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Today’s Your Last Chance to Sign Up for the March LSAT

February is one of my least favorite months of the year. The weather is dreary, the holiday hangover is still in effect, and no good movies are coming out (not to mention the commercialized bastardization of love that is Valentines day, but I digress). Some of you may find February distasteful for another reason — the looming specter of the March 2019 LSAT exam.

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The Legal Mess of the Fyre Fest

I recently transitioned from a clerkship to a job at a law firm, so my free time has declined precipitously of late. The other day, I was checking Twitter before going to bed, and I saw a post from Chrissy Teigen (who I am still mad at for not retweeting my picture of the banana bread I baked using her recipe). She mentioned something about a Fyre Fest documentary. Little did I realize, the documentary (or, more aptly, documentaries — both Netflix and Hulu released their own versions) would become a viral discussion topic.

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Quick Tips for a Quick (But Effective) Personal Statement

In the greatest musical in recent history, Aaron Burr queries of Alexander Hamilton: “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?”

For those of you taking the January LSAT and hoping to apply to law school this application cycle, you should soon start writing like you’re running out of time.

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From the Vaults: On hold? Waitlisted? How to play the law school waiting game

For those of you applying to law school this cycle, we are now in the later stage of the law school application period. I’m sure many of you have noticed there is one constant to this whole process — waiting. You have to wait for your LSAT score, you have to wait for your letters of recommendation, you have to wait for a school to make a decision on your application, etc. Unfortunately, even when a decision is made, your waiting isn’t necessarily over. This post is about two different ways that schools can make you wait longer: by putting you on hold or by putting you on a waitlist.

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How the 2018-19 Law School Admissions Cycle Is Shaping Up

Ever since the recession, law school admissions cycle have garnered a tremendous amount of discussion. Prior to the economic downturn, applications and enrollment were steadily increasing for years. The law was seen as a safe, stable profession. Following the recession, everything went haywire. Fewer students got jobs, class sizes decreased, and the once predictable application cycles were thrown into disarray.

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More Details on the Digital LSAT!

For years, I’ve had two primary complaints about the LSAT: (1) the writing sample is a sadistic, useless waste of time and (2) the test administration method is woefully outdated. Turns out, LSAC is finally attempting to remedy the second problem by transitioning to digital testing (but, alas, the writing sample doesn’t appear to be going anywhere).

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Your Plan for the Last Week of Studying for the LSAT

I recently started the process of training for a marathon. As someone who has never done much distance running, I’ve been doing my best to follow a set training plan. The plan generally involves one progressively longer run per week and several short to medium runs. However, in the final couple weeks, the training plan tapers off and the intensity reduces. This is especially true in the last week of training prior to the race, which has just a couple, shorter runs to get you ready for the big day.

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Law School Applications Are Up …

At the risk of sounding like I’m trying too hard to relate to the youth of America, I’ve been playing a lot of battle royale video games lately. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this new gaming craze, a battle royale is basically the same concept as the hunger games — a number of players are dropped onto an enclosed space, which shrinks over time, and they attempt to survive until all the other players are eliminated.

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Does Studying for the LSAT Make You Smarter? Science Says So …

I love the Rocky movies. I am a particularly big fan of the training montages. Every time Rocky punches some sides of beef, chases a chicken, or runs up a snow-covered mountain, I feel ready to take on the world. Rocky then uses his peak physical conditioning to defeat all challengers.

It turns out, training for the LSAT has a similar effect on your brain as Rocky’s training had on his body.