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On hold? Waitlisted? How to play the law school waiting game

For those of you applying to law school this cycle, we are now in the later stage of the law school application period. I’m sure many of you have noticed there is one constant to this whole process — waiting. You have to wait for your LSAT score, you have to wait for your letters of recommendation, you have to wait for a school to make a decision on your application, etc. Unfortunately, even when a decision is made, your waiting isn’t necessarily over. This post is about two different ways that schools can make you wait longer: by putting you on hold or by putting you on a waitlist.

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Weed Law: Is Sessions harshing states’ buzz or is he full of smoke?

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the so-called Cole memo, which discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges against marijuana growers and sellers who complied with state laws. This post is going to explore the contours of weed law in a newly divided federal and state system.

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Our Tutoring Sale Is Back Next Week!

The holiday season has come to a close. For those of you still in school, a return to the classroom is imminent. For those of you working, you’re already back in the office. This time of the year feels a little like a hangover. The joy and revelry of the past few weeks gives way to the bleak reality of everyday life without the prospect of an upcoming holiday.

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Did this judicial nominee flunk his confirmation hearing?

In case you missed it, the video of judicial nominee Matthew Peterson getting roasted during the Senate confirmation hearing — for not trying any court cases to a verdict, not knowing what a motion in limine is, not knowing what the Daubert standard is — went semi-“viral” over the last few days. The nominee at the center of the questioning has since dropped out.

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Is this year’s application cycle going to be much more competitive?

Michael Spivey, one of the most well-known law schools admissions consultants, just released some data on the number of LSAT test takers this year and the current admissions cycle. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are up across the board, continuing a recent trend. But after years of law schools having trouble getting “good” applicants with high LSAT scores, the number of people applying to law school with scores between 165 and 180 has increased disproportionally this year.

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Applying After the December LSAT

A few months ago, I went fishing for the first time in a couple years. I got up early, grabbed my pole, walked down to the water, and got set up before dawn. I had the most success in the two hours after sunrise — fish are usually more active right after the sun comes up. People who came later still caught fish, but their window of opportunity was smaller.

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Get into the Spirit of Giving (to Yourself) with Blueprint’s Holiday Sale!

With Thanksgiving coming up and various winter-timed holidays right around the corner, we here at Blueprint decided to provide something to be thankful for while simultaneously getting you in the spirit of giving. We have two, count ’em, two sales coming up. Call it our Christmakwanzakah Winter Solstice Day of Non-denominational Merry-Making Sale.

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DOs and DON’Ts of Your Personal Statement

As the Immortal Bard once stated, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” For those of you working on your personal statements can probably relate to his sentiment all too well. For me, writing my personal statement was the worst part of the application process. From coming up with a topic to proofreading it a million times, it was truly a harrowing experience.

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Holiday Savings Come Early with Next Week’s Webinars

As a proud American capitalist, it is almost time for one of my favorite events of the year. I know you’re probably thinking “Black Friday,” but no. I am referring to the far superior Cyber Monday. All the deals without any of the human interaction or potential for stampedes — what could be better?

In keeping with the “cyber” part of “Cyber Monday,” Blueprint is offering two webinars for your viewing pleasure.