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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‚Ä...

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...

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...

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

It’s the top clich√© 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...

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...

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...

New guide to law schools for public interest/public service

Equal Justice Works, the national organization for public interest law students and lawyers, has released a new resource that allows prospective students to compare law schools based on criteria important to those pursuing careers in public interest or government.  The online searchable database provides information about tuition costs, public interest...

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’...

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...

Why you should make time for those visiting admissions counselors

I know what you’re thinking when you see that event listing for another visit from a law school admissions rep: “I’m not really interested in that school.” Or maybe, “I already visited the law school, so why do I need to talk to this rep?” Or even, “They’...

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