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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...

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...

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...

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...

Choosing law schools: prestige and the bursting of the BigLaw bubble

Excellent article from Prof. William Henderson of the Indiana University School of Law, analyzing the potential impact of the financial crisis (and its attendant effects on the large law firms) on the relative marketability of different law schools’ grads. Most large law firms are very sensitive to pedigree, though you...

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.

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...

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...

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association’s Fund for Legal Education sponsors the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund.  This is a scholarship intended to encourage racial and ethnic minorities to apply to law school, and awards $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each recipient.  Additional information and the application can be found...

Huge increase in law school applications

UPDATE August 2012: Please note the date on this blog post—it’s from 2010 and does not describe the current state of admissions. I’m leaving it up because it may be of interest to some of you to know how application volume has fluctuated. As expected, the economy is sending...

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