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...

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 since they obviously love to argue, in order to supplement...

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 the 2010 Law School Survey of Student Engagement...

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 because they had no where else to go, and law firms...

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 than building them up. This year, Albany Law...

Best Law Schools According to Recruiters

Law firm recruiters favor Harvard Law grads over all other law school grads-even Yale-at least when making intuitive judgments based on the sole criterion of an institution's academic reputation. U.S. News has for the first time released a ranking of law schools based on the opinions of hiring...

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 is now reporting that law school is losing its...

New Vault.com Tool Allows Law Students to Learn about Top Law Schools when Narrowing Choices

New York, NY, (May 3, 2011) Vault.com, the source for university ratings, rankings and reconnaissance, has unveiled two new and valuable services - Vault Honors Academy and My Admission Priorities (M.A.P) - to support students as they make among the most important decisions of their lives - choosing...

Summer Associate and New Lawyer Advice from Around the Web

A few posts around the web today on advice for law students heading into summer jobs. Most of it is applicable to new lawyers as well. Excerpts below: Prawfsblog : Getting an Assignment Always have a pad and pen. When given an assignment ask questions. Better to ask even the dumbest question...

Graduate Sues Law School Alleging Misrepresentation

The push for more transparency from law schools has been more like a shove lately, with various media and organizations calling for clearer employment and salary data. But one law grad is taking it a step further: to the courts. Anna Alaburda, a 2008 graduate from the Thomas Jefferson School of 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. Despite giving up a $60,000-per-year research...

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 for new attorneys. But a few law schools have...

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, long-established dreams of becoming a lawyer,...

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 and stable income, proving that the American...

Juggling a Family and a Legal Career

I was recently asked this question by a reader: I see that you had a baby during law school. Other than the tips from the post about outside time commitments, any advice for an upcoming 1L with two tots and a wife? I was going to reply privately, but decided to post my response so others...

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 or enriching experience. Yet tens of thousands...

Hidden Culprit Behind Law School Tuition Rates

It's easy to pick on law schools for imposing exorbitant tuition fees and driving its students into a lifetime of non-dischargeable debt. Law schools pay their professors cushy salaries, fill their lecture halls with obscenely expensive chairs, and always seem to be in some state of renovation or...

A Degree of Practical Wisdom: Law School by the Numbers

As part of my ongoing lament on law schools and the challenges of training good, affordable lawyers for human-owned business , I offered my own story as an example of a financially sensible approach to buying a legal education. My starting salary as a lawyer was about twice my student loan balance, which...

Practical Legal Education: Things I Did and Did Not Learn in Law School

With all this talk about whether law schools are teaching the right things , I've been reflecting on what I did, and didn't, learn in law school. Suffice it to say, the exploration is a bit disturbing. Things I Learned in Law School: How to nitpick over stuff that basically doesn't...

Michigan Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Accusing Law School Of Giving False Statistics

A Michigan federal judge on July 20 dismissed a class complaint accusing Thomas M. Cooley Law School of misrepresenting its graduates' employment statistics to entice new students to enroll and then saddling them with tens of thousands of dollars in debt (John T. MacDonald Jr., et al. v. Thomas M...

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 sure to take full advantage of these opportunities...

Five Important but Non-Obvious Things to do When You Start Law School

There's a ton of (virtual) ink being spilled these days over what to do as a new law student. Everything from "buy all your books and read ahead" to "hire a tutor to explain the Rule Against Perpetuities." (I only wish I was making that last one up. For the record, don't do...

Four Common Reasons for Disappointing 1L Grades and How to Fix Them

As law school classes start back up again, many of you are trying to come to terms with your disappointing 1L grades. People tend to take one of two approaches when the first year didn't go so well. Most students just accept the status quo, decide they're lousy law students, and quit trying...

How Much Time Should You Spend Preparing for Class as a 1L?

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about a common 1L concern: How much time should you spend getting ready for class? It's going to vary a bit, of course, depending on how much reading your professor assigns in each class, but we can come up with some reasonable guidelines, I think...

Re-evaluating a Legal Career

The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ , only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of those graduates held full-time, long-term jobs at...