Ross Rinehart

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What Does This Answer Choice Even Mean?

Oscars last night I was struck how Academy voters selecting a Best Picture winner from a list of nominees isn’t all that different from an LSAT taker selecting a winner from a set of answer choices. In both cases, there are only a few choices to pick from. In both cases, it’s a hard choice. And in both cases, it’s pretty clear that a large percentage of people don’t quite understand every choice available to them.

Logical Reasonings / 2.20.19

A. We can’t remind you enough: tonight at 11:59 pm EST is your last chance to register for the March LSAT. LSAC

B. If you’re just trying to squeak your way into law school, this is your school. Above the Law

C. The MAGA teen from the Lincoln Memorial video is now Making America Litigious Again, suing the Washington Post for $250 million. Reuters

D. The end is nigh for the Mueller investigation, at least according to several reports. Vox

E. SCOTUS ruled today that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to states; in the case in question, it was the state trying to take possession of someone’s Land Rover, which was valued much higher than the maximum fine for the crime committed. ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 2.18.19

A. A friendly reminder that the deadline to register for the March LSAT is this Wednesday. After this one, there’s just one more pencil-and-paper LSAT before the test goes digital. LSAC

B. Above the Law has some law school memes, including a Bret Kavanaugh Valentine’s Card that is equal parts tasteless and withering. Above the Law

C. In SCOTUS news, the court is fast tracking a case on whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the census. NY Times

D. California and twelve other states are filing a lawsuit to challenge Trump’s national emergency declaration. Slate

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: You can’t just hold your depositions in your living room. It’s uncouth. Above the Law

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Seven Presidents Who Were Lawyers

Today — to commemorate it being the third Monday of February, the date on which we honor George Washington’s birthday, colloquially known as President’s Day and popularly understood as a federal holiday that you may or may not get off from work or class — we’re going to take a look at some of the presidents who were lawyers before being elected.

Logical Reasonings / 2.15.19

A. The January scores came out today, which means you either got the score you were hoping for, and you’re in need of some applications advice … Blueprint LSAT

B. … or it’s not the score you were hoping for, and you’re in need of some retake advice. Blueprint LSAT

C. In what has to be a worst-case scenario for applications, one applicant had his offer of acceptance rescinded from UGA Law due to his DACA status. WTGS FOX 28

D. At least he didn’t apply to this school … a fake college set up by ICE. Detroit Free Press

E. More on immigration law: the ACLU announced it would sue Trump over the President’s national emergency declaration — the first suit of many, in all likelihood. @ACLU

Logical Reasonings / 2.13.19

A. Ever wondered why you can’t use mechanical pencils on the LSAT? LSAC is afraid you might put tiny cameras in there to record … stuff? Like, a bunch of sweaty pre-law types, we guess? At any rate, let’s have a moment of silence for the thousands of trees who sacrificed their beauty to become LSAT-required wooden pencils. ABA Journal

B. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, so here’s a little pillow talk for all you star-crossed lovers — you know, to set the ~mood~ — try asking your SO how much student debt they have. Above the Law

C. Above the Law also reminded their readers about the worst-case scenario interruption of the 2008 California bar exam. Above the Law

D. Forbes ruminates on the future of law schools. Forbes

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: You can’t just, like, pretend to have a kid, and pretend that the kid has cancer, in order explain away a low LSAT score. And then you can’t use that same lie again to get a continuance for your trial. And then use the same lie twice more. People will eventually catch on. ABA Journal

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Valentine’s Day Logic Games!

With February 14th just around the corner, love is in the air. But if you’re studying for an upcoming LSAT, the love you bare is surprising, unexpected. You don’t want to admit it to yourself, but the feeling is undeniable — you’re falling in love with logic games.

Admit it: You totally are, you amorous, analytical, thing, you.

Logical Reasonings / 2.8.19

A. Yikes — the company that operates Western State College of Law at Argosy in Irvine, California was placed under receivership, which means that students still haven’t gotten their student loan disbursements; many are struggling to pay for living expenses. Above the Law

B. Speaking of the financial realities of attending law school, LSAC just posted an in-depth discussion of that very issue. LSAC

C. Memes that are funny if — and, in all likelihood, only if — you’re a law student. Above the Law

D. Over on Law:Fully, a profile on Mamadou Jawo, a law student at the University of Wisconsin from small West African country The Gambia. Law:Fully

E. Con Law authority Erwin Chemerinsky sees recent SCOTUS decisions as a harbinger of a very conservative future. ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 2.6.19

A. Los Angeles-based Loyola Law School received a $1 million donation to help law students with disabilities reach prominent positions in the legal field. ABA Journal

B. The last for-profit law school left in the once-mighty InfiLaw’s portfolio — Florida Coastal Law School — will become a non-profit institution, and attempt to triple in size. Daily Business Review

C. Many are speaking out against the popular Instagram account — with a name that we can’t print in a family blog, but let’s just say it rhymes with @DuckJerry — for profiting off of stolen jokes and memes. Above the Law discusses the legal reckoning that may be coming for that, and similar, social media accounts. Above the Law

D. Vault took a look at a day in the life of a public defender. Vault

E. Apparently Virginians will have to go to at least the third-in-line to the current governor to find a state leader who hasn’t worn blackface. NBC News

Logical Reasonings / 2.4.19

A. The Richmond Times-Dispatch profiled Hallie Hovey-Murray, a law student at the College of William & Mary who is advocating on behalf of students who, like herself, are on the autism spectrum. Oh and she’s also competing to become Miss Virginia on the side. Richmond Times-Dispatch

B. Law:Fully — LSAC’s legal blog — profiled Kendeil Dorvilier, a first-generation college grad and law student at Villanova, to get her perspective on why she chose a legal career. Law:Fully

C. Law schools and legal employers gathered ’round a couple weeks ago to talk about the future of legal employment at the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Recruiting Summit. Since that will soon be relevant to your legal employment, here’s what they talked about.Above the Law

D. Presently, however, legal employment remains flat. National Law Journal

E. Did you call in sick from work today? Apparently 17 million other people had the same idea. Washington Post