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The Morning Cometh: The November 2018 LSAT Recap

Congrats to all the November 2018 LSAT test takers! You did it! And by “it,” we mean you survived the LSAT. Of course, the LSAT has a pretty high survival rate. In fact, taking the LSAT is one of the safest ways to spend a Saturday morning, all things considered. Especially when the LSAC takes special precautions to close test centers that present any chance of natural disaster-created peril.

But, of course, hopefully you did more than merely survive the exam. Hopefully you did so well on it that this exam will catapult you right into law school. Maybe you feel that way! We certainly hope so! Or, maybe, you feel the exam was less an aspirational catapult that launches you into your dream school or more of a humiliating Japanese game show-style catapult that launches you into a tank of fetid water.

Either way, you probably want a space to talk about this exam. And that’s what this blog is for. As we do for every LSAT, we’ll summarize the post-exam chatter we’ve heard about the test. So see what your fellow test takers have been saying about the exam, and share your own experiences in the comment section!

Logical Reasonings / 11.16.18

A. We want to wish everyone taking the November LSAT tomorrow the best of luck! Stay tuned for our thoughts about the exam this weekend.

B. Don’t forget to consult LSAC’s (in this blogger’s humble opinion, draconian) test day rules and regulations. LSAC

C. And while you’re there, check to see if your test center was closed. LSAC

D. Learn from our mistakes! Here’s what one instructor wishes she knew about test day before she took the LSAT. Blueprint LSAT

E. Finally, because we love you.YouTube

Logical Reasonings / 11.14.18

A. The Princeton Review released its annual law school rankings, placing NYU at the top spot yet again. The biggest surprise? Perennial U.S. News top dog Yale failed to crack the top ten. The Princeton Review

B. Students at Harvard Law are urging fellow students at top law schools to not interview with Kirkland & Ellis, after that big law firm didn’t disclose whether it forces summer associates to sign a forced arbitration agreement. Above the Law

C. Berkeley Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky recommended the school remove mining industry baron and racist-pamphlet publisher John Boalt from the name of its school. ABA Journal

D. On how becoming a lawyer changes how people treat you, beyond others saying, unprompted, “Yo so I have this one legal problem …” Above the Law

E. CNN is suing the White House after it revoked Jim Acosta’s press pass, following an incident in which he … sort of annoyingly insisted on asking a question. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 11.12.18

A. Perhaps you’re at wits’ end trying to study for this November LSAT, and you’re cursing the name of LSAC and everyone involved in writing this tortuous exam. In that case, maybe you’d enjoy this schadenfreude. ABA Journal

B. After Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general following Session’s forced resignation, many began questioning whether that appointment was constitutional. Here’s an overview of those arguments. ABA Journal

C. The indestructible RBG didn’t let a little slip and fall stop her from continuing her streak authoring the Court’s first signed majority opinion of the new term. Empirical SCOTUS

D. We learned last week that Amazon was selling facial recognition software to law enforcement. Apparently Amazon is going all in on law enforcement — now Amazon will produce recordings from an Echo device in a double-homicide trial. New Hampshire Union Leader

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class (File under: Gross, no one should have to tell you not to do that). Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 11.9.18

A. It’s officially cuffing season. Both for lonely winter singles and for law schools. Michigan State University College of Law will officially merge with Michigan State University (yeah, they used to be unaffiliated … it’s complicated). ABA Journal

B. Tips on how to ask someone in your alumni network for a job, without being all thirsty about it. Above the Law

C. Speaking of jobs, here’s a rosy take on the future of “J.D.-advantage” jobs. Above the Law

D. Apparently Amazon is selling facial recognition software to law enforcement, giving new meaning to the term “prime suspect.” The Verge

E. An interesting wrinkle in this week’s midterm elections: a lame duck Texas judge released a bunch of juvenile defendants that appeared in front him on Wednesday morning — well, only the ones who promised to the judge that they wouldn’t murder anyone. Houston Chronicle

Logical Reasonings / 11.7.18

A. Students at William & Mary Law School were told to be “respectful” to a wealthy donor during the donor’s luncheon speech, in which the donor was completely disrespectful to anyone from another country or a one-parent household. Above the Law

B. Northwestern Law School is in dire financial straits and had to make significant faculty cuts. Law.com

C. We could have sworn that this had already happened. Are you sure this didn’t already happen? I mean, the byline says this was posted today, but we still don’t believe it. Anyway, Sessions is out as attorney general. Wall Street Journal

D. Net neutrality advocates were handed a major victory by the Supreme Court this week. NBC News

E. Boy Scouts wanted to be more inclusive by dropping “Boy” from their name. The Girl Scouts tre-foiled that plan real quick, bringing a IP suit against the boys. CBS News

Logical Reasonings / 11.5.18

A. Have you heard there’s an election tomorrow? You should be a voter in it. Vote.org

B. This might be the fastest way to lose friends and alienate students at your law school, especially when your law school is part of a HBCU. The Root

C. And this is a pretty fast way to sell the stereotypes that lawyers are pretentious and overbearing. Above the Law

D. On the other hand, this is just a delightful way to hang with your buds at law school. Law.com

E. Good news future lawyers: the legal industry added more jobs in October. ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 11.2.18

A. Yesterday was “love your lawyer” day, which may seem like a giant thirst trap, but you have to commend attorneys for recognizing that people could only possibly muster up love for their attorney once a year. American Lawyers Public Image Association

B. One person who’s almost certainly not loving his lawyers today is the president. A federal judge denied his attorneys’ request to halt the emoluments lawsuit brought against him by the attorneys general from D.C. and Maryland. Washington Post

C. Also, six Honduran migrants sued the President over his current border policies. NBC News

D. For your daily dose of judicial whimsy, here are a bunch children dressed up like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Halloween. Above the Law

E. 78% of Americans support a term limit for Supreme Court Justices. Maybe they didn’t see those RBG costumes. The Hill

Logical Reasonings / 10.31.18

In honor of Halloween, today’s Logical Reasonings … excuse me L-ahh-gical Scream-onings … are brought to you by the Cryptkeeper.

A. EEEEEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! Looks like Valipariso Law Sch-ghoul is now buried. Where will its boo-dents go to finish their dead-grees? Maybe the nearby Cower School of Law. Valipariso Law School

B. Ninety three percent of young pre-law students plan to vote in the skid-term hell-ections on Nov-dismember 6th. EEEEEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! A little bit better than the mere gore-ty percent of all young people say they’ll do the same. Kaplan Test Prep

C. A Milwauk-eerie County judge was out for blood, and locked up a defense attorney who dared to roll his eyes at the bench. Sounds like that lawyer made a grave error in advocating for his die-nt. EEEEEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! Above the Law

D. Two Ohio attorneys in their own love gory were both suspended for six months after betraying con-fiend-ential client information to each other. Tell me, was that kill-ow talk really worth it? EEEEEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! ABA Journal

E. EEEEEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! Looks like President Trump is playing the blame game with gore-mer White House counc-kill Don McGone. We’ll see what Robert Ghoul-er has to say about! EEEEEE HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! CNN

Logical Reasonings / 10.29.18

A. Whether you’re studying for law school exams or the LSAT, technology can be both a help and hindrance. Above the Law compiled apps that are more boon than burden. Above the Law

B. If you’re all about haggling with or on behalf of Spotify, here are the best law schools for music law. Billboard

C. How long will it take admissions officers to read your law school application? It’s sort of like asking how long it’s going to take you to read all the tabs opened in your browser. The one’s you’re exited by — minutes. The one’s you’re less excited by — they may never get read. Spivey Consulting

D. Making a Murderer: Part 2 premiered a couple weeks ago, and if you’ve had time to get caught up, here’s an interview with Kathleen Zellner, the attorney who’s at the center of the second season of the true crime series. The Daily Beast

E. Have you ever wondered how those temporary Halloween stores are able to pop up into existence every year? Here’s some insight into the economy of Halloween pop ups. Vox