Paul Campos

  • Pass Fail Exam

    Bar Exams, Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    A Law School That Preys Upon Students With Weak Test Scores For Financial Gain

    Do these institutions epitomize the law school scam? A law professor says yes.

    106 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM
  • law_school LF

    Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, New York Times

    Yet Another Defense Of Law Schools (Yawn)

    Who’s coming to the defense of legal academia in the New York Times now?

    21 Comments / / Apr 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • Y

    Law Schools, Sports

    You Should Go To Law School Because… Skiing? Sure, Why Not?

    Law schools need to get students through the door somehow, and the whole “we’re good at teaching law” thing is sooo 2013.

    20 Comments / / Jan 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM
  • Sad Teenager in Santas Hat

    Asians, Crime, Football, Holidays and Seasons, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.26.13

    * Let’s hit some lingering holiday stories that came in after we went off the air on Tuesday. Think of it as your Christmas hangover. First up, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, reimagined as a lesson on pregnancy discrimination. [Bolek Besser Glesius]

    * On a related note, here’s a nice chart comparing the original poem with the legalese version created by Dezert-Rose. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Well, that’s one thing you can do with law reporters in the age of Westlaw and Lexis. [Legal Cheek]

    * Isn’t it really nice of prosecutors when they actually try to fulfill their constitutional obligations? [Katz Justice]

    * A life lesson for these thieves: there’s no such thing as a Christmas tree that doesn’t shed. [Legal Juice]

    * The lawyers supposedly told NFL players they would not be taking any of the concussion settlement money. There’s a lesson to be had here about how you shouldn’t trust lawyers. [Overlawyered]

    * Professor Nancy Leong went on Ashley Madison with a “white” profile and an “Asian” profile. The Asian profile got more hits. Is this interesting? Sure. Is this the sort of academic work worth charging law students $180K to support? Not so much. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    2 Comments / / Dec 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM
  • bubble burst LF

    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    The Law School Bubble Is Bursting: Over 80% Of Law Schools Estimated To Be Operating At A Loss

    Someday James Cameron will make an epic movie about law schools.

    65 Comments / / Nov 13, 2013 at 2:26 AM
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    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, State Attorneys General

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.17.13

    * Harry Belafonte is suing MLK’s kids to establish ownership of a few documents. Why won’t the King kids jump in de line? [CNN]

    * Bad news for Charleston Law: South Carolina has decided to pass on taking over the school. To InfiLaw and Beyond! [The State]

    * Sometimes advertising creates some strange bedfellows. This story brought to you by the U.S. News rankings. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * School sends in a fake masked gunman to scare kids as part of a lesson. This will end well. [Jezebel]

    * Maryland’s Attorney General is a terrible backseat driver. Do with that information what you will. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Sullivan & Cromwell is bringing in Jeffrey Wall, an assistant to the Solicitor General, to be co-head of its appellate practice. [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Some advice that you wish someone imparted back in the day. [Legal Cheek]

    * The government shutdown wasn’t as much about tearing down government as it was about creating a paradoxical dictatorship of freedom. Time to brush up on your Carl Schmitt, y’all. [Concurring Opinions]

    * The legal issues involved in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The traffic laws governing flying cars not included. [The Legal Geeks]

    3 Comments / / Oct 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM
  • 220px-Zombies_NightoftheLivingDead

    9th Circuit, Benchslaps, Federalist Society, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.09.13

    * Just in time for Halloween, here’s a real Night of the Living Dead scenario. In Ohio you only have 3 years to challenge a ruling that you’re legally dead. After that, regardless of how f**king “alive” you are, you have to stay dead. [WTAE]

    * Remember the epic Ninth Circuit benchslap oral argument? Well, the government read the writing on the wall and has confessed error and vowed to use the video of the oral argument as a training tool for its attorneys. We hope they’ll consider using the ATL write-up as supplemental reading material. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Corporette offers some good advice on how to write great cover letters. A good start is not writing one like this guy we profiled awhile ago. [Corporette]

    * A fund has been set up to help the man injured in the alleged hit-and-run involving a Hastings student. [We Pay]

    * Law schools tell us they’re moving toward a model encouraging practical skills… and keep hiring more professors without any practical skills. #fail [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Does anyone remember 16 Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford? Let’s say you do. Here are revised lyrics for 1Ls. [Law Prof Blawg]

    * Infographic telling us what we all knew — the bubble done burst. [Online Paralegal Programs]

    * The Ole Miss FedSoc has readopted Colonel Reb, the now departed Ole Miss mascot, who the student body rose up and tried to replace with Admiral Ackbar solely because the collected student body figured out this was racist (prompting one of my friends to create this brilliant image). So as Elie asks, “Is it really news that the Ole Miss FedSoc is raceist?” [Ole Miss]

    * A visit with Bill Coleman Jr., the first African-American Supreme Court clerk. [Judicial Clerk Review]

    * More about the Stephentown incident in which 300 kids broke into a guy’s house and live-tweeted the $20,000 in damage they did. Some parents have threatened to sue him for identifying the kids who ruined his house — because blaming the victim is awesome! [IT-Lex]

    * Today in contrarian arguments, fracking could solve the global water crisis. [Breaking Energy]

    2 Comments / / Oct 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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    Books, Law Schools, Pictures

    Deciding To Go To Law School In One Epic Flowchart

    If you’ve been waiting for an infographic to explain why you shouldn’t go to law school, here you go!

    36 Comments / / Oct 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • GULC_south_quad-RF

    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Law School Dean Responds To Accusations of Inflating Tuition at Taxpayer Expense

    A week after accusations surfaced that a top law school was gaming the federal government, the dean responds — not very persuasively.

    7 Comments / / Aug 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM
  • Chris Brown

    8th Circuit, Cars, Clerkships, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.16.13

    * Chris Brown might buy his lawyer Mark Geragos a Lamborghini. Brown is quite an automotive expert. The upswinging doors make it sooo much easier to throw a girlfriend out of. [TMZ]

    * Politics is all about figurative whoring, but a county board has dumped its lawyer for soliciting a crack whore. Actually, maybe politics is literal whoring. [Badger Pundit]

    * Gourmand’s Grater, the kitchen product created by a former lawyer we mentioned a couple weeks ago, has opened its crowdfunding campaign. [Indie GoGo]

    * Finnegan is ditching its Belgium office and moving to London. How can a firm turn its back on a city classy enough to have a urinating child as a symbol? [The Lawyer]

    *Access online today’s nude dancing decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. And you’re interested because this is the audience that went crazy for a post about a Playmate from 1994. [How Appealing]

    * Did you fall for the new U.S. News rankings? Silly readers. Paul Campos breaks down exactly how Rutgers-Newark gamed the system. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * In a New York state case, “[a] calendar call in the courthouse would require the clerk to shout out ‘JesusIsLord ChristIsKing’ or ‘Rejoice ChristIsKing.’” See, now THAT is a name that’s sacrilegious — not having a baby named Messiah. [NY Times]

    * Yet another reason students should steer clear of law school: most of them have no critical thinking or argumentation skills. [Huffington Post]

    * We’ve mentioned NYU Law grad and former S.D.N.Y. clerk Eli Northrup and his band Pants Velour before. Now they have a new jingle for Dial 7 car service. Check it out after the jump….

    4 Comments / / Aug 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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    Boalt Hall, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans, Videos, YouTube

    Law Schools Devise Trick To Game Taxpayers

    Washington Post catches on to what many of us have been predicting: law schools are using debt-forgiveness programs to line their own pockets.

    15 Comments / / Aug 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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    Bankruptcy, Books, International Law, Law Firm Mergers, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.31.13

    * Daniel Chong, the student that the DEA locked in a cell and forgot about for a few days, has settled his lawsuit against the government for $4.1 million. No snark here, congratulations. [CNN]

    * Meanwhile, O.J. Simpson is getting parole (but not quite getting released yet). Here comes Naked Gun 4! [ABC News]

    * A Kenyan lawyer is challenging the trial of Jesus Christ at the International Court of Justice. [Legal Cheek]

    * Professor Paul Campos notes that from 2004-2013, it’s gotten much easier to get into law school. This year 80 percent of students applying to law school will get in somewhere. At least the profession is upholding its high standards. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * DMX declared bankruptcy because bankruptcy actually makes it easier to get a passport. How is DMX broke? Are the residuals from Exit Wounds not paying the bills? [Grantland]

    * King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin LLP are merging to create one of the largest law firms in the world. Dewey think a merger is a good idea? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A follow-up on a previous item, checking in on the status of the petition to save the federal defenders one week in. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * A profile of the “eighth governor” of the Federal Reserve and Georgetown Law grad, General Counsel Scott G. Alvarez. I would say this is a fascinating look at a prominent regulatory staff member, but the article makes it clear that “regulation” is not exactly the Alvarez agenda. [DealBook]

    * Watch the dean of a law school defend a 0 percent bar passage rate. [ABC 33/40]

    * Another new resource out there — LawTrades. Basically, it’s ZocDoc for lawyers where lawyers can register and prospective clients can search for an attorney who meets their needs. [LawTrades]

    * What are the greatest legal novels of all time? The ABA Journal assembled a panel including our own David Lat and provided a list. You can disagree, but I see one of Archer’s favorites made the list (clip after the jump)…

    7 Comments / / Jul 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • dead grass

    Biglaw, Crime, Death Penalty, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Federal Government, General Counsel, Google / Search Engines, In-House Counsel, Jury Duty, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Small Law Firms, Technology, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 07.29.13

    * When it comes to the U.S. Congress — especially the current one, said to be the least productive and least popular in history — and federal lawmaking, “action isn’t the same as accomplishment.” [Boston Globe]

    * The Department of Justice won’t seek the death penalty against Edward Snowden, but only because the crime he’s charged with doesn’t carry that kind of punishment as an option. But oh, Eric Holder can wish. [CNN]

    * Sorry to burst your bubble, but Biglaw as we know it is on a respirator, so be prepared to recite its last rites. The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber responds to the critics of last week’s hard-hitting piece. [New Republic]

    * The grass isn’t greener on the other side right now. Revenue per lawyer rose at Biglaw firms in 2012 (up 8.5 percent), but small firms struggled (with RPL down 8.1 percent). Ouch. [National Law Journal]

    * Let me Google that for you: Hot new technology startups have been looking to lawyers who hail from the innovative internet company’s ranks when staffing their own legal departments. [The Recorder]

    * If you’re wondering why more financial crimes haven’t been prosecuted since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008, it’s probably because they’re too just difficult for most juries to understand. Comforting. [NPR]

    * In a recent interview having to do with all of the problems that law schools are currently facing, from shrinkage to joblessness, Professor Paul Campos sat down to politely say, “Told ya so.” [Denver Post]

    6 Comments / / Jul 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • Law school keyboard LF

    Alan Dershowitz, Dahlia Lithwick, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Student Loans

    How Can We Fix Law School? Six Experts Opine

    Which of these legal education reform proposals do you agree with? And what is your favorite idea for fixing law school?

    35 Comments / / Jul 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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    Caption Contests, Contests, Job Searches, Law Schools, Pictures

    Caption Contest Winner: Futures Made, Bank Accounts Crippled

    With advertisements like this, it’s no wonder law schools are getting sued over employment statistics.

    2 Comments / / Mar 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM
  • Seal_of_the_United_States_Supreme_Court

    Biglaw, Elena Kagan, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Morning Docket, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.20.13

    * OMG! Get ready to have a lawgasm, because the Supreme Court is going to be releasing same-day audio recordings from oral arguments during next week’s gay marriage cases: Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. [National Law Journal]

    * “Way to go, Justice.” Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan work out with a personal trainer who’s got a client list that would make Article III Groupie swoon — and he just so happens to be a records manager at D.C.’s federal court. [Washington Post]

    * Debevoise & Plimpton’s littlest litigatrix, Mary Jo White, sailed her way through the Senate Banking Committee with a vote of 21-to-1. Her nomination to lead the SEC will now head to the full Senate. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “Our 2012 numbers aren’t as good as we would have liked.” Gee, ya think? From attorney headcount to gross revenue to profits per partner, just about everything was down in 2012 for Fried Frank. [Am Law Daily]

    * Eckert Seamans will be merging with Sterns & Weinroth, adding 17 partners and seven associates to its ranks. Someone please come up with the semen joke so I don’t have to. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * As if Inside the Law School Scam weren’t candid enough, Professor Paul Campos sat down for an interview to discuss how to make an informed decision when considering law school. [U.S. News & World Report]

    2 Comments / / Mar 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Celebrity Deathmatch

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Student Loans

    Celebrity Law Prof Death Match: Paul Campos v. Brian Leiter

    Two law professors accuse each other of going off the deep end… and this time it’s totally personal.

    63 Comments / / Mar 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM
  • Paul Campos 2 RF Paul F Campos

    Blogging, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Media and Journalism

    Farewell To Inside The Law School Scam

    Paul Campos leaves, but the fight for honesty about legal education continues.

    65 Comments / / Feb 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

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