is pretty obvious, as Stevens is already a lawyer, and was one of the most important members of congress in the history of America.