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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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: ...

    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...

    Too Many Law Schools, Not Enough Law Jobs

    Though there are fewer jobs for attorneys and still fewer jobs that pay well, law school is more popular than ever as a career choice. Many choose to matriculate based on their love of Law and Order , because their parents told them they should attend...

    Law School Student Debt Crisis

    The problem of new graduate joblessness is even worse considering the amount of debt most students have upon graduation, clearly caused by the rapidly increasing law school tuition. In just the last ten years, from 1998 to 2008, tuition at public law...

    Playing the Law School Rankings Game

    Schools continue to do all they can to compete with other law schools, increase their rankings, and attract the best students they can get. Though most admissions offices concede that the debt is significant, they focus students' attention on the...

    The Economy Continues to Take Its Toll on Jobs for New Law Grads

    Regardless of the impressive statistics that law schools may report, there are now fewer jobs than ever available for attorneys, particularly for new graduates of law school, with the deficit between graduates and jobs estimated at 15,000 each year. ...

    Business Ethics and Term Paper Mills

    Having someone else write you college term paper is cheating. There is no ethical debate. If you use one of these services you are passing off another person's work as your own. Since I was in college and law school before the rise of the internet...

    Legal Careers Changed for Good, not Better

    Students who receive jobs and actually begin work are still not safe. In the past, large firms saw high rates of attrition as young associates decided the high salary was not worth the long hours, but as hiring froze, no lawyers voluntarily left firms...

    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...

    Law Schools Struggle to Prepare Students Professionally

    Chances are, law students who interact with faculty will be better prepared for professional life, says a new survey on student engagement. The problem is that the professors aren't availing themselves to students as much as they should be. From...