Tag Archive: us news

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Logical Reasonings / 4.16.13

A) Law school application numbers might be down, but some school still has to receive the most. US News and World Report.

B) Standard & Poor’s is none too pleased with standalone law schools. Above the Law.

C) A poisonous letter was sent to the US Capitol, but thankfully intercepted by authorities. CNN.

D) Don’t sniff at these seven myths about allergies. Huffington Post.

E) Going to the gym sucks. Especially for these people. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.13.13

A) You only have one week left to submit to Blueprint LSAT Prep’s video contest. Hurry, or you might miss out on the free LSAT prep course we’re giving away. Facebook.

B) Folks are still talking about yesterday’s release of the new US News & World Report law school rankings. Wall Street Journal.

C) They’re still counting votes in Florida, but it looks like there’s a new Pope. CNN.

D) Everybody settle down. There are no renegade Ukrainian dolphins with weapons strapped to their heads. Escapist Magazine.

E) Need help concentrating on your LSAT prep? Chomp on some gum. Discovery.

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2014 US News & World Report Law School Rankings Out Now

Like the rings of a tree, the release of a new set of US News & World Report law school rankings marks the passing of another year. One day, they’ll accept my offer to produce an awards show akin to the Oscars, handing out Validys to the winners (think an Oscar-like statue that resembles Aristotle) and Testies to the losers (it’s best not to think about what that one will look like).

Until then, I’ll have to settle with writing an article for the LSAT blog each year, analyzing the rise and fall of different law schools, and the trends present in the rankings.

First, the US News & World Report law school rankings themselves:


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Logical Reasonings / 12.21.12

A) With Susan Rice out of the race, Senator John Kerry is Obama’s choice as the next Secretary of State. CNN.

B) The solution to gun violence? Easy, put armed security in all schools — according to the NRA. Time.

C) Before you click on this link, just guess the highest hourly billing rate? Now, see if you were close. The National Law Journal.

D) Who should be crowned Above the Law’s Lawyer of the Year for 2012? Above the Law.

E) Oh yeah, the 50 most viral videos of 2012. Get ready to laugh and cry (from laughing). BuzzFeed.

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Law School Transparency Unveils Own Law School Rankings

When it comes to ranking law schools, US News and World Report dominates the picture to the extent that their rankings are often referred to without even being mentioned by name. It’s common to hear, for example, that Harvard is ranked No. 3, without any discussion of who ranked Harvard No. 3 or why. Prospective law students and their parents and friends often perceive these law school rankings as objective fact. While some objective factors do figure into these rankings, the weighting of these factors reflects the subjective decisions of the editors who compile the rankings.

If you’re planning on going to law school, odds are that it’s because you want to become a lawyer (I hope I’m not making any big assumptions here).

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Survey: Prestige Most Important in Law School Decisions

We’ve spent a lot of time on our LSAT blog analyzing how law students think the upcoming law school application cycle will play out. We’ve spent more time terrifying our readers with the knowledge of exactly how much debt they’re taking on and how long it’s going to take for them to pay it back.

Now for something completely different!

I wish I was writing an article about how each member of Monty Python would score on the LSAT (answer: very well).

Instead, let’s take a look at the final piece of the Blueprint LSAT prep survey puzzle: what sources are influencing the decisions of students in their choice of law school.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.21.12

A) Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas is not a fan of US News and World Report’s law school rankings. Seattle PI.

B) Here’s some inspiration for those of you tired of LSAT prep: the list of highest-paid lawyers in the country. Above the Law.

C) If there isn’t a band named Amish Hate Crimes, there should be. CNN.

D) Mitt texts. Slacktory.

E) Think iPhone’s are expensive? Try buying a cell phone in 1989. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.12.12

A) The US ambassador who was killed in Libya was a graduate of a California law school. Sacramento Bee.

B) If you’re chewing gum right now, blow a bubble and pop it. That is what’s about to happen to the higher education bubble. Daily Beast.

C) This is how some graduates are coping with their debt. New York Times.

D) Hot off the press, it’s America’s best college rankings. US News.

E) Here’s one way to elude police after a bank robbery: Throw the money out of your getaway car’s window. Fox News.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.15.12

A) Apparently, diversity in law school is a good thing. Who would’ve guessed? National Law Journal.

B) Speaking of diversity in law school: Someone uncovered an article written by Michelle Obama in 1988 in which she accused Harvard Law School of being racist and sexist. Daily Mail.

C) This year’s 1L enrollment numbers are going to be low, and this is how law schools are going to try to rationalize it. Inside the Law School Scam.

D) Liberty University School of Law has been accused of participating in an international kidnapping conspiracy. This can’t be good for their US News & World Report ranking. Christian Post.

E) Here are some vintage Cosmo headlines that at one time women devoured while laying out by pools and men shook their heads at while in checkout lines. BuzzFeed.

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The Key to Handling Law School Debt: Make it Worth it

There are a lot of studies done in social psychology that analyze the way that we analyze risk. They’re pretty interesting if you’re into that kind of thing; if you’re not, I’ll cut through all the charts and control groups for you. One of the underlying discoveries is that people can’t legitimately conceive of the risk of things that are very likely to happen and very unlikely to happen, so we compress those things to be much closer to our average idea of ‘risk’ than they actually are. For instance, you’re very, very unlikely to die by being struck by a meteor; however, the chance is so astronomically (see what I did there?) small that almost everyone thinks it’s much more likely than the reality because we just don’t have a strong grasp of how uncommon it is.

The same goes for money, especially when you’re 21 years old and looking down a barrel at that $160K of law school debt. It’s a lot of money, but most people don’t realize exactly how much it is.