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Legal careers: what to believe?

An unprecedented amount of attention is being paid to the job prospects and salaries for new attorneys, changes in the legal profession, and changes in legal education.  Much of it offers a bleak assessment of the job market for newly minted attorneys, and an even dimmer view of the cost-benefit...

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...

“Worst job market yet”

That’s the headline for the latest legal employment report from NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. Reporting on the Class of 2011’s employment 9 months after graduation (February 2012), NALP found that Only 85.6% of graduates (for whom employment status was known) were employed Only 65.4% (of those for whom the employment...

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...

New law school employment data index

The good folks at Law School Transparency (LST) have published a new index of law schools evaluating their transparency with regard to their employment numbers.  LST staff reviewed the websites of every ABA-approved law school during the first week in January 2012, and evaluated how forthcoming each school is with...

Why I’m happy UMass Law got accredited

If you’ve followed this blog, read even a little of my website, or just seen a few of the depressing articles I’ve linked to on Facebook, you know I’m not an uncritical booster of law school and legal careers in general.  In fact, I’m pretty...

Just how many law grads become lawyers?

The primary purpose of law school is to train lawyers—that seems to make sense.  But recent data indicate that a surprising number of law school graduates do not end up practicing law straight out of school.  Prof. Brian Tamanaha, who writes frequently about legal education, portrays these...

The Coming Crash in Legal Education

That’s the title of a new article from University of Baltimore Law Professor Richard Bourne, detailing the long slow train wreck that the combination of the rising costs of legal education and the stagnant-to-receding market for legal jobs has engendered.  Like any train wreck, it’s not a...

Big Law Firm Practice: Disappointments for Women (and Men)

The following article was in the NY Times on Sunday, March 19, 2006:Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top of Big Law Firms?By TIMOTHY L. O’BRIENHUNDREDS of feet above Manhattan, the reception area of Proskauer Rose’s headquarters boasts all of the muscular, streamlined ornamentation that symbolizes authority...

Another reality check on legal careers

This article from Ari Kaplan, published in the National Law Journal, doesn’t just analyze why so many people go to law school without thoroughly researching their choice (especially the financial impacts).  He goes further to examine some of the traits of the truly successful lawyers—and it has nothing...

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