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
The Declining Percentage of Women Going to Law School: An Undergraduate Woman’s Perspective on a Disturbing Phenomenon (Part One: The Decline in Women’s Applications to Law School)
What One Law Professor Thinks Her Former Students Should “Get Over”: Apparently, Not Having a Good Job after Paying Her Colleagues’ Salaries
Prof. Sara Stadler’s recent commencement address at Emory law is one for the ages. At least, Emory (still) thinks so, since the home page of its website has a button that connects to a video of it. In the address, Stadler tossed out a gem, telling newly minted Emory grads to “get over it,” it being their “sense of entitlement” to highly-paid legal jobs.
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.
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