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Anti-Law School Blogger Reveals Identity, Calls for Reform

You may have heard about the law school graduate and blogger who wrote under the name, "Law is 4 Losers." He created a stir by accusing law school administrators of being greedy charlatans and blasting the schools for tricking students into six figure debt in order to attempt to join the legal...

Career Resources For Attorneys From The Lexis Hub

The Lexis Hub keeps you updated on hiring trends in the legal profession. Finally, there is some good news on the job front for lawyers. One of the first signs of a rebound comes from encouraging reports about future hiring. Following drastic cuts in associate hiring programs over the last several...

Your Law Firm Wish List During the Job Hunt

We've spent a lot of time talking about Law School Rankings and how those might need to be updated to better reflect schools' actual placement success. The other rankings that some of you may be looking at now include the various Law Firm Rankings. We include them in many forms on the Lexis Hub...

Can Your Career AFFORD a Law Degree?

ABA President Stephen N. Zack recently told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that law schools must do a better job of providing accurate information about the salary each school's graduates can realistically expect to make once they begin practicing law. The ABA Journal reports $60,000 a year as the...

The Future of Law Schools: Will there be Fewer?

The value of a law school education has been taking a hit ever since the economy forced "contraction at the top of the salary scale (which) pushed a substantial number of highly competitive entry-level job candidates down the scale." This, according to Law professors Bernard Burk of Stanford...

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...

Exploring Alternative Legal Career Opportunities

I wrote a post in response to David Segal's New York Times article Is Law School a Losing Game? In that post, I urged law schools to branch out and provide students with resources for alternative legal careers . I've received some feedback that there are no jobs in any legal sectors, and even...

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...

Recession’s Grip Loosening for Many Law Firms

Finally, a very positive indicator for the legal business-demand for legal services is increasing. According to the Wall Street Journal Law blog , demand increased in the 4 th quarter of 2010--a sign not seen in the profession in over two years. The Journal cites a report by Hildebrand Baker Robbins...

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...

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...

How to find an extra 1,000 hours a year

I have a confession to make. I'm an information junkie. All my life I've been a voracious consumer of books, magazines and newspapers. From burying my nose in novels as a child, through reading 3-4 books a week when commuting as a lawyer, to teaching myself to speed-read early in...

Secrets of Sucessful Attorneys

Successful lawyers tend to work long hours and are focused and passionate about what they do. But the billable hour is only a method of accounting; it is not the reason for working long hours . Our success motivation as lawyers comes from loving what we do, from wanting to help people and from needing...

Tech Picks Up Where Recession Left Off — Costing Legal Jobs

The term "BigLaw," used to describe the top global law firms, has become part of our profession's language. And until very recently, these behemoths appeared to be unstoppable both in terms of their growth and the wealth that they generated for their partners. But the Great Recession...