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And so it begins….

The New York Times reports: You know things are bad when even lawyers are getting laid off. In downturns of years past, law firms exploited corporate failures and bitter, protracted lawsuits to keep busy and keep billing. But in this still-unfolding crisis, the embittered and the bankrupt have been relatively...

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...

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,...

The job market for lawyers: what's the future?

It’s so hard to know the job market for lawyers will be like in the next few years.  The economic downturn has thrown most sectors into turmoil, and it’s anybody’s guess what will happen in LawWorld.  The received wisdom is that lawyers do well in bad times...

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...

"I'm a self-starter and a real people person!"

It’s the top cliché of job interviews everywhere (right up there with “I think my only real weakness is that I’m a perfectionist”), but it’s also what it takes to be successful as a lawyer.  That’s always been the case, but all the more so these...

Summer and fall law firm internships

This just in from local law firm Dunn & Phillips: The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips Amherst is currently accepting applicants for both summer and fall positions in our firm. We have 2 opportunities for internships, one as a Legal Intern, and one as a Marketing Intern. Descriptions of the...

You don’t need to commit just yet

If you’re like most applicants, you are unaware that LSAC recommends law schools adhere to certain “best practices” in the admissions process. Even though they’re not binding, the guidelines set out what you should generally expect from admissions officials as you navigate this process. At this time of...

The future of the legal job market

Prof. Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School is one of the foremost observers and commentators on law schools.  His blog is worth following for a number of reasons, but this post in particular speculates on the future of the big law firm world.  In the comments, you’...

Legal employment and its discontents - UPDATE 8-19

Another recent article on legal employment (or the lack thereof) and who’s to blame. The bottom line, from my perspective: before you invest $100,000+ in law school, make darn sure it’s worth it to you, given your current circumstances and your specific aspirations for legal practice.  Research, research, research. ...

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