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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’...

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...

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...

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...

Rankings—all about the name?

Imagine a law school ranking in which the University of New Hampshire’s law school outranked Franklin Pierce.  Why would this be funny?  Because UNH is Franklin Pierce—UNH took over the private law school this past fall.  But in a recent survey that included both names, respondents thought that...

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...

Meet the lawyers of Meet the Law—Fall 2012

Updated 10/16 with additional lawyers and bios! Our semi-annual Meet the Law networking event brings lawyer-alums together with students and other prospective applicants to discuss legal careers in a fun and informal setting.  This semester’s event is scheduled for October 17th.  Please register in advance! Below you’ll...

Lawyer-alum profile: Richard Sugarman (Political Science ‘92, GW Law ‘00)

Richard A. Sugarman Assistant General Counsel Boston Medical Center What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am currently an Assistant General Counsel at Boston Medical Center (“BMC”).  BMC is a large full-service hospital in Boston’s South End and affiliated with Boston University School of...

Summer LSAT disappointment

Did the June or July LSAT not go as well as you’d hoped? Here are some considerations regarding a possible retake. First things first: it’s going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans. Second thing: it’...

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