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Recent Headlines from Above the Law


Law schools are experiencing their own version of the housing bubble.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 4:13 PM

Will the school die in debt like its namesake?

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 12:11 PM

If law school is “a distilled bunch of the biggest a-holes you knew in college,” then this kid is the Pappy Van Winkle.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 10:12 AM

* Politics and Biglaw just don’t mix: House Republicans hired Quinn Emanuel to handle their suit against President Barack Obama after Baker Hostetler withdrew from the representation due to “political pressure” the firm was facing. [Politico]

* The paper and napkin-eating “Middleman” in the post-it note insider trading ring pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges. This might make it difficult for his cohorts to substantiate their not-guilty pleas. [DealBook / New York Times]

* “This is a tale with no shortage of knaves or villains.” If you’re interested in learning about Chevron’s legal wranglings in Ecuador and with plaintiffs attorney Steven Donziger, there are a bunch of interesting new readings for you to peruse. [WSJ Law Blog]

* Crisis in legal education be damned! They may have bad timing, but these law schools are focusing on building bigger and better facilities for students they’re unable to put in their seats. [National Law Journal]

* Ohio law schools have taken a bruising in terms of decreased enrollment, but the University of Toledo has faced the worst of it. With a 25.9% reduction in 1Ls, tuition cuts can only do so much. [Toledo Blade]

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 9:07 AM

What Frank Underwood can teach us about naming a law school.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 4:04 PM

Ann K. Levine shares some insights about the right way to approach law school and the law school application process.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 3:36 PM

Now Charleston has a new suitor willing to save it from for-profit InfiLaw. But would it run the school any better?

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 12:21 PM

How does the PMF program work, and when is the application deadline?

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 11:05 AM

* Voters in Scotland just said no to independence from the United Kingdom (although it might not have been a big deal for the legal profession if the vote had gone the other way). [New York Times]

* Congratulations to Drexel Law on a whopping $50 million gift — and its new name, the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. [Philadelphia Inquirer via WSJ Law Blog]

* The latest chapter in the “cautionary tale” of David Lola: dismissal of the contract attorney’s lawsuit against Skadden and Tower Legal. [American Lawyer]

* An office renovation for Baker Botts in Houston strips junior associates of window offices. [ABA Journal]

* How could Watson transform the practice of patent law? [Corporate Counsel]

* Are we seeing a reversal in the trend of declining prison populations? [Washington Post]

* The chorus of voices calling for Judge Mark Fuller to resign in the wake of domestic violence charges against him continues to grow. [New York Times]

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 9:05 AM

Now, some naysayers would suggest that a 1L a few days into their law school career has no place calling out the work of those who’ve come before as irrelevant and untrue. Ignore those voices.

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 / 1:19 PM