Logical Reasonings / 1.19.18

A. Here’s some #inspiration for the trying times in your LSAT studies, with stories of law students hand selected by LSAC. LSAC

B. If a law professor ever tries to banish laptops from the classroom, show her this study, and then tell her she can take your laptop from your cold, dead, currently-scrolling-through-your-social-media-feeds hands. Law.com

C. Looks like the Supreme Court will take another bite out of the travel ban apple. NY Times

D. Will a government shut down close down federal courts and give litigators, judges, and clerks some R&R? Apparently only if the government is shut down for more than three weeks. ABA Journal

E. A new judge on the 6th Circuit is looking to make big changes to 4th Amendment jurisprudence. According to a sweeping decision by Judge John K. Bush, cops can now search your entire home if they suspect you used a computer to commission a crime. Slate

Logical Reasonings / 1.18.18

A. Here’s a round up of what fonts you should use on your resume to appear classy and employable af. Above the Law

B. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Responsibility Class: You can get disbarred for videotaping nude women in the office bathroom. ABA Journal

C. A bunch of 1Ls at Georgetown, a group that includes the First (or, more realistically, Second) Daughter, still haven’t gotten their first semester grades and they are getting antsy. Perhaps presidential intervention is in order. Above the Law

D. Not that we Americans much care what the rest of the world thinks of us, but a new poll says the rest of the world has a historically low opinion of our leadership. Gallup

E. Amazon is looking for counsel on HIPAA compliance. It appears they are … ahem … primed to get into the health care game. MedCity News

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Identifying Cause and Effect Relationships

Cause and effect relationships were probably one of the argument structures that you were most comfortable with before starting your LSAT prep. You see A happen…A is followed be B…so you know that A caused B.

But as much as I hate to shatter this appealingly simple worldview, you’re going to find with the LSAT that cause and effect relationships usually make for weak arguments.

Logical Reasonings / 1.17.18

A. The data whiz over at TaxProf Blog crunched the numbers and found that the attrition rate at law schools with low LSAT scores is through the proverbial roof. TaxProf Blog

B. Maybe one reason for that is the declining perceived value of a law degree. I wouldn’t know. This Gallup study on that topic is super long. Gallup

C. Georgetown 1L Tiffany Trump is already off to a bad start for her second semester, having spent the first week of classes posing as a “sexy flower girl” at some Manhattan socialite’s Vegas elopement. Above the Law

D. Desmond Ricks, a Detroit man wrongly convicted of murder spent 25 year behind bars before being exonerated, just won $1 million from the city. Associated Press

E. Here’s the full, annotated transcript of Arizona senator Jeff Flake’s speech criticizing Trump’s attacks on the press. Luckily for the press, Flake will do the brave thing and battle Trump throughout Trump’s presidency oh wait no that’s right Flake’s retiring next year. Washington Post

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On hold? Waitlisted? How to play the law school waiting game

For those of you applying to law school this cycle, we are now in the later stage of the law school application period. I’m sure many of you have noticed there is one constant to this whole process — waiting. You have to wait for your LSAT score, you have to wait for your letters of recommendation, you have to wait for a school to make a decision on your application, etc. Unfortunately, even when a decision is made, your waiting isn’t necessarily over. This post is about two different ways that schools can make you wait longer: by putting you on hold or by putting you on a waitlist.