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The waaaaiiiiting is the hardest part

Until there’s a better waiting song, I’m sticking with Tom Petty to make my point.  Except we should change up the lyrics a bit: the wait list is the hardest part. You can find my basic advice for what to do when you find yourself on a wait...

Tuition goes up while job availability goes down

And yet people keep fooling themselves into believing that a brand name diploma is worth the cost.  It’s not, of course. But you are a UMass student or alum: you’re way too smart to buy that marketing ploy line of reasoning.  You know that when it comes to...

February LSAT: To take or not to take?

That is the question.  The deadline to sign up is this Thursday, January 10th. So what do you need to consider in order to make a reasoned decision about whether to take the February 12th LSAT? First, if this would be a retake for you, all the usual concerns...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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