Emphasis on LSAT Scores Creates Controversy with Law Professors

A group of law professors would like to see LSAT scores receive less emphasis in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the nation's law schools. According to the Legal Intelligencer, the Society of American Law Teachers, SALT, is asking law schools not to provide US News with data about...

Law Students & Attorneys Are Angry . . . And They Should Be

A lawyer sits in a restaurant, serene and resigned to the financial disaster that has become his life. Parts of his story are familiar: big dreams of success dashed by bleak career prospects and mountainous debt. But his story is also foreign and frustrating: a tale of an individual who took out massive...

Fewer People Applying to, Riding out Recession in Law School

Less people are applying to law schools. There have been 12.2 percent fewer applications submitted this year than last, as of Jan 14. Probably another sign of recovery, that people aren't wanting so much to ride out the recession in grad school, but also a sign of growing disenchantment with law...

More Pressure on Law Schools to Provide Realistic Employment Data

Most products try to spin the statistics and details in the most favorable light in order to get your business. Many Law Schools are being accused of manipulating salary information to provide a more favorable employment picture, which means the way graduate employment figures have been reported recently...

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 at O'Brien, Tanski & Young, believes the...

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 classifieds, and they show an era when "college...

Benefits of a "Gap Year"

Waiting for Law School Nearing the end of your college career and got your eyes fixed on law school ? Maybe you should take a cue from Yale Law-the reigning U.S. News' number one law school-and chill for a few years (or more) before plunging into law school. The majority of law students at Yale...

Law School Applications Drop as Employment Options Improve

When the nation's top ranked law school reports a double-digit drop in law school applications, some view it as a positive sign for the economy. The Yale Daily News reports that applications were down 16.5% over last year (from 3,797 in 2010 to 3,172 this year.) The decline in applications is part...

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, even while large law firms eliminated thousands...

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 outlets picked up on these scam-bloggers' online...