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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.

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Law School Application Tip of the Week: Choose recommenders carefully

When you meet with your professor, internship supervisor or boss to ask for that recommendation, make it easy for them to say “No.” According to a new survey of law school admissions officials conducted by Kaplan, fully 87% said that they had received negative letters of recommendation for applicants.  This should...

What exactly do the US News rankings measure?

Let me be frank: If you can’t answer this question, then you have no business relying on the rankings.  Once you do answer the question, you’ll realize you have no business relying on the rankings. With a little research, you’ll find that US News’ methodology has...

LSAT prep materials available at Du Bois Library

Thanks to the generous donation from alum Josh Burday—a law student at the University of Chicago—the W.E.B. Du Bois library now has an extensive collection of LSAT prep materials available for review.  The collection includes various prep manuals, as well as over 60 full-length practice tests....

Not the end of the world

Perhaps something like this has crossed your mind in the last 48 hours or so: “Omigod, there’s no way I’m gonna get my applications in by Thanksgiving like the pre-law advisor told me to, and now I’ll never get into law school, and my life is ruined, and...

Random LOR tips

Recently asked and answered on the pre-law advisors listserv: Q: Is it possible to edit a current recommender’s contact info [on the LSAC website], or do I need to recreate them?  I can’t seem to update this information any longer after generating the form. A: (from LSAC) Applicants...

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