Aaron Cohn

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Does the LSAT let the right kind of people into law school?

A few days ago, the Internet algorithms that know all too much about me directed me to this Vice article about taking the LSAT with no prep. I read it quickly and chuckled at the test takers who had trouble following the somewhat onerous but not terribly complicated test day instructions. I was also amused but not surprised to learn that LSAC employs “secret shopper” test takers to make sure that the proctors enforce regulations. But ultimately I found it a relatively flimsy premise for an article and moved on with my oh-so-exciting weekend.

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Southern California: RSVP to Southwestern’s Law Day

Are you a prospective law student? Will you be in the LA area November 11? If so, you don’t want to miss Southwestern’s Law Day. It’ll be at Southwestern from 1:30 to 6 pm, and if you go you’ll get a $400 discount off a Blueprint classroom course. You’ll also get your application fee to Southwestern waived. With all those discounts you might even be able to fly to LA for the event and still come out ahead. But don’t book your tickets without sending your RSVP — the event may be free but you do need to let them know you’re coming.

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Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card with the Best LSAT or Law-Related Costume or Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is creeping up on you, just ready to jump out from around a corner and scare you. Halloween and the LSAT just go together like, well, if you’re studying for the LSAT it’s probably taken over your entire life including your Halloween costume.

We’re here for you. The LSAT consumes our lives, too. We’re going to be celebrating Halloween for the next week. Call it Booprint. We’re even going to be offering a prize. The best LSAT or law-related costume or pumpkin carving will win a $100 Amazon gift card. All you need to do is post it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hastag #booprint by 12PM PDT on 10/31.

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Watch out for comparative statements … it’s better than the alternative

I’m taller than the average Olympic gymnast. Does that make me tall? Likewise I’m shorter than the average NBA center. Does that make me short? The answer to both questions, of course, is no. “Taller” and “shorter” are comparative statements. They say something about my height compared to certain others, but only by comparison. “Tall” and “short” are absolute statements.

Comparative statements do not prove absolute statements. Absolute statements do not prove comparative statements. The LSAT tests the distinction between them quite often, in a few ways.

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A few common fallacies that you just gotta know

Flaw questions are one of the most common types of Logical Reasoning questions on the LSAT. That’s reason enough to study them thoroughly. Furthermore, the concepts that underlie Flaw questions show up in myriad other questions in the LSAT.

So flawed arguments are a big deal. We’ll have more on the importance of flawed arguments later in the week, but for today we’ll look at a few of the most common logical fallacies you’ll see in Flaw questions and on the LSAT in general. The better you get at spotting these, the easier this cursed test gets.

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Heads Up: We’re Offering 20% Off All Tutoring Purchases Next Week

When you look at Blueprint’s stellar instructors, is your first thought that you’d like to get some one-on-one time with one of them? If so, you’re in luck, as long as you’d like to spend that time talking about the LSAT. If it’s anything else you’re on your own.

You’re in luck because we’re having a tutoring sale next week, with 20% off all tutoring packages. The sale will run from 9AM PDT next Monday October 9 through 6:30PM PDT next Friday October 13. All you need to do is use the code FALL20 when you check out. You can also call the office and mention the sale. Either way we’ve got you covered.

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Getting Started with Reading Comprehension

Some students like to ignore the Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT. Maybe they find the passages boring. I have no idea why.

But I think that many students don’t give Reading Comp its due because it seems familiar and that familiarity breeds complacency. You know how to read, after all — that you’ve made it this far into this blog post is ample evidence.

But go back and check your most recent LSAT practice exam. Did you nail the Reading Comp section? If not, you have some work to do. LSAT Reading Comp may seem deceptively familiar, but it’s different. You can improve your score, but it takes the right approach.

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Last Round of Fall Classes Start This Saturday!

Visualize next year, around this time. Do you see yourself starting law school? If so, the December LSAT is your last chance for many law schools. If you want to prepare for the December LSAT, Blueprint’s last round of classes for the fall starts this weekend. It’s time to get started or wait another year.

The classes starting this weekend all have their first session this Saturday, 9/23.