Tag Archive: SCOTUS

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Logical Reasonings / 8.5.15

A) Blueprint LSAT Prep’s online course for the October 2015 LSAT is now on sale – if you’re looking for a great deal on awesome LSAT prep, look no further. Blueprint LSAT

B) This girl is so obsessed with the law that her lawyer-date drew up a contract for her. And she signed it. Above the Law

C) If your summer vacations include visits to any law schools, here’s what to look for. U.S. News

D) Speaking of summer vacation plans, here’s what the SCOTUS justices are up to. National Law Journal

E) The Princeton Review just released its list of top party schools. #1: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (because what else are you going to do in Illinois?). USA Today

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Logical Reasonings / 7.31.15

A) A higher percentage of recent law school grads are finding jobs, according to NALP. National Law Journal

B) Right now, SCOTUS justices can do whatever they want. Is it time to institute a code of conduct? New Yorker

C) When does mob justice cross the line? Vox

D) It turns out that young voters care a lot about the amount of student debt they have. Shocking! NPR

E) Chrissy Teigen hates to share her chicken wings. First We Feast

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Rap’s Biggest Fans: The Supreme Court?

President Obama became embroiled in yet another controversy last week when he dissed the New York Times’ guacamole recipe (consequently, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly lambasted the President for what critics have dubbed the administration’s “War on Peas”).

This isn’t the first time the President’s made a splash in contemporary pop culture. He’s noted for numerous appearances in Millennial-loved media – such as Buzzfeed and Between Two Ferns – and he cites rapper Jay-Z as among his favorite musical artists (even taking the time out of a full day of Presidenting to spit a diss track over Hov’s seminal “99 Problems”).

And yet, another branch of the federal government may just have him beat when it comes to captivating the minds of the youth and paying homage to hip-hop’s greats.

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Logical Reasonings / 7.14.15

A) Brooklyn Law plans to reimburse students for part of their tuition if they haven’t found a full-time job nine months after graduation. The New York Times

B) A study by University of Colorado Law professors found that LSAT scores might be less indicative of law school performance than previously believed. Wall Street Journal

C) Notorious RBG explains why the liberal wing of SCOTUS wrote far fewer dissents than their conservative counterparts, as well as some other behind-the-scenes SCOTUS info. NPR

D) The story of a homeless Harvard Law grad in DC is calling attention to mental health treatment in the U.S. Washington Post

E) This guy looks happier playing his flute while listening to ZZ Top than I look about anything. Gawker

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Cliffs Notes: Supreme Court Edition

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week (or have somehow managed to avoid social media completely), you might not know that the Supreme Court has made some extremely important decisions. Or, perhaps you’ve been inundated with countless, unsolicited opinions on those decisions. Worry not about sounding uninformed in front of your friends, because we’ll give you a quick summary of a few of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings.

First and foremost, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court determined that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. I would feel remiss in not including the following passage from the majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy:

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Logical Reasonings / 6.30.15

A) If you (or a school) want a copy of a score report from an LSAT you took more than five years ago, today’s your last day to request it, so get crackin’. LSAC

B) The Supreme Court wasn’t done making waves yet after last week – they just struck down restrictive Texas abortion clinic laws. KXAN

C) The California legislature passed a bill that would require all schoolchildren, except those with serious health problems, to get vaccinated. Time

D) Surprise! Donald Trump said something offensive. NBC

E) Show us how you do summer, and you could win a discount on a Blueprint LSAT Prep class! #hotdogsorlegs Instagram

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Logical Reasonings / 6.26.15

A) The Supreme Court rules that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. Scalia cries. The New York Times

B) In fact, Scalia’s dissent is generating almost as much conversation as the decision itself. Huffington Post

C) Meanwhile, the Massachusetts legislature is tackling important issues such as passing a bill that will allow you to be buried next to your precious pet. Cat ladies, rejoice! CBS Boston

D) This adjunct law professor says she earns less than a pet sitter. The Guardian

E) A sight so terrifyingly beautiful that you’ll have to avert your eyes: a deep-fried Big Mac. #america Buzzfeed

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Logical Reasonings / 6.25.15

A) Big, big news from the Supreme Court today – in its decision on King v. Burwell, the Court upheld a key provision of ObamaCare that provides consumers with subsidies to purchase healthcare. Also of note: a nice little zinger in Scalia’s dissenting opinion, in which he criticized Obama for playing fast and loose with legality and wrote, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” The Hill

B) As of July 1, LSAC will no longer provide schools or candidates with score reports for tests taken over five years ago. If you took the test over five years ago and want a copy of your score report, find out more details here. LSAC

C) This title is so perfect that I have no further comment: Jury Clears Mascot In Hot-Dog-Flinging Case. Lowering the Bar

D) It’s probably no surprise to you that Whole Foods is expensive. However, New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is alleging that Whole Foods routinely overcharges – for instance, by overstating the weight on meat sold by the pound. Washington Post

E) I’m still not sick of Jimmy Kimmel’s video challenges, and if you disagree with me, you’re wrong. Here, he asks viewers to serve their dads breakfast in the shower for Father’s Day. YouTube

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Logical Reasonings / 6.18.15

A) Turns out you can actually learn something from all those hours you spent listening to Serial. Here are eight tips on writing a great brief, based on the State’s brief. Legal Writing Pro

B) More bad news for Uber – a California court ruled that Uber drivers are employees, not contractors, which could end up forcing the company to cough up a big chunk of change to its drivers. Forbes

C) Two pieces of news that may not make you happy: 1) Hulk Hogan has a sex tape. 2) The outcome of his lawsuit against Gawker (which posted the video) might have an impact on all future sex tapes. Fusion

D) SCOTUS ruled that the state of Texas didn’t violate the First Amendment in rejecting a Confederate flag license plate. If only we could get Texas to reject truck nuts, too. ABA Journal

E) The NBA finals as told through Dragonball GIFs. Because why not? Kotaku

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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