The ABA’s Abdication of Responsibility: Winners (Law Schools and The Bar Cartel) and Losers (Law Students) in the Rule Abandoning the LSAT (and Any Testing Requirement) for Law School Admissions
The reason to take off testing requirements is simply to respond to a tough market for law schools where a lot of law schools—many of whom probably shouldn’t be in business since what they do is put a lot of people in debt that they’ll never get out of—need bodies in seats to pay their bills. This is regulatory capture in its fullest sense—the ABA is doing the bidding of those it is supposed to be regulating while doing nothing—harming, actually—those who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of its regulation.
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Tuesday was my wedding anniversary. It occurred to me that I have been helping clients with law school admission, financial aid and LSAT preparation for longer than I have been married. Both seem shorter than they’ve been.
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As of now, 17 law schools indicate they will accept a GRE score rather than an LSAT score, and more may well follow. Law schools want to maintain their admissions numbers (read: their revenue) and want to have maximum flexibility to do so without taking a law school “rankings” hit when they do it. But If you’re a law school applicant, you need to be aware that taking the option of taking the GRE or LSAT is likely not a cost-free choice.
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No one has really figured out how to report law school employment data that is useful across the board, i.e., for all prospective and current law students. Over the past few years, the employment data has gotten better but there is no summary reporting design that could possibly fulfill every law student’s needs. The problem lies in the fact that there are tens of thousands of law school students with thousands of different needs and aspirations. No data set can get to all that. So what should prospective law students do?
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The Law School Admission Council recently removed the cap on the number of times you can take the LSAT. That reverses a policy of a few years ago. The rationale seems to be to increase the number of test-takers and it may have worked, the June 2017 test showing a sharp increase in test sitters from a year ago. The LSAC’s policy is good for them—you have to pay each time you take the LSAT—and good for the LSAT prep industry, since a lot of people will pay for multiple prep programs over the course of trying to get the LSAT score they want. So you can now take the LSAT as many times as you like. But should you?
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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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For years, the LSAT has been offered 4 times per cycle, in June, September/October, December and February. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) recently changed that. In the 2018-2019 cycle, the test will be offered in June, September and November 2018, and January and March 2019. Is the change good for future law school applicants? How will law school admissions adjust?
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Two weeks in front of the LSAT, if you’ve properly prepared for the test, it's time to consolidate what you’ve done and fine-tune it; it’s not time to innovate or develop entirely new strategies. The reason is integral to the demands of the LSAT. A test-taker needs to have two related but distinct abilities...
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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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