Logical Reasonings / 9.17.18

A. USNWR has some thoughts on the predictive success of online LSAT/GPA calculators. Pro tip: we have a pretty good one that you can use for free. U.S. News & World Report

B. And if you want to know where famous attorneys went to law school and where those schools are ranked, USNWR has a slideshow on that too. U.S. News & World Report

C. Scores from the July 2018 Multistate Bar Exam — the multiple-choice section of the bar exam that is a part of nearly every state’s exam — are in and they are not pretty. Above the Law

D. Maybe the Law & Corpus Linguistics project, which was just unveiled today and can help users translate and understand the text of founding federal documents, will help bring law students understand Con Law, and bring those scores up in the future. Law & Corpus Linguistics

E. There was a lot of news about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend. Here’s a helpful explainer on the nomination from the inveterate explainers at Vox. Vox

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Getting to Yes on the LSAT

Before you start law school, the one book everyone will tell you to read is Getting to Maybe. As its subtitle How to Excel on Law School Exams might suggest, it’s a tract on how to excel on law school exams. Its essential thesis is that up to law school, most exams lavishly award students who can identify the “right” answer. But a law school exam — in which complex fact patterns are devised with no clear “right” answer, requiring students to apply legal analysis to both sides of an issue — is a different beast that requires a different approach. The book describes how to live and thrive in this land of “maybe” in which law school exams exist.

Logical Reasonings / 9.14.18

A. Your Friday Public Service Announcement: Tonight at 11:59 pm Eastern is the deadline to cancel your score for the September 2018 LSAT. Review the rules for cancellations here. LSAC

B. Still wondering whether you should cancel? Check out this video. Blueprint LSAT

C. A new study shows that higher tuition costs actually boost law school enrollments. Quick, everyone hide this study from all of the law schools. Law.com

D. Not only was InfiLaw shockingly bad at running law schools — having run the recently shuttered Charlotte School of Law and Arizona Summit School of Law — it’s apparently bad at running a profit too. It’s been running at a deficit for years, so the settlement it reached in the class action brought by former students is quite paltry. Above the Law

E. Finally, for the SoCal folks: Come hang with us this Saturday at Southwestern Law in Los Angeles! We’ll be offering discounts on Blueprint’s LSAT courses and giving a seminar on the LSAT! RSVP here. Blueprint LSAT

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September 2018 Post-LSAT Carnival

As we do after every LSAT, we’re throwing a carnival! And not just any kind of carnival — the best kind! No, no, not the crazy lit Brazilian ones with the steroidal parades or Caribbean cruise ones or the ones with rigged games. And no, not that guy from the TV show … that’s a Cannavale. No, folks, we’re throwing a post-LSAT carnival! Yes, we’re throwing a party with all your post-LSAT pals.

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What I Wish I Knew About Test Day Before Taking the LSAT

While I was studying for the LSAT, I put a lot of stock in each practice exam score and even the individual questions I was practicing. Since the practice tests are one of the best indicators of how you’ll perform on the exam, I’d grade my practice exams with enormous stress and anticipation, as if those practice versions were going to determine my future. One thing I didn’t think about enough before taking the LSAT was how the actual test day would be different from practice. This is what I wish I knew about test day: