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Looking Back at the Government Shutdown’s LSAT Flaws

Last week, the United States House and Senate finally managed to get past their differences and reopen the federal government just before things would have become a bit hairy with the debt limit. All told, the shutdown went on for 17 days, and involved lots of frustration, brinksmanship, and flawed logic. Since this is an LSAT blog, the last part is what we’ll focus on here.

Government Shutdown Flaw I:

“Since the government was shut down, and running the government costs money, we must have at least saved money in this whole affair.”

This is what I think calling the shutdown a “slimdown” is intended to imply.

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How Judo Training is a Lot Like Studying for the LSAT

In my past life I did a fair amount of judo, which is a kind of wrestling sport. It is not a “martial art”. Martial means something like “appropriate for war;” judo was created as a sport from the start, but that’s a long story. Now that I work as an LSAT prep instructor I’ve realized that LSAT prep and training for judo have a ton in common.

How Judo is Like LSAT Prep I: Bad Habits are Difficult to Undo

Many people who do judo started out by learning a lot of things incorrectly. They then spend years trying to undo their awful habits, while someone who never developed these bad habits can surpass them very quickly.

The same thing happens with the LSAT.

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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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Add Points to Your LSAT Score by Chewing Gum: Study

A recent study found a correlation between chewing gum consumption and test performance, and concluded that mastication-induced arousal causes improved performance — especially in the latter stages of a sustained task along the lines of, oh, say, an LSAT section.

Before any LSAT students shout that there’s a causal flaw, note that the study eliminated some alternate causes. The researchers split the subjects into a masticating group and a control group, which argues against any potential reversal of cause and effect. In other words, it seems unlikely that this is all because people who are better at tests like to chew gum. In a previous study, the subjects achieved the same benefits from sugar-free gum, so it doesn’t appear to be a case of a simple sugar high.

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The LSAT Prep Adventures of Cecilia Tsoukalos: Time Out

Y’all ever seen that movie where Brad Pitt plays a soap salesman operating a terrorist cell from the basement of a dilapidated house? As much as I’ll always love Fight Club, Tyler Durden was wrong when he said you are not a unique and beautiful snowflake. Surprise: in the LSAT world you really are! As you’ve made your way through the course it’s likely that you’ve started to figure out which question types you’re consistently performing better on.

If you have your schedule organized to the second and your shoes are arranged by shoelace length, chances are you find ordering games pretty self-explanatory. If you pay attention to minute details and remember when the girl sitting next to you last wore the same outfit, you’re probably owning the Reading Comp section.

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Geraldo Rivera’s Questionable Reasoning in the Trayvon Martin Case

The much-publicized death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin took an interesting twist when Geraldo Rivera pronounced in an interview on “Fox and Friends” last week that “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as much as George Zimmerman was.” Later in the interview Rivera also said “Trayvon Martin, God bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hands. He didn’t deserve to die. But I bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”

Without commenting on the tragedy of Trayvon’s death or the hoodie movement it has spawned across the country and at institutions like Harvard Law School, we at Blueprint were interested in the outrageous errors in reasoning Rivera’s comments displayed. One of the few bright spots in studying for the LSAT is that, if done correctly, it trains you to spot fallacious reasoning. This comes in handy as a law student, a law practitioner, and, in this case, as a media consumer.

Perhaps the journalism standards for someone who hosted episodes such as “My Ex Hired a Hitman to Kill Me”

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Spring Enrollments for Blueprint’s Live LSAT Course Now Open

Merry Spring-Enrollments-Are-Now-Open Day!

Although this time of year is always special, it’s an extra meaningful occasion this time around because starting in 2012, Blueprint LSAT Preparation is opening the doors to its live course in six new cities. As previously reported, we’re expanding to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Seattle. Look at us go.

For several weeks, we’ve been hearing from students in those cities and elsewhere who have been itching to sign up. Starting today, you can scratch that itch. If you decide to sign up for a spring class today, though, be sure and do so by calling us before 6:30 p.m. PST. That’s when the new price for our course ($1,299) kicks in. The number is 888-4-BP-PREP if you have a phone in your hand right now (you know you do).

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Pot Roast and Perseverance: Comparing the LSAT to Marriage

I recently got married, and it’s a lot like the LSAT.

You’ve got to devote a lot of time to both. If you don’t spend a lot of time studying for the LSAT, you won’t do well on it and won’t go to the law school of your choosing. With marriage, you have to spend a lot of time, too. Last week I come home and Deborah asks, “Did you pick up the dry cleaning?” and I says, “No, Deborah, I forgot. I’ll get it tomorrow,” and then she starts talking about how I forgot last time too, and I says, “Deborah, I work too hard to come home to this garbage!” Well, that just set her off, and she starts running her mouth about how I’m always forgetting things, so I just leave to go meet Mike at the bar, because I sure as hell wasn’t going to sit around listening to Deborah’s garbage.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.4.11

A) This might not go over well with our readers, but an LSAT-taker in Minnesota this past weekend was granted extra time to complete his exam due to his ADD. Star Tribune.

B) Hope you’re ready for some frivolous lawsuits, lawyers-to-be! CNBC.

C) Campbell University’s first female law school dean is stepping down. Triangle Business Journal.

D) Are you in an office football pool? What about an office guess who’s going to get fired next pool? Lawyerist.

E) Last week, we mentioned there might soon be a Simpsons channel. Now FOX is threatening to cancel the show. (D’oh!) Huffington Post.

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The Numbers are In: The LSAT Stats and What They Mean to You

Every year, thousands and thousands of people just like you take the LSAT. Over a hundred thousand, to be precise. To be even more precise, check out this chart listing the number of administered LSATs per test date. No seriously, go check it out. Really.

Pretty fun, right? There’s a few things you may have noticed. First, LSAT apparently wants you to share this chart on both facebook and twitter. But more importantly, the numbers have been fluctuating. During the 2009-10 cycle, LSATs administered were up a whopping 13.3% from the previous cycle, with over 170,000 people taking the test. This was an increase that started during 2008-2009 period, which saw a 6.4% total increase from the cycle prior.

What’s going on here?