Resource Round-Up: May 9th

Resources! Resources! Get 'em while they're hot! Now on Mondays!

The Short Read

A few weeks back, The New Yorker published Madness, a difficult, gripping read on the abuse of mentally ill prisoners in Florida. It's a narrative that will both expand your empathy and provide another perspective on how far the criminal justice system still has to come. 

Also, if you aren't getting the Opening Statement newsletter from the Marshall Project, now's the time to sign up. You'll get a hit of top-notch, public interest reporting on the law and criminal justice, every morning. 

the long read

Last Friday, I got on a plane to visit family, and began reading The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs, and didn't put it down throughout my hours of layovers and plane time. Hobbs tells the story of his Yale roommate Robert Peace, a brilliant man who struggled to define himself throughout his tough Newark upbringing and was tragically murdered at 30 due to his involvement in the drug trade. It will break your heart, but it's a must-read. 

The endorsement

Exercise! No, seriously - don't forget to take seriously good care of yourself as you prepare for the test, especially now that we're exactly one month out. This entails getting enough sleep, getting the right nutrition, and staying active - your mind will thank you as much as your body. 

The endangerment

Listening to too many recommendations about how to prepare for the LSAT can be a real drag on your enthusiasm and performance on the test. The only thing that matters on your test-prep journey is finding what works for you. If you've found it, and you're seeing good gains in your score, keep at it. If you're still not sure what works, keep looking - but don't sacrifice what works for you just because it's not what your friend or someone online (like me) recommends. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again - you have to run your own race. Keep running.