Law School Applicants

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    Law Schools, LSAT

    This Law School Will Pay You To Take The GRE To Save Its U.S. News Rank From The Dreaded LSAT

    Law schools are desperate to do away with the LSAT.

    43 Comments / / Jan 28, 2016 at 1:44 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.27.16

    * “Every school has had to make choices, even at the top. This has been upheaval for everyone.” With a significant drop in applicants, the crisis in legal education has reached the members of the T14, the very best law schools in the country. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA] * Another lawyer has filed […]

    53 Comments / / Jan 27, 2016 at 8:58 AM
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    Law Schools, Rankings

    Which Law Schools Accepted And Lost The Most Students As Transfers?

    Surprisingly, one of the top transfer schools is also one of the top law schools in the nation.

    37 Comments / / Jan 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM
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    Law Schools

    Law School Sends Acceptance Letters To People Who Never Even Applied

    Can you guess which law school committed this embarrassing mistake?

    51 Comments / / Jan 4, 2016 at 12:31 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.24.15

    * It’s a Christmas miracle! It may still be too early to tell, but it’s beginning to look a lot like there’s going to be an increase in law school applicants. Per LSAC, almost 3 percent more people have applied to law schools than last year at this time. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This is why more firms don’t hold IPOs: Slater & Gordon, the first firm to go public, may face two shareholder class-action suits — one for allegedly misleading investors and the other for its terrible performance on the market. [Guardian]

    * As 2015 draws to a close, it’s very obvious that Dentons had a “transformative” year as it gobbled up law firms left and right, and 2016 will be no different. The firm has its eyes set on Japan, Korea, Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Africa. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * A Bahamian hacker almost released a celebrity sex tape, naughty photos, and television and movie scripts for an obscene price, but not to worry, because U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (S.D.N.Y.) was busy saving the world, one sex tape at a time. [New York Times]

    * UC Hastings College of Law has appointed an acting chancellor and dean in Frank Wu’s wake. Let’s welcome David L. Faigman to the world of law school administration. Hopefully he can ease the school out of its current bar exam passage funk. [UC Hastings]

    * Joe Jamail, richest lawyer in America, King of Torts and depos, RIP. [New York Times]

    73 Comments / / Dec 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM
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    Law Schools, LSAT

    How The Grinch Lost The LSAT Exams: A Crappy Christmas Caper

    You’re a monster, LSAT Grinch! Which would-be law students will be affected by the missing LSAT answer sheets?

    8 Comments / / Dec 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.09.15

    * Charlie Sheen, not one to beat around the bush, got right down to business in a motion to dismiss his ex-fiancée’s lawsuit, calling her an “extortionist who gets paid for sex as a prostitute and porn star.” Looks like someone could use some anger management. [Fox News]

    * If you’ve been following the circus sideshow that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, you know that he’s proposed a ban on Muslims entering the country. Needless to say, this is likely completely unconstitutional, and many law profs agree on this point. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The GC of Allstate says law firm billing rates are way too damn high. Her pet peeve? “[T]he way law firms bill, the hourly rate system, and the fact that rates go up, or at least they try to have them go up year, after year, after year.” [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, except for this law school’s tuition: Texas A&M Law has announced that it will be lowering its in-state tuition by more than 15 percent, and then freezing it at that level for four years for all entering and current students. [PRNewswire]

    * If you’re a minority who’s thinking about applying to law school, there are several important things you ought to take into consideration, including which schools will provide you with a “supportive, nurturing, mentoring environment.” [U.S. News]

    77 Comments / / Dec 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Zachary Warren

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.08.15

    * My, but how quickly things change! Manhattan prosecutors might not be retrying the D&L criminal case after all. Instead, they’ve offered all of the remaining defendants plea deals. Dewey know if any of the former execs of this failed firm will take a deal? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * In case you’re wondering what’s going to happen to Zachary Warren after all of this, it looks like Cyrus Vance found it in the goodness of his heart to offer the would-be Biglaw associate a plea deal: he’ll have to plead guilty to a misdemeanor to get 200 hours of community service. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Law students, get ready to lobby even harder for this, because a proposal to do away with the American Bar Association’s ban on law students receiving academic credit for paid externships is moving forward to a notice and comment period. [ABA Journal]

    * If you’re preparing for a law school interview, you should stop freaking out about it and focus on the things that matter — like showing off your social skills to prove you’ll be employable in some way after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * After having a culpable homicide conviction for which he already served time overturned and turned into a murder conviction instead, Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was granted $688 bail since he’s not considered a “flight risk.” [NBC News]

    24 Comments / / Dec 8, 2015 at 8:53 AM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Law Schools Are To Blame For Dizzying Drops In Bar Exam Passage Rates

    How could bar exam passage rates possibly remain the same when law schools have loosened their admissions criteria?

    21 Comments / / Nov 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM
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    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Law Prof Sues Law School Over Admissions Data

    What would cause a law professor to sue the school he’s working for?

    51 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM
  • resume girl

    Law Schools

    Back In The Race: How Law School Scholarships Can Demonstrate Effective Lawyering Skills

    Employers should look at whether an applicant attended law school on scholarship and what types of scholarships or discounts she received.

    43 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    One Law School’s Change In Fortune

    This dean’s comment on the issues at hand defies all the evidence.

    15 Comments / / Nov 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Bar Exam Failure Rates: The Worst Is Yet to Come

    To keep money flowing, many schools dramatically lowered admissions standards beyond any acceptable standard.

    28 Comments / / Nov 3, 2015 at 4:32 PM
  • I think he's talking about law school.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.30.15

    * Even Jordan Weissmann of Slate, who is relatively pro-law school, accepts that there are some people who shouldn’t bother going. [Slate]

    * Yet another prosecutor with a temper: sorry he whipped out a gun at the office, but “Assistant Prosecutor Chris White is really [really, really] afraid of spiders.” [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

    * Moot Court: the movie! Unleash your inner gunner and check out this documentary next month. [DOC NYC]

    * Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner (and apparently there’s no law or regulation against this). [Grub Street / New York Magazine]

    * Professor Michael Koehler on “The Uncomfortable Truths and Double Standards of Bribery Enforcement” (beyond the FCPA). [FCPA Professor]

    * Nationwide Layoff Watch: sports bloggers. Grantland, RIP. [Bloomberg]

    * ICYMI, here’s your chance to be a D.C. judge (Superior Court, not D.D.C. or D.C. Cir.). [D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission]

    * Elsewhere in interesting employment opportunities, Practical Law / Thomson Reuters is looking for an experienced IP lawyer to join its Intellectual Property & Technology Service. [Glassdoor]

    * We wish all our readers a happy (and safe) Halloween — and remind you to submit legally themed costumes in our annual competition. [Above the Law]

    15 Comments / / Oct 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.28.15

    * Good news, everyone! Legally Blonde 3 is supposedly in the works, and Reese Witherspoon says that the movie may involve Elle Woods becoming a Supreme Court justice or some kind of an elected official. It’s really too bad that SCOTUS robes aren’t pink. [Washington Post]

    * Biglaw firms aren’t the only ones that are downsizing when it comes to their headcount. Case in point, Lear Corporation’s in-house legal department has dropped from 20 attorneys to 11, but its GC Terry Larking says it’s working for the company. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Cornell Law School will be teaming up with Cornell Tech to launch a new LL.M. degree in law, technology, and entrepreneurship. Like most LL.M. degrees, we imagine that it will cost a pretty penny, but that its overall value on the market will be low. [Cornell Chronicle]

    * “Do we really need to protect people from trying to achieve their dreams?” Professor Noah Feldman of Harvard Law thinks we shouldn’t coddle law school applicants who are unlikely to pass a bar or try to “save” them from a lifetime of debt. [Bloomberg View]

    * She shoots, she scores? An ex-cheerleader filed suit against the Milwaukee Bucks under the Fair Labor Standards Act because she alleges she was paid less than minimum wage to cheer for the team. The suit is the first of its kind filed against an NBA team. [ABC News]

    41 Comments / / Oct 28, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • resume girl

    Law Schools

    Let The Law School Class Action Lawsuits Proceed: 5 Defenses That Don’t Work

    If any of the remaining law school lawsuits end up in appeal, the motions to dismiss should be denied and the cases be allowed to proceed.

    53 Comments / / Oct 21, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.21.15

    * Arizona Summit Law wasn’t the only law school to post an embarrassing passage rate on the July 2015 administration of the bar exam. Only 28 percent of test-takers from this law school passed, but its dean says that the scores don’t “reflect a problem with the school’s quality.” Hey, whatever helps you get to sleep at night. [Tennessean]

    * Speaking of bar passage rates, if you’re applying to law school, should you care about them? Job statistics are probably a more telling measurement when comparing schools, but then again, it’s harder to get a job when you can’t pass the bar exam. [U.S. News]

    * “It’s a huge blow to his tenure as DA.” The mistrial in the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former executives is putting a major damper on what was supposed to be Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s crackdown on corporate crime. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Thanks to the Department of Education’s “gainful employment rule,” for-profit law schools could be in trouble when it comes to eligibility for federal student loans under the “debt-to-earnings” test. This certainly may put a crimp in Infilaw’s style. [Huffington Post]

    * The vast majority of all class members in the Subway “footlong” lawsuit aren’t likely to see a dime. This is fine because they don’t need to see any “dough,” but a guarantee that the company’s next spokesperson won’t be a child predator would be nice. [WSJ Law Blog]

    55 Comments / / Oct 21, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • resume girl

    Law Schools

    4 Types Of People Who Might Be Good Candidates For Law School

    Yes, there ARE some people who are good candidates for law school today — might you be one of them?

    64 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM