Devin Race

Devin's hometown is Austin, TX and he got his undergrad degree from Yale, where he's also getting his law degree. His favorite LSAT section is Logical Reasoning, because it's the one that reminds him the most of the halcyon days of high school debate.

A couple of his favorite current news writers are Patrick Radden Keefe, who writes mainly about large criminal operations for the New Yorker, and Rukmini Callimachi, who writes about ISIS for the New York Times and who Devin estimates he has heard at least four hours of interviews with. He isn't sure if their badass investigative journalism has influenced his approach to writing 500-word curiosities about the LSAT, but he sure hopes so.

Devin likes writing about civil rights, democracy, and weird things that you didn't yet realize are related to the LSAT.

Once, while coaching a debate team at a tournament that took place at a hotel in March, a man dressed fully as Santa Claus came into the room during the middle of a debate round and listened for several minutes. Devin never got a chance to ask what he was doing there but he left the room smelling like cigarettes and Chex Mix.

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Want Your Vote to Count More? Move Next to a Prison.

There are many strange elements to the laws governing America’s prisons, which incarcerate more people (by percentage and raw number) than any other country in the world. One of the less-discussed is how those prison populations affect voting rights.

Electoral districts are drawn using the Census, which counts the prison population as residents of whichever district the prison is in.

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Using Tech to Study Smarter

The Obama campaign revolutionized political fundraising by making a simple switch: allowing the data to decide instead of the people. They ran hundreds of experiments on different minute variations in how they presented their fundraising asks until they came up with the best formula.

You can do the same thing for yourself by using online study tools like the ones Blueprint has developed. While we naturally think our tools are the best, these tips apply to any system of tools you might find or be using.


Get a Game-Time Ritual for the LSAT

Pro basketball players all have little routines that they do before taking their free throw shots. Dribble front, dribble side, spin the ball, kiss the ball, shoot, swish.

Rituals like this have many justifications: it helps you feel in-control, it takes your mind off the stressful situation you’re in, it keeps you from doing anything distracting or destructive during the time when you’re doing your ritual. There’s even some science saying that these rituals work to improve athlete’s self-confidence.


Election Law: How Can the Courts Protect Democracy?

In a democracy where the majority rules, how do you prevent that majority from violating and exploiting the minority? This is a central question for every democracy, and American history in particular has been filled with struggles to correct the majority’s oppressive tendencies—from slavery to black civil rights to transgender rights to police treatment of people of color.

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The Full Time Worker’s LSAT Study Guide

Students who found our 6-month study plan but are working full time may be wondering how they can fit LSAT studying in alongside their work. Not everyone has buckets of free time!

While there are some obvious disadvantages to working while studying, there are some big upsides that should give you hope. I was ultimately glad that I was working full-time for a civil rights organization while studying.

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How is an LSAT score calculated?

On the LSAT, your score isn’t given simply as a percentage of the number of questions you got right. Instead, the number of questions you get right determines your “scaled score.” This is like converting a number grade into a letter grade, except in the case of the LSAT it’s translating from one number into a more meaningful number.

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Why is the June LSAT on a Monday afternoon?

The June LSAT is the only one offered in the afternoon instead of the torturously early morning. But do you know why LSAC has provided this unexpected bounty to us unworthy paeans?

My investigation yielded no insight into the minds of the creators, so we must conjecture in order to grasp at divine knowledge.


Study, Eat, Study: Baked Goat Cheese and Garlic Bread

You’re going to have plenty of long days studying for the LSAT. Cooking yourself something delicious is a good way to take a break and stay alive. This baked goat cheese is easy enough to take you only a few minutes to prepare and tasty enough to make your life better. Plus, the combination of goat-derived dairy with the acidity from the tomatoes has been shown to stimulate brain function, according to some studies that probably exist.

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4 Short Stories that Are Logic Games at Heart

Last time I blogged, I gave suggestions of podcasts that would give you some general subject familiarity that might help you on reading comp. Today’s suggestions are for short fiction that will help you with logic games. If that sounds pretty unlikely, that’s because it is.

These suggestions are quite tenuously related to actual studying, but if you’re casting about for a great read, you could do worse than these short stories, chosen for a logical complexity that mimics that of the games (and for their general coolness).