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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.

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Should you clerk after law school? (…Also, what is clerking?)

One of the aspects of a career in law that I find both appealing and frustrating is that the finish line is constantly moving. For example, when you first start thinking about becoming a lawyer, your goal is to get a good LSAT score and get into a good school. Then, the goal becomes to perform well in school, which can include a host of non-academic activities, such as journals and moot court.

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Jurisprudanse Macabre: The Scariest Legal Cases

When I was preparing for the bar exam, one of the practice questions involved analyzing potential legal claims for injuries the plaintiff sustained after getting frightened in a haunted house. Because I can’t escape the ghost of the bar exam, I’ve decided to cover some real Halloween-related legal cases that have come up over the years.

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Colin Kaepernick’s Case Against the NFL

I’m a big San Francisco 49ers fan. I suffered through the 2000s, enjoyed three years of playoff football, and watched as the team crashed harder than any other franchise in recent history. Paralleling that crash was Colin Kaepernick’s career trajectory. Kaepernick went from starting in a Super Bowl to out of a job within a few years.

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Don’t Miss Out! Only a Few Hours Left to Get 20% Off Tutoring!

I’m a big fan of sports movies from the 70’s and 80’s. Almost inevitably, these movies contain a sports training montage, where you see clips of the main character training and improving under the tutelage of his grizzled mentor. This is most prominently featured in the Rocky movies (truly American classics…except number 5, which is terrible). During the montage (which usually feature some inspirational music, a la “Eye of the Tiger”), the hero starts out terrible, gets frustrated by his failures, gradually improves, and then masters his craft.

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A Crash Course on the First Amendment

Free speech has been in the news in a big way this week. Between the NFL protests, to Trump’s less-than-diplomatic comments regarding said protests, to Berkeley’s canceled “free speech” week, we’ve been hearing about the First Amendment and free speech a lot. But apparently, a study on college students shows that no one understands the First Amendment (although the validity of this study has been debated). This post is designed to give you an overview of the tradition of free speech and the First Amendment, so (at the very least) you don’t sound like an idiot on Facebook.

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A Legal Primer, for Those Annoying RC Passages About the Law

One of the best things about the LSAT is that you don’t really have to remember any substantive information. Sure, you have to learn some techniques to answer questions, but you don’t have to know any legal facts (and believe me, once you take the bar exam, you’ll truly appreciate how wonderful that difference is).

And yet, many recent LSATs have had Reading Comprehension passages on the law and legal processes.

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From the Vault: Your Path to Becoming an LSAT Jedi Begins Practice Exam 1

Because many Blueprint classes started last weekend — which means that many Blueprint students just took Practice Exam 1 — we’re running an old post about what you should take away from that potentially demoralizing experience. If you just took that exam, and need a little pick me up, take this advice from former Blueprint instructor and Columbia Law alum Philip Mayer …