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Logical Reasonings / 12.12.18

A. The deans of UC Hastings, USD, and UCLA law schools published a joint op-ed in the LA Times, urging California to raise the “cut score” on its notoriously difficult bar exam. LA Times

B. To be fair, not everyone is on board with these deans’ plans … least of all many Californian lawyers. LA Times

C. For what It’s worth, the California Supreme Court is looking into this. ABA Journal

D. In case you were wondering, the law school that’s increased its tuition the most over the last five years is Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Not cooley. https://abovethelaw.com/2018/12/the-law-school-with-the-largest-tuition-hike/

E. And finally, for today’s installment in our recurring series They Don’t Teach You That in Your Professional Ethics Class: You cannot offer hush money to an adult film actress during your client’s presidential campaign without disclosing the payment as a campaign contribution, then lie to Congress about contact between your client’s campaign and a foreign adversary, and also commit a multitude of crimes related to tax and bank fraud, and then selectively cooperate with a special investigation into your former boss and now current U.S. President. You’ll get three years in prison and be forced to pay $2 million in restitution. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 12.10.18

A. Congrats to everyone who received their scores from the November LSAT over the weekend! If you want to take another shot at the LSAT, we wish you the best of luck, and can offer you even better LSAT prep courses.

B. If you live over 100 miles from any test location for the January LSAT, and you’d like LSAC to make you your very own nonpublished center, today’s the deadline to request one. LSAC

C. LSAC announced that the digital LSAT will be administered on Microsoft Surface Go tablets, which are “surprisingly good” according to the surprisingly shady website The Verge. Hey, if these tablets worked are the Salmon SistersABA Journal

D. Thoughts to all the students at Tulane Law School, who had to endure pretty terrible news about their classmates, right before finals. Above the Law

E. Penn Law became the first T14 school to require its students to take training on maintaining their mental health and well being as an attorney. The Daily Pennsylvanian

Logical Reasonings / 12.7.18

A. Acting in the role of the traditional father figure, the ABA has given its blessing to the merger of John Marshall Law School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

B. Trump announced his 90s throwback pick to fill Sessions’ seat atop the Justice Department, nominating William P. Barr, who was George H.W. Bush’s former attorney general. Washington Post

C. On the Supreme Court bench, shade is … I don’t tell you your legal reasoning is ugly … but I don’t have to tell you because you know your legal reasoning is ugly … that’s shade, and apparently Justice Kagan is the best at throwing it. National Law Journal

D. Speaking of the Supreme Court, it heard arguments yesterday on the “separatae sovereigns doctrine,” which allows both state and federal prosecu … you know what? You’ll learn about this in 1L. Just know that SCOTUS’s decision could have ramifications on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s ability to pardon those implicated by it. ABA Journal

E. Finally, on Monday, the Supreme Court cast doubt on the constitutionality of state bar fees for attorneys. LA Times

Logical Reasonings / 12.5.18

A. Law students are having a solid run with successful activism. Earlier this year, students got big firms to change their arbitration agreements for summer hires. Now, students at Seattle University Law School successfully petitioned the school to drop it’s on-campus externship with ICE. Seattle Times

B. A taxonomical discussion of the “gunners” you will meet (or maybe be) in law school. Above the Law

C. Time is a flat circle, and 2018-19 will be a flat cycle, according to Spivey Consulting. Spivey Consulting

D. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: You can’t run a scam with your spouse, trying to extort small businesses with the threat of gender discrimination suits. ABA Journal

E. Twitter had a field day with Mueller’s heavily redacted sentencing memo for Michael Flynn. Huffington Post

Logical Reasonings / 12.3.18

A. LSAC answered some of your questions about the digital LSAT. LSAC

B. Here’s a lot of data on the current law school application cycle, courtesy of Spivey Consulting. It’s all very rosy for applicants this year. Reddit

C. A lot of law students claim to a have a passion for the law, but almost none have enough passion to literally tattoo a law on their wrist, as this Santa Clara 1L did. Above the Law

D. Australian attorneys are pushing back against the culture of insanely long hours in big firms … and if you’re lucky, maybe this wave of resistance will reach North American shores by the time you’re getting a job in one of these firms. The Guardian

E. Staten Island attorney Richard Luthmann made quite a name for himself when he proposed settling a lawsuit with a duel. Last Thursday, he was arrested for impersonating politicians online, in an attempt to influence last month’s elections. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 11.30.18

A. Continuing today’s post on law school classes, here’s a discussion on the two schools of thought related to which classes you should take in law school. Above the Law

B. LSAC is coming for our corner — it just announced that it too will have a blog on the law and legal education, called Law:Fully. LSAC

C. Harvard Law gave out some advice on how to ace an interview with HLS, which doubles as just good interview advice in general. Harvard Law School

D. The latest legal news everyone will be talking about this weekend — Michael Cohen’s guilty plea — explained, simply. Vox

E. Today in They Don’t Teach You This in Your Professional Ethics Class: Judges are held to a super high standard — those who write “highly unusual footnotes” may get removed from a case. ABA Journal

Logical Reasonings / 11.28.18

A. Even though they determine — to a large extent — your employment prospects, law school grades are apparently pretty arbitrary, at least according to one former law student. Above the Law

B. Speaking of law school grades, they’re almost entirely based on final exams. Meaning those exams are pretty stressful. Here’s some good advice one what not to do after a law school final advice, most of which doubles as good advice on what not to do after an LSAT practice exam. Above the Law

C. According to a new opinion, lawyers getting paid through crowdfunding is generally fine, as long as they aren’t running the GoFundMe page. Legal Profession Blog

D. Law Schools Be Struggling, Part 1: Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego is on its last legs, struggling to make it past 2020. Voice of San Diego

E. Law Schools Be Struggling, Part 2: Valparaiso Law School in Indiana won’t make it past 2020. The Indiana Lawyer

Logical Reasonings / 11.26.18

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B. It may be tough for some of us to get back to work, or class, or the LSAT-study grind after a four-day weekend. RBG, as usual, is making us all look bad by getting back to work after breaking three ribs. Associated Press

C. Attending lower-ranked law schools is much like consuming food from an eatery with a low health rating — you might save a little up front, but you’ll probably end up paying for it in the long run. Here are the red flags to look for to avoid the law school equivalent of gas station sushi. U.S. News & World Report

D. Speaking of food, is it cool to grub in law school classes? The National Jurist chews that question over. National Jurist

E. Above the Law published their annual “Running AFowl” awards, granting dubious honors to those in the legal community who did the dumbest stuff in 2018. Above the Law

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Logical Reasonings / 11.16.18

A. We want to wish everyone taking the November LSAT tomorrow the best of luck! Stay tuned for our thoughts about the exam this weekend.

B. Don’t forget to consult LSAC’s (in this blogger’s humble opinion, draconian) test day rules and regulations. LSAC

C. And while you’re there, check to see if your test center was closed. LSAC

D. Learn from our mistakes! Here’s what one instructor wishes she knew about test day before she took the LSAT. Blueprint LSAT

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