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  • 'Should I get my money back? NO! I LOVE COOLEY!'

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.01.14

    * Since October Term 2013 came to an end, people have changed their views about the Supreme Court. Conservatives think it’s more conservative, and liberals think it’s less liberal. Funny how that works. [Pew Research Center]

    * “If a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage looks inevitable, perhaps it is.” Given how quickly lower courts are issuing marriage equality victories, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll have a SCOTUS case to follow. [Bloomberg]

    * Pre-law students still care about law school pedigree — as they rightfully should. Sure, scholarships are great and all, but attending a school where you’ll have a prayer of getting a job after graduation is even greater. [National Law Journal]

    * Speaking of pedigree, there’s a new law school ranking in town, and Yale isn’t even in the Top 5. If that doesn’t smack of legitimacy, then we don’t know what does. We’re rolling our eyes here. [InsideCounsel]

    * Cooley Law’s Ann Arbor campus may close, and students who go to the school are reportedly “pretty devastated.” Stop crying and take advantage of your loan discharge opportunities, you dopes. [MLive.com]

    0 Comments / / Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM
  • debt shackles

    California, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Student Loans

    Don’t Go Into Debt, Become A Lawyer For Free!

    J.D. = Just Debt? J.D. = Junk Degree? J.D. = Job Disabled?

    13 Comments / / Jul 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM
  • Money Bag

    Advertising, Law Students, Shameless Plugs, Sponsored Content, Student Loans, This Is an Ad

    Consolidation Options For Law School Grads

    With a little foresight, law school students can select the proper loan and create a repayment plan that is best aligned to their career and lifestyle post-graduation.

    / Jul 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Law Schools, Rankings, Student Loans

    The View From Up North: Law School Grifting

    What are the top law schools in Canada, and how much do they cost? Hint: a lot less than U.S. law schools.

    29 Comments / / Jul 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM
  • prayer LF

    Bad Ideas, Law Schools, Regent University School of Law, Religion, Student Loans

    God Told Her That YOU Should Pay For Her Law Degree

    “I believe that I will be going on His dime, 100% debt-free.” Good luck with that.

    64 Comments / / Jul 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM
  • University Student Begging with Mortar Board - Education Costs

    Politics, Student Loans

    Bipartisan Plan To Screw Poor Student Borrowers Is Actually Kind Of Good

    If you don’t care about really poor people, this plan is great!

    15 Comments / / Jul 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM
  • student-loan-debt

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Death Penalty, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.18.14

    * Now that a federal judge has classified California’s death penalty as unconstitutional, it’s only a matter of time before the issue reaches the Supreme Court. We have a feeling the justices will likely roll their eyes. [National Law Journal]

    * Word on the street is that Bingham McCutchen has got the urge to merge, and has apparently spoken to a handful of potential partners over the course of the past three months. We’ll have more on these developments later. [Reuters]

    * As it turns out, it was neither Wachtell Lipton nor Jenner & Block that managed to snag the coveted GM litigation oversight job. Nice work, Quinn Emanuel — you’re considered a “well-respected outside law firm.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Congrats, Flori-duh, you did something right. A state court judge has ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in the latest post-Windsor victory for equality. Yay! [Bloomberg]

    * Thanks to their hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school debt, many graduates are considering declaring bankruptcy. Too bad most won’t be able to get their loans discharged. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    6 Comments / / Jul 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • toilet

    Crime, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, State Attorneys General, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.17.14

    * A company has limited bathroom breaks to 6 minutes daily. Well, gutting pensions and suppressing wages hasn’t caused a revolution, why not let it ride. [Slate]

    * A Florida town has imposed criminal sanctions against sagging pants. But Chief Justice Roberts told me racism was over in the South… [Fashionista]

    * Who says crime doesn’t pay? [CBS News]

    * Mayer Brown wants you to think the Supreme Court wasn’t tilted toward business interests this Term. Yes, we all know how Homer City turned out, but maybe it’s worth evaluating this based on how important the cases were. Is Petrella really equivalent to Noel Canning? [Mayer Brown]

    * Not one, but two former Utah Attorneys General charged with corruption. [Deseret News]

    * The CFPB brought suit against a debt collection lawsuit mill. A working CFPB. One more great thing we used to get from recess appointments. Thanks Breyer. [CFPB]

    * Oh no. A law school tuition Kickstarter. [Kickstarter]

    * New York tried to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Unfortunately, the law didn’t create a remedy if the banks refused to follow the law. Well, it was our fault for thinking Albany could do something right. [WiseLaw NY]

    5 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • debt shackles

    Celebrities, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Religion, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 07.16.14

    * Per the latest Gallup study, Republican approval of SCOTUS is up, while Democratic approval is down. Gee, considering how the biggest cases of OT 2013 went down, no one should be terribly surprised by this news. [New York Times]

    * Will our leader make the grade? Law profs wrote a strongly worded letter to President Obama, asking that he not include a religious exemption in his executive order prohibiting anti-gay bias in federal contractor hiring. [National Law Journal]

    * Hey guys, there’s a new report out that contains some pretty shocking information about the realities of life after law school. Seriously, who knew that would-be lawyers were poor? Oh wait, we did. [CNN Money]

    * Washington & Lee recently surrendered its Confederate flags to appease its black student population. Here’s an interview with Brandon Hicks, the law student behind the historic movement. [Huffington Post]

    * “Fret for your latte, and fret for your lawsuit.” Tool hasn’t put out a new album in in almost a decade, and it’s all because of one pesky little lawsuit filed way back in 2007 that just won’t go away. [Rolling Stone]

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • 190px-Judge_Judy

    8th Circuit, Baseball, Dahlia Lithwick, Daily Show, Football, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.14

    * There’s a company with no revenue and no profit run out of Belize with a $6 billion market cap. And this lawyer might be the reason why. [Fortune]

    * The discrimination claim brought by former professor Teresa Wagner against the University of Iowa College of Law must be retried. Congrats, Teresa! Celebrate with a round of shots. [Iowa Appeals]

    * Chris Kluwe intends to sue the Minnesota Vikings. He has a good chance because the Vikings can’t beat anybody. [Sports Illustrated]

    * Judge Judy is suing a lawyer over advertisements. [ABA Journal]

    * A-Rod is being sued by his lawyer for $380,000 in unpaid bills. Life’s hard for multimillionaires when the income stream is temporarily suspended. [NY Daily News]

    * Breaking up is hard to do. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to dissolve a law firm ethically if you follow this advice. Dewey know anyone who could have used this advice earlier? [Legal Talk Network]

    * Indiana Tech law school is in desperation mode. Who would have seen this coming? [Third Tier Reality]

    * The horrors of law school debt are becoming more obvious even to non-students. [Law School Lemmings]

    * Jon Stewart chats with Dahlia Lithwick about the Supreme Court. Embed after the jump…. [The Daily Show]

    1 Comment / / Jul 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • change cocktail

    Cheapness, Law Schools, Money, Screw-Ups, Student Loans

    This Law School Is LITERALLY Nickel And Diming Alumni

    Is this what happens in a world of declining tuition dollars?

    16 Comments / / Jul 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM
  • debt shackles

    Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    What Would You Do If An Anonymous Donor Paid Your Law School Debt In Full?

    Many recent law school graduates are charity cases, and they could use your help.

    54 Comments / / Jul 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM
  • gun with bullets

    Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.03.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, July 4, in observance of the day when Will Smith beat those aliens.

    * Two state supreme courts rejected the bids of guns rights advocates to give felons the right to own guns. But if you outlaw guns, only outlaws… wait, that slogan doesn’t work here. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Hobby Lobby fallout. Religious groups are asking President Obama to accommodate their “sincerely held belief” that gay people don’t deserve jobs. [Talking Points Memo]

    * On the other hand, Hobby Lobby opens the door to student loan forgiveness. [Tyler Coulson]

    * People hated talking to Steve Jobs about their work. Was it because kids these days don’t understand the value of hard work? Or was it because computer geeks are notoriously introverted? [What About Paris?]

    * Don’t discriminate against people getting divorces — they’ve got enough to worry about. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Some legal academics think bank executives should be paid in bonds. Here are some arguments against that. [Fortune]

    15 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
  • Buy now keyboard button

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Student Loans

    Law School Is Not A Stock: It’s A Very Expensive Lotto Ticket

    Above the Law v. Slate law school deathmatch, round 3.

    24 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM
  • boob job

    Breasts, Student Loans, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Student Loans Lead To A Job — A Boob Job​

    This is an “interesting” way to use loans that were supposed to pay for law school.

    16 Comments / / Jun 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Hillary Clinton

    Biglaw, Hillary Clinton, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sonia Sotomayor, Student Loans, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 06.24.14

    * Justice Sonia Sotomayor insists that her meeting with Hillary Clinton at Costco wasn’t planned. She just wanted to say hello to the “other lady,” as referenced by the woman at the store’s pharmacy counter. [Washington Post]

    * Six U.K. firm leaders got together to talk about how to run their practices during challenging economic times. It turns out they’d prefer not to run their firms into the ground. [The Lawyer]

    * Look out everyone, because Taylor Wessing, an international law firm that’s known for its IP, media, and telecommunications work, is storming both coasts of the United States in its very own dual office launch Biglaw blitzkrieg. [Am Law Daily]

    * “It is a shameful canard that student loans and indebtedness are the cause of high tuition. They are not; they are the symptom,” says a law dean standing up for his students. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * If you want to go to law school and you’ve got an undergrad degree in a technical area like engineering, then congrats. You might stand to get a job after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    3 Comments / / Jun 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM
  • law school money LF

    Bar Exams, Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings, Student Loans

    The ‘Best Value’ Law Schools Of 2014

    What do you think of the latest Best Value rankings? Is your school on the list?

    16 Comments / / Jun 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM
  • Bad Dad

    Kids, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Father Ultimately Trolls Law Student Daughter

    A daughter makes the mistake of listening to her dad — and pays for it, dearly.

    77 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM