Philip Mayer

Author Archive:

BPPphilip-lsat-blog-scary-legal-cases
/ /

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.

BPPphilip-lsat-blog-kaepernick
/ /

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.

BPPphilip-lsat-blog-tutoring-sale
/

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.

BPPphilip-lsat-blog-first-amendment
/ /

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.

BPPshinners-lsat-blog-law-school-lawsuits
/ /

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.

BPPphilip-lsat-blog-practice-exam-1-star-wars
/

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 …

BPPphilip-lsat-blog-fall-classes-fishing
/ /

Fall Classes Starting This Weekend: Don’t Debait Any Longer, Sign Up Now!

I love fishing (boy, I bet that got you hooked on this post … ). I’ve spent countless hours shore fishing, deep-sea fishing, and even bow-fishing (it was eco-friendly, I promise). Over the years, I’ve gained enough experience to be halfway decent at choosing the right spots, bait, flies, etc. But I still have the most success when I use a guide — a guide knows the best spots, the best techniques, and the best times.

BPPlsat-blog-october-classes
/

Fall classes begin this weekend in NY, LA, and Berkeley!

As the song goes, “everybody’s working for the weekend.” Well, this weekend, there’s a whole new reason to work: four LSAT prep classes are starting up in the next few days. If you are planning on applying to law school this cycle, or just hoping to get a score for the next time around, the December LSAT is a fast just around the corner, and these classes will all give you an excellent opportunity to succeed.

BPPyuko-lsat-blog-southwestern-event
/ / /

SoCal Friends: RSVP to our event at Southwestern Law on 9/9!

Living in Southern California is pretty amazing — the weather is great, the beaches are beautiful, the social and food scenes are vibrant. As if that wasn’t enough, residents of Southern California get the added benefit of a free Blueprint event at Southwestern Law School on Saturday, September 9th from 4pm-6pm (the address is 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 and parking is free). To RSVP for the event, click here.