Tag Archive: summer

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What to do the summer before 1L?

For those who are done with the LSAT and have gotten into law school, congratulations! At this point, you’re probably starting to think about how you should spend the summer before 1L, the dreaded first year of law school, begins. I had the same question three years ago. I talked to a lot of law students and lawyers about it, and I’m going to share their insights and my thoughts here.

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Summer LSAT Courses Starting Soon!

Are the dog days of summer upon us yet? Well, let’s see… temperatures are rising, we’re smackdab in the middle of baseball season, June Gloom is inescapable here in L.A., and we’re getting superhero movie thinkpieces.

Yup, must be summer.

At Blueprint, that means we’re saying sayonara to another round of June LSAT students and turning our focus to summer classes. That’s right, our students get to bid farewell to the LSAT and we get to start thinking about another one. Jealous?

Summer is actually our favorite time at Blueprint HQ.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.11.15

A) How should pre-laws and law students spend their summer vacation? This article will help you make sure it’s good enough for a back to school essay. Above the Law

B) Law school applications are down 2.5% from this time last year. Wall Street Journal

C) Here are the best law schools for networking, according to students and alums. Business Insider

D) Why one writer is glad she gave up on her dream of going to law school. The Week

E) Check out the trailer for Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s legitimate Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption. Vulture

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Logical Reasonings / 5.19.15

A) Above the Law surveyed some young lawyers to find the highest rated summer internship programs in Biglaw.

B) What you need to know to get onto law review (and all the career perks that come with it). Law School Toolbox

C) More law schools are dropping the LSAT requirement for their university’s high-performing undergrads, making it five in total. Bloomberg

D) A Columbia University student carried her dorm mattress to graduation, completing a year-long art project protesting campus sexual assault. The Guardian

E) “Time-lapse mining” sounds like something Derek Zoolander would do, but it’s actually the process of making time-lapse videos using publicly available snapshots — and it’s very cool. Slate

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How Should Pre-Laws Spend Summer Vacation?

Summer’s just around the corner, which, for the prelaw, means that you have plenty of time to beef up your law school application. If you’re taking the LSAT, you’ll be spending some time studying for the LSAT, though not all your time studying for the LSAT (despite what you may have been led to believe, vitamin D insufficiency does not automatically add ten points to your LSAT score). And if you’ve already taken the LSAT, you need to figure out what to do for the summer. Should you get a part-time gig at a law office, or should you do something unrelated to the law, so you can show admissions offices that you have outside interests?

For the most part, law school admissions is based on three components: your GPA, your LSAT score, and the “character and individuality” factor.

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Summer Movie Pre-Law Preview

Hey, summer is almost here! For those of you signed up for the June LSAT, you’re already painfully aware of this. The summer brings LSAT pains, but it also brings blockbusters. To make you feel less guilty about taking time out of your busy LSAT schedule to catch a movie or two (or seven), I’m going to tell you how seeing these movies will help prep you for law school and the LSAT.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Hollywood, in its latest low-risk grab for your money gives us yet another comic book movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters May 1st. Two sequels are already planned. If you’re gonna throw your money at this tired movie genre, at least let it be a reminder that like Hollywood, LSAC is lazy. Look at the Logic Games section.

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What Kind of Summer Job Can a 1L Get?

For most people, law school is about getting a job. If things go well, you’ll probably have some sort of offer for permanent employment in the fall after your first year. But before you get there, you’ll need to get a job for your first summer. For many, this will be a first look at legal work. You’ll have several options.

Judicial Internships
During a judicial internship you’ll get to work in the chambers of a judge. You probably won’t have a lot of contact with your judge, but you’ll still get to observe cases and you’ll work pretty closely with the clerks.

The great thing about judicial internships is that you get to apply for them before your first semester grades come out.