• Tom Brady (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.24.15

    * The Second Circuit has scheduled oral arguments in the NFL’s appeal of the Deflategate case for March 3. Roger Goodell is going to be pretty pissed off that Tom Brady can deflate his balls without being disturbed by legal issues until after Super Bowl 50. [Reuters]

    * Corporate partner Pierre Boivin of McCarthy Tetrault, a Canadian Biglaw firm, was one of the hostages who survived the Mali terror attacks last Friday. According to the firm, his friends, family, and colleagues are “tremendously relieved” that he’s safe. [ABA Journal]

    * LexisNexis purchased litigation analytics company Lex Machina for an undisclosed sum, but rumor has it that the company’s asking price was $30 to $35 million. Its co-founder says the deal came close to those numbers. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Just in time for Black Friday online deals, a new Symantec report is out that says consumers are growing increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. On that note, let’s get to know each other a little better. What’s your mother’s maiden name? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’re planning to take the LSAT in December and you still don’t have a game plan set out for how you’re going to manage your time while taking the test, you may have already screwed yourself. Best of luck! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    29 Comments / / Nov 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Legally Blonde Poster

    Trivia Question of the Day

    Elle Woods Is A Badass

    The LSAT? What, like it’s hard?

    20 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 3:42 PM
  • bar-exam-300x182

    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
  • sad lawyer bad business

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Sponsored Content

    Will Declining LSAT Scores And Bar Passage Rates Shift The Legal Landscape?

    We may soon see a reduction in talent in the market for associates.

    / Oct 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM
  • 800px-Lion_in_masai_mara

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.13.15

    * Zimbabwe officials won’t charge Dr. Walter Palmer in the slaying of Cecil the lion since he had proper paperwork, but he likely won’t be allowed to hunt if he ever returns. This will not stand. It’s now time for the American vigilante animal-lover justice team to assemble. [Reuters]

    * Per the results of two new surveys, Biglaw firms can stop worrying about their work drying up thanks to in-house law departments keeping matters in-house. Outside spending on legal counsel is flat as opposed to in the negative, and that’s apparently something to celebrate. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This school puts the “duh” in Flori-duh: As we mentioned previously, Ave Maria School of Law was the caboose on the trainwreck that was the July 2015 administration of the Florida bar exam, and now people can’t stop staring at the wreckage. [Naples Daily News]

    * The Cannabis Law and Policy Project, a new group at the University of Washington School of Law, will spend the next year researching existing and emerging markets for marijuana. We can’t wait for them to puff, puff, pass on their knowledge. [UW Today]

    * If you’re planning to take the LSAT with testing accommodations, there are a few things that you need to know. Find out what types of accommodations are available, and be sure to file your — OMG, SQUIRREL! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    46 Comments / / Oct 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • LSAT 2 RF

    Career Center, Career Files, LSAT, Pre-Law

    From The Career Files: Law School Application Strategies For People Re-Taking The LSAT

    You took the October LSAT exam, but you are planning to take the test again in December. What should you do to prepare?

    / Oct 9, 2015 at 12:29 PM
  • Keith Lee

    Law Schools, LSAT

    The Continuing Decline In LSAT Takers

    Which states have seen the biggest declines in LSAT takers?

    23 Comments / / Aug 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM
  • dunce

    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Who Is To Blame For The Dumbing Of The Legal Profession?

    What’s responsible for the dumbing down of America’s lawyers? Spoiler alert — law schools are to blame.

    77 Comments / / Aug 20, 2015 at 12:55 PM
  • Britney Spears (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.04.15

    * Her dad’s the ringleader, he calls the shots; she’s like a firecracker, she makes it hot: Since “everything is working perfectly” under pop star Britney Spears’s conservatorship — which has been in effect for the past seven years — it’ll likely stay that way indefinitely. [Us Weekly]

    * Well, that was fun while it lasted. The ABA did away with its year-old LSAT exemption rule in record time. Law schools will only have until 2017 to lard up classes with students who haven’t taken the exam. Good luck and Godspeed. [National Law Journal via TaxProf Blog]

    * Simpson Thacher isn’t the only Biglaw firm that allegedly blew it when it came to turning hundreds of General Motors’ secured creditors into unsecured creditors. Mayer Brown is also facing twin class-action suits for this $1.5 billion boo-boo. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Good news, everyone! The ABA approved a merger between Rutgers Law-Camden and Rutgers Law-Newark, and we’re going to look at this in a positive light because theoretically speaking, there’s now one less law school out there. []

    * “Are Law Schools Skewing Job Placement Numbers?” In a word, yes. Not to be a complete pessimist realist, but come on, you know most school-funded positions exist solely to prop up any given law school’s less-than-pleasing job statistics. [Bloomberg]

    * When you’ve taken the lives of so many, no one cares about your sad life story. A Colorado jury inched closer to inflicting the death penalty upon convicted movie theater shooter James Holmes in the second phase of his trial’s penalty portion. [New York Times]

    21 Comments / / Aug 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • ArrowGoingDown

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.28.15

    * Despite the fact that the 25/75 percentile LSAT range for many law schools has dropped precipitously, some schools still care about LSAT scores — because they care about you (and their U.S. News rank). [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Maryland Law and Baltimore Law are going to be teaming up to launch a solo practice incubator for their recent graduates, and BC, BU, and Northeastern will be doing the same thing in 2016. Full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage is required for all! [National Law Journal]

    * The Dacheng Dentons merger has the potential to completely change the legal profession as we know it, or fall flat on its face and be remembered as a good idea that went wrong. It’s been six months, and we’re all still waiting to see what happens. [Financial Times]

    * The criminal case against ex-Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov is like the Energizer bunny in that it keeps going, and going, and going, and going. Manhattan DA Cy Vance is appealing Aleynikov’s overturned conviction. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “The unfortunate scenario alleged in the complaint cries out for a legislative fix, not a judicial nix.” As expected, terminally ill civil rights attorney Christy McDonnell’s right-to-die lawsuit was dismissed by a California judge yesterday. How depressing. [AP]

    8 Comments / / Jul 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM
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    Career Center, Career Files, LSAT, Pre-Law

    From The Career Files: Jumping The LSAT Hurdle

    Other than the rare examples of law schools here and here, you’re going to need to take the LSAT to get into law school.

    / Jul 24, 2015 at 2:58 PM
  • need a job LF

    Law Schools, LSAT

    Is A Law School Recovery Just Around The Corner?

    Deans and admissions experts are hoping, wishing, and praying for relief.

    38 Comments / / Jul 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM
  • Game of Loans

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.14.15

    * With sagging enrollment and disappointing job statistics, offering students some tuition reimbursement if they’re still unemployed nine months after graduation is a great way to put asses in seats. We’ll have more to say about this news later today. [New York Times]

    * Testimony in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial got a little more interesting when jurors learned that the plan to cook the firm’s books to the tune of more than $50 million was hatched after a pricey steak dinner at Del Frisco’s. Don’t all evil Biglaw plans come together after an expensive steak dinner? [DealBook / New York Times]

    * These people just won the criminal justice reform lottery: In case you missed it, President Barack Obama commuted the sentenced of 46 nonviolent drug offenders in order to shine a light on punishments that didn’t fit the crimes committed. [POLITICO]

    * Pay close attention to this information, gunners, because it probably applies to you. Per a new study conducted by two Colorado Law professors, LSAT scores are an “overvalued predictor” of future law school grades and résumé builders don’t matter. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Osvaldo Miranda Diaz, the lawyer who called Cuba’s criminal justice system “disgusting” during a presentation he gave to visiting U.S. lawyers, secured a full ride for Duke Law’s LLM program thanks to one of his audience members. Congrats! [Daily Business Review]

    13 Comments / / Jul 14, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • I am John, and I speak for the billables.


    Non-Sequiturs: 07.10.15

    * The slashing of the Quinn Emanuel summer program gets the Dr. Seuss (a great legal inspiration in his own right) treatment. And from what we hear, John Quinn likes this cartoon so much he wants to buy the image. [The Recorder] * Prosecutors subpoena a 3 month old girl to testify. When informed of […]

    18 Comments / / Jul 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM
  • Woo, summer associates, yeah!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.08.15

    * FYI, it may be a “nine-week job interview—for both sides,” but summer associates hardly have room to complain when they’re being wined, dined, and paid up to $3,000 per week to work at the Biglaw firms where they landed jobs. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Hot take alert: Per our favorite (and sometimes controversial) blogging jurist, Richard Kopf of the District of Nebraska, “Senator Ted Cruz is not fit to be President” because he wants to allow voters to boot SCOTUS justices. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Maria Mitousis, the divorce lawyer who was seriously injured after a bomb allegedly mailed to her by a client’s ex-husband exploded in her office, says she’ll be back to work ASAP. Her hand got blown off and she still wants to bill. What’s your excuse? [CBC News]

    * Former Galveston County (Texas) Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was recently arrested and charged with two counts of online harassment after he allegedly created sex ads featuring his exes. He sounds like a real winner, y’all. [Crimesider / CBS News]

    * This prospective law student got a 173 on the LSAT and wants to know whether it would be advisable to retake the exam. Are you actually kidding me with this? You’ll get in almost anywhere with a 173 and a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    10 Comments / / Jul 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM
  • lsat studying

    Law Schools, LSAT

    Sample LSAT Questions Rejected By The LSAC

    If you’re thinking about applying to law school, try answering these questions from columnist Shannon Achimalbe — which might motivate you to study harder or to reconsider applying.

    31 Comments / / Jun 3, 2015 at 12:18 PM
  • Josh Seiter (Photo by The Bachelorette/ABC)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.20.15

    * Thus far, five law schools — Hawaii, Iowa, St. John’s, Drake, and Buffalo — have decided to drop the LSAT for top-performing applicants, and it’s no surprise that all five law schools have watched their enrollment numbers take traumatic tumbles. [Bloomberg Business]

    * “[E]veryone calls colleagues for advice, particularly when we get gnarly jury notes.” As it turns out, judges in the Southern District of New York are big proponents of the “phone a friend” lifeline for their trickier cases. FYI, those friends are never law profs. [New York Times]

    * Well, that was incredibly quick! Josh Seiter, the 2013 graduate of Chicago-Kent Law who’s built a successful career stripping, working as an escort, and appearing on reality TV shows, didn’t even make it past the first rose ceremony on The Bachelorette. [Heavy]

    * Without WARNing? Butler & Hosch, one of the largest foreclosure firm’s in the country, decided to abruptly close up shop, leaving hundreds of attorneys and staff members of out work. Sources have told us that the firm was unable to make payroll. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Sorry, boutiques, but according to Lexis/Nexis CounselLink’s Enterprise Legal Management Trends report, the biggest of all Biglaw firms are controlling the market when it comes to performing specialized IP litigation work. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * As we mentioned previously, Sam Kamin of Denver Law is the first professor to hold a pot law professorship. Here’s an interesting Q&A with the law firm partner who came up with the idea. See Prof. Kamin at our marijuana law event in June. [National Law Journal]

    33 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • 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