ATL Top 50 Law Schools 2015

Law Schools, Rankings

The 2015 ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings: Now With More Debt

A shake-up in the 2015 ATL law school rankings.

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  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.16.08

    * Eliot Spitzer is now a columnist for the Slate. Who’d he have to **** to get that job? [GapperBlog] * There’s nothing here that regular ATL readers don’t already know about, but here’s NPR’s take on our legal community, with a little help from me. [NPR] * I’ve got an innovative solution to layoffs: […]

    33 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 5:04 PM
  • Money, Salary Freeze

    Nationwide Pay Freeze Watch: Reed Smith Does The Obvious

    While the Latham & Watkins salary freeze came as a shock to most in the Biglaw community, Reed Smith associates have known for days that their salaries would remain frozen in place. Reed Smith laid off 115 people two weeks ago. Individual salary memos started going out to the remaining Reed Smith associates last week […]

    82 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 4:27 PM
  • Holidays and Seasons

    Open Thread: The Time for Giving… To Lawyers!

    We’ve covered gift-giving by lawyers, to their secretaries and administrative support staff. Now, it’s time to move on to gift-giving to lawyers. This is an open thread to discuss best gifts for lawyers. Perhaps you can e-mail the post out to friends and relatives instead of compiling the hated gift wish list. To get your […]

    35 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 3:16 PM
  • Layoffs, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Staff Layoffs

    Dechert Ices 72 Staff Positions

    We started getting reports this morning that Dechert let go a number of secretaries and legal assistants. But the numbers from our tipsters were low, very low. The Legal Intelligencer just reported that Dechert has in fact laid off an amazing 72 staffers. A firm spokeswoman confirmed that Dechert has laid off 72 administrative staff […]

    134 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 2:26 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2008

    Associate Bonus Watch: Fried Frank Wades Into Half-Skadden Pool

    After stealthily laying off at least 30 associates, the Fried Frank bonus announcement should come as no surprise: Nobody expected Fried Frank to break into Skadden territory on bonuses. But at least there is a nod towards the reason for paying the low-end bonuses championed by Cravath: Current global economic conditions have presented new challenges […]

    51 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 1:24 PM
  • Money, Salary Freeze, Skaddenfreude

    Nationwide Pay Raise Freeze Watch: Latham & Watkins

    If you liked your 2008 salary, you’re going to love your 2009 salary. Latham & Watkins just sent around this email about 2009 associate compensation: The world economy is experiencing unforeseen and unprecedented dislocations. Our clients are feeling those impacts and the legal community is not immune. The Executive Committee has spent the last few […]

    581 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM
  • Layoffs

    More Layoffs Coming in 2009?

    I’ve been operating under the assumption that the legal layoff party of 2008 would stop in 2008. My rose colored logic has been simple. I’ve assumed that Biglaw managers can: A) count, B) add, and C) figure out a sustainable 2009 business model. If those three assumptions are true, I figured that most well managed […]

    71 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 11:03 AM
  • Holidays and Seasons

    Cadwalader: Where ‘Human Resources’ Is a Term of Art

    I’m not sure how you make a “Happy Holidays” e-card mildly insulting, but then again I’ve never been schooled in the dark arts practiced by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Over the weekend, CWT sent around an inspirational holiday greeting card. Check out the screenshot: Great! Lots of firms send out holiday greetings. But does every […]

    62 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 9:57 AM
  • D.C. Circuit, Morning Docket, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket 12.16.08

    * Poker chip thief sniped!!! (thank goodness) [Norwich Bulletin] * Budweiser (Bud) beer cannot corner the market on it’s name anymore. The EU high court took away Anheuser-Busch’s famous trademark–a big win for Czech beer company “Budvar”. [Associated Press] * The Supreme Court breathed life in to the lawsuit of former Gitmo detainees, British Muslims […]

    28 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 9:06 AM
  • Money, Salary Freeze

    A Mystery Memo from Squire Sanders
    (Or: The hot new trend of associate pay freezes.)

    The memo below was sent to us by a tipster, with this prefatory comment: “No one really knows what the f*** the second half of the first sentence of the memo means.” So, dear readers: What does this language mean? The most literal interpretation is that Squire Sanders will resist associate pay raises in 2009 […]

    91 Comments / / Dec 15, 2008 at 10:35 PM
  • Biglaw, Partner Profits

    Non-Equity Partners, Trying to Hang On

    In today’s National Law Journal, Leigh Jones reports that non-equity partners at major law firms are also worried about the future. With all of the frightening career news floating around, it seems reasonable that either you are bringing in business, or you are terrified. The upshot is that some law firms — especially those that […]

    108 Comments / / Dec 15, 2008 at 6:36 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.15.08

    * The Austin Powers “Random Task” joke is too easy here. Instead, I’ll assume that this case will only provide further evidence for TSA officials demanding that we walk through nasty airports barefoot and broken. [What About Clients?] * If you are going to comment on commenters, then ATL’s commentariat has to be part of […]

    19 Comments / / Dec 15, 2008 at 5:15 PM