Articles published in October 2015

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

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

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

Described on Wikipedia as a “neo-noir crime-thriller film”, with each of those terms hyperlinked to a relevant page, Gregory Hoblit’s 1996 film Primal Fear introduced the world to Ed Norton and made the world forget about Richard Gere’s turn as Lancelot in First Knight, among other things. Read more

The Week in (Law) Review – October 23rd, 2015 LSAT Roundup

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Blog-Week-In-Law-10_23_2015All things LSAT-and-law-school-related from the past week, for your niche media consumption delight. 🎓💼

U.S. News issues erroneous surveys, potentially invalidates Law School Rankings results 👍

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You Derive Me Crazy: Numerical Distributions (LSAT Logic Games Series)

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LSAT_YDMC_Numerical Distributions_10_21_2015No 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

Numbers – if you felt comfortable with them, you’d be taking the GMAT!

I kid. But many of my students do have an aversion to numbers that comes from years of focusing on  non-mathematical topics in their undergrad studies.

Unfortunately, some math will help you on certain logic games. Luckily, if you can add and subtract by one, you’re in good shape!

What am I talking about here? Read more

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

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

Since we covered Gravity a few weeks ago, we figured we should also cover its sequel, The Martian. Read more

The Week in (Law) Review – October 16th, 2015 LSAT Roundup

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Blog-Week-In-Law-10-16All things LSAT-and-law-school-related from the past week, for your niche media consumption delight. 🎓💼

Local woman narrowly averts disaster, becomes lawyer rather than librarian 📚😱➡️😅💼

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You Derive Me Crazy: 2×2 Inferences (LSAT Logic Games Series)

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Blog-2x2No 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

Frames. Amirite?

We’ve discussed framing Ordering games and Grouping games before, bringing up the rules that generally lead to these game-changing inferences (see what we did there?).

However, rules of thumb can only get you so far. The LSAT – especially in recent years – has started to buck trends, and has included things that seem to intentionally go against the traditions that have emerged on the exam throughout the years.

Let’s look at an example! Read more

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

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MFM 7-Blog-ScreamEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 

Before Dawson’s Creek, The Following, and Scream 2, Kevin Williamson forged a name for himself with the classic horror film, Scream. Read more

The Week in (Law) Review – October 9th, 2015 LSAT Roundup

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Blog-Week-In-Law-10_9_2015-BannerAll things LSAT-and-law-school-related from the past week, for your niche media consumption delight. 🎓💼

Law school applications on the rise 📈

A recent survey determined that 88% of law school admissions officers at 120 law schools across the U.S. are predicting a rise in applications for the first time in years. One possible explanation for this optimism is that, due to the relatively smaller number of top students currently applying to law school, there has never been a less competitive time to get into a top program; if law school has been on your bucket list, now would be the time to pursue it. Read more