Tag Archive: pre-law

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Survey: Pre-Law Students Uncertain of Admission Chances

There have been hundreds (if not thousands) of articles written over the past few years about the current state of legal education. Education reporters, law professors, journalists, law students, and (saddest of all) ex-law students who can’t find a job with their degree, have all weighed in on the current legal climate.

A group that hasn’t factored as much into the discussion is soon-to-be applicants. How is their perception of law school changing based on the deluge of data in this era of rapidly changing educational and economic factors?

In conjunction with Above the Law Career Center, Blueprint recently surveyed all of its summer students studying for the October 2012 LSAT to find out what they believe about the current legal and legal education system. In a series of articles, we’ll talk about how these perceptions mesh with (and at times diverge from) reality.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.5.12

A) Check out Above the Law’s brand new pre-law resource. Above the Law.

B) The incoming class at Villanova Law set a school LSAT score record. Not bad for a school that was censured by the ABA a year ago. ABA Journal.

C) Good luck getting that Pink Floyd poster on your dorm room wall when your parents hire an interior decorator. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

D) Judge says Florida cannot deny in-state tuition for students whose parents immigrated illegally. Inside Higher Ed.

E) The coolest mom of the year award might be up for grabs this year. YouTube.

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These Law School Personal Statement Clichés are so Cliché

A while ago, I wrote an article listing some clichés to avoid on your personal statement. And yet I still read statements all the time that include these, and other, clichés.

To put it simply, do not include any cliché in your law school personal statement. If you can imagine it on a fortune cookie or greeting card, it has no place in your personal statement. No, you don’t get around this with the phrase, “I know it’s cliché, but…” Why not? Because that, itself, is a cliché.

Not all clichés are phrases repeated through the ages. Some are just topics that have been beaten to death, on top of not being that compelling to begin with. Let’s look at a few more.

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New York LSAT Prep Students Should Check Out May Day

Guys, it’s a beautiful day in Gotham – it’s May Day! Why should you New York LSAT students care about a pagan holiday celebrating the arrival of spring and the goddess of flowers? Well, maybe you shouldn’t. But today is also Law Day! It’s the day we’re supposed to stop and think about how important the law is. And should you New York LSAT students care about that? Nah, you’re only going to be becoming lawyers. But today is also Loyalty Day, when you’re supposed to think about how you’re loyal to the United States. And should you… ah, never mind. The point is that there’s a ton of holidays happening today. You can pick your own flavor, but the observance probably most associated with May Day, at least for young educated pre-law types, is International Workers’ Day.

Well, that’s certainly something for you New York LSAT students to take part in, right?

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What to Expect Out of Your LSAT Prep Class (No Foolin’)

Many of our Blueprint LSAT classes just started, or will be starting very soon. Taking an LSAT course is an important event in every growing pre-law student’s life, and people often don’t know what to expect. Will it be hard? Is there homework? Will there be snacks? Well, let me tell you.

Your LSAT class will start with an LSAT practice test, which you’ve probably already taken. It’s very important that you start your studies with an actual LSAT in this way. Doing this is a good way to acquaint yourself with the beast before you learn how to conquer it. And it’ll be fun!

April Fool’s. It’s actually going to be sort of horrible. The LSAT’s a hard test, and diving in not knowing what you’re doing will be memorable, to say the least.

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose: a Pre-Law Conundrum

I hear some of you pre-law students out there have been having a good time. Too good of a time, if truth be told. And now you might be forced to check that “Yes” box next to one of the Character and Fitness questions on your applications. I’m sure all you pre-law trouble-makers have some questions, so here are some answers.

1) Do I have to disclose?

Your default answer to this is “Yes”. Without knowing anything else about your pre-law situation, I default to this answer. If you don’t disclose when you should, you’ll have issues sitting for the bar. If you disclose when you shouldn’t, you really won’t see much of a downside at all. So default to full disclosure.

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Pre-Law at the Movies: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Whether your university has a pre-law program or not, you’ve likely wondered what actually goes down at law school — especially if you’re reading this blog. Perhaps you’ve even watched a work of completely ridiculous fiction movie or two about law school. If that’s the case, your pre-law school education has gotten off to a less than auspicious start.

Take The Paper Chase, for example. If you’ve had the distinct misfortune of viewing this particular work of cinematic schlock, then you’re no doubt well acquainted with Professor Kingsfield. A tyrant of the lecture hall, the old prof is enough to make any pre-law student quiver in their (now necessary) Depends.

Then there’s Professor Cromwell in the pre-law favorite Legally Blonde.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.12.11

A) Co-founder Matt Riley and Elan Abrell will be at the University of Texas on Tuesday, September 13, to represent Blueprint in the Battle of the Test Preps, sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta at UT. The battle begins at 7pm in Painter 4.42 on the UT campus. (Free food!) Phi Alpha Delta.

B) On September 19, Rachel MacKnight will represent Blueprint at the George Washington University Law School Fair from 2-7pm in the Charles E. Smith Center. George Washington University.

C) Co-founder Trent Teti and Taylor Stevens will be traveling to Arizona State University September 20 to give a campus-wide LSAT seminar sponsored by the Business Law Club at ASU. The event will start at 6pm in MU 224. Food and drinks will be served. ASU Business Law Club.

D) Jenn Steinberg will be speaking and tabling at UCLA’s Kappa Alpha Pi’s Rush event from 7pm-8pm September 26 in Kerckhoff Grand Salon. Kappa Alpha Pi.

E) On Tuesday, September 27, Jay Donnell will be giving an LSAT and application seminar at the CSUF Graduate and Professional School Fair. The presentation will be from 11am-12:30pm. CSUF.