Ross Rinehart

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Logical Reasonings / 11.22.17

A. To wish y’all a happy Thanksgiving, we’ll be kicking off our holiday sale (officially known around these parts as our Christmakwanzakah Winter Solstice Day of Non-denominational Merry-Making Sale) this Friday at the crack of midnight. We’ll be discounting our Logic Games and Reading Comp books on Amazon. Learn more about these amazing resources right here! Blueprint LSAT

B. Law school is a humbling experience, even for Kennedys who are suddenly struck by the fact that Harvard Law Students are too busy to care about their family name. Boston Globe

C. Running a law school can also be a humbling experience, especially when the ABA sanctions your school for lax acceptance standards. Above the Law

D. And if running a law school is hard, try running an entire university. Especially if that university is as prominent as Harvard, and you have the DOJ on your back for allegedly discriminating against Asian-American applicants. Reuters

E. Finally, if you’re among the one in three Americans who dread the prospect of political discussions over Thanksgiving, some last minute study time for the December LSAT may be your savior. NPR

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Getting the Most Out of Your Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving is upon us. A holiday in which we commemorate an event that may or may not have happened and may or may not have been an actual Thanksgiving ceremony, in which of a bunch of Pilgrims and Puritans and Wampanoag tribe members (who had just been devastated by disease and who just got hoodwinked into giving up 12,000 acres of their land) allegedly sat down for a feast. We do this while blithely ignoring Wampanoag descendants’ insistence that this was probably a less chill endeavor than your little brother’s second grade play suggests.

Logical Reasonings / 11.21.17

A. Months after we published a similar take, the Chicago Tribune discusses how more law students are going to law school as a reaction to Trump. Chicago Tribune

B. There’s more law school news coming out of Chicago, btw, as the University of Illinois School of Law has plans to merge with the John Marshall Law School. Chicago Business

C. BYU is the latest law school to find comfort in the warm and tender embrace of the GRE. Ever wonder how these schools prove that the GRE is a valid predictor of law school success? Apparently ETS, the group that administers the GRE, helps them out with that. Above the Law

D. Meet Brett Joseph Talley, the Alabama federal court nominee who has zero trial experience, a rare “not qualified” stamp of disapproval from the ABA, and tons of experience huntin’ ghosts and writing horror fiction. ABA Journal

E. The FCC just announced plans to repeal net neutrality — in other words, to allow internet providers to charge more for or block access to certain parts of the internet — a seismic shift in federal policy. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 11.20.17

A. USNWR has a good rundown of law school admissions experts’ opinions on how, especially now, a good LSAT can score can make law school a lot cheaper. U.S. News & World Report

B. A good LSAT score also makes you more likely to pass the bar. This is especially important in California, where the bar passage rate is still atrocious. Above the Law

C. But once you pass the bar, you get to do all kinds of cool stuff, like maybe represent the president against increasingly likely charges of obstruction. ABC News

D. And, what’s more, the president will personally pick up the tab. Reuters

E. But, remember, being a lawyer is a hard job. If you don’t do a good job drafting a cease and desist letter for your allegedly pederast Senate candidate client, you’re going to get called out. Wonkette

Logical Reasonings / 11.17.17

A. Last chance to RSVP to the webinar we’re holding tomorrow at noon. We’re going to go over the LSAT in all of its glory. And you’re going to get a $300 off our classroom course and a $75 discount off the first month of our online course, where you’ll learn much more about the exam. So RSVP here! Blueprint LSAT

B. A little speculation on Justice Kennedy’s thought process for the upcoming landmark case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Empirical SCOTUS

C. And a little insight into who might replace Kennedy, or any of the other justices, if Trump has his druthers. Reuters

D. With the holiday shopping season upon us, some of us dilatory types might wonder what the environmental impact of 2-day shipping is. Here’s a video explainer. Vox

E. It’s going to be an important weekend for those of you studying for the December LSAT, so, unlike this pilot, let’s keep the childish play to a minimum. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 11.16.17

A. Even if you can’t make it to the law school admissions webinar tonight, you can still RSVP to the LSAT webinar we’re hosting Saturday, November 18th at noon. So don’t miss out on getting the skinny on the LSAT or from getting the fat $300 discount on our classroom course and $75 discount on the first month of our online course. Blueprint LSAT

B. A day after Wake Forest announced it would accept the GRE, Texas A&M announced it would begin accepting that exam as well. The GRE PR announcement shine is already a shadow of what it once was. Texas Lawyer

C. Apparently Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, couldn’t find a lawyer capable of writing a letter without a ton of mistakes. Above the Law

D. The House managed to pass its massive tax bill today, and now attention turns to the Senate. Washington Post

E. Oh and now elephant head trophies are legal now. Cool. ABC News

Logical Reasonings / 11.15.17

A. There’s still time to RSVP to the webinar we’re hosting tomorrow, Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm PST. We’ll be laying out everything you want to know about law school admissions. If you can’t make that one, then check out the one on Saturday, November 18th at noon, where we’ll discuss the LSAT. Attend either and you’ll get a $300 discount on our classroom course and a $75 discount on online subscription. Blueprint LSAT

B. Wake Forest is the latest school to succumb to the GRE, presently law schools’ most tempting mistress. Above the Law

C. Wisconsin is so hard up for public defenders to rural criminal defendants that it’s offering to pay off volunteers’ student loans. Journal Sentinel

D. An LAPD officer either accidentally filmed himself planting cocaine on a suspect or purposefully tried to make an on-the-job acting reel for his turn as a crooked cop. Vox

E. In responding to the tragic shooting in Northern California, Trump forgot to change the name of the city when he copy-and-pasted an old Tweet he sent in response to Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. This riled the feathers of a bunch of Twitter users, but isn’t the bigger problem that there are enough of these that copy-pasting becomes necessary? NY Post

Logical Reasonings / 11.14.17

A. We’re hosting two webinars we’re hosting this week: on Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm PST weit’s all about law school admissions, and on Saturday, November 18th at noon we’re covering the LSAT. Attend either and get a $300 discount on our classroom course and a $75 discount on our to all attendees, so RSVP soon! Blueprint LSAT

B. A judge recently threw the book at the rapper Meek Mill for probation violations and sentenced him to 2-4 years in prison, despite the fact the prosecutors didn’t even request additional jail time. Oh, and the judge also requested that Meek record a Boyz II Men song and that Meek sign with her friend’s label. It’s all so messed up that now the FBI is investigating. Daily Mail

C. A discussion of how neither Roy Moore nor his supporters had much time for things like the rule of law even before accusations of child molestation, which explains why so many of his supporters are still lined up behind him. Slate

D. South Texas College of Law, Houston just opened an animal law clinic to try to curb animal abuse through the legal system, giving law student a new … pet project (shrug emoji). Texas Standard

E. The WSJ profile on Reese Witherspoon includes a tidbit on how Elle Woods inspired a generation of women to pursue law school. Wall Street Journal

Logical Reasonings / 11.13.17

A. Don’t forget to RSVP to the two webinars we’re hosting this week. On Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm PST we’ll be talking law school admissions, and on Saturday, November 18th at noon we’ll discuss the LSAT. If you attend, you’ll get a $300 discount on our classroom course and a $75 discount on our to all attendees. Blueprint LSAT

B. A 12 year-old is suing Jeff Session’s Justice Dept. for its policy on medical marijuana, the DOJ’s prohibition on which requires her to seek treatment for her epilepsy in Colorado and prevents her from returning to her home in Texas. ABC News

C. Law students are unsurprisingly not happy about Florida State’s alcohol ban. Tallahassee Democrat

D. HuffPo runs down some tips on how Latinos, an underrepresented group in the legal community and a group underserved by legal community, can get ahead in law school. Huffington Post

E. The ABA, like DEVO, cracks it whip when a problem comes around. In this case, it’s law schools underperforming in their task to get students to pass the bar. National Jurist

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Using Practice Exams to Experiment with Your Approach

I broke my hand recently. Well, technically, I broke my hand two-and-a-half weeks ago, then spent the next fortnight icing my swollen hand and swelling my dumb head with false hope that my hand wasn’t broken.

When I finally got it checked out by a doctor, I found out there are two ways to deal with a potentially broken hand. The first way is to get it checked out immediately, allowing a medical professional to set it and ensure that it heals properly. But then you have to spend about a month in a cast.