THE LL.M. WAY

Knowledge and passion.     Frank Johns examines his role as a pioneer in the field of elder law in North Carolina, and why this LL.M. specialty area continues to grow with the demographics. Frank Johns’ passion came out of the 1960s, and was born into what he believed was a counterculture. His belief in individual rights led him to law school at Florida State University College of Law, working in the Florida legislature on areas that were part of…

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Bristol Palin, Causal Fallacy and LSAT Logic

Bristol Palin is still on Dancing with the Stars and not everyone is happy about it, as evinced by the 67-year-old Wisconsin man who shot his television with a rifle upon learning the news. Billed as a “teen activist”, Bristol has survived despite scoring the fewest points for her dancing ability four weeks in a row.  This means that audience votes that are saving her.  But who’s voting for her, and why?  Some say it’s her supporters’ social networking savvy.  Bristol…

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A Yale Law grad on law school, the Constitution, and whether you should really get that J.D. (Part II)

Nick Pederson is a graduate of Yale Law School. He was gracious enough to answer some of Knewton LSAT Prep’s questions about law school, the legal field, and his current work. (Miss Part I of the interview? Check it out here.) Some students reading this blog are particularly interested in obtaining a J.D and not practicing law. What kind of opportunities exist for this type of work? Would you recommend pursuing this path? I think that, as a general matter,…

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Ready for an LSAT Logic Games Workout?

Take the Logic Games Challenge!  Manhattan LSAT posted Logic Games Challenge #25 and they invite our listeners to join in the chance to Win $200 off any LSAT Course or any Atlas LSAT Strategy Guide (your choice!).  The latest challenge:  Pat the Party Planner Pat the Planner is planning her perfect party. The party will go from 8 pm to midnight. During this time, 8 different musical bands—K, L, M, N, O, P, R, and Q—each of which has at least one member…

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New podcast….. Mitigating Weaknesses in Your Law School Application

As you prepare your law school application, what part of your application has you most worried?  What do you think the admissions committee will zero-in on?  Is it a weak GPA, or a low LSAT score?  Maybe you’re not sure what to write about in your personal statement, or you are less than confident in your recommendations.   You might be thinking that your undergraduate coursework will fail to impress members of the admissions committee.  Are you struggling with how to tackle a…

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A Yale Law grad on law school, the Constitution, and whether you should really get that J.D. (Part I)

Nick Pederson is a graduate of Yale Law School. He was gracious enough to answer some of Knewton LSAT Prep’s questions about law school, the legal field, and his current work. Look out for Part II of the interview next week!  Why did you choose Yale Law School? The truth is Yale was never my dream school. I’m from Atlanta, I like sunshine, and after getting deeply annoyed that virtually every top law school in the United States was…

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To Re-Take the LSAT or Not To Re-Take the LSAT…

That is the question on the minds of many aspiring law students. If you’re contemplating re-taking the LSAT, start by reviewing the flowchartbelow. If you’re looking for more guidance, re-taking the exam is just one of the many topics Manhattan LSAT will be discussing in their upcoming free workshop analyzing the October 2010 exam.  Learn more about this workshop and register by clicking here. For more information about the LSAT and LSAT prep strategies, you can also listen to our podcasts: • The LSAT: Everything…

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The October 2010 LSAT Curve Analyzed

October LSAT scores arrived in a flurry of tweets on Friday, October 29th.  ”Scores are out!” multiple twitterings  proclaimed and the LSAT nabbed a prestigious “trending top” spot for a couple of hours. Students ran to their inboxes to check their scores and grieve or gloat as the occasion demanded. So the big question now that scores have been released is…how was the curve?  In a word, pleasant.  Test-takers could miss as many as 12 questions to…

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Most Innovative Law Schools

Chicago-Kent, Gonzaga and the University of Detroit Mercy are just a sampling of schools reinventing the law school model. Staid.  Boring.  Predictable. These adjectives describe what some people think about law school.  Their opinions would change radically if they could see what a select group of legal institutions are doing these days.  These law schools are shunning tradition and trying new, extraordinary methods to help their students jet to the top of their profession. At the request of preLaw magazine, the…

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