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.
The ABA Approves New Law School Employment Data Reporting (and it Should be Helpful to Law School Applicants)
Sometimes, crow is just delicious. In the past, I’ve been extremely critical of the pretty miserable law school employment data that the ABA requires law schools to report, as well as the seemingly glacial pace of the ABA process in compelling law schools to report data that would actually be useful to law school applicants and not subject to easy manipulation by law schools.
“My salary is paid by the current structure, which is in many ways deceptive and unjust to a point that verges on fraud. But as a law professor, I understand that what is good for me is that the structure stay the way it is.”
The Declining Percentage of Women Going to Law School: An Undergraduate Woman’s Perspective on a Disturbing Phenomenon (Part Two: The Decline in Women’s Law School Admission Rates)
--by Devon Lawrence
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