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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...

October or December LSAT?!?

Q:  I’m signed up to take the October LSAT, but I’m not feeling ready.  I don’t think I would do as well as if I took it in December.  Will it really hurt my chances of getting into law school if I don’t...

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...

Decisions, deadlines and “Good Admission Practices”

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has long had a Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices that seeks to guide law schools.  They are not enforceable or binding rules, but merely “principles” designed to “improve the admission and financial aid processes in law schools and to promote...

Gaming the rankings

Every year, law school applicants spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about US News & World Report’s law school rankings. The Pre-Law website discusses generally why you shouldn’t care about the rankings.  This summer, the New York Times published an article giving a new set of...

What’d I miss? Second half of July 2014

An occasional roundup of all our social media posts, reposts, shares and retweets. (Click on the little logos up there on the top left for all our various virtual hangout locations.) Profiles of Bostonians focusing on their educational debt. Executive power is kind of a big thing these days, what...

Ninth Circuit rules in favor of disabled law grad

In an important case for people with disabilities seeking accommodations on the bar exam, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the National Conference of Bar Examiners (which is responsible for the administering the multi-state portion of the bar exam used in most states) must grant a series...

Are lower ranked schools more innovative than their higher ranked peers?

It seems so, according to this observer.  One of his important points that bears repeating over and over again:  The rankings measure nothing remotely related to innovative or creative legal education methods.  Please keep that in mind as you compile your lists of schools to which you apply.

I’m taking the October LSAT—what should I be doing right now?

1. LSAT prep. These last few weeks are critical, and study and practice for the LSAT must remain your number one priority.  (But don’t forget to taper during that last week—no practice tests after 9/27!)  If you haven’t taken a full-length timed practice test yet, you’re...

Contemplating the February LSAT?

Tomorrow (Jan. 11th) is the deadline for registering for the February 12th LSAT.  If you are considering taking that test, keep a few things in mind. First, if this will be a retake, re-read the general information and cautions about retakes as well as my October post on whether to...

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