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Should you apply via binding early decision?

Taken from an email exchange with an advisee: Early Decision (ED) is mostly a way for students to know well in advance what the application outcome is at their first choice school, and for schools to manage their enrollment.  At most schools, it’s not clear that it gives...

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...

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.

The Boston Globe and New England Law

Today the Boston Globe published a lengthy article critical of New England Law / Boston, a school that has traditionally been very popular with UMass students and alums. The article focuses primarily on the Dean’s salary but then goes on to make a number of claims about the school’s...

What’s it worth to ya?

So there’s this raging debate in law world now about the value of a law degree.  Some law profs are arguing that it’s a million dollar degree.  Others are taking issue with that claim. Who’s right, who’s wrong, and what does it mean for...

The Future of Lawyer Hiring, Development and Advancement

NALP (formerly the National Association for Law Placement—the leading research and professional resource on law careers) is convening a series of roundtables to discuss a number of aspects of the future of lawyer training and job development.  Each panel is made up of law professors, law school deans, hiring...

Reputation surveys in the US News rankings

Turns out that only about 646 academics, lawyers and judges determine 40% of each law school’s rank in US News (the reputation portion).  And only about 120 of those are actual lawyers.  Just to repeat: that means that 40% of a school’s rank is determined by just a handful of lawyers and...

It just gets uglier

From today’s New York Times, Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools. This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years. There’...

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...

LSAT: Retake or no?

You’ve just received your June LSAT score, and it’s not what you’d hoped.   What’s next for you — a retake  in October or December, applying with the June score, or putting off law school for another year? To seriously answer the question of whether you should retake...

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