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#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-EpisodeIII (1)Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

Finally. Finally we hit the final film of the prequel duology. After this, I will never watch them again. (Didn’t catch last week’s post on Episode II? Check it out here.) 

For this article, I could go into all of the plot holes left at the end of this film that create issues in the Original Trilogy. Why couldn’t Vader sense Luke on the same planet where he sensed his mother? What’s up with C-3PO’s memory? Can Jedi survive falls or not? What’s up with these Force ghosts? Etc…

But plenty of sites have discussed those.

Instead, let’s buy into the world for a minute. Palpatine had a plan, and it ended up working out. What logical fallacies did he induce in the Jedi to get away with it?

Well, there’s one main one. Read more

Here’s why winter is the best season for LSAT Prep

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Blog-LSATwinter (1)Winter might seem like the worst season to start your LSAT prep. It’s dark. It’s gloomy. It’s full of distractions. But it’s not the worst season to start your LSAT prep; it’s the best season. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-MFM-EpisodeIIEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

A new millennium. A new Star Wars film. What could go wrong?

In short, so many things. Read more

You Derive Me Crazy: Rock and Logic Games (LSAT Logic Games Series)

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Blog-Derive-RockNo matter how good you get at Logic Games, finding those difficult inferences will always be a challenge! In our “You Derive Me Crazy” blog series, we’ll take a look at some of the higher-level inferences that repeat on the LSAT, ensuring that you have all the tools necessary to tackle anything the LSAT throws at you on test day. 🎓💼

What do iconoclasm and music appreciation have in common? You’ll be exposed to both of them through my blog posts!

Last week, we featured some music by Britney. This week, I’m going to go old school and discuss what I like to call Meat Loaf frames.

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#MovieFailMondays: Citizen Kane (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-MFM-CitizenKaneEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

In a bid to become the most iconoclastic film reviewer on the internet, this week I’m going to tackle Citizen Kane! Read more

The Week in (Law) Review – November 6, 2015 LSAT Roundup

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Blog-Week-In-Law-11-6All things LSAT-and-law-school-related from the past week, for your niche media consumption delight. 🎓💼

 

Harvard Law professor: “Don’t baby law school applicants”

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You Derive Me Crazy: Inference Gut Check (LSAT Logic Games Series)

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Blog-Derive-Inference Gut CheckNo matter how good you get at Logic Games, finding those difficult inferences will always be a challenge! In our “You Derive Me Crazy” blog series, we’ll take a look at some of the higher-level inferences that repeat on the LSAT, ensuring that you have all the tools necessary to tackle anything the LSAT throws at you on test day. 🎓💼

Let’s talk about something that we haven’t really brought up before in this crazy, Britney Spears-inspired blog series:

Questions.
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#MovieFailMondays: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-MFM-IndianaJonesEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

 

Indiana Jones – an amazing series of two movies that unfortunately also had two other films with the same name to dilute the awesomeness. Read more

The law school debt crisis and what it means for you

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Blog-Debt-Crisis-10_30_2015A “The Week in (Law) Review” special edition report 🎓💼

The Law School Debt Crisis

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The complete guide to the most common logical fallacies found on the LSAT

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Blog-Common-FallaciesThe LSAT is very much a test of critical reasoning. It wants to know if you just accept what you’re told, or if you’re able to look at facts given and still argue against conclusions.

In order to be able to argue against a conclusion, however, you first need to know what’s wrong with the argument. Since the LSAT doesn’t care if the premises are true (we’re expected to just accept them as such), we instead have to attack the assumptions.

It might seem like every argument on the LSAT is flawed in its own, special way. However, there are some broad categories that flaws fall into, and noticing these underlying flaws can help you spot the error before heading to the answer choices.

The following list isn’t comprehensive (and there is some overlap between the categories!), but it’s a solid starting point. Read more