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The future of the legal job market

Prof. Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School is one of the foremost observers and commentators on law schools.  His blog is worth following for a number of reasons, but this post in particular speculates on the future of the big law firm world.  In the comments, you’...

Why I’m happy UMass Law got accredited

If you’ve followed this blog, read even a little of my website, or just seen a few of the depressing articles I’ve linked to on Facebook, you know I’m not an uncritical booster of law school and legal careers in general.  In fact, I’m pretty...

It just gets uglier

From today’s New York Times, Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools. This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years. There’...

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...

"I'm a self-starter and a real people person!"

It’s the top cliché of job interviews everywhere (right up there with “I think my only real weakness is that I’m a perfectionist”), but it’s also what it takes to be successful as a lawyer.  That’s always been the case, but all the more so these...

And so it begins….

The New York Times reports: You know things are bad when even lawyers are getting laid off. In downturns of years past, law firms exploited corporate failures and bitter, protracted lawsuits to keep busy and keep billing. But in this still-unfolding crisis, the embittered and the bankrupt have been relatively...

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...

Another reality check on legal careers

This article from Ari Kaplan, published in the National Law Journal, doesn’t just analyze why so many people go to law school without thoroughly researching their choice (especially the financial impacts).  He goes further to examine some of the traits of the truly successful lawyers—and it has nothing...

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...

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...

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