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Legal careers: what to believe?

An unprecedented amount of attention is being paid to the job prospects and salaries for new attorneys, changes in the legal profession, and changes in legal education.  Much of it offers a bleak assessment of the job market for newly minted attorneys, and an even dimmer view of the cost-benefit...

Just how many law grads become lawyers?

The primary purpose of law school is to train lawyers—that seems to make sense.  But recent data indicate that a surprising number of law school graduates do not end up practicing law straight out of school.  Prof. Brian Tamanaha, who writes frequently about legal education, portrays these...

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...

And now for something completely different

Well, not so much.  Another view of just how big impact an impact the economy is having on Law World.  Only this one encourages (hopes for?) a phoenix to rise from the ashes. The silver lining, if there is one, is that the legal world may be inspired to draw...

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...

Law school’s value proposition

The debate about whether law school is a worthwhile investment got some renewed mainstream media interest this past week when the New York Times published an op-ed from Case Western Reserve Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell.  In short, Mitchell contends that law school is worth the money. Several commentators...

Big Law Firm Practice: Disappointments for Women (and Men)

The following article was in the NY Times on Sunday, March 19, 2006:Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top of Big Law Firms?By TIMOTHY L. O’BRIENHUNDREDS of feet above Manhattan, the reception area of Proskauer Rose’s headquarters boasts all of the muscular, streamlined ornamentation that symbolizes authority...

Lawyer-alumni career panel: Law outside the courtroom

Friday, April 21st at noonSOM 210The low-down on transactional practice—what is that other thing lawyers do besides litigate? Two practicing attorneys (and UMass alums) and SOM Prof. Jennifer Taub will talk about their work and career paths, and answer your questions. Featuring:Daniel Pierce, Duane Morris, UMass ‘95 (Political Science),...

Legal employment and its discontents - UPDATE 8-19

Another recent article on legal employment (or the lack thereof) and who’s to blame. The bottom line, from my perspective: before you invest $100,000+ in law school, make darn sure it’s worth it to you, given your current circumstances and your specific aspirations for legal practice.  Research, research, research. ...

Easy money

It’s scholarship season at UMass, and there are at least three reasons I can think of off the top of my head that you should apply for every scholarship that comes around while you’re here. First, it’s easy money. Whether it’s $500 or $5000, it’s a bite ...

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