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A four hour drive from Manhattan and an hour after losing reception, we saw a sign that informed us “Pavement Ends.” In the car, Amanda, Edison and I looked at each other, trying to understand what was happening when the prophecy came to pass that the pavement ended. A few minutes later, we found the lodge we would be staying in for the next four days. It was a quaint rustic thing nestled in the Adirondacks that looked equal parts family comedy and horror.

Thankfully, it would turn out to be the former for the PreProBono retreat.

The LodgeThough with Jerone’s laughter echoing through the halls, it could have gone either way.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/11), Cynthia Carlson!

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

Bio: After graduating George Mason University with honors, Cynthia left her southern roots for the much snowier New York. Cynthia attended Pace University School of Law. During her studies, she worked at Freshfields, Bruckhaus, and Deringer in Vienna, Austria, before leaving the private sector to enjoy the public interest field. After interning at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, she began working in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.

Ask Cynthia your questions about public interest law:
If you're curious about Cynthia's experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 11th) in the comments below.

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We are excited to announce the winners of the LSAT Discussion Competition for July!

The winners are:

  • Gold Medal: Amanda Weingarten ($50 Amazon gift certificate)
  • Silver Medal: Dami Animashaun ($20 Amazon gift certificate)
  • Bronze Medal: Monsura Sirajee ($10 Amazon gift certificate)
  • Bronze Medal: Mayha Ghouri ($10 Amazon gift certificate)
  • Bronze Medal: Justin Giles ($10 Amazon gift certificate)

We had gold, silver, and bronze medals made for the winners. They looked just like the picture above, but they were stolen by London to use in their "Olympic Games". I heard there isn't even a Logic Games event. Lame.

Congratulations to our winners! Don't forget to add to the discussion as you go through the course - learn by talking it out. Ask questions if you don't understand something. Answer questions and demonstrate your understanding. Remember what Aristotle said:

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

If you are logged into 7Sage, even with the free trial, you can comment using your 7Sage account. You no longer need to login to our commenting system separately!

Didn't win this time? Get ready for round 2! Make the most (non-spam) comments in August and win an Amazon gift certificate. Be a winner.

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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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Logic Games Explanations for the most recent LSAT PrepTest 66 from June 2012 is now available! Like all our other logic games explanations, these are available for free.

Game 1, Section 3, Questions 1-5 is about a chemistry class with six lab sessions over 3 days - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - in the morning and afternoon led by lab assistants Julio, Kevin, Lan, Nessa, Olivia, or Rebecca. Watch the video explanation below!

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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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