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Upon Closer Inspection: The 2012 December LSAT

If you took the 2012 December LSAT, you should have received your LSAT score after a long and painful holiday waiting period. For me, those few weeks consisted of ample beer, lots of movies, and very little work. I can only hope some of you fared so well.

So, what about the December LSAT itself? I seem to remember walking out of the LSAT testing center thinking that it had been a fairly straightforward LSAT. In general, I thought Reading Comprehension was easy, Logic Games were moderate, and Logical Reasoning was tricky. Friends of mine who took the December LSAT more or less agreed with me.

Let’s take a closer look at what really went down:

My first section on the 2012 December LSAT was Reading Comprehension.

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LSAT Logical Fallacies From Last Night’s VP Debate

The current presidential campaign has been rife with material for fact-checkers, comedians, and informal logicians, and last night’s vice presidential debate was no exception. Congressman Paul Ryan prepared for the debate by getting jacked, while Vice President Joe Biden underwent emergency surgery to make his smile even bigger. While pundits on the left argue that Biden clearly won on the issues, the right claims that his demeanor was rude and condescending, which voters will hold against him and President Obama.

Rather than focus on who actually won the debate (who cares?!) we should instead be discussing all of the awesome and ridiculous statements made by each candidate. While the debate was full of non-logical fallacies, such as extreme hyperbole (Congressman Ryan claiming that we are “watching on our TV screens…the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy”) and just plain falsehood (VP Biden stating that the intelligence community “had no knowledge” that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had not requested additional security), there were also plenty of logical fallacies.

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5 Ways the Republican National Convention is Like LSAT Prep

The 2012 Republican National Convention got off to a rip-roarin’ start last night in Tampa. There are still a couple days left, of course, but for LSAT prep students there’s already plenty to take away.

Here are five ways the Republican National Convention is like LSAT prep:

How the RNC is like LSAT Prep #1: Sometimes it seems awfully confusing.

Is Mitt Romney pro-choice, or anti-choice? Does he actually like lakes as much as he says he does? Who made the decision to play “My Girl” by The Temptations when Mr. Romney appeared on stage last night? Questions such as these boggle the mind.

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Ways to Pay Off Law School Debt (Other than a 6-Figure Job)

Everyone knows that unless you have a big scholarship or very generous (rich) parents, you’re more or less bound to end up with some serious debt after law school. This sad truth pushes many idealistic law students, who would perhaps otherwise work in the public sector or in public interest, into high-paying corporate jobs.

While this may be upsetting to the bleeding hearts among us, it is actually a fairly positive outcome: We should be happy for those young idealists who, despite losing their values, actually get good jobs. For everybody also knows that job prospects for law school graduates are downright abysmal these days, and many students are ending up underemployed or without a job entirely.

I’ve listed a few ways for graduates to help pay off their law school debt, aside from landing a six-figure Big Law job.


What Would They Score on the LSAT: Batman Edition

The new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises opened today, and one question is on all of our minds: How would Gotham City’s finest (and most dangerous) have scored on the LSAT?

Well, I’ll tell you.

What Would They Score on the LSAT — Batman: 150. Bruce Wayne is rich, attractive, strong, and smart. But he’s also busy. Like, super busy. Because he has more important things to do (like saving Gotham City), he’d have no time to do his LSAT homework. And on LSAT test day, he’d probably start off strong (he’s a bright guy, after all) before leaving early because Bane blew up a football stadium.

What Would They Score on the LSAT — Harvey Dent: 178. Harvey Dent became District Attorney of Gotham City at the age of 26.

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Opera and Froyo: The Supreme Court LSAT Grouping Game

Note: The following statements are purely fictional. The names listed are in no way intended to represent actual people. Any allusions to real events are merely coincidental.

Nine Supreme Court Justices: Alito, Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Sotomayor, and Thomas, are presiding over the case California v. United States (2012), involving California’s ‘Remove Arizona from the Union Act’. At issue is whether it is constitutional for California, the most populous, economically powerful, and generally awesome state, to force the secession of Arizona from the United States due to its controversial immigration policies. The Justices will vote either ‘For’ or ‘Against’, according to the following conditions:

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June 2012 LSAT Takers – Score Day Is Nigh

Are you ready for what I’m about to tell you, June LSAT takers? Today marks the beginning of an epic saga, a series of trials unlike any you have faced before, which will test your strength, your perseverance, and yes, your mental stability. This week is LSAT score release week.

What this means is you will receive your June LSAT scores this week. We know this because we have visited the LSAT gods at the Temple of Logos, and they have shown us that it shall be thus. (We also know that you will receive your LSAT scores because we have been doing this for a very long time, and LSAC, the LSAT demigods, have always and forever, since the beginning of LSAT time, released scores on time).

Every bit of goods news, however, always comes packaged with a bit of bad. The rapidity with which the LSAT can be scored in thanks to Michael Sokolski, the inventor of the Scantron. This hero of men, women, and children everywhere, has passed away.

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When to Expect Your June LSAT Score (Realistically)

The dust has finally settled, and students who took the June LSAT have stopped hyperventilating. Now everyone is asking the same question: How could Ridley Scott have stooped so low as to simply re-make Alien and get everyone to believe that it’s a completely new film?

Actually, June LSAT students (even those deeply concerned with the state of modern cinema) are also wondering when they might reasonably expect to receive their LSAT scores. Predictions can be wildly speculative, and recent LSAT score experience has shown that long-term trends should not be expected to continue indefinitely. The trend I’m referring to, of course, is LSAC’s much-discussed practice of releasing LSAT scores several days before the official release date.

Until February 2012, LSAC had released LSAT scores at least two days prior to the official LSAT score release date for every test administration in the past seven years.

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Father’s Day Gifts for June 2012 LSAT Takers

What’s that you say? Your frantic attempt to get yourself ready for the LSAT caused you to completely forget Father’s Day this weekend? Not to fear! A few last-minute gift suggestions are here. Make your dad proud with one or more of these LSAT-related presents.

1. The pencils you used the day of the LSAT.

Assuming you can bring yourself to part with them, wrap up those half-chewed Ticonderoga #2’s that served you so well. They may be totally worthless to everyone else in the world, but your dad will look at those pencils years from now and remember how they helped you become a successful lawyer. If you’ve got the cash, you might even consider having them bronzed.