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Law Schools Cutting Tuition: Will Iowa Start a Serious Trend?

University of Iowa Law School announced it will cut tuition, beginning in Fall 2014, for in-state students and out of state students by 16.4 percent (this would make out-of-state tuition around $39,500). The reason? A heartwarming “to maximize graduates’ ability to follow their hearts and take jobs they love”…along with a desire to stay competitive and increase applicants in the face of the industry-wide drop in law school applications. Now, you may recall my discussion prompted by Henry Rigg’s article in 2011, when schools were raising tuition in the face of record demand, about applying theories of pricing strategy to law school tuition:


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A Counter-Perspective (Are We Being Too Negative About the Legal Market?): Part II

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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A Counter-Perspective (Are We Being Too Negative About the Legal Market?): Part I


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Getting a Law Degree For Its Own Sake?

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.



October Data is Out: The Decline in LSAT Takers Continues

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.



Scheduling Your LSAT: When to Take the Test?

Good calendar and time management are essential skills for practicing lawyers. And like many of those skills, preparing to apply to law school is a fine time to work on them. This means maximizing your law school prep calendar­—deciding when to start preparing, how much time to give yourself, and knowing what your strengths and obstacles might be.



Zeroing In on Your Résumé: Lessons from the Internet Age, Part III

Today’s post continues with pointers for keeping your law application résumé focused and strong, with a little help from modern social media lingo:



Zeroing In on Your Résumé: Lessons from the Internet Age, Part II

Today’s post continues with pointers for keeping your law application résumé focused and strong, with a little help from modern social media lingo:



Zeroing In on Your Résumé: Lessons from the Internet Age, Part I

As I’ve discussed in numerous posts on this blog, getting into law school isn’t only about LSAT scores. I don’t care what LSAT prep companies, who have a vested interest in making the LSAT all-important, say. The LSAT is important, yes, but I know a lot of people who haven’t had “top 14 scores” (according to internet blather) who are now sitting in top 20 law schools, most with merit scholarships to boot. Still, the number of people who call me to say that they “need” a 170 is astonishing (and of course the “need” may make the score less likely, since these people are putting undue pressure on themselves).



Early Surveys Are In: Did the Fall 2013 Admissions Cycle See Another Drop in Applicants (and Should the Data Change the Timing of Your Application)?

Earlier this year, I noted an increase in law schools who were open to considering June 2013 LSAT scores for admission to the Fall 2013 term. The NLJ ran an article on the trend (for which yours truly was also interviewed) that speculated it was just “one more sign of the struggle many law schools now face in recruiting enough students to render their operations financially sustainable.” The full article is available here. The trend was noteworthy because in previous years, a June 2013 test score would likely only be considered in the following year’s admissions cycle, or in some cases, if it was a retest by an applicant seeking to improve their score, merely added to sweeten an existing Fall applicant’s file. The February LSAT administration was typically your last chance if you wanted to submit a score for admission to the fall term of that year.



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