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  • US News 2016 Best Law Schools

    Law Schools, Rankings

    How Would Your Law School’s Ranking Change If It Merged With Another Law School?

    This law school dean thinks he may know the answer.

    16 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 1:01 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.08.15

    * “Take it from me, dealing with the complex criminal legal system can be difficult and intimidating for most people.” This ex-Troutman Sanders partner may be facing nine felony charges, but who cares? He’s starting his own firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * It’s kind of cute when law school deans lie to themselves to make themselves feel better. For example, the dean of Oregon Law says now is “excellent” time go to go law school, and he doesn’t make decisions “based on what moves the rankings needle.” [Daily Emerald]

    * Per the latest Altman Weil survey, the first quarter of 2015 was one of the best ever for law firm mergers. The pace with which law firms merged was the second-quickest since the company started tracking mergers to begin with in 2007. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved of the proposed merger between Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden Law. Now they just have to wait for the ABA’s rubber stamp, which they’ll obviously get — the ABA would rubber stamp a shoe. [NJ Advance Media]

    * “[T]he law is a noble profession – but it’s also an oversubscribed one, due in large part to excessive federal lending.” Maybe if the government stopped handing out student loans like candy, law schools would be forced to lower their tuition rates. [Washington Post]

    * The University of Virginia’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is definitely going to try to sue Rolling Stone over its fraternity gang-rape story, but the question is whether “bad journalism [will] amount to legal liability.” What do you think about this? [WSJ Law Blog]

    89 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.31.15

    * Reunited and it feels so good… to have more tuition money in our pockets: following more than 40 years apart, Rutgers-Camden Law and Rutgers-Newark Law may merge to create the Rutgers School of Law, one of the largest law schools in the country. [NJ.com]

    * In case you missed it, the courtroom erupted into chaos in the final moments of the Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial because a juror “made a mistake” and decided to change his vote mid-verdict. Come on, give the guy a break — he’s almost 90. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Lawmakers are awfully interested in the way that the SEC is doing its job, and they’re drafting new laws in the hope of helping the agency out. We’ll let you know how helpful this was in a few years if those bills are ever passed. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * After an incredibly unsuccessful defense of its ban on same-sex marriage, Wisconsin is going to have to shell out more than $1 million in legal fees to the ACLU — the largest single payout yet by a state in the history of cases of this kind. [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re looking to transfer to another law school after your first year in the trenches, here are three things that you absolutely, positively must do to ensure your chances of being accepted elsewhere. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    8 Comments / / Mar 31, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.16.15

    * The mystery of Kevin Durant’s “law degree” is solved. It’s some kind of Sprint promotion. Ho hum. [You Tube]

    * Not to be one-upped by the shenanigans that go on in New Orleans, a Baton Rouge attorney was arrested for allegedly stealing “‘several items’ — including a four-wheeler and a tractor” from an elderly client. [The Advocate]

    * Religious conversion efforts are getting a little out of hand in Idaho. [Legal Juice]

    * The Rutgers “merger” is old news, but one professor explains how the whole proposition is just a case of the central university “pulling a fast one.” [TaxProf Blog]

    * Miami attorney Irwin Block, whose pro bono death row advocacy efforts inspired a Pulitzer Prize-winning report, has died at age 87. [Miami Herald]

    3 Comments / / Feb 16, 2015 at 4:57 PM
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    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Women's Issues

    Law School Dean Urges Students To Stop Making ‘Wildly Inappropriate’ Sexist Comments About Female Professor

    Why aren’t more law school deans willing to protect the women of this profession?

    96 Comments / / Jan 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM
  • law clerk RF

    Clerkships, Rankings, U.S. News

    Which Law Schools Get The Most Clerkships?

    U.S. News releases its findings on the most successful law schools when it comes to placing grads in clerkships.

    8 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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    Career Center, Law School Rankings, Law Schools, Rankings, U.S. News Law Firm Rankings

    Again With The Law School Rankings: Winners, Losers, Critics, And U.S. News

    Which law schools had the biggest gaps between their ATL and U.S. News rankings? Which law schools had the biggest moves up and down in this year’s ATL rankings?

    23 Comments / / May 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Guilty!

    Education / Schools, Law Schools, Rankings

    Which Law Schools Have The Best Clinics?

    It’s rankings time again!

    14 Comments / / Feb 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM
  • Hole Puncher RF

    Law Schools

    And Now We’re Into Full Finals Freak-Out Mode

    Finally people are freaking out because of finals.

    20 Comments / / Dec 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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    Barry Bonds, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Social Media, Social Networking Websites

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.04.13

    * As a public service, here’s a very good guide about what criminal activities should NOT be talked about on Facebook. [Slate]

    * It’s getting to that time of year when law students’ minds turn from finals preparation and towards the violent overthrow of the government. [McSweeney’s]

    * Finally, the full story on how reporter T.J. Quinn eavesdropped on Barry Bonds’s grand jury testimony without violating any laws. Go New York Daily News lawyers. [Deadspin]

    * There allegedly was a female soldier prostitution ring at Fort Hood, lead by the unit’s sexual assault prevention officer. Now watch as somebody uses this to argue that women shouldn’t be in the military. [Gawker]

    * Winners from Detroit’s bankruptcy filing include lawyers, don’t really include Detroit. [Am Law Daily]

    * Here we go — proof that the internet is racist is coming. [Forbes]

    * Rutgers-Camden Law has been fined and censured for allowing applicants to use something other than the LSAT without asking the ABA nicely if it could do so first. This is what the ABA cares about. Those are the questions they had for Rutgers. What was left off the list of ABA inquiries: Rutgers-Camden’s favorite color? [ABA Journal]

    4 Comments / / Dec 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM