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The Morning Cometh: The September 2018 LSAT Recap

In the summer months, millions of people around the globe travel en mass to their local multiplexes to see the blockbusters that Hollywood has bestowed upon them. These films can feature superheroes, or they can be sequels to beloved dinosaur movies; they can feature superheroes, or they can be prequels to beloved space movies; they can feature superheroes, or they can be sequels to beloved spy movies; they can feature superheroes, or they can be sequels to beloved heist movies. In some rare cases, they can feature, well, The Rock, who is essentially a superhero anyway. The point is, when Hollywood knows it has to release a movie that will attract as many eyeballs as possible — movies that will be comprehensible to people not only in the Americas, but to those in Europe and Asia as well — it plays it safe, and goes with the classics that people know and love.

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Your September 2018 LSAT Instant Reaction

September test takers, congratulations! You woke up early, ate a nourishing breakfast, ambled over to your test center, checked in, fidgeted nervously as you waited for the test to start, completed five sections of intense multiple choice questions, and then wrote a short persuasive essay for some reason. And now finally — finally! — you can take a well-deserved rest. Or you can elect to drink deeply from the cup of life, imbibing sweet elixirs all night long. No matter how you decide to celebrate this achievement, you’ve earned it.

Logical Reasonings / 9.7.18

A. Best of luck to everyone taking the September 2018 LSAT. You got this.

B. Don’t forget to double check all the test day rules and regulations, and also get your admissions ticket, ID, no. 2 wooden pencils, analog wristwatch, and everything else ready to go. LSAC

C. According to LSAC CEO Kellye Testy, the quality of applicants is improving. But don’t let that intimidate you — the quality is improving because of people like you. TaxProf Blog

D. And if you’re still nervous, calm your nerves with these ~chill~ images. Blueprint LSAT

E. Finally, as far as “news” for today goes: Nike unveiled its new “Kaepernaugh” ad campaign, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Robert Bork confirmation hearing. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 9.6.18

A. Here’s a list of all the classes attorneys wish they could have taken in law school. Unsurprisingly — since law schools don’t exactly excel in this area — nearly every entry relates to the practical aspects of being a lawyer. Above the Law

B. Incoming Yale Law School students hoping to take a class with contracts prof and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother author Amy Chua will be unable to do so. Above the Law

C. The increasingly truculent Kavanaugh confirmation hearings continued today. Senator Corey Booker released confidential documents relating to Kavanaugh’s views on affirmative action, Roe v. Wade, and other matters — a move that could result in his ouster from the Senate. NBC News

D. CNN published a long list of all the White House officials who denied writing that wild NY Times anonymous op-ed. These officials find themselves in a logical bind though. They denied writing the op-ed to CNN. But if CNN is indeed fake news to the White House and that the opposite of what CNN reports is true, it follows that, in the mind the President, they could be admitting to writing the op-ed. CNN

E. Serial, the podcast that taught your mom about podcasts were and taught you about the criminal justice system, will head back to the courtroom for its third season, which begins September 30. @Serial

Logical Reasonings / 9.5.18

A. Tonight at 11:49 pm Pacific is your very last chance to get $300 off our classroom course (with promo code LABORDAY300) and $75 off the first month of an online course subscription (LABORDAY75). Blueprint LSAT

B. Florida Costal School of Law appears to be on its last legs, and may soon meet the same fate as sister schools Charlotte School of Law and Arizona Summit School of Law. ABA Journal

C. Because you Brett-er be informed about the Supreme Court Kavanaugh-minee, follow along with day two of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings here. ABA Journal

D. There are a number of legal issues that affect Twitch users … a digital gaming platform of which I am definitely aware and have used and am not too old to understand. Above the Law

E. Sometimes, when you’re a Hollywood A-lister running a health and wellness brand, you make scientifically dubious claims about an egg that you put … well, that’s not important … but then California prosecutors bring a consumer protection lawsuit against you and you have to settle for the $145,000. Buzzfeed News

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Last Call for Our Labor Day Sale!

If you spent your Labor Day weekend grubbing at barbecues, frolicking in bodies of water, or otherwise enjoying the waning days of summer — without a thought spent on the LSAT, applications, or your law school future — we can’t blame you. In fact, that’s why we extended our Labor Day Sale to today, Wednesday, September 5th. For all of you who spent your Labor Days on a momentary reprieve from all matter of work and planning, you have until tonight at 11:59 pm Pacific to take advantage of huge discounts on Blueprint’s LSAT courses.

Logical Reasonings / 9.4.18

A. Great news! We are extending our Blueprint’s Labor Day Sale! You now have until Wednesday at 11:49 pm Pacific to get $300 off our classroom course (use promo code LABORDAY300) and $75 off the first month of an online course subscription (use promo code: LABORDAY75). Blueprint LSAT

B. Something big is happening on LSAC’s website on September 12 … something involving really big gourds. @Official_LSAT

C. Here are some honest takeaways an anonymous 1L has about the first few weeks at a T14 law school. Above the Law

D. The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh began today, in which Senate Democrats raised a lot of concerns about the expedited nature of the confirmation. We’ll see if all the fuss will be for Kava-naught when the Senate finally gets around to the vote. Vox

E. Protesters were also a vocal presence at the confirmation hearings, including one whom Senator Orrin Hatch referred to as a “loudmouth” who he hoped was “not a law student.” Perhaps, like the “Trump bump,” this will lead to a surge in law school applicants from the Resistance. The Hatch batch? The Orrin swore-in (once they pass the bar)? We’ll workshop this one. The Hill

Logical Reasonings / 9.3.18

A. It’s your last chance to take advantage of Blueprint’s Labor Day Sale! You have until Tuesday to get $300 off our classroom course with promo code LABORDAY300 or $75 off the first month of an online course subscription with promo code LABORDAY75. Blueprint LSAT

B. Here’s a history of Labor Day — a story that involves explosions, parades, and hourly retail employees working longer hours on a day designed to give them respite from their work. Fortune

C. The President is not wishing a Happy Labor Day to the leader of the largest labor union in the U.S. … Reuters

D. … which kind of undermines his attempt to curry favor with labor unions by renegotiating NAFTA. Politico

E. And if you want to be the smartest-sounding pre-law type in your Labor Day conversations, make sure to read up on and then name drop Janus. The Atlantic

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Cell Phones Will Be Permitted at Certain Test Centers for the September 2018 Exam

After twenty-seven years of a hardline position on cell phones, LSAC is finally softening its approach. Maybe.

For pretty much the entire history of the LSAT, cell phones were strictly verboten in LSAT test centers. From the Zach Morris-endorsed juggernauts in the early 90s, to the iconic Nokia bricks at the turn of millennium, to the bedazzled Motorola Razrs of the early aughts, to the BBM-enabled BlackBerrys that prefigured the current objects of our collective screen addiction, cell phones have always been prohibited at test centers. In fact, they still are. But for the September 2018 LSAT, LSAC is launching a pilot program at some test centers that will allow test takers to bring their phones into the room.

Logical Reasonings / 8.31.18

A. We, like every other company in the greater U.S., are holding Labor Day Sale this weekend! Instead of giving you discounts on random things you don’t need, we’re giving you a discount on the knowledge required to succeed on the LSAT. Whether you want that discount in the form of $300 off our classroom courses (promocode: LABORDAY300) or $75 off the first month of an online course subscription (promo code: LABORDAY75) is up to you. Blueprint LSAT

B. We’re hearing whispers that LSAC is finally entering the brave new world of 1998. It is apparently offering a pilot program at some September test locations to allow test takers bring their newfangled cellular phones into the test centers and deposit the phones into a locked case. More on this later.

C. If you planned on using sleep apnea as a way to get accommodations for taking the Florida state bar exam — and who among us hasn’t? — the Florida Supreme Court put a kibosh on that. ABA Journal

D. An arbitrator gave the OK to send Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL to trial. ESPN

E. Colorado Mesa University misspelled “Board” on its diplomas for six years before anyone realized it … which doesn’t speak highly of the team in charge of designing the diplomas, and really doesn’t speak highly of the reading skills that university is instilling in its grads. CNN