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We are pleased to the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/4), Jimmy Yan!

If you are not a part of our Fellowship program but still would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Bio: Jimmy Yan is the General Counsel in the Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. The Manhattan Borough President's Office is an office of approximately 60 staff representing the borough of Manhattan on a wide range of matters in areas of public policy, legislation, land use, economic development, budget, community government and other areas. Jimmy is the first Asian American to serve as the General Counsel to a Borough President. In this role, he advises the Borough President and his staff on all legal issues and matters in the office ranging from policy to operations. His responsibilities also include serving on the Board of Trustees for the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) pension fund where he has led initiatives on Principles for Responsible Investment and Emerging Manager policies. He also sits on the New York City Franchise and Concession Review Committee and the Chinatown Business Improvement District Board. In addition, Jimmy leads the Borough President's Immigrant Rights Task Force and is the liaison to the Asian American community. Prior to the Borough President's Office, Jimmy served as the General Counsel in the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where he worked on legislation and policy promoting language access, domestic workers rights, protecting undocumented immigrants and other issues, and as a Deputy Chief Counsel to the 2003 New York City Charter Revision Commission. Jimmy also worked as a senior attorney at Advocates for Children, where he led the Immigrant Students' Rights Project, as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society and a Law Fellow working on immigration and welfare reform at the Council of Senior Centers and Services. He attended NYU School of Law, the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in English and Ethnic Studies.

Ask Jimmy your questions about public interest law:
If you're curious about Jimmy's experiences in law school or in public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 4th) in the comments section below.

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[Update July 24]
Thanks, Ryan, for a fantastic talk! Thanks, Julian, for being a wonderful moderator!

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[Update July 24]
Thanks, Joy, for an absolutely wonderful talk! Thanks, Dami, for moderating!

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We are pleased to welcome the PreProBono Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (July 21), Joy Wang!

Bio: Joy Wang is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School and is currently working as a public defender in Manhattan with the Legal Aid Society. While in law school, she also held internships with the United Nations on labor rights and human trafficking, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the Asian-American Legal Defense Fund, and the ACLU immigrant rights project. Prior to law school, Joy completed a doctorate from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and taught postcolonial literature at Brooklyn College CUNY.

If you are not a part of our Fellowship program, but still would like to participate, please RSVP here before 5pm on Friday, 7/20.

Alternatively, you can ask Joy your questions about public interest law by submitting your questions (before this Saturday, July 14) in the comments section below.

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In this installment of the PreProBono Diaries, Fellows Jennifer and Michelle reflect on why they decided to become Fellows.

Jennifer Lee, Bio

My road to PreProBono was long and convoluted, just like a typical LSAT question.
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Two weeks ago, we released Sequencing Games with a Twist problem sets as a part of our online course to help students better hone in those LSAT skills. Today, we're happy to announce that every student enrolled in our LSAT Complete and LSAT Premium online courses now has access to the complete set of logic games problems. We sorted them according to the game types: Sequencing Games, Spatial Sequencing Games, Sequencing Games w/a Twist, In/Out Games, In/Out Games w/Sub-Categories, Grouping Games, Grouping Games w/a Chart, In/Outs w/Sequencing Game.

We limited ourselves to pulling these games from LSAT PrepTests 1-35. We don’t want to ruin the newer LSATs for you. Our online course makes you take timed LSAT PrepTests over and over again because that’s the only way to improve your score. As a part of the course, LSAT PrepTests from 36-65 are saved for you to download, print, take as timed LSATs, and review. Also as a part of the course, we have videos lessons that explaining each question from LSAT PrepTests 36-65.

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One of our most popular free tools is the free Virtual 4-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer and 5-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer. Students of our online course use them to take timed practice LSATs on their own. Since they're telling us that it's "useful as hell," "a brilliant idea," "SWEET!!!!!" - we thought we'd share the love. One of our students explains in detail why it's so helpful:

It's a great video for simulating actual testing conditions. It's really important to experience testing with a simulated proctor so you're not thrown off on the test day by a person announcing a five minute warning or by the lack of time between the first three sections. In a test that's as psychological as the LSAT, practicing dealing with those things is critical.

We agree.

You can conveniently download these video files as a small zip file, then play them on your computer. Or you can play them from this page here. Or you can download the app from the Apple App Store onto your iPhone.

4-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer:

5-Section LSAT Proctor and Timer:

You can also use this videos with the PrepTests that are included in our full online LSAT prep courses.

Study hard!

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[Update July 16]
Thanks Kevin, for an inspiring talk! Thanks Sam, for moderating!

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Our students are telling us that they are starting to see logic games videos on YouTube that look like our videos. One student, Emilie Eisold, emailed us saying "Look what [you] did. [You are] inspiring all these others LSAT instructors to be like 7Sage!"


When we first put these videos on YouTube for free over a year ago, we had no idea what would happen. All we knew was that we wanted to make our quality instructional videos accessible to everyone. But, in truth, we didn't know whether people would like our videos, if they'd even watch them, if they would help anyone learn. When you're doing something new, there's a huge chance that you're just plain crazy. We rolled the dice anyway. Continue reading

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You probably noticed that we revamped our commenting system.  Now you can login to comment using Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Disqus.  It takes just a few seconds.  This new system lets you discuss blog posts and lessons almost in real time, and has a ton of handy features like subscribing by email, social integration, and up/down voting of comments.  Most importantly, it is fast and easy.

So you might be thinking, "Okay cool, discussions on 7Sage are easy now.  What does that have to do with improving my LSAT score?"  Well, getting our students better LSAT scores was the exact motivation behind the new commenting system...

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On Monday, the Fellows read and discussed Martin Luther King, Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail. Below is an excerpt from an email we sent to them explaining the rationale behind the assignment:

The reason we ask you to read and discuss this letter is manifold. First, we want to remind you of those values of liberty, equality, and justice for which King gave his life. We want you to cultivate your moral fiber. Second, we want you to understand the power of a sharp intellect combined with effective rhetoric to persuade. Third, we want you to know that you have to be brave and to act to bring the change you want to see in the world. That combination of a strong moral core, a clarity of mind, and the bravery to act makes for a great human being.

It is only fitting that we post this today for today is the day that we celebrate America. We encourage everyone to pay homage to our country by reading and reflecting on King's immortal words which has so poignantly consecrated our founding values.

Happy Fourth of July.

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