Logical Reasonings / 10.19.18

A. Don’t forget: next Tuesday, October 23 is the deadline to postpone or change your test center location for the November LSAT, or to withdraw for a partial refund. LSAC

B. Researchers at Berkeley are tracking students’ eye movements as they take the LSAT to learn more about how we absorb and encode information. And according to these researchers, your eye should have at least 23 movements as you do an LR question. So if your eyes are maxing out at 22 movements, maybe working on the final eye movement will push you over the edge? Berkeley

C. Pro-tip for law schools: Before rolling out new exam software, check to see if it’s compatible with the latest version of Windows and MacOS that all your students use. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bunch of 1Ls — who don’t need much to get peeved — getting peeved. Above the Law

D. Columbia Law is launching an LL.M. program for foreign lawyers that will take only six months — about half that of a typical LL.M. program. Let’s see if they can cut down their J.D. program by half now, too. https://www.law.com/2018/10/18/columbia-law-to-launch-six-month-ll-m-for-foreign-lawyers/

E. Your weekend #inspo: this video of a woman learning that she just passed the Illinois state bar. CBS Chicago

Logical Reasonings / 10.17.18

A. Spivey Consulting is the plug for what law schools’ median GPA and LSAT scores are shaping up to be this application cycle. @SpiveyConsult

B. Yikes, after multiple grading screw ups, students at John Marshall Law School are still waiting on their crim law grades from last spring semester. Above the Law

C. LSAC CEO Kellye Testy recently suggested that legal education should try to be more like medical education (but without all the annoying science stuff). @Jess_Miers

D. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: You can’t call a judge’s ruling “La La Land on steroids” or “so bizzaro land that it is hard to type.” That “vituperative criticism,” in the words of the court, will get you suspended. ABA Journal

E. One day, AI may be able to do grunt work junior associates at Big Law firms are paid to do. But today, it’s still a ways off. Writer Keaton Patti forced a bot to watch 1,000 hours of lawyer commercials, and then asked the bot to come up with its own script. This is a must read. @KeatonPatti

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Flawctober: The Perception vs. Reality Fallacy

“Gwyneth Paltrow says that the best way to cure a cold is to drink a big mug of peppermint tea mixed with apple cider vinegar, so anyone beginning to feel cold symptoms should imbibe this mixture as a surefire way of making themselves feel better.”

“A newspaper conducted a survey of 100 football fans, 75% of whom said that football-related brain damage is not a serious concern for professional football players. One can thus conclude that NFL players have nothing to worry about when it comes to whether their sport of choice is harming their brains.”

Logical Reasonings / 10.15.18

A. The U.S. News & World Report is asking the tough questions. Like, what is a good LSAT score? Spoiler: they tend to be the higher scores. U.S. News & World Report

B. A helpful list of which LSATs the top 100 law schools will accept during this application cycle. Powerscore

C. If you’re a bargain hunter (and who isn’t with recent news about law school loans?) here’s National Jurist‘s list of the best value private law schools. National Jurist

D. The Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been on life support for the past couple years. The latest sign that the school is troubled? The dean just declared her independence from the institution. Above the Law

E. Surprisingly, How to Get Away with Murder, which enters its fifth very melodramatic season this year, gives a semi-realistic portrayal of law school. ABA Journal

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Student Loan Forgiveness

When I was applying to law school, I ended up having to make some difficult decisions (as we all do). Basically, my options boiled down to School A with some financial assistance, School B with more assistance, or School C with a significant amount of assistance. I distinctly remember discussing those options with a friend/recent graduate. He told me that he’d attended a school with minimal assistance and his loan payments repayments were essentially going to amount to a second mortgage for the foreseeable future. Suffice to say, loans are a significant factor driving many applicants decision to apply to law, and the practical ramifications of taking out significant loans should not be ignored.