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

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.

Logical Reasonings / 10.12.18

A. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program promised people that, after 10 years of work in the public sector, Uncle Sam would discharge their outstanding student loans. After 10 years … less than 1% of applicants (only 96 people!) have had their loans discharged. Law.com

B. Does that make you want to say, “Screw the public sector, I’m about my money”? In that case, here are the law schools with the highest average salaries for graduates. Big Law Business

C. Ouch. The ABA isn’t allowing former students of the recently shuttered Arizona Summit School of Law to complete their degrees at the neighboring Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. ABA Journal

D. The ABA is also bringing its wrath upon the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. ABA Journal

E. We hope everyone in the southeast can stay safe this week. NBC News

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Get Some Practice Playing the Numbers

When someone tells you to “play the numbers” in a Logic Game, does your mind go blank, or even worse, to some kind of ill-conceived gambling scheme? If you’re not yet comfortable with playing the numbers, then you’re in luck (with your LSAT aspirations at least). Playing the numbers is mainly going to be a method deployed on overbooked and underbooked logic games. It’s a way to determine the parameters of the game (the smallest and largest numbers you can use while applying all of the game’s rules). This allows you to narrow down the game to a few possible scenarios. Let’s look at a couple examples to see how you would “play the numbers” in an actual game.