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What are the top law schools in Canada, and how much do they cost? Hint: a lot less than U.S. law schools.

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 / 1:18 PM

How does your romanticized impression of legal practice diverge from reality?

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 / 12:16 PM

People are finally realizing that it’s not a very good time to go to law school.

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 / 11:15 AM

Former classmates, teachers, and students of Dan Markel remember this late, great law professor.

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 / 4:19 PM

Turns out, people DO want to go to law school — if it’s cheap.

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 / 1:21 PM

* From Big Government to Biglaw: Our congratulations go out to Benjamin Horwich, most recently of the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as he joins Munger Tolles & Olson as counsel. Nice work. [Munger Tolles & Olson]

* The number of law school applicants took a nose dive for the fourth year in a row, this time by 8 percent, summarily crushing the hopes and dreams of law deans praying for a change of their otherwise most dismal fortunes. [National Law Journal]

* Considering the latest slump in applicants, whether a law school evaluates your average LSAT score or highest LSAT score matters little. Admissions officers will jump for joy that you have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

* “You don’t have to convict on every count to have a win.” Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice. [Bloomberg]

* Per documents filed by a lawyer appointed to represent Philip Seymour Hoffman’s children, the actor didn’t set aside money for them because he didn’t want them to become “trust fund kids.” [New York Post]

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 / 9:05 AM

What do friends and former colleagues of Professor Dan Markel have to say about him?

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 / 4:31 PM

“I believe that I will be going on His dime, 100% debt-free.” Good luck with that.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 / 1:53 PM

What do we know — and what do we not know — about Professor Dan Markel’s terrible and tragic death?

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 / 12:53 PM

* NO, NO, NO, NOTORIOUS! Previously unpublished documents from the Clinton White House have been released, and it looks like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was criticized for her “laconic” nature. Not cool, Bill. [Legal Times]

* Document review jobs aren’t going anywhere, folks. Exhibit A: Winston & Strawn’s e-discovery practice is bringing in the big bucks, earning the firm more than $20 million in revenue last year. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

* More lawyers are being treated for substance abuse for drugs and alcohol than ever before. In fact, a founding partner of Farella Braun + Martel, one of California’s largest firms, was once a “functioning alcoholic.” [Am Law Daily]

* A Florida jury apparently set on “sending a message” to tobacco companies awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages to a chain smoker’s widow against RJ Reynolds. That was a costly message. [Reuters]

* June 2014 marked the fewest people who sat for the LSAT in 14 years, but it may get even lower if a new ABA proposal which would allow the test to be waived for 10% of students passes. [Central Florida Future]

* Dan Markel, FSU Law prof, criminal law theorist, and PrawfsBlawg founder, RIP. [Tallahassee Democrat]

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 / 9:07 AM