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Step away from the rankings

Because they’re bogus. Because they are wildly manipulated by the law schools.   Because they may be destroying legal education.   And because they tell you almost nothing about what you need to know in order to choose a law school that’s right for you.

They say the hardest part is just getting in

And now, apparently, that’s truer than ever. In the last two years, at least 10 law schools have deliberately changed their grading systems to make them more lenient. . . .   But the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy —  is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation,...

UMass Law School?

The idea of creating a public law school in Massachusetts, last seen in 2005, when it was rejected by the state Board of Higher Education, is back.  The current proposal, like the old, involves UMass-Dartmouth taking over the unaccredited Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), also in Dartmouth.  Accordingly, despite...

The Wisdom of 1L: Early law school lessons from an alum

Lilian Chukwurah graduated with a degree in Legal Studies from UMass last May.  She’s now a first year (1L) at New England Law | Boston. She has a few tips for those of you contemplating law school.  If you have more questions, feel free to email Lilian. ...

New website and resources on diversity in legal education

...or the lack thereof.  The Society of American Law Teachers and the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at Columbia University School of Law have put together a website exploring racial and ethnic diversity in American law schools.  Their central finding: the proportion of African-Americans and Mexican-Americans among law students...

Act like you're being watched.  Because you are.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the annual pre-law advisors’ conference is hearing law school admissions officials share their craziest application stories—personal statements, follow-up emails and other applicant encounters that are so unimaginably outrageous that the panel is titled “You’re Not Going to Believe This.”  The behavior...

Interview with Brian Leiter, law school rankings maven

I won’t hesitate to give you the most important take-away from this interview: Anyone who thinks that “top 14” demarcates a relevant category of law schools has already made a mistake!   ... but it’s worth reading the rest of the interview as well.   Brian Leiter is a professor...

The Future of Legal Education

Excellent, thought provoking article (PDF) from New York Law School Dean Richard Matasar in the New York State Bar Journal. Dean Matasar provides a concise account of the economics of legal education and legal employment currently and into the future.  I strongly recommend it for all who are weighing a...

Huge increase in law school applications

UPDATE August 2012: Please note the date on this blog post—it’s from 2010 and does not describe the current state of admissions. I’m leaving it up because it may be of interest to some of you to know how application volume has fluctuated. As expected, the economy is sending...

Do rankings matter at all?

New article up from preLaw magazine, a publication of the National Jurist.  Good overview of the pluses and minuses of the various rankings systems, especially that of the infamous US News & World Report. (The link opens up a nxtbook reader in your browser.  If you would prefer...

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