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    5th Circuit, Fashion, Laurence Tribe, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Pornography, Rankings, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Summer Associates, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.03.14

    * Dan Marino was suing the NFL over concussions, becoming the highest profile former player to level a suit against the league. Among his allegations, he claims concussions led him to hold that ball laces in for Ray Finkle. Why do I say “was,” you ask? Because he claims he filed suit accidentally. No greater proof of the dangers of concussions necessary. [Awful Announcing]

    * The Supreme Court used to gather in the basement and watch porn together according to Larry Tribe (affiliate link). Best anecdote is Justice Marshall narrating porn to the nearly blind Justice Harlan. You can spoil the ending for Justice Harlan here. [Washington Post]

    * It turns out the Brits have their own obsession with law school rankings. Here’s their “league table” for a legal education. [The Guardian]

    * You know not to wear a bikini to the firm pool party, but what should you wear to the other summer events? [Corporette]

    * An article ponders when firms are going to figure out that recent law school grads are perfect paralegals. Thanks for that kick in the gut. [New Geography]

    * Following up on an older story, the Fifth Circuit has withdrawn a ruling made in 2007 upon revelations that one of the judges involved had a financial interest in one of the parties. [Center for Public Integrity]

    * Do we need more reasons why Bitcoin is stupid? Ah, it’s used in messy divorces to hide assets. Perfect. [Digital Journal]

    * Debt collectors are increasingly giving up on calling you all the time and just seeking default judgments. [Huffington Post]

    * From the SUNY Buffalo commencement, Judge Thomas Franczyk and graduate Joey Nicastro took the stage to perform a song for the occasion. Francis Malofiy is already planning to sue them. Video below….

    4 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • studentloandebtmoneypile RF

    Bad Ideas, Law Schools, Student Loans

    Student Debt Collector Takes Out Loan For Unaccredited Law School

    When trying to be prudent just isn’t enough.

    19 Comments / / May 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM
  • 'We've traced the call from Sallie Mae. It's coming from inside the house.'

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Social Media, Student Loans

    Tales From The Crypt: Terrifying Law School And Law Firm Horror Stories

    These chilling tales will give you goosebumps. Keep reading, if you dare!

    70 Comments / / May 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM
  • law_school1-e13663075495591-RF

    Law Schools, Student Loans

    Law School Announces 30 Percent Tuition Cut

    For the second straight year, this law school announced a generous tuition cut.

    13 Comments / / May 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM
  • scalia talking RF

    Antonin Scalia, Commencement, Law Professors, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, William and Mary School of Law

    Justice Scalia: The Current Law School Model Is ‘Not Sustainable’

    Even Justice Scalia, a defender of the three-year model of law school, believes that some things have to change.

    47 Comments / / May 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM
  • Good bye, sweet Generalist. We hardly knew ye.

    Non-Sequiturs, Sonia Sotomayor, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.14.14

    * When people tell you that you can do anything with a law degree, they’re wrong. Sounds like… everything Elie writes. [Slate]

    * Student debt is dragging down the economy. Is today “every news outlet catches up with Elie Day”? [New York Times]

    * Everyone’s talking about the law student turned prostitute. What about the law professor who was a gigolo? [The Nota Bene]

    * Baker Hostetler lawyer leaving the law to start a gym. With any luck he’ll have a championship dodgeball team in no time. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * Just a reminder, there isn’t a “telling a university everything you’ve done for an oral history” privilege. [BBC]

    * An argument for Republicans to get serious about loosening the reins on technological innovation like the Republican Party of old. But that might require saying no to some billionaire donor, so that’s off the table. [The American Conservative]

    * Professor Will Baude pointed us to a fun new law professor blog from Professor Richard Re, soon to be of UCLA Law, with an even more fun title. Here he compares Justice Sotomayor’s dissent in Schuette to Quidditch. [Re’s Judicata]

    * A new show about law school. It’s supposedly about criminal law, but the trailer looks more like a professional responsibility fact pattern. [YouTube]

    0 Comments / / May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM
  • gradenfreude pic RF

    Courthouses, Job Searches, Money, Student Loans

    In What State Do Courthouse Janitors Make More Money Than Prosecutors?

    Which state is allowing entry-level government attorneys to live in squalor?

    123 Comments / / May 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM
  • 'My life was so ruff before law school...'

    Law Schools, Old People, Quote of the Day, Student Loans

    Old Dog Goes To Law School To Learn New Tricks

    This guy paid a lot of money to learn how to win fights with his wife…

    24 Comments / / May 8, 2014 at 3:20 PM
  • "So if I take out $159K in loans, and my job pays $160K, I'll be paid off in a year!"

    Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Student Loans

    Law School Loves That You’re Bad At Math

    Can you calculate debt? No? Have we got an education for you!

    20 Comments / / May 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings, Student Loans

    3 Things Wrong With Above the Law’s Law School Rankings

    Time to hate on the ATL Rankings.

    25 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM
  • J.D. = Just Debt

    Law Schools, Money, Rankings, Student Loans

    The Law Schools With The Least-Indebted Graduates

    Which law school graduates have the least debt of all? There’s a ranking for that!

    23 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM
  • upskirt

    Attorney Misconduct, Basketball, Biglaw, Canada, Death Penalty, Election Law, Federal Judges, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Sports, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 04.30.14

    * For the third year in a row, Skadden has topped the list of the Biglaw firms GCs love to pay, the firms with the best brands. Kirkland & Ellis and Latham & Watkins rounded out the top three. Congratulations! [PRWeb]

    * A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter identification law yesterday, noting that it “only tenuously serve[d] the state’s interest in preventing voter fraud.” Ouch. Sorry about that, Scott Walker. [Bloomberg]

    * Hot on the heels of the release of the second annual ATL Law School Rankings, we’ve got a list of the law schools where graduates reportedly have the least amount of debt. We’ll have more on this news later today. [The Short List / U.S. News & World Report]

    * It was kind of like the night of the living dead in Oklahoma last night, where an execution was botched so badly the defendant attempted to rise up off the table. That must have been horrific. [New York Times]

    * Here’s an eligible bachelor alert: After being suspended from practice for six months for filming “upskirt” videos of women in public, this in-house lawyer has been reinstated. [Legal Intelligencer (reg. req.)]

    * Poor Justice Lori Douglas. Not only are her kinky S&M pictures floating around somewhere online, but the man who took them — her husband, Jack King — just died. RIP, good sir. [CTV Winnipeg News]

    * NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, a former Cravath lawyer, fouled L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the league, but people are questioning whether his punishment was legal. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    2 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM
  • DLA Piper won't 'like' this lawsuit.

    Facebook, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Student Loans, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.17.14

    * Cheerios is claiming that “Liking” them on Facebook constitutes a waiver of the right to sue. Let’s take this moment to encourage everyone to Like Above the Law on Facebook. [NY Times]

    * New study determines that the United States is an oligarchy instead of a democracy. You’re telling me a government explicitly founded on the principle that only a handful of wealthy men should have a voice grew into an oligarchy? Quelle surprise!

    * Oh look, John Edwards is back. [Slate]

    * In the continuing saga of NYU’s allegedly shady spending, there are now reports that former NYU Law Dean and current NYU President John Sexton used school funds to convert two apartments into a duplex for his son. His son was married to an NYU Law employee and as I’ve said before, a school located in housing-scarce Manhattan should be able to do something to house professors, but as they say, “the optics” aren’t good. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Musings on what it’s like to clerk in the midst of “flyover country” (presumably like my early childhood home of Des Moines). It makes a valiant effort to redeem itself at the end, but this article is exactly why most parts of the country think New Yorkers are elitist dicks. Which, we kind of are, but you don’t want to broadcast that. [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * The government is profiting handsomely from law students. Is that really a bad thing? [Law & Economics Prof Blog]

    * A D.C. law professor is now a movie star. [Washington City Paper]

    * The judge in the New Orleans Affordable Housing case may know the real identity of one of the anonymous commenters in the case. And if one of the anonymous trolls was a federal prosecutor poisoning the well in the case — like everyone suspects — it could aid the defense. [Times-Picayune]

    * For those of you across the pond, there’s a one-day event for lawyers on the business case for Corporate Social Responsibility. It’s in England because American companies have already passed on the idea of corporate responsibility. [International Law Society]

    1 Comment / / Apr 17, 2014 at 5:01 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
  • Tuition cut

    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Student Loans

    Haters Gonna Hate On Tuition-Cutting Law School

    When a tuition cut doesn’t make everybody happy, I’m the voice of reason.

    10 Comments / / Apr 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Which Law School Just Cut Tuition By 15 Percent?

    Will an almost $25K decrease make a difference when it comes to loan payments? It depends.

    76 Comments / / Apr 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • Zac Efron

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Disasters / Emergencies, Guns / Firearms, Law Firm Mergers, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Movies, Patton Boggs, Student Loans, Violence

    Morning Docket: 04.03.14

    * Dentons still has the urge to merge with a U.S. firm, and now it’s trying to tempt Patton Boggs away from Squire Sanders with a “serious overture.” Bow chika bow wow. [The Lawyer]

    * Despite all the outrage over Albany Law’s faculty buyouts, some have already accepted the package offered. Looks like anything’s possible for the right price. [Albany Business Review]

    * Guess which law school is cutting tuition by a whole lot? Some hints: it’s in New York and it’s been selling off real estate. We’ll have more on this later. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Perhaps this could be considered a gift of provisional accreditation: Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Attorney General in President George W. Bush’s administration, is now dean at Belmont Law. [The Tennessean]

    * Take a look at this new paper by Professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld on race and culture in law school admissions. Actually, it’s fake, but it’s sad that it could, in theory, be very real. [Washington Post]

    * Zac Efron is going to star as a Yale Law grad forced by criminals to work in the world’s largest Biglaw firm in a film adaptation of John Grisham’s book, The Associate. OMG, he’s so cute. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Our thoughts go out to the families of those wounded and killed during the Fort Hood shooting. [AP]

    3 Comments / / Apr 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM
  • student loan debt law school loans

    Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Students Now Over $1 Trillion In Debt

    Having “access” to education is not at all the same as having “affordable” education.

    32 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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