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    Design Your Law School Schedule to Better Prepare Yourself for Practice

    Recently the Lexis Hub posted this article about ways some law schools are changing the curriculum to adapt to demands of the legal industry. If you are attending one of the schools that is building practical legal skills into the course offerings, be...

    Law School Applicant Numbers Drop Again

    The Law School Admissions Council is reporting a 13.6% drop in applications to law school over last year at this time. The largest percentage change was a reduction of 17.3% is in the northeast region. Although the 2012 application cycle is not over yet...

    Stanford Edges out Harvard in Latest US News Law School Rankings

    No change at the top, Yale continues to hold the honor that Law School has clung to for more than 20 years. This year, Stanford jumps to the number two position, pushing Harvard to third. The rest of the Top 10 according to the U.S. News Rankings: ...

    Time to Downsize Law Schools

    Law schools have weathered a tumultuous decade. The feel-good train of abundant jobs and high-paying salaries came to a screeching halt with the 2008 recession, and law schools have had to defend against growing discontent ever since. Mainstream media...

    Do Employment Conditions Really Justify the Need for Another Law School?

    If you're considering law school, you just might be in luck. The second best law school in the country, that is, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, has announced plans to expand their already mammoth educational operations to a new Riverview, Florida campus...

    Law Schools Help the Wealthy According to Law Prof.

    In older times, faced with the choice of attending Harvard Law School at full price or Duke on scholarship for half the price, the choice was that there was no choice at all. In the credential-obsessed legal world, Harvard would open more and pricier...

    Did Some Law Schools Actually Shrink Enrollment?

    Legal jobs vanished. Fewer people applied to law schools. Some schools cut enrollment . There are too many lawyers . For the JD-curious, Zac Bissonette repeats what can always use repeating: My advice to would-be law students is this: Don't...

    Greater Implications of a Conformist, Competitive Law School Culture

    Law school is hardly a happy place. Spending long hours holed up in your room memorizing case law and preparing for notoriously difficult exams while living in constant fear of being humiliated by your professors doesn't exactly make for an enjoyable...

    Look Before you Leap into Law School

    Why Undergraduates Blindly Follow the Law School Dream For many undergraduates, law school represents the path to an ideal future. Some tout noble social justice causes as their reason for applying to law school while others seek a comfortable lifestyle...

    US News Will Likely Include New ABA Law School Reporting Requirements into Rankings

    All of the noise on law school transparency has begun to ignite change: the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recently issued a conditional approval of new reporting requirements for law schools, and U.S. News & World...

    Considerations for Prospective Law School Applicants

    More than a year before their desired enrollment date, many prospective law students begin preparing for the admissions process. Various factors drive an applicant's initial decision to apply, including hopes for a steady job, the desire for respect...

    One Step in the Right Direction for Law Schools

    For years, law school graduates lamented the skewed economics of the legal profession. As new law schools opened their doors at a breakneck pace and existing schools increased their class sizes with abandon, the supply of fresh JDs far outpaced the demand...

    Optimism and Confirmation Bias in Law School Applicants

    While the principle of social proof encourages large numbers of individuals to apply to law school in a bad economy, other psychological processes are also at work. Why did the number of law school enrollees continue to increase over the past few years...

    Betting on Law School Becomes a Risky Play

    A recent New York Times article brings readers into the life of Michael Wallerstein, a Thomas Jefferson Law School graduate with $250,000 in debt. Now, he can only find an occasional job as a legal temp, earning as little as $10 an hour with no benefits...

    Building a Better Legal Profession Campus Tour

    The last stop on our Building a Better Legal Profession campus tour was NYU School of Law. I had heard that NYU law students tend to be more public interest focused so I was unsure what to expect, since BBLP focuses on creating transparency within law...

    Law School Campus Tour

    The next stop on the Building a Better Legal Profession recent Northeast campus tour was Yale Law School. YLS was a smaller crowd (due to the smaller overall size of the school) and a little less interactive. I had a few questions from the audience, and...

    Campus Outreach: Questions from Minority Students

    Our campus outreach tour began at Harvard Law School. One question in particular that was asked at HLS helped illustrate the importance of BBLP. The question was why wouldn't minority students want to go to law firms where they are "the only...

    Choosing the Right Law Firm: Campus Tour

    Building a Better Legal Profession is a national grassroots movement that seeks market-based workplace reforms in large private law firms. By publicizing firms' self-reported data on billable hours, pro bono participation, and demographic diversity...

    What Law Schools do to Attract Students: Then and Now

    Come to Yale Law School. Our Vacation Package Can't be Beat! Time was, back in the late 1800s, schools were desperate for students. Like Kaplan University-desperate. The Times dug up some century-old ads elite schools placed in the paper's...

    Creative Solutions Needed for Law School Viability

    Stop Resisting and Get Creative Geez, law schools, people are really ticked off at you lately. You must be popping Tums like crazy with all of this scrutiny of your transparency , your alumni's unemployment and the preparedness of your students...

    Is the LSAT a Good Indicator of Law School Success?

    Under the most recent drafts of the American Bar Association's accreditation standards, the LSAT would no longer be required for law school admissions. One Connecticut attorney is wondering what the LSAT is good for anyway. Amy F. Goodusky, Counsel...

    Law School Applications Decrease Dramatically this Year

    We had our first hints in January that Law School was no longer the place of choice to "hang out" while the recession runs its course, as noted in this post: Fewer People Applying to, Riding out Recession in Law School . The Wall Street Journal...

    Law School Rankings Makeover

    'U.S. News' Best Law Schools: Now with More Ranking and Improved Job Data That publication that ranks things has released its latest ranking of law schools. Yale, Harvard, Stanford ... you know the list. It's always the same schools occupying...

    Law School Class Size Reductions

    If you stop building it, they'll stop coming. The legal field is more like a nightmarish children-of-the-corn field at the moment, not a field of dreams. So take a cue from two New York law schools that are decreasing their incoming class sizes rather...

    Your Law School Investment by the Numbers

    Herwig Schlunk, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, agrees that many of these changes are likely permanent. "There is no reason to believe that the currently-experienced changes in the legal market for freshly-minted law school graduates...