The year-over-year number of LSAT takers rose by 20% in the 2017-17 cycle. Since that portends an increase in law school applications as well, that’s good news for law schools, some of whom have struggled in the last few years with declining admission numbers and declining standards for remaining admissions. It’s moderately bad news for applicants.
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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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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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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.
The downward trend continues. LSAC released data showing that the October 2013 LSAT sitting was the 13th in a row with fewer test takers than the previous year. There were 11% fewer people taking the test than in October of last year. The LSAC figures reveal, moreover, that applicant numbers have returned to what they were in the second half of the 1990’s.
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.
Last week’s deal to increase the national debt ceiling (i.e., Congress deciding that it was still willing to pay debts it had itself incurred) involved some heavy costs for beneficiaries of many government programs.
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