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It’s time for the second annual Party Law School rankings. That’s right, apparently you can quench your thirst for a wonderful legal education without missing out on a good kegger.

SubtleDigg presents (gavel bang: Tax Prof Blog) a “quality of life” ranking, that masquerades as a list of partying law schools:

Though these rankings pages purport to rank the “party-ness” of the top 102 law schools, they might better be described as “quality-of-life” rankings. Why the misnomer? Sensationalism mainly. Don’t be too disappointed though, these “quality-of-life” rankings have far more utility than any strict “party” rankings could provide.

Check out the full methodology here. My favorite factor:

Alcohol Access

Value: 10% total score.

Based on the amount of bars and liquor stores within a one-mile radius of the law school. This category benefited schools located in large metropolitan areas.

Enough with the preamble, let’s get to the top law schools to go to if you want to have some fun for three years while placing yourself in a massive debt hole…

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A 2L at the University of Oklahoma caught our attention last week because of his habit of blasting a motivational speech medley before every final (and mouthing along with Braveheart, Mr. Smith, Morpheus and Jean Luc Picard).

Some defenders say this is some kind of inside joke shared by the “hip” members of the moot court team. Fair enough, but if you do it by yourself before every final, it crosses the line from cool to douchey. Sorry, Cocksmoke Sooner.

But this Okie is far from the douchiest law student in the land. (That superlative probably belongs to Jonathan Eakman.) ATL readers submitted many other tales of disturbing pre-exam behavior, far more interesting than the garden variety ripping-pages-out-of-the-books stories. The top five douchiest tales, after the jump.

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President Obama is set to announce Elena Kagan as his next Supreme Court nominee. I’m liveblogging the press conference. Check it out below.

mature lindsay lohan etrade baby.jpg* BP shareholder sues executives over oil spill. Judging from this New York Times piece, Halliburton and Cameron International can expect some lawsuits in the near future too. [Associated Press]

* Facebook is facing a series of privacy complaints at the FTC, so it has lawyered up. Facebook is now friends with ex-FTC boss Tim Muris, of O’Melveny & Myers. [TechCrunch]

* E-Trade is dismissive of the Lindsay Lohan “milkaholic” lawsuit. [TMZ]

* Former Ohio AG Mark Dann’sDannimal House” will not mean time in the jailhouse. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Judge of the Day (across the pond): Sir Stephen Richards. [UKPA]

* If you followed Lat’s Sunday coverage, you’re aware that Elena Kagan is going to have a great Monday. And Chris Good says that she will not be having any “wise Latina” moments in the weeks to come. [Atlantic]

* Good news for illegal immigrants: they still have rights, which means they can sue and get awarded $145K. [New York Post]

* Bad news for illegal immigrants: a Michigan lawmaker is looking to Arizona for legal inspiration. [Associated Press]

We’ve all known this was coming — especially after Judge Diane Wood got a fateful phone call earlier tonight. And now that one of the big networks has declared it, we consider it reportable news (sort of like election results).

Above the Law commenters, consider the Kagan released. From NBC News (via SCOTUSblog):

President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.

Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

The foregoing paragraph says it all. The case for Kagan can be made “by the numbers,” namely, two numbers: 50 and 61….

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Tomorrow President Obama will officially announce his nomination of Elena Kagan, current Solicitor General and former Harvard Law School dean, to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. The news might get leaked unofficially tonight, so stay tuned.

We have no reason to question this prediction by Politico — and several reasons support it. The biggest clue is that Judge Diane Wood (7th Cir.), viewed by many as Kagan’s closest competitor, was notified yesterday by the White House that she (Wood) will not be the nominee.

OVERALL EXPLANATORY UPDATE: Apologies for the many updates and corrections below. The short version of what happened is that I originally reported that Judge Wood was notified yesterday that she wouldn’t be the nominee. I got some pushback on that — because it was, in fact, wrong. I corrected the item. But then, about two hours after this post first went up, Judge Wood did get a call from President Obama, informing her that he had decided to go in another direction.

UPDATE (7:00 PM): Some supporters of Judge Wood are denying that she’s out of the running. But, to the extent that Judge Wood hasn’t confirmed her getting dinged to them, I suspect she’s just trying to be a team player, by doing her part not to steal Kagan’s thunder or spoil the White House “surprise.”

UPDATE (7:30 PM): To the Wood supporters who insist she’s still waiting for a call from the White House: if she is the nominee, shouldn’t she know by now? Over at SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein is reporting that “[t]he Administration plans to identify its nominee in ‘guidance’ at 7:20am tomorrow morning, with a formal announcement by the President at 11am.”

CORRECTION (7:45 PM): Okay. I’m now hearing, on VERY good authority, that Judge Wood was NOT notified yesterday. So she is still (technically) in contention. I continue to believe that Kagan will be the nominee — but I’d be happy to be wrong about this, since I previously predicted that Judge Wood would be nominated. (My colleague Elie Mystal, meanwhile, has been predicting Kagan all along.)

UPDATE (8:45 PM): I can now say — with absolute, 100 percent certainty, from the same VERY good authority — that Judge Wood was just informed that she’s not going to be the nominee. President Obama did not tell her who has been picked for the position.

UPDATE (10:15 PM): The nominee is going to be Kagan.

The past few days have brought additional clues that point in Kagan’s direction….

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Judge Wood was notified tonight that she’s not the nominee.

Ed. note: Law Shucks focuses on life in, and after, BigLaw, including by tracking layoffs, bonuses, and laterals. Above the Law is pleased to bring you this weekly column, which analyzes news at the world’s top law firms.

Although this column has turned away from layoff news, we’ll still touch on overall unemployment periodically. The news this week was mixed at best, and the White House accentuated the positive: 290,000 jobs added to payrolls, the vast majority of them in the private sector. Seasonal hiring for the census also contributed a fair number.

But the base employment rate increased from 9.7% to 9.9%. That’s actually the result of some optimism. A lot of people who had given up on the job search renewed their efforts. Of course, they didn’t count as unemployed when they weren’t looking, so their return to the hunt increased the overall workforce (i.e., increased the denominator).

Lump in the discouraged workers, and the "true" unemployment rate is north of 17%, close to its all-time high of 17.4% from October.

While announced law-firm layoffs were few and far between in April, the legal sector lost 1,100 jobs, according to BLS. Note that we specified "announced" layoffs. Stealth layoffs continue, and we think it’s important to specify exactly what that does and doesn’t mean.

For those who abide in BigLaw, there were plenty of interesting developments….

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Word on the street is that President Obama is about to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. This makes sense; there are many good reasons to nominate Kagan.

But what if Obama were to think outside the box in terms of SCOTUS nominations? What if he nominated, say, Lady Gaga to the high court? (She is not without ties to the legal world; she is, after all, the unofficial mascot of Cornell Law.)

If Lady Gaga were to become Justice Gaga, we could look forward to Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg filing dispatches for NPR like this:

Wow. That was bizarre. So what’s the story behind this video?

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I wrote a letter for a client that saved the client $4 million. It took me about five hours. I thought $25,000 was a reasonable fee. The client’s response was: How many hours did it take?

– A law firm partner posing a question to the speakers at a recent panel discussion on law firm/client relationships.

We have finally come to the last batch of top-100 law schools according to U.S. News.

These are law schools that should not be called “TTT.” They aren’t in the third tier. Okay? They are in the top-100. That means that U.S. News thinks they are better than at least 100 other law schools incomprehensibly accredited by the ABA. Let’s all remember that as I list these schools:

78. Loyola (Chicago)
78. UNLV (Boyd)
80. Chicago-Kent
80. LSU
80. Rutgers
80. University of Denver (Strum)
80. Oregon
86. Hofstra
86. Indiana University – Indianapolis (IUPUI)
86. Northeastern
86. Seattle
86. Syracuse
86. Arkansas
86. Richmond
93. Chapman
93. Santa Clara
93. Missouri
93. Nebraska
93. West Virginia
98. Catholic University of America
98. Depaul
98. San Francisco
98. University of the Pacific
98. William Mitchell College of Law

Sometimes, if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. And you know what, the level of acrimony and lack of civility flying around Above the Law the past two weeks has been really ridiculous. So, after the jump, I will endeavor to say one nice thing about every school in this batch…

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* The Kagan battle lines are already being drawn. First up, conservatives will try to call the former Dean of Harvard Law School “unqualified.” [Daily Beast]

* Kash actually has sympathy for men with small penises. A very small, almost microscopic bit of sympathy. [True/Slant]

* Is it important to make friends while in law school? Why not? If you can’t get a job, might as well know somebody who can. [The Lawyerist]

* If you want to know how to cover the impending confirmation process, check out this panel. [National Press Foundation]

* U.S. News law school rankings by judicial clerkships. On this list, NYU Law is considerably below Chicago and Columbia. Not good times below 14th street. [Tax Prof Blog]

* Progressives are less likely to understand basic economic principles. I imagine they are also less likely to care. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

I spend quite a bit of my time tracking complex litigation. I would say that I do it so I can keep material fresh for my blog, but that would not be whole truth. I keep current with happenings in the litigation market for survival. Since I contract often to make my way in this world, knowing when that market is busy or slow is an absolute must.

Well, what a difference a couple of years make. Back in 2008, it seemed like the sky was falling. Above The Law, partnering with Law Shucks, reported almost everyday on associate layoffs. At the time, I was hunting down document reviews as a legal recruiter for a small staffing outfit. Several of my contract attorney friends called me, and most of those calls were very depressing. People were begging for work, having been unemployed for months in a D.C. market that normally kept attorneys steadily working. Many were emotionally upset, having watched their savings dwindle down to their last few dollars. When would the market pick back up? When would the economy turn around?

Now, fast forward to the present. Events in this country are sending litigation toward a perfect storm. I’m talking sea-change. Something we have never seen in this market before. So much so, this next decade may be one of the best for legal technology and Biglaw. I will give you six reasons after the jump.

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