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    • 5 Aug 2012

    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. While it is good--and the standard in legal education--to learn the history and theory behind the law and the art of...
    • 13 Apr 2012

    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, the LSAC notes that 91% of applicants had applied by March 30 th last year. Are prospective students turning away from the high cost of a legal education, or is...
    • 18 Mar 2012

    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: 4) Columbia University 5) University of Chicago 6) NYU 7) (Tie) University of California, Berkeley University of Pennsylvania University of Virginia 10...
    • 10 Sep 2011

    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 rants, and there has been no shortage of news stories disparaging law school economics over the past few months. ...
    • 12 Aug 2011

    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. When the new Riverview campus opens for business in 2012, Cooley will be able to add up to 700 - that's right, seven hundred - more students to the growing Cooley...
    • 20 Jul 2011

    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 and arguably better doors than Duke. Even for people of limited-to-modest means, the choice was simple, because tuition was affordable, and if it wasn't, debts were easily...
    • 6 Jul 2011

    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 think that law school is a guarantee of anything, and only consider going if the career you are passionate about involves being a lawyer. Keep your ego out of it, and...
    • 30 Jun 2011

    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 of students sign up for this ordeal every year, and law schools can barely keep up with the demand. In fact, law schools...
    • 22 Jun 2011

    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 dream is still very much alive. With these bright possibilities in mind, undergraduates flock to the gateway of promised...
    • 21 Jun 2011

    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 Report has indicated that it will likely change its rankings methodology in response. A proposal for enhanced reporting on employment statistics was set forth by Art Gaudio...
    • 19 Jun 2011

    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, or even the lack of other options. Once an applicant makes this initial decision to apply, the desire to remain consistent...
    • 18 Jun 2011

    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 taken it upon themselves to curb this runaway supply to better fit the muted demand of a profession still recovering from...
    • 10 Jun 2011

    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 of jobs? Optimism bias helps explain why so many enter law school every year despite dismal future prospects. This phenomenon...
    • 4 Jun 2011

    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 position to go to law school, he believes he made the right choice. David Segal suggests in "Is Law School a Losing...
    • 26 Apr 2011

    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 firms. Would students be interested because BBLP helps them merge their desire to "do good" with an at times competing desire to "do well" or would they...
    • 24 Apr 2011

    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 everyone seemed glad to have heard the presentation, but when I tossed out some of the more controversial ideas like the fact that BBLP gives a firm in NYC an A for its...
    • 22 Apr 2011

    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 one" and thus more "valued" and more likely to be retained. I can understand where this sentiment comes from, but believe strongly that it is misplaced. When...
    • 8 Apr 2011

    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, we draw attention to the differences between these employers. We encourage those choosing between firms - students deciding who to work for after graduation, corporate...
    • 5 Apr 2011

    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 was once a buyer's bazaar for qualified students." Even Columbia, Harvard and Yale's law schools were on...
    • 5 Apr 2011

    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 for real practice. I'm guessing you don't want to keep adding to the list of critiques, so, as I've said before , I think it's time to start brainstorming...
    • 23 Mar 2011

    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 test "bears no relation whatsoever to the talents one is called upon to display during or after law school."...
    • 17 Mar 2011

    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 allure, because student applications are down sharply. The reason, the Journal claims, is that college seniors are "growing...
    • 17 Mar 2011

    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 the top spots, except, oh, hey there University of Texas-Austin. Welcome to the top 14. Other than UT-Austin cracking the list of exalted 14 (without displacing...
    • 4 Mar 2011

    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 and Touro Law will each reduce their 1L classes by ten students. With the percentage of law school applications down for...
    • 24 Jan 2011

    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 are temporary." [1] Permanent changes would mean "all future crops [of law students] will need to ratchet down their expectations not only with respect to...