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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Stats Of The Week: New York State Bar Exam Results By School

    A school-by-school look at the latest grim New York State bar passage rates.

    19 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 4:14 PM
  • Was her GPA too low to pass the bar exam?

    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Law School Reveals How Poorly Graduates With Low GPAs Fared On July 2015 Bar Exam

    Which law school released information on these disappointing results, and how does it plan to help struggling students?

    54 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM
  • hire me eyes

    Job Searches, Law Schools

    This Is How One Law School Is Trying To Game Its Job Statistics

    This law school is trying to pull a fast one for the sake of its employment statistics.

    18 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 12:23 PM
  • Jose Baez

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.18.15

    * Jose Baez of Casey Anthony trial fame gave the commencement address at Valparaiso Law this weekend and let graduates know that they, too, can be attorneys, even if they’ve been financially irresponsible. They’re letting this man teach at Harvard Law now. [The Times]

    * Suffolk Law and Cardozo Law will have new deans this summer, and both are planning for smaller classes. Considering Suffolk’s plummeting LSAT scores (and standards?), its new dean may have bigger problems to deal with than filling seats. [National Law Journal]

    * He “Pressure Drop[ped]” the ball: If you could take the LSAT or open for the Rolling Stones with Toots and the Maytals, which would you pick? This Paul Hastings partner took the test, and says it’s his only regret about choosing law over music. [Am Law Daily]

    * Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have been sentenced to death last week, but it’s highly unlikely that his punishment will be carried out any time soon, if at all. Instead, he’ll be putting his lawyers to work for time ad infinitum. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “[D]on’t let anyone say that Charleston School of Law was already in trouble.” A local attorney says that this soon-to-fail law school only started circling the drain after its proposed sale to InfiLaw was announced. That’s quite the indictment. [Post and Courier]

    35 Comments / / May 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Thomas Gilbert Jr.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.06.15

    * At the annual Association of American Law Schools meeting, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg handed out a delightful piece of marriage advice that she sometimes uses when dealing with her colleagues on the Supreme Court: “It helps to sometimes be a little deaf.” [National Law Journal]

    * Thomas Gilbert Jr., the man accused of killing his father — who just so happened to be the founder of the Wainscott Capital hedge fund — allegedly shot him to death over a $200 cut in his monthly allowance. This is why rich people can’t have nicer things. [New York Post]

    * Litigants on both sides of a First Amendment issue headed to SCOTUS are using a law review article penned by none other than Justice Elena Kagan in an attempt to influence all of the justices. See, people do read law review articles. [New York Times]

    * Musical chairs, dean-poaching edition: Fordham Law just named Matthew Diller as its new dean, but he’s still going to remain as dean at Cardozo until the end of the year. Let’s see how he tackles the school’s enrollment decline. [New York Law Journal]

    * Per a study conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, law school graduates who participated in a practice-ready program fared better as attorneys than those who did not. Whoa, nice going. [WSJ Law Blog]

    19 Comments / / Jan 6, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • Dog and Cat above white banner

    Death Penalty, Mary Jo White, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Rape, Securities and Exchange Commission

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.05.14

    * Pet therapy? This is what you’re doing with your time? This is why Cardozo can’t have nice things. [Cardozo Law]

    * Nobody likes name-calling, but opting for the death penalty just because you don’t want to be called “retarded”? That’s, um, what’s the word I’m looking for? [Cincinnati Enquirer]

    * Remember when Mary Jo White was going to bring teeth to the SEC? Well, that’s all over. [New Republic]

    * Live tweeting a prostitution sting. Yeah there’s no way this could go wrong. [Slate]

    * Law student says cops beat him so hard he lost a testicle. Um. That’s horrible. [KOB]

    * Do you fancy yourself a funny lawyer? Then enter New York’s Funniest Professional competition. Lawyers square off later this month. [Gotham Comedy Club / Manhattan Comedy School]

    * Judge sentences rapist to 45-days and community service… working in a rape crisis center. How could anyone be this tone-deaf? Oh, it’s in Texas? Never mind. [CNN]

    * California lawyers now must promise to be courteous. Play nice, kids. [LA Times]

    * Finally, it’s time to wish a happy birthday to Winston & Strawn’s Jonathan Amoona, who was on the 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. I guess he won’t be anymore. His 30th birthday invitation went out to the managing partner and a bunch of the top rainmakers, which isn’t toolish at all. The invite is available after the jump….

    6 Comments / / May 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Policeman With Donut

    Food, Law Schools, Police

    Mouthy Law Student Sues Over False Arrest In Food Truck Fiasco

    Don’t be a law student who tries to come between a police officer and his lunch. The result is not pretty.

    71 Comments / / Mar 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM
  • Back to school

    Bad Ideas, Law Professors, Law Schools, Student Loans

    Law Professor Suggests Adding An Extra Year To Law School — Seriously?

    Philip Segal of Charles Griffin Intelligence LLC reveals two things you won’t learn in law school that would help new lawyers do a better job and probably hold on to their jobs longer.

    / Oct 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM
  • Student bar crawl RF

    Admin, Advertising, Cardozo Law School, Drinking, Parties, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Last Great ATL/Kaplan Bar Crawl Review Reminder

    Remember to sign up for the bar crawl for a chance to win a seat on the party bus.

    8 Comments / / Sep 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM