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What Technology Means for Legal Employment

The work that junior lawyers used to do—due diligence, sifting through hundreds of thousands of e-mails in discovery, and corporate data rooms—is increasingly no longer human work but algorithmic work.  There is good news and bad news here.  The bad, fewer jobs; the good, better work.  

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You’re In the Money: Negotiating Financial Aid with Law Schools

Law school is expensive.  On average, law school—after including living expenses, your inability to hold full-time work for at least the first year of law school, and everything else—will cost well over $200,000 in the U.S.  That's a conservative number.  But…law schools also have a fair amount of merit-based money for students they want.  How can you negotiate with law schools to obtain your best law school admission at the best price?  

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ABA Proposal to Reduce Full-Time Faculty Requirement:  Law Students (Present and Future) Should Make Their Voices Heard

The ABA’s proposal to jettison the requirement that full-time faculty teach the majority of upper-level courses is a terrible idea.  The ABA is proposing to replicate what undergraduate institutions have been doing with adjunct faculty, with no protections for students.  If you’re in law school now, or are thinking about going, or if you care about the quality of your lawyer, you should take up the ABA on its invitation to comment on the proposed change. Contact information below.    

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More Adjunct Faculty in Law Schools:  ABA Oversight Once Again Looks Like a Fantasy

The ABA, whose oversight of law schools is supposedly in the interest of law students, seems up to its old tricks, i.e., being little more than a shill for law schools. The latest proposal from the ABA is to eliminate the requirement that at least half of law school upper-level courses be taught by full-time faculty.  What law schools could do with their adjunct faculty is different and better than what undergraduate institutions can do. Law schools can do that right now; many do, to their credit. But they’re asking for a lot more. Why? Most likely, so that they can and will do exactly what colleges have done—draw from a pool of unemployed or marginally employed lawyers and others because that’s the cheapest labor pool.  Not the best but the cheapest. Period.

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The Virtue of Simplicity in LSAT Prep

Advise-In’s very first blog post was about simplifying the LSAT. I warned about the “blizzard of paper” that LSAT study guides and programs produce, which make studying for the test more difficult rather than easier. There are too many decisions to make and each one of them takes you away from the words on the test page, which is what you need to focus on during a pressurized exam day.

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Harvard Law Accepts GRE as Alternative to LSAT:  Big News (Or Is It?)

The LSAT has enjoyed a monopoly over law school admissions testing for a long,long, long time. Last year, the University of Arizona announced that it would accept Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results in addition to LSATresults in admissions decisions. Recently, Harvard Law School announced a “pilot program” to do the same thing.

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Test-Taking Consistency: A Key to Your Best LSAT Score

LSAT success depends on two things: understanding the content of the test and executing that understanding time after time after time.  It is astonishing how many LSAT prep courses and study aids focus only on the first. The result is that a lot of LSAT takers feel like they knew the material better than they could show in the actual test. That’s because the second key to success—test-taking—is ignored, and the result is that test takers leave a lot of points on the table.

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Law School Waitlists: Advice for the Nervous

In the increasingly long season of law school admissions, waitlist season has gotten longer, too, and waitlists keep expanding. My advice: don’t worry but do what you can to improve your position. Don’t do too much, you don’t want to risk irritating law schools by peppering them with unnecessary information—you are not the only applicant to be waitlisted and you shouldn’t act as it you are.

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Path Games: The Undead of LSAT Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games)

At Advise-In Solutions, we counsel our clients not to pay attention to the readings of tea leaves about the LSAT that are all over the internet. It’s a fool’s errand because it takes your focus away from doing what you need to do—prepare for the 20 or so question types the LSAT has used for over 25 years now. Guessing at how many assumption questions they’ll ask, whether there will be more main point questions than there were last test, etc., which some LSAT advisors talk about endlessly, doesn’t help you. You’ll be wrong as often as you’re right. You need to be prepared for each question type and be prepared for the test environment. That’s all, and it’s a lot.

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An Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) Primer: Part IV

More on our primer on the types of Analytical Reasoning (logic games) questions you might encounter on the LSAT…

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