Tag Archive: Lawyer

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What Law Schools Look For in Your LSAT Writing Sample

Ah, the LSAT writing sample. You will never find a more wretched collection of half-formed arguments and poor writing. You should be careful.

Or not.

Because, in all honesty, it doesn’t matter very much.

The writing sample on the LSAT always evokes a feeling of dread from first-time LSAT test-takers. You’ve sat in a room for over three hours, nerves shot and caffeine headache pounding, with dozens of other students, many of whom haven’t showered in the past few days in order to maximize their study time. The last thing anyone wants to do is write an essay.

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Realistic Blueprint to Becoming a Lawyer

Like many Americans, you may be reading the torrent of terrible news in the morning and feel the urge to do something important with your life, like defending justice with the help of a JD (that’s what is stands for, right? Justice Degree?).

But there’s much more to becoming a lawyer than increasing your proficiency on logic games and landing a near-perfect LSAT score. If you want to work in the law here is a quick breakdown of the process of becoming a lawyer.

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The (Fictional) Lawyers You Want on Your Team

To Kill a Mockingbird was the first “grown-up” novel I was forced to read in English class way back when, and now Atticus Finch is in the news again. The publication (under questionable circumstances) of Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, has revealed a less pleasant side to the fictional lawyer. Let’s take this chance to go through some fictional lawyers and see whether you’d want them representing you.

Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird version). Representing someone that the town doesn’t want to see represented? Standing up for what’s right and presenting exculpatory evidence? These are all things you’d want to see out of your attorney. We can’t dock Atticus too much for failing to win the case; it’s fair to say the cards were stacked against him and he did the best he could.
Would you want him as your lawyer? 8/10

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Logical Reasonings / 4.8.15

A) Everyone knows law school is expensive. The federal government may be the only ones who can help, and the solution might be giving out fewer student loans. Is that irony? Washington Post

B) Author Keith Lee talks about the transition from law school to practicing lawyer. Lawyerist

C) So someone calculated the debt-per-job ratio at five lower tier law schools, and the results might make your eyes bulge. Above the Law

D) A little-noticed provision in the federal budget may help resolve the conflict between national and state marijuana laws. New York Times

E) This “Honest College Rejection Letter” is as funny as it is sad. McSweeney’s

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Logical Reasonings / 1.7.15

A terrorist attack on a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has left 12 dead. BBC

President Obama spoke in support of France after the attack which took place this morning in France. NBC

Exactly why you future lawyers should always be careful with what you’re putting out in the world via technology. Above the Law

A dramatic reenactment of a deposition transcript read verbatim. Imagine what it was like when the attorney got to more difficult questions. NY Times

R. Kelly would not be pleased with this pair. News

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Logical Reasonings / 9.18.14

Some great tips on minimizing your student loan debt. Ms. JD

Is it a good decision to go to law school if you don’t want to be a lawyer? “It depends.” Student Appeal

What part of your personality steps forward as a lawyer? I bet it’s the “lawyer-y” part. Above the Law

A BUSINESS ONESIE?! Yes, a business onesie. Lawyerist

13 XTREME businesses that are in no way extreme. College Humor

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Logical Reasonings / 9.17.14

A troubled law school might be closing its doors. Above the Law

Apparently CTRL+C is very important to the legal process. Wall Street Journal

A lawyer dressed as Thomas Jefferson to defend his license in court. No joke could make that any funnier. Topeka Capital Journal

Canada’s “first Christian law school” is locked in an accreditation debate after it asked students and faculty to sign a heterosexuality contract. The Blaze

A guy pretending to be Humans of New York can do pretty much anything. Death and Taxes

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Logical Reasonings / 9.10.14

The key to your law school personal statement? Focus. Pen and Chisel

Mentorship matters. So find your Obi Wan, young Skywalker. Ms. JD

A rundown of today’s net neutrality slowdown. It’s almost enough to make me want to get off the computer. Almost. The Verge

There’s a new government study on student loan debt, and the results aren’t pretty. (Are they ever?) Business Week

8 Ted Talks that shouldn’t exist. You could probably expand this list to 8,000. College Humor

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Logical Reasonings / 7.24.14

A) There’s more than one way to skin a cat/pay for law school. Above the Law.

B) Next item on the docket: Lawyer v. Racism. Huffington Post.

C) Illinois would like the Supreme Court to check the replay on a recent decision. SCOTUS Blog.

D) Today a judge told Alec Baldwin to “be a good boy from now on.” ABA Journal.

E) The plagiarizing Montana senator just dropped the greatest excuse since “my dog ate my homework.” ABC News.