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For Second Year in a Row, Mid-Tier Law Schools Distinguish Themselves (for Raising their Tuition More than Anyone Else)

The U.S. News law school rankings always generate a lot of comment in the legal press.  For the most part, the attention is devoted to who rose, who fell, what changed and what didn’t.  Advise-In Solutions is also focused on law school value, and so in addition to discussing the rankings generally, we’ve done an annual analysis of the tuition costs of law school by rank when the U.S. News rankings appear.



Advise-In’s Prediction of a Decline in Law School Applications is Confirmed: Applications are Down (Way Down)

Back in December, I said that I suspected that law school applications could be down this year, contrary to the earlier prediction of law school admissions personnel that applications would continue to rise, as they had in each of the last two years.  Earlier this year, I reiterated Advise-In’s prediction of a law school application decline and indicated that the drop might be sharper than I’d previously thought.



Servicing Your Law School Costs:  Consider the Implications of Debt Before You Decide on a Law School

Almost half of the over 3,000 respondents in Above the Law’s recent survey on educational debt of lawyers said they had over $100,000 in educational debt.  That’s a depressing, though hardly surprising, report.  On the bright(er) side, many fewer reported high-interest revolving debt, such as credit card debt.  But, of course, educational debt also delayed or deferred other investments, such as buying a home, and it materially affects (for most respondents) their choice of what job they take (keeping in mind that the respondents in this survey appear to be among those lucky enough to have a legal job).



National Law Journal Law School Report: Some Very Helpful Data (within Limits) for Law School Applicants and their Advisors

The National Law Journal published a terrific suite of articles recently relating to its annual report on law schools.  They are must-reads for those considering law school and their advisors.  The basic data are the top 50 law schools, by percentage of last year’s placements in the NLJ top 250 law firms.



Stanford Law School’s Tuition Increase Sparks Outrage:  Stanford?  Really?

Stanford Law School announced an increase in 2011-12 tuition of approximately 5.75%.  The reaction has generally not been kind.  Well, ok, no one considering law school wants to pay more (free tuition would be even better).  But those who want to put Stanford in the ethical stock seem a little naïve about what law schools are and a little near-sighted about what Stanford is relative to other law schools.



Spate of Fraudulent (and might-as-well-be-fraudulent) Numbers from Law Schools: Why Isn’t the ABA Doing More to Protect Law School Applicants?

In the last week, we’ve been treated to some interesting stories about law schools.  “Interesting” in the nuanced sense that I learned from Minnesotans.  The villains were Villanova and Thomas Cooley.  There is a hero, though: Washington & Lee.



Short-Term Signs for the Legal Employment Market Point Upward

Over the last few months, I’ve been generally encouraged about trends in the near-term legal employment market.  In December, we saw some momentum gather for U.S. legal employment in the form of a confluence of encouraging news, instead of a couple of positive data points bucked by a couple of negatives or (as we’d seen over the last year or two) a drumbeat of negative news.



Advise-In Solutions Sponsors Seventh Annual Big Red Invitational Classic Invitational Mock Trial Tournament (at Cornell University Law School, January 29-30)




Law Firm Partner Reacts with Additional Insights to “More Thoughts on Law School Rankings: Does it Ever Make Sense to go to a Lower-Ranked Law School?”

Advise-In’s last two posts, parts one and two of “More Thoughts on Law School Rankings: Does it Ever Make Sense to go to a Lower-Ranked Law School?”, had their origin in a few e-mails back and forth with a retired partner of an elite international law firm (I’ll call him Arthur), who suggested the topic ...



More Thoughts on Law School Rankings: Does it Ever Make Sense to go to a Lower-Ranked Law School?  Part Two, If You Have Choices between Law Schools Ranked Significantly Differently

In part one of this blog pair, I talked about factors that law school applicants with limited options should consider in deciding whether and when to go to law school.  Most of those considerations—especially the desire to be a lawyer and a good knowledge of how lawyers actually spend their days—apply to prospective law school students with a greater range of options, too.



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