ATL Top 50 Law Schools 2015

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

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

28 Comments / / May 28, 2015 at 11:04 AM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx:
    Party On, Wayne

    [Ed Note: Do you have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com] This week we received several requests for advice pertaining to that associate albatross, the firm holiday party. What should I wear? How much can I drink? Should I upgrade to Platinum membership at Equinox? In order to accommodate your overwhelming […]

    54 Comments / / Dec 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Michigan 2L Responds

    [Ed Note: Do you have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com] This week we received several requests for advice pertaining to that associate albatross, the firm holiday party. What should I wear? How much can I drink? Should I upgrade to Platinum membership at Equinox? In order to accommodate your overwhelming […]

    / Dec 17, 2008 at 11:43 AM
  • Comment of the Day, Job Survey, Lawyer of the Day, Reader Polls

    Associate Life Survey: Lawyer and Commenter Of The Year

    Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s a good time to put things in perspective. While recent posts have focused on what Elie calls “the four hoursemen of the economic crisis” (layoffs, salary freezes, low bonuses, and dissolution), we should always remember that there’s crushing debt, too. ATL can also be a […]

    53 Comments / / Dec 17, 2008 at 10:56 AM
  • Dissolution, Thacher Proffitt & Wood

    Thacher Profitt Dissolution Update:
    December 31st Could Be the End for TPW Litigation

    Hard facts are difficult to come by, especially when the firm does not respond to requests for comment. But a tipster reports that Thacher Proffitt & Wood did have an associates meeting yesterday (as expected). At that meeting, we understand that associates were informed that TPW’s litigation department would close on December 31st. No mention […]

    86 Comments / / Dec 17, 2008 at 9:47 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 12.17.08

    * Conversations about impeachment of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich were postponed until today so that Blago’s lawyer Ed Gerson could be present, or so that prosecutors could make sure that the impeachment committee could interfere with his criminal case. [The New York Times] * Judges tighten their belts. Gov. Patterson of New York praised New […]

    30 Comments / / Dec 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM
  • Salary Freeze, Skaddenfreude

    Latham & Watkins Salary Shenanigans Follow-Up

    Maybe Latham & Watkins was never into this whole “____ to $160K” thing to begin with. When Latham finally raised salaries across the board back in May 2007, we reported: Well, it appears that Latham has been shamed into giving into the “hysteria” surrounding associate comp. As we’ve discussed, Latham’s associate salary freeze essentially cancels […]

    457 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 7:03 PM
  • Allen & Overy, Associate Bonus Watch 2008

    Associate Bonus Watch: Allen & Overy

    Allen & Overy, recently named by American Lawyer as the firm with the sixth-highest revenue in the world, just decided to pull a Half-Skadden: Bonuses will be paid at the end of January. Class of 2008: $17,500 (pro-rated)Class of 2007: $17,500Class of 2006: $20,000Class of 2005: $22,500Class of 2004: $25,000Class of 2003: $27,500Class of 2002: […]

    96 Comments / / Dec 16, 2008 at 5:41 PM
  • 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
  • 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