Resource Round-Up: April 24

Hello again! David here, comin' at ya with some more LSAT resources. We're a little more than a month out from the June LSAT, so it's not too late to diversify your study habits and materials. 

The Long Read

In the depths of LSAT studying and applying to law school, it's easy to lose sight of whatever answer you have for the constant question: "why law, why now"? If you need a reminder, and want to boost your EQ while you're at it, pick up EJI founder Bryan Stevenson's gripping memoir Just MercyThe book covers Bryan's fight for justice for wrongfully convicted death row inmates in Alabama and is a moving plea for mercy throughout the law. 

The Short Read

In honor of her recent Pulitzer Prize, check out excellent television criticism from the New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum. In particular, her October 2015 essay on commercialism and television "The Price is Right" is a superb piece of cultural criticism that will both expand your reading comprehension skills and give you a new outlook on our culture. 

Also, while I assume anyone reading Zen LSAT is already a follower, it's never a bad time to check out SCOTUS BlogWhether you want to read a decision, a transcript of oral argument, or just get caught up on the courts, SCOTUS Blog is a resource that you need to be aware of. 

The Endorsement

If you haven't come across 7Sage yet, go check out their site. It's full of explanations to LSAT questions, and in-depth discussion of the test on their forums. While I don't endorse their particular approach to problem solving (I think it's a quick way to overwork during your prep), their explanations and resources can be valuable tools to explore. 

The Endangerment

Along the same lines as TLS is Above the Law, or ATL, a popular blog covering news in legal education and the legal industry. If you're able to take the snark and cynicism with the many grains of salt necessary, you'll gain some new perspectives on what the current issues (and gossip) in the law are. 

However, with ATL, as with TLS and most LSAT and application resources, I think you have to also stay mindful of the fact that a belief considered orthodox on one corner of the internet is not the only valid belief. It's pretty easy to fall into particular echo chambers online and have your thoughts replaced with their thoughts; you always have to be careful to do your own processing and make your own decisions.