Tag Archive: prep

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The Final LSAT Push: A Week-By-Week Plan

It’s four weeks to the day until the June LSAT. Once you start breathing again, let’s look at what you should be doing to prepare, week by week.

This Week
Finish with the new material. If there’s anything on the LSAT you haven’t covered yet, now’s the time. You’ll need time to review and practice, so get new concepts out of the way first.

Weeks Two and Three
Timed practice, practice tests, and review. Once you’ve gone through everything new, you need to refine your approach. If there’s anything you studied a while back that you’re still a bit hazy on, it’s time to solidify your approach.

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How the LSAT is Like Your Mom

If you’re in the midst of studying for the June LSAT, you may not have realized that Mother’s Day is on Sunday. So, first off, you’re welcome for the reminder and shame on you for forgetting—go buy your mom some flowers and think about all the trouble you’ve caused her!

While you’re doing that, you can think about this: your mom and the LSAT actually have a lot in common. Now, for those of you who are not really enjoying the process of studying for the LSAT, you may not welcome the comparison, and you have my apologies. Nevertheless, the parallels between one’s mother and the LSAT are definitely there.

Both Ask You a Lot of Question
I make sure to call my mom at least one a week. In the course of those chats, I almost never have to carry the conversation because my mother always has a lot of things to ask me.

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How Not to Study for the LSAT

If you’re studying for the LSAT, your best bet is to approach your LSAT prep with an understanding of how the concepts you’re being tested on fit together. Your goal is to learn the fundamental skills first, and build up from there with layers of increasing complexity. You can check out our previous blog post on how to structure your Logical Reasoning prep if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

However, we are living in the age of unbridled individual expression, and people really like to do LSAT prep their own way. Here are some of the more awful ways that students approach the LSAT.

Do nothing but practice tests
Nothing but practice tests isn’t helpful for the vast majority of students.

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Introducing the Blueprint App

Every so often, a new idea comes along that changes the face of humanity — the very way that we understand life. The heliocentric solar system. The theory of evolution. And, of course, Goober. Now Blueprint is proud to announce it’s own revolutionary, earth-shaking idea…

The myBlueprint App.

Okay, we might be a little prone to hyperbole, but that’s only because we’re very excited about what our all-in-one iOS app can mean for LSAT prep students.

Developed over the last year by Blueprint co-founder Trent Teti, in collaboration with a team of programmers and beta testers, myBlueprint offers access to the same brilliant (and hilarious) techniques taught in Blueprint’s live and online LSAT prep courses – including 16 lesson videos, dozens of homework assignments, and every publicly released LSAT question in history.

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Mistaking the Necessary and Sufficient Conditions

A question on the Top Law Schools message board caught our eye this week:

Is there a difference between ‘mistaking the sufficient condition for the necessary condition’ and ‘mistaking the necessary condition for the sufficient condition’? I can sort of see a difference, but I feel like it could be phrased either way and still be the same flaw.

This is a great question.  As it turns out, the two things have slightly different meanings.  If you mistake the sufficient condition for the necessary condition, you treat the thing that really is the necessary condition as if it were the sufficient condition.  If you mistake the necessary condition for the sufficient condition, you treat the thing that really is the necessary condition as if it were the sufficient condition.

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Why I Used An Online LSAT Prep Course

With our Online Course Sale in full swing, I thought I’d take a second to talk about why I used it when I took the LSAT.

It wasn’t (only) because I’m a Blueprint employee/internet czar. The main reason I took Blueprint’s online course is because I work all day, and the 8½ hour chunks my job takes out of my life limited how much time I could commit to my studies. I’m also pretty active outside of work – I write every day, have a couple of hobbies, and even enjoy sitting on my couch doing nothing every once in a while – which further restricted my study hours. In addition to taking up time in a general sense, all of that stuff limited the exact blocks of time I could devote to studying. I knew I could allot at least 10 hours per week to the LSAT, but I couldn’t guarantee that it was the same 10 hours every week.

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Spring (LSAT Prep) Is Here!

The coming weekend is a big one in the busy world of Blueprint, as the majority of our Spring classroom LSAT courses begin between today and Tuesday. LSAT prep season is in full swing, and if you’re not learning Blueprint methods from one of our excellent instructors, you’re not maximizing your full potential. Don’t you want to maximize your full potential? Come on, don’t you?

In addition to 88 hours of classroom instruction, Spring students get access to our complete online curriculum, every LSAT question ever publicly released, and even our soon-to-be-released iPad and iPhone app. There’s never been a better time to study with Blueprint. Below is a list of every June LSAT course starting in the next few days.

Be sure to use the discount code SPRING100 to save $100 on your registration.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.13.15

A) Law School Rankings, part 423: Ordered by BigLaw Partners. TaxProf Blog

B) Law School Rankings, part 424: Ordered by Yield Rate (the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend). U.S. News & World Report

C) An unranked law school and its students are caught in a brouhaha over how best to prepare for the bar exam. (Yes, that sentence was an excuse to use the word “brouhaha.”) Above the Law

D) The federal judiciary wants to shorten appellate briefs. Lawyers do not. Wall Street Journal

E) NASA is going to tear the fabric of the universe to shreds. Or just invent a cool new space ship. Examiner

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Spring Courses Starting This Week!

Spring is here. The snow is melting, the swallows are returning to Capistrano and the drunks are pulling their finest greens out of the closet.

Another sure sign of spring: our first round of prep classes for the June LSAT are starting up. If you want to get studying lickety-split (that’s an Irish term, right?), check out one of these courses that start this week.

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Last Days to Get 10% Off Any Class

All good things must come to an end, and Blueprint’s 10th Anniversary Sale is no different. Tomorrow (3/3) is the last day we’ll be offering 10% off any of our courses in celebration of our 10th birthday.

Over 80 students have already taken advantage of the sale, saving some bucks on the best LSAT prep classes around; if you’ve been thinking about taking the June or October LSAT, there’s never been a better time to sign up for a Blueprint course.

When Blueprint founders Trent Teti, Matt Riley and Jodi Triplett gathered in February 2005 to start a new kind of LSAT prep company, they had no idea that their dream would take the company through 36 cities, 4 offices, and enough coffee to fill the L.A. River.