Ross Rinehart

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Two Predictions and Tips for the June 2019 LSAT

We are ten days away from the June LSAT, a distressingly low number of days, to be sure. And though the realization that there is only a week-and-change left before test day may fill you with dread of the deepest and most existential kind, you shouldn’t despair. In fact, there’s a lot to celebrate.

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We Tried Out the Digital LSAT Practice Exams … Again

A few weeks ago, LSAC updated its digital LSAT familiarization page with new practice exams. Now that we’re creeping ever-closer to the unveiling of the digital LSAT in July, LSAC was kind to let prospective test takers get the full digital experience with full practice exams. And of course, LSAC wants people to get excited about this new technocratic version of the test, so if prospective test takers got jazzed about some of the new features in the digital format, all the better for them.

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Time’s Running Out to Prep for the July LSAT!

Since you’re reading this, I’m going to go ahead and guess a few things about you. You’re a rebel. You walk to the beat of your own dream. You’re not afraid of taking chances. You laugh in the face of danger. Finally, you signed up to take the July LSAT. Normally, the LSAT you registered for doesn’t give any insight into the person that you are, but the July LSAT is notoriously different. It’s the last time the LSAT will be given on paper and the beginning of the new tablet-based test. It’s an exciting time, especially since you don’t know which format of the test you’ll receive (hence, the whole “laugh in the face of danger” thing).

Logical Reasonings / 4.29.19

A. Good news! The percentage of law grads who got JD-required and -advantage jobs is ever-so-slightly on the rise. But because every bit of good news in the legal sector must be tempered, it should be noted that technically there were fewer graduates this year. ABA Journal

B. posted part two of its series on why bar exam passage rates are so low; this feature discussed how the rate affects small firms and the public sector.

C. LSAC also announced that it would address this topic in its next webinar. @LSAC_Official

D. Human rights attorney Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice, in partnership with Columbia Law, the ABA, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Microsoft — quite the team-up — launched TrialWatch, which will monitor trials worldwide that may pose a risk for human rights violations. It’s sort of like Avengers: Endgame, but if the only infinity stone they were after is the justice stone. Above the Law

E. In case you make your decisions about which law school to apply to based on the pull they have with graduation speakers, here’s an incomplete list of speakers for 2019 graduation ceremonies. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 4.26.19

A. Are the law students making GOT-themed memes? Yes, the law students are making GOT-themed memes. Above the Law

B. The law student on this season of Survivor — who nicknamed himself “Wardog” for some reason — was voted off the island in this week’s episode. Above the Law

C. The LGBT Bar — not a watering hole for LGBTQ people, but an association of LGBTQ legal professionals and students – compiled a list of how law schools are promoting inclusivity. LGBT Bar

D. A law firm is ponying up $1 million per year to sponsor pre-law students do nonprofit work. Bloomberg Law

E. Public defenders are tasked with representing any criminal defendant thrown their way … but even they apparently have their limits. ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 4.24.19

A. Last reminder! Tonight, 11:59 pm EDT, is the deadline to register for the June LSAT. LSAC

B. This is the last LSAT that will definitely be given to you in its traditional, paper-and-pencil format, so if you don’t sign up, you should at least start playing around with the digital LSAT. LSAC

C. Cornell Law alum Frank Langrais was one of the 400 firefighters who were battling the flames that damaged Notre Dame. Cornell

D. Congrats to those who took the February 2019 New York bar exam. The results are out, and it was the highest passage rate among first-time takers from ABA-accredited schools since 2014. Above the Law

E. Government attorneys are not only less compensated than their private sector counterparts — sometimes they also contract flea-borne diseases from their workplace. LA Times

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Tips for the Dreaded “Substitute a Rule” Questions on Logic Games

If you’ve been playing logic games for long enough, you surely know the feeling: You’re cruising through the game, the questions seemingly answering themselves. A quick check of the rules here, a reference to your scenarios there — it’s all that’s needed to get through the questions. If you’re really feeling yourself, you might mutter something like, “They call me the ‘submarine sandwich,’ because I’m on a freaking roll” (Or … maybe that’s just me). Anyway, you’re feeling great.

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Tonight’s the Deadline to Sign Up for the June 2019 LSAT

Have you signed up the June 3rd LSAT yet? No? Why not? Don’t you know that tonight is the deadline to sign up? Like you have until exactly 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time tonight to register. So you have to make the decision soon. Within the day!

Logical Reasonings / 4.22.19

A. This Wednesday is the deadline to sign up for the June LSAT, which is the last exam that will be given in its traditional paper-and-pencil format for all test takers. LSAC

B. With bar exam passage rates in toilet across the country, Above the Law rounded up a list of the law schools with the best — and worst — first-time passage rates. Above the Law

C. 2020 presidential nominee Elizabeth Warren proposed a sweeping student loan forgiveness plan that would be highly relevant to law students planning to pursue a career in public service. CNN

D. Passover is ongoing, and if you’re a 90s gentile, it may be the case that an embarrassing amount of your knowledge about this holiday comes from the 1995 Passover-themed Rugrats episode. Here’s a fact check of that (surprisingly accurate) version. Alma.

E. It’s also Earth Day, so Vox rounded up some of the things we’ve learned since the last Earth Day. Vox