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Blueprint LSAT Prep Instructor: Why I’m Going to Law School

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He is starting at Columbia Law School this fall, and will be writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences. Stay tuned!

There are about 300 law schools in the United States, and getting into at least one of them is pretty easy. But, for many, going to law school is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

Still, going to law school can also be a good idea. I’ll tell you how I made my choice to go, and I’ll share some links to help you decide whether law school is right for you.

The Personal Reasons: Why Law?

In 2006, near the height of the law school boom, I went into my undergrad thinking I’d continue on to law school out of some vague ideas about a proclivity for writing and debate in high school.

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3 Supreme Court Rulings That Should Interest Future Lawyers

The Supreme Court is set to rule on a slew of big cases this week before ending its current term. Because these rulings—and the justices’ accompanying opinions—represent the most influential and important issues in the legal world, prospective law students would benefit from understanding the matters at hand. This time around, the court is addressing issues related to privacy laws, executive power, and more. This post will summarize several of these cases and describe their ramifications.

1) ABC v. Aereo

For context, Aereo is a television streaming service that allows subscribers to watch live, broadcast television on their computers, tablets, smart phones, and similar devices through the use of a small antenna.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.26.14

A) Not every law school professor is a fan of the Socratic Method. Above the Law.

B) When Slate says you should go to law school now, you can bet there’s going to be some reaction. Wall Street Journal.

C) Law students played a big part in the Supreme Court’s ruling this week against cell phone monitoring. USA Today.

D) Two men in New York won the lottery but discarded the ticket. Of course, now they’re suing the lottery. ABA Journal.

E) Missed all the goals in the World Cup? This visualization’s got you covered. Ejoh.se.

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Inside a Mock Law School Admissions Committee Meeting

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 1 of 3.

There was one resounding theme at the PCAPLA Conference Mock Law School Admissions Committee Meeting last Thursday on the campus of Southwestern Law School:

It ain’t just about the numbers.

In a room of dozens of pre-law advisors from all over the country, Southwestern Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear and a panel of admission committee members from the University of San Diego School of Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, San Francisco School of Law and Santa Clara Law School discussed the applications of three students vying for admission.

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3 Reasons Shaq Going to Law School Should Inspire You

In what is certainly my favorite “news” story of last week, Shaquille O’Neal announced that he is considering going to law school (and is studying for the LSAT already). Unfortunately for the Big Shaqtus, there are a few unique obstacles he may face along the way to earning a J.D. Fortunately for all other prospective LSAT and law students, these obstacles can be a source of inspiration.

How Shaq Going to Law School Should Inspire You I: His Size

On the basketball court, Shaq’s massive physique was a tremendous asset; in an LSAT test center, it would be quite the opposite. To put this in perspective, I am an averagely built, 5’11” male, and I felt cramped by the combination desk/chair at my test center.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.9.14

A) Moody’s is about to put a lot of law schools in a bad mood. ABA Journal.

B) Separation of church and state? Pfft. One Supreme Court Justice says each state should have its own official religion. Wall Street Journal.

C) Cheers, law students! No, wait. Put down the booze. Above the Law.

D) Dr. Dre just became a very rich doctor. CNN.

E) Are you ready for the truth about Mother’s Day — other than the fact that it’s on Sunday? Huffington Post.

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What the Heck’s Going on at Oregon Law School?

If there’s a golden rule for the internet, it’s that you don’t tweet, post, or email anything that you wouldn’t want made public. Law professor Robert Illig, it seems, did not get the memo on that.

Illig, an associate law professor at the University of Oregon, made headlines last week when his email diatribes to his fellow faculty members were leaked to online news outlets. In a nutshell, Illig was furious about a proposed initiative to cancel faculty raises — i.e., his raise — and divert the money to a job placement fellowship program for recent graduates. So furious was Illig that he wrote not one, but two nasty emails. Illig had some choice words for his colleagues and administrators:

No wonder we’ve become a third-tier law school. Who’s going to want to come here to study or teach in this kind of poisonous atmosphere? . . . Is this some kind of faculty version of white-man’s guilt?

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2015 U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings Out

It’s that time of year again—the US News and World Report‘s annual law school rankings have arrived. As the biggest authority on rating academic institutions in the United States, the US News rankings are a subject of much consideration and consternation for prospective law students, law school administrations, and legal employers alike. For you, the prospective law student, these rankings could mean big things for your future admissions and job prospects. So let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: The T14

Surprise, surprise: the Top 14 schools have once again reasserted their place at the top. From Yale (1st) to Cornell and Georgetown (tied for 13th), the T14 has pretty much stayed the same, with a few minor revisions.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.17.13

A) There’s another law school ranker, and it thinks Stanford is number one. Fortune.

B) Remember that law student who beheaded a rare bird in Las Vegas? He’s headed to boot camp. KTVN.

C) Oh, whattaya know. More law grads suing their alma mater. CBS Los Angeles.

D) This is why you need a good night’s rest before the LSAT. Yahoo! News.

E) Sometimes there’s nothing spookier than a typo. Happy Place.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.20.13

A) Six words for you: Describe law school in six words. Wall Street Journal.

B) An ABA task force is ready to make some changes around law schools. ABA Journal.

C) But what about that third year of law school? Huffington Post.

D) Don’t screw over a law student in fantasy football. This might happen. Deadspin.

E) No need to watch the Emmy’s on Sunday. These target demo predictions are on the money. YouTube.