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More on the “Closer” Approach to LSAT Preparation: Recovering from a Difficult LSAT Question (or a Blown Save)

Baseball is back!  I’m probably happier about that than many of you, but I wasn’t very pleased when, the night before last, Mariano Rivera, known as “Mo” and acknowledged as the best “closer” in the history of baseball, blew a save for the Yankees.

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The Economics of Law School Tuition: Lessons from Undergraduate Education

Henry Riggs, president emeritus of Harvey Mudd College, did a terrific piece in this Sunday’s Education Life section of The New York Times, entitled “The Price of Perception.”  The subtitle: “Cost Has Nothing to do with Tuition.  It’s Economics, Stupid.”

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Protecting Your Professional Identity: Start Before You Apply to Law School

The New York Times ran a front page article yesterday about a cop whose Facebook profile listed his occupation as “human waste disposal.”  Clever, right?  Cleverer if you share the implicit politics, but clever regardless.  Clever until the officer was involved in a fatal shooting, a reporter looked at his Facebook page, the cop was placed on desk duty and had to backpedal with a public apology.  Not so clever, and though the officer seems to have weathered the storm, there’s little doubt in my mind that his career advancement opportunities have been at best, delayed and at worst, ended.

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Legal Sector Continues Countercyclical Employment Decline for Second Straight Month with Small Job Loss

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. legal sector lost about 500 jobs in March.  In itself, that wouldn’t be cause for too much concern.  But it means that for the second consecutive month, the legal sector has lost jobs while the U.S. economy has been adding jobs at a fairly rapid pace, and unemployment has fallen to 8.8%.   

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ABA Subcommittee Proposes to Make Law School Graduate Employment Data Slightly More Transparent: A Quarter-Loaf is Better than Nothing (except if it’s Mistaken for a Whole Loaf)

The consumer information subcommittee of the Standards Review Committee of the American Bar Association has proposed “controversial” new standards for law schools’ reporting of their graduates’ employment.  Among the changes, reports the National Law Journal, are that “law schools would disclose the percentage of students whose employment status after nine months is unknown, as well as the percentage with law school-funded jobs. Additionally, schools would have to report the percentage of employed graduates who have jobs requiring bar passage and those in non-legal jobs. Schools would have to stipulate how many students are in part-time and full-time jobs, and would continue to disclose the number of graduates in business, government, judicial clerkships and academia.”

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For Second Year in a Row, Mid-Tier Law Schools Distinguish Themselves (for Raising their Tuition More than Anyone Else)

The U.S. News law school rankings always generate a lot of comment in the legal press.  For the most part, the attention is devoted to who rose, who fell, what changed and what didn’t.  Advise-In Solutions is also focused on law school value, and so in addition to discussing the rankings generally, we’ve done an annual analysis of the tuition costs of law school by rank when the U.S. News rankings appear.

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Advise-In’s Prediction of a Decline in Law School Applications is Confirmed: Applications are Down (Way Down)

Back in December, I said that I suspected that law school applications could be down this year, contrary to the earlier prediction of law school admissions personnel that applications would continue to rise, as they had in each of the last two years.  Earlier this year, I reiterated Advise-In’s prediction of a law school application decline and indicated that the drop might be sharper than I’d previously thought.

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New U.S. News Law School Rankings: The More Things Change…

U.S. News released its annual rankings of law schools, and the news is, generally, no news at all.  While there were some dramatic jumps and declines (Villanova, which embroiled itself in a data falsification scandal, dropped 17 slots, to a crowded tie for number 84, but was not the school boasting the sharpest decline), the top 10 contained the same law schools, and none of the schools in the top 5 changed position.

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Free Advise-In Law School Application and Admission Webinar: “Building Your Best Law School Application (and How to Avoid Making it a McMansion)” (Thursday, March 31, 2011)

Join Advise-In Solutions’ free March webinar, “Building Your Best Law School Application (and How to Avoid Making it a McMansion).”

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Servicing Your Law School Costs:  Consider the Implications of Debt Before You Decide on a Law School

Almost half of the over 3,000 respondents in Above the Law’s recent survey on educational debt of lawyers said they had over $100,000 in educational debt.  That’s a depressing, though hardly surprising, report.  On the bright(er) side, many fewer reported high-interest revolving debt, such as credit card debt.  But, of course, educational debt also delayed or deferred other investments, such as buying a home, and it materially affects (for most respondents) their choice of what job they take (keeping in mind that the respondents in this survey appear to be among those lucky enough to have a legal job).

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