"I have never before formally endorsed a 'commercial' outfit. Advise-In Solutions is more than another test preparation company. It is a full-service program with the objective of helping every student enrolled in the program earn his or her best score on the LSAT, helping those students put together impressive applications to law school, and actually providing them with the chance to simulate the law school experience prior to matriculation. The biggest difference between Advise-In and other companies is its founder, Dr. Kyle Pasewark."
– Dr. Frank Guliuzza, President, American Collegiate Moot Court Association; former Chair, Pre-Law Advisors National Council; former President, Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors
To continue our reaction to Ryan Calo's Forbes piece on the legal job (and education) market—should you, as a potential 2014 law school applicant, be optimistic? Well, let's first summarize our previous entry: so, law school is a bigger risk than it was ten years ago—maybe not 20 years ago, but certainly ten. The drop in applications clearly does create opportunities for applicants, since the same personal statement, LSAT score and grade point averages will likely get you into a better law school (read, “with better job prospects”) than it would have five years ago. But there are still more applicants than there are seats, and it’s still expensive.
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The Wall Street Journal Law Blog recently noted an academic paper by Sherman Clark on the value of law school as a “liberal arts” style degree, that is, finding worth in its potential contribution to helping one “live a full and satisfying and meaningful life,” as Clark put it.
Here at Advise-In our focus is, naturally, on the LSAT and securing our clients’ best possible law school admissions and merit-based financial aid, but we also feel it is vital to emphasize the bigger picture for those considering law school. There are plenty of programs that focus exclusively on the test itself, or specifically, on a brief course of “test prep” for the big day. However, our model here is different: yes, the LSAT is important, however it is only one of the factors to consider when approaching a legal education. As I’ve stated repeatedly, any six-figure investment should involve responsible data gathering and careful tactical thinking about your future.
A few weeks ago, I spoke with John Richardson, who teaches LSAT prep in Toronto, about doing a blog post for our sites on why most LSAT prep courses—and their marketing material—tend to underemphasize reading comprehension.
NALP’s preliminary analysis of employment for the law school class of 2010 (as of February 15, 2011) was released yesterday. (NALP’s comprehensive report will be available in August; if you're a law student or prospective law student, make it required reading.) The news is not good. I tend to understate, and "not good" is a pretty good example of that.
A commenter on my last post, “The Continuing Disappointment of the ABA’s Response to Law School Transparency Requests: Can No One (Short of Governmental Pressure) Appeal to the ABA to Protect Law Students and Pre-Law Students?” is fairly typical of prospective law students who want to be diligent about analyzing their law school options but really don’t know how to proceed.
The ABA Journal summarizes two positive trends for the U.S. legal employment market. First, overall legal employment increased by an estimated 1,500 jobs in April; second, demand for legal services increased by 2 percent in the first quarter of 2011 on a year-over-year basis, and also grew slightly in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Law School Debt Gets Uglier for Law School Students in the Last Decade: A Debt-Reduction Checklist for Law School Applicants
On Friday the 13th, it’s appropriate to blog about something not entirely cheerful. The Hartford Business Journal reports that from “2001 to 2010, the average amount borrowed annually by law students for their three-year degrees increased 50 percent…This past academic year, law students borrowed an average of $68,827 for public educations and $106,249 for private educations,” “far [outpacing] the rate of inflation.” As a rough way to think about this, it means that well over half of average law school tuition is debt-financed.
Two of the real pleasures of doing what I do at Advise-In Solutions are providing long-term support to my clients and helping clients further develop skills that will help each be a better, more professional lawyer. Those are reasons that Advise-In works with a limited number of clients. Not only is that the best way to get the measurable LSAT and admission results my clients and I want but it also invests me in their success in a way that just isn’t possible for a high-volume business.
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