Logical Reasonings / 5.22.18

A. Considering taking a gap year or two? USNWR talked to some law school deans, and apparently work experience is becoming a more important consideration for some law schools. U.S. News & World Report

B. You may think this manifesto on the importance of double spacing after a sentence is frivolous now, but wait until you have to learn The Bluebook. Then it’ll be a matter of life and death. Above the Law

C. Having a bad day? It could be worse. You could be this kid who was ordered to pay $36 million in restitution after causing a wildfire. The Oregonian

D. Dovey Johsnon Roundtree, the legendary civil rights and criminal defense attorney who argued the case that desegregated public buses, passed away at the age of 104. Washington Post

E. Publix wouldn’t write “Cum” — as in “Summa Cum Laude,” Latin for “with” — on a graduate’s cake because they apparently couldn’t get their unlearned heads out of the gutter. This, of course, led to the graduate having to explain to his grandmother about why that word was censored from the cake. BuzzFeed

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Law Students of the World, Unite and Take Over

Recently, after law professors and law students brought to light that some firms make summer associates sign arbitration agreements for employment-related claims, including sexual harassment claims, law students banded together and got a bunch of law schools (including all of the T14 schools) to ask that firms participating in campus recruiting disclose such policies. Hearing about this story made me start thinking about what else the collective bargaining power of law students could accomplish.

Logical Reasonings / 5.21.18

A. The 2017-18 (nearly final) application data are in. Pretty consistent with our past coverage of the data, but overall, applicants rose 8.8% and applications rose 9.2%. Spivey Consulting

B. Californians are notoriously laid back. So much so that sometimes we forget to study for the February bar examination and then only 27.3% of us who took the exam actually passed it, which is the worst pass rate in almost 70 years. State Bar of California

C. Speaking of California, San Francisco’s DA office will use an algorithm — because it’s in San Francisco, of course it would — to expunge felony marijuana convictions, now that cannabis is legal here. ABA Journal

D. Over at UT, law students had an especially fun Con Law final where they were asked to imagine that they were counsel to the Governor of Kansas … in the Brown v. Board of Education case … and defend segregation. Above the Law

E. SCOTUS came out with a big decision today, penned by Gorsuch, which held that employers can use arbitration agreements to block employees for banding together in class action suits. CNN

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Speeding Up on Logic Games

Recently, we went over how to get faster on the Reading Comp section of the LSAT. Now, it’s time to go over Logic Games. Finishing the Games section in time was my biggest struggle when I first took the LSAT, but you can improve your speed on the games section greatly. Here are some tips:

Logical Reasonings / 5.18.18

A. No excuses — if this 84 year old can do law school, so can you. Above the Law

B. Aaron Schlossberg, he of the threatening-to-call-ICE-on-some-people-who-were-just-speaking-Spanish incident, probably won’t be disbarred. Slate

C. …Despite having a history of these kind of incidents. CNN

D. Anita Hill, whose accusations of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas came to light during his SCOTUS confirmation hearings, told Rutgers Law grads to remember the ideals of #MeToo during their legal careers. ABC News

E. DREAMers in Utah can pay lots of money to go to law school, but they’re ineligible to take the bar exam there. That is dumb. And someone should fix it. Salt Lake Tribune