Logical Reasonings / 12.12.18

A. The deans of UC Hastings, USD, and UCLA law schools published a joint op-ed in the LA Times, urging California to raise the “cut score” on its notoriously difficult bar exam. LA Times

B. To be fair, not everyone is on board with these deans’ plans … least of all many Californian lawyers. LA Times

C. For what It’s worth, the California Supreme Court is looking into this. ABA Journal

D. In case you were wondering, the law school that’s increased its tuition the most over the last five years is Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Not cooley. https://abovethelaw.com/2018/12/the-law-school-with-the-largest-tuition-hike/

E. And finally, for today’s installment in our recurring series They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: You cannot offer hush money to an adult film actress during your client’s presidential campaign without disclosing the payment as a campaign contribution, then lie to Congress about contact between your client’s campaign and a foreign adversary, and also commit a multitude of crimes related to tax and bank fraud, and then selectively cooperate with a special investigation into your former boss and now current U.S. President. You’ll get three years in prison and be forced to pay $2 million in restitution. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 12.10.18

A. Congrats to everyone who received their scores from the November LSAT over the weekend! If you want to take another shot at the LSAT, we wish you the best of luck, and can offer you even better LSAT prep courses.

B. If you live over 100 miles from any test location for the January LSAT, and you’d like LSAC to make you your very own nonpublished center, today’s the deadline to request one. LSAC

C. LSAC announced that the digital LSAT will be administered on Microsoft Surface Go tablets, which are “surprisingly good” according to the surprisingly shady website The Verge. Hey, if these tablets worked are the Salmon SistersABA Journal

D. Thoughts to all the students at Tulane Law School, who had to endure pretty terrible news about their classmates, right before finals. Above the Law

E. Penn Law became the first T14 school to require its students to take training on maintaining their mental health and well being as an attorney. The Daily Pennsylvanian

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Classes for the March LSAT … Starting Soon!

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a … lion that just aced its LSAT.

Oh, is that not how the saying goes? Because that’s how it works in our books, at least if that lion takes the best LSAT course ever created (at least, in our opinions, though we may be a little bit biased.)

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More Details on the Digital LSAT!

For years, I’ve had two primary complaints about the LSAT: (1) the writing sample is a sadistic, useless waste of time and (2) the test administration method is woefully outdated. Turns out, LSAC is finally attempting to remedy the second problem by transitioning to digital testing (but, alas, the writing sample doesn’t appear to be going anywhere).

Logical Reasonings / 12.7.18

A. Acting in the role of the traditional father figure, the ABA has given its blessing to the merger of John Marshall Law School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

B. Trump announced his 90s throwback pick to fill Sessions’ seat atop the Justice Department, nominating William P. Barr, who was George H.W. Bush’s former attorney general. Washington Post

C. On the Supreme Court bench, shade is … I don’t tell you your legal reasoning is ugly … but I don’t have to tell you because you know your legal reasoning is ugly … that’s shade, and apparently Justice Kagan is the best at throwing it. National Law Journal

D. Speaking of the Supreme Court, it heard arguments yesterday on the “separatae sovereigns doctrine,” which allows both state and federal prosecu … you know what? You’ll learn about this in 1L. Just know that SCOTUS’s decision could have ramifications on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s ability to pardon those implicated by it. ABA Journal

E. Finally, on Monday, the Supreme Court cast doubt on the constitutionality of state bar fees for attorneys. LA Times