Ross Rinehart

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Logical Reasonings / 9.21.18

A. Pro-tips on how to use the Career Services Office while in law school. Above the Law

B. A new study concluded that earning a high salary was not among the four most-cited reasons for pursuing law school. An alternative conclusion? No one’s willing to say earning a high salary is among the main reasons they’re pursuing law school. Law.com

C. Yale Law School students are protesting how the school has handled the Supreme Court nomination of one of its alums. Above the Law

D. And some representatives are using the ongoing nomination controversy as an opportunity to dust off their hacky jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Charleston Post Courier

E. And then the President finally weighed in. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 9.20.18

A. Yale Law professors Amy Chua — she of Battle of the Tiger Mom infamy — and Jed Rubenfeld would allegedly advise their female students to dress “model-like” to help the students earn clerkships with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Guardian

B. And now Yale Law School is desperately playing clean up after reports that some of its faculty members are giving wildly inappropriate advice. Above the Law

C. Harvard Law School also has to answer for Kavanaugh-related misdeeds, at least according to four current students who took the institution to task for paying the judge $27,490 for 9 days of teaching. Harvard Law Record

D. In super relatable news, some dude is suing Duke Law because he doesn’t want to take the LSAT. Duke Chronicle

E. Finally, to make sure you’re abreast on all the developments of boat law: In trying to console a Tropical Depression Florence survivor, President Trump pointed to a yacht that washed ashore near the survivor’s flooded home and noted that the the survivor that perhaps “got a nice boat out of the deal.” Clearly, Trump is very clueless a-boat the law, but fortunately he has a crack team of attorneys like Rudy Buoy-iani, Ty Bobb, and Michael Rowin’ to help clarify matters. The Hill

Logical Reasonings / 9.19.18

A. A survey asked almost 25,000 undergrads and 1Ls what they thought about law school. And many said it’s too long, too expensive, and doesn’t focus enough on the actual work of attorneys. Maybe law schools will listen? As they say, 25,000 freshmen can’t be wrong. Above the Law

B. A former University of New Hampshire law student is suing the school for $5.3 million. He alleges that after he withdrew from the school following a code of conduct violation, the school gave him a Catch-22-style method of resolving the code violation: he could request a hearing to investigate the handling of his the code violation, but only after he re-enrolled in the school … which the school forbade him from doing, because of the outstanding code violation. Law360

C. More results from state bar exams, but these are a little less dreary. Mississippi’s bar passage rate was 58.8% for the July 2018 exam. That doesn’t sound great, but only until you learn that they had a 36% passage rate in February 2017. Mississippi Litigation Review

D. On a more positive tip, here’s a podcast on how to say happy and balanced in law school. ABA Journal

E. A Yale grad student railed against the Yale Law School for being number one in both the USNWR rankings and the producing-Supreme-Court-nominees-with-serious-sexual-misconduct-allegations rankings. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 9.18.18

A. Some rascals at Michigan Law have created an Onion-style parody of law school called Ipse Dixit. Ipse Dixit

B. Continuing from yesterday’s pretty abysmal MBE score results, today brings pretty bad news regarding the Florida bar exam. Law.com

C. Here’s a taxonomic rundown of the type of students you’ll encounter in law school classes. Above the Law

D. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. Washington Post

E. Anita Hill, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding sexual harassment twenty-seven years before Ford will — and was subjected to a particularly brutal smear campaign — wrote an op-ed in the Times on how the Senate Judiciary Committee can get the investigation right this time. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 9.17.18

A. USNWR has some thoughts on the predictive success of online LSAT/GPA calculators. Pro tip: we have a pretty good one that you can use for free. U.S. News & World Report

B. And if you want to know where famous attorneys went to law school and where those schools are ranked, USNWR has a slideshow on that too. U.S. News & World Report

C. Scores from the July 2018 Multistate Bar Exam — the multiple-choice section of the bar exam that is a part of nearly every state’s exam — are in and they are not pretty. Above the Law

D. Maybe the Law & Corpus Linguistics project, which was just unveiled today and can help users translate and understand the text of founding federal documents, will help bring law students understand Con Law, and bring those scores up in the future. Law & Corpus Linguistics

E. There was a lot of news about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend. Here’s a helpful explainer on the nomination from the inveterate explainers at Vox. Vox

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Getting to Yes on the LSAT

Before you start law school, the one book everyone will tell you to read is Getting to Maybe. As its subtitle How to Excel on Law School Exams might suggest, it’s a tract on how to excel on law school exams. Its essential thesis is that up to law school, most exams lavishly award students who can identify the “right” answer. But a law school exam — in which complex fact patterns are devised with no clear “right” answer, requiring students to apply legal analysis to both sides of an issue — is a different beast that requires a different approach. The book describes how to live and thrive in this land of “maybe” in which law school exams exist.

Logical Reasonings / 9.14.18

A. Your Friday Public Service Announcement: Tonight at 11:59 pm Eastern is the deadline to cancel your score for the September 2018 LSAT. Review the rules for cancellations here. LSAC

B. Still wondering whether you should cancel? Check out this video. Blueprint LSAT

C. A new study shows that higher tuition costs actually boost law school enrollments. Quick, everyone hide this study from all of the law schools. Law.com

D. Not only was InfiLaw shockingly bad at running law schools — having run the recently shuttered Charlotte School of Law and Arizona Summit School of Law — it’s apparently bad at running a profit too. It’s been running at a deficit for years, so the settlement it reached in the class action brought by former students is quite paltry. Above the Law

E. Finally, for the SoCal folks: Come hang with us this Saturday at Southwestern Law in Los Angeles! We’ll be offering discounts on Blueprint’s LSAT courses and giving a seminar on the LSAT! RSVP here. Blueprint LSAT

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September 2018 Post-LSAT Carnival

As we do after every LSAT, we’re throwing a carnival! And not just any kind of carnival — the best kind! No, no, not the crazy lit Brazilian ones with the steroidal parades or Caribbean cruise ones or the ones with rigged games. And no, not that guy from the TV show … that’s a Cannavale. No, folks, we’re throwing a post-LSAT carnival! Yes, we’re throwing a party with all your post-LSAT pals.

Logical Reasonings / 9.13.18

A. Parties to a class action lawsuit brought against the shuttered diploma mill Charlotte School of Law have filed a joint motion to settle the suit, but some disgruntled former students are not joining. ABA Journal

B. Kind of proving the activists’ point, a study shows that admissions officers are less likely to respond to black applicants who are engaged in black activism. Inside Higher Ed

C. Democratic Senators submitted written questions to Kavanaugh — he had to respond to more questions than all other Supreme Court nominees combined, in fact. Here’s a collection of some of his responses. @DavidLat

D. Meanwhile, Senator Diane Feinstein was tipped off to info from an anonymous regarding Kavanaugh that she felt she had to bring to federal authorities. CNN

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: Even in the wild west of Vegas courtrooms, you can’t intimidate opposing counsel by flashing your pistol. Legal Profession Blog

Logical Reasonings / 9.12.18

A. LSAC launched its redesigned website today, replete with new features for aspiring lawyers, like a BuzzFeed-style quiz to see which field of law is right for you. LSAC

B. Hurricane Florence is closing courts and law schools in the Carolinas. Stay safe out there, folks. Law.com

C. Some tips on navigating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Above the Law

D. In case you were too busy studying for the September LSAT to keep up with the Kavanaugh-mination hearings last week, here’s a recap, in podcast form. Above the Law

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: Putting a GPS tracking device on your ex’s car is going to get you suspended from the bar. Bloomberg BNA