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Logical Reasonings / 12.30.13

A) Check out the National Law Journal’s review of 2013, featuring shutdowns, showdowns, and other memorable moments. National Law Review.

B) Ever wonder how you’d respond to a cease and desist letter? Here’s a pretty epic example. Above the Law.

C) How do you think Mark Cuban’s entrepreneurial spirit will fare against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission? Wall Street Journal.

D) Meet the real “Wolf of Wall Street” — no, not Leo. Forbes.

E) A stolen iPhone, a strange connection, and one woman’s attempt at justice… selfie style Buzzfeed.

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What to Include and Exclude on Your Law School Résumé

The résumé is usually the last part of a law school application that gets any serious attention. You’ve written the hell out of your law school personal statement and you’re pretty much positive you got some kick ass recommendations. Now, what the hell to do with your résumé? Glad you asked.

Let’s take a moment to think about your résumé in the context of your entire law school application. What information is already out there? There’s your law school personal statement, your transcript, and whatever it is you wrote on the application itself. Include as little information from those three items as possible on your résumé. I can give you two reasons to adopt this strategy.

First, those reviewing your law school application are trying to determine what type of lawyer you’ll be.

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ABA Won’t Extend Accreditation to Law Schools Overseas

According to this article, the ABA has decided against extending accreditation to law schools outside of the United States. It seems the idea behind such accreditation was to make it easier for certain foreign lawyers to get certified to practice in the U.S.

While this certainly seems like a noble (if fairly narrow) end, American law students didn’t quite see things that way. In an ever-tightening job market, law students viewed foreign-educated lawyers as yet more competition for scarce positions. Among the other reasons that the ABA cited for denial of foreign accreditation were cost and difficulty of administration.

Looking at this situation with a casual observer’s eye, it seems as though there was another possible factor in the ABA’s decision. Money. Whose money you ask? That of the American law schools who help line the ABA’s coffers.


Last Chance to Sign Up for the June 2011 LSAT

If you’re into waiting until the last minute to do really important things, then hey, this post is for you. Today is the absolute last day to guarantee registration for the June 2011 LSAT. If you don’t sign up today, these dreadful things could happen to you in quick succession:

1. Don’t take the LSAT.
2. …
3. Actually, your life will be pretty much OK.

But if you’re planning on having your application among the first submitted to law schools in the fall, you’d better sign up for the June LSAT today. Over and out.