Category Archive: Logical Reasonings

Logical Reasonings / 4.18.18

A. If you’re interested in blazing a new trail as one of the first people to take the July LSAT, remember, explorers need an experienced guide. Let us be that guide. We’re hosting a quick, 30-minute webinar wenext Wednesday, April 25, and we’ll go over everything you need to know about the July exam. Plus, we’ll give out discount codes good for $300 off Blueprint’s live, classroom course. RSVP at the link! Blueprint LSAT

B. Kendrick’s Pulitzer got the lion’s share of the attention, but Yale Law professor James Forman, Jr. also won a Pulitzer for his book on mass incarceration. Which should really help bring some much-needed prestige to that struggling law school. Yale News

C. The student loan correspondent over on Above the Law discusses the extra-pressing need for first-generation law students to educate themselves on taking out students loans to attend law school. Above the Law

D. Justice Sotomayor won’t let a sort-of-minór shoulder injury keep her from the bench. Washington Post

E. The stories may run out after 24 hours on Instagram, but the statute of limitations does not. Three Canadian women pled guilty to importing over 200 pounds of cocaine into Sydney, after documenting their exotic drug smuggling lifestyle on the ‘gram. BBC

Logical Reasonings / 4.17.18

A. We have a quick, 30-minute webinar coming up next Wednesday, April 25. We’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about the brand-new July LSAT. And all attendees will receive a discount code good for $300 off Blueprint’s live, classroom course. You just have to RSVP at the link to the right! Blueprint LSAT

B. The GRE scored a major victory yesterday, with the American Bar Association’s legal education committee recommending that the ABA lose its rule requiring that law schools use a specific standardized test for admissions.

C. In an supremely ironic twist, Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch was the deciding vote in the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the law that requires that immigrants get deported for “crimes of violence.” CNN

D. Today the Supreme Court also considered a case that could shake up online retail. The case asks whether online sellers can be forced by states to collect state sales tax. LA Times

E. If you think England’s lawyers (excuse us, barristers) are even stodgier than the ones here, here’s your proof. A London law school course apparently docks points for students who wear single-breasted suits, “kinky” boots, and “colourful” socks or who “swig” from water bottles. Legal Cheek

Logical Reasonings / 4.16.18

A. LSAC did pre-law students a huge solid today by releasing its official guide to ABA-accredited law schools. You can find information on admissions standards, programs, financial aid and more through its database. LSAC

B. If you plan on going to law school to get that money at a so-called Big Law firm, and need some counter-arguments to use against your skeptical friends, here’s a defense of working in that space. Above the Law

C. The Wall Street Journal‘s op-ed page argues against punishing the career prospects of people based on what they wrote in college. On the one hand, this might not be necessary, given how hyper-conscious of word choice and semantics colleges students are now. On the other hands, there’s the stuff that pretty much everyone puts up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram … Wall Street Journal

D. Well wishes to the family, friends, and colleagues of David Buckel, a leading LGBTQ rights attorney and environmental activist who was found dead as part of an environmental protest. NY Daily News

E. After her instantly iconic HBCU-themed Coachella performance on Saturday, Beyoncé announced a $100,000 scholarship to be awarded to four students at Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman Universities. Variety

Logical Reasonings / 4.13.18

A. Law students, law school deans, and law school consultant Anna Ivey provide some tips for how you can get that money with (via scholarship offers from law schools).

B. If you have law school debt to pay though, here’s one way to do it: extreme couponing. Above the Law

C. Michael Cohen’s lawyer is making a claim that may eventually show up in your law school review of attorney-client privilege: does the defense or prosecution get the first look at seized documents to determine if they’re protected by the privilege? NY Times

D. CNN ranks the 11 best lines from James Comey’s new memoir A Higher Loyalty, none of which confirm the existence of the pee tape. CNN

E. This is definitely one way to lead a classroom of little monsters. A Connecticut substitute teacher has been accused of running a fight club in his class. Might be hard to get anyone to testify in the trial, given the first rule of fight club and all. CBS News

Logical Reasonings / 4.12.18

A. The executive director of the National Association for Law Placement has some pessimistic words for the future of legal education in America. Above the Law

B. Case in point: Above the Law got its hands on the bar passage rates for North Carolina, and the stats don’t exactly paint a flattering picture of legal education in the Tar Heel state. Above the Law

C. Law schools might see the GRE as a way to improve its legal education, but according to a survey by Kaplan, pre-law students are split on whether they like law schools accepting that exam. Kaplan Test Prep

D. There is one complicated issue that these future law students won’t have to learn about, at least. Apparently, attorney-client privilege is now dead. RIP attorney-client privilege. @realDonaldTrump

E. A judge tossed out an Illinois lawsuit against McDonalds, which claimed that Extra Value meals at the fast food chain misled customers into paying more for items that would be cheaper if purchased a la carte. McDonalds, you may have served over 99 billion hamburgers, but when will justice be served to you? Eater

Logical Reasonings / 4.11.18

A. Hats off to Ieshia Champs, the single mother of five who just graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. USA Today

B. Like the stern teacher who you know is going to punish you, the ABA is asking law schools who admit students unlikely to pass the bar to see it after class. Above the Law

C. A federal district court in California just awarded a former law student $6.45 million in a revenge porn case. CNN

D. The Washington Post considers the ramifications Trump firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would have on the Mueller investigation. The prognosis? Not great, Bob. Washington Post

E. TMZ encountered Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and asked the hard-hitting questions the Beltway journos are too afraid to broach: would she trade places with Judge Judy? TMZ

Logical Reasonings / 4.10.18

A. A list of law schools to avoid: those with the most students who can’t pass the bar within two years of graduation. Above the Law

B. On a more positive note, here are National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine’s rankings of the best law school buildings in the U.S. National Jurist PreLaw Magazine

C. The vindictive gods at the ABA are gearing up to smite the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tennessee. ABA Journal

D. A Tulsa attorney is wrangling up a 100 other women lawyers to ride into the state capital find a solution to the teacher strikes in Oklahoma. Her viral Facebook post to state officials ends with the truly awesome capper, “We will be the women in black. You will see us coming.” Tulsa World

E. Better to see the women in black coming than to not see the men in black coming: the FBI raided Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office to find records relating to payments made to women who claim to have had affairs with Trump. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 4.9.18

A. Here’s more proof that there has been a huge increase in applicants with good LSAT scores this year.

B. The Ninth Circuit ruled today that employers can’t use an employee’s past salary to justify paying men more than women for the same job. The Hill

C. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class (file under: Well Why Did You Have to Make That Class So Expensive, Anyway?): A law school grad working as a cashier at Kohl’s was suspended from the Florida bar for stealing $760 from the registers. Miami Herald

D. Apparently the Supreme Court is handing down decisions at a sluggish pace this term. Old people, amirite? Reuters

E. But here’s an alternative explanation for that sluggish pace: the high court’s opinions are getting longer. Empirical SCOTUS

Logical Reasonings / 4.6.18

A. If you’re interested in all the glitz and glamour of a very specific type of contract law, here are the best law schools for entertainment law. Above the Law

B. The NY Times takes its periodic look into the GRE vs. LSAT showdown, in case you missed it the last times they talked about this. NY Times

C. The Washington Supreme Court rejected the recommendation of the state bar and will allow a woman with past felony convictions take the bar exam. Seattle Times

D. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: Gross. ABA Journal

E. Also today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: You mustn’t fall into a “fit of histrionics.” Courthouse News

Logical Reasonings / 4.5.18

A. Above the Law discusses the “brain drain” affecting law schools. However, recent data suggest that this may be over. Law school applicants with good LSAT scores are way up this year. Above the Law

B. The GRE can add Chicago-Kent College of Law to its list of conquests. For whatever reason, the GRE schools are mostly clustered in New York and Illinois. Perhaps, like the archetypical American frontiersperson, the GRE is moving westwards across this great nation. Chicago-Kent College of Law

C. If this Pennsylvania DA were a character in a police procedural, most would probably say he was a little over the top and implausible. In real life, law enforcement doesn’t seem to have that problem. ABA Journal

D. Trump claims to not be aware of his attorney’s payment to Stormy Daniels. If that’s true, apparently Michael Cohen missed the day in law school where they tell you that you don’t have make voluntary, unilateral payments on behalf of your client. Washington Post

E. LeBron James is really locked in for these upcoming NBA playoffs. He’s so amped up and competitive he’s brining in-all-likelihood frivolous copyright claims at Nick Saban. ESPN