On March 31, “The 180,” Kaplan Test Prep’s live, online, unscripted and uncensored legal debate show, will feature a debate between a fierce advocate and a fierce opponent of the legalization of same-sex marriage. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, one of the nation’s strongest opponents of legalizing gay marriage, whose self-stated organizational mission is “to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it,” and Brian Rice, Esq., board of governors, Human Rights Campaign, which describes itself as the nation’s “largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality,” will face off in what’s sure to be an anything-but-dull debate. Is national legalization just a matter of time? What does President Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act mean? Following the debate, Kaplan LSAT experts will give a mathematical analysis showing test takers how and why they can know exactly what to expect on Test Day. The show will air live at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT at http://the180.com. Thursday’s show will be the second in Kaplan Test Prep’s “The 180” series (for non-legal viewers, 180 represents a perfect LSAT score, in addition to its geometric meaning), which debuted February 24 on computer screens everywhere. On each show, which airs at 9:00 PM EDT on the last Thursday of every month, participants can watch experts go head-to-head on today’s most controversial legal topics, in a gloves-off debate. Then they can watch additional lively segments on the law school admissions process, including preparing for the LSAT and how to put together a strong law school application. Viewers have the opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion throughout each show. After each program, viewers can submit video responses to a just-discussed issue and win valuable prizes, including cash, Black’s Law Dictionaries and much-coveted "180" t-shirts.
“‘The 180’” gives today’s pre-law students divergent viewpoints on current headlines and topics being debated in dorm rooms, courtrooms and state legislatures across the country, from a legal perspective,” said Howard Bell, executive director, pre-law programs, Kaplan Test Prep. “We know that today’s aspiring lawyers are opinionated, passionate and eager to be a part of the discussion. ‘The 180’ provides them with a forum to learn and also air their own views on topics that will likely still be debated when they become lawyers in a few years.”The first show focused on Four Loko, the recently banned “energy” drink, and debated whether the FDA was right to prohibit the sale of the beverage or if it was a step too far. Experts also discussed hot topics in the law school admissions process, including whether now is the right time to apply to law school, given the highly competitive legal jobs market. Highlights from that rip-roaring debate between Glen Stohr, a Kaplan LSAT expert, and Elie Mystal, editor of Above the Law, a leading online blog that covers the most interesting issues and personalities in the legal industry, can be viewed at http://the180.com. Kaplan experts then delved into what’s in store for the LSAT this year. Given the big changes ahead for other graduate-level admissions exams like the GRE in 2011 and GMAT in 2012, are big changes for the LSAT right around the corner? Kaplan experts say LSAT takers can expect little if anything to change for the near future. To register for Kaplan Test Prep’s live legal talk show, “The 180,” and view previous broadcasts of the show, visit http://the180.com. About Kaplan Test Prep Kaplan Test Prep ( www.kaptest.com), a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as English language and professional licensing exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services. Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO)