Tag Archive: employment

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Does Raising Tuition Increase Enrollments for Law Schools?

No prospective law student likes how expensive law school is. A lot of people take on tons and tons of debt to go to school. Then, when they graduate, the pressure is on those lawyers to chart a career path that lets them have a chance at getting out from under that debt. For graduates of lower-tier schools with lots of debt, it’s often hard to find such a career path.

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Even with the Resistance, It’s a Buyer’s Market for Law School

In the aftermath of President Trump’s initial travel ban, ACLU lawyers became heroes—donations surged and people around the country (all right, maybe not so many people in the deep red states) applauded their efforts. Some suggested that Trump would inspire more applicants to law school, but the applications are about stagnant from last year. If you’re considering taking the LSAT and applying to law school, this might strike you as a discouraging sign for your career prospects. Quite the opposite, however. The longer applications stay stagnant, the better for applicants.


University of North Texas v. American Bar Assn.

Oh god, not another law school. It’s hard to believe, but new law schools continue to sprout up even as application numbers fall—a reflection of the poor job market for lawyers.

Enter the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. Founded in 2014, this young law school promises to be different: it boasts a low cost of attendance and a commitment to public-interest law.


Going to Law School, But Not for a JD

If you’ve read my posts in the past, you probably know that I have a very bleak outlook on law school in general. I think it is a risky, expensive venture that is not right for most people. Even the brightest students can struggle early in law school–when it matters most–and find themselves scrambling to find employment after graduation. Moreover, the law school model is worth questioning; it is arguably a year too long and prohibitively priced for too many people.

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Above the Law rankings? Below the bar.

The Above the Law rankings are out. Yawn.

Law School Transparency and NALP have made rankings pretty much obsolete these days. Why should you rank your schools by someone else’s formula, someone else’s priorities. Instead, head on over to Law School Transparency and look at the jobs and cost data yourself. Kudos to ATL for focusing on costs and employment, but it’s so much satisfying to see something like this:

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Job Placement Is Up for 2014 Law Grads

According to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP to the initiated), job placements for law school grads went up in 2014 after years of steady decline. So congrats everyone! We’re all getting elite jobs at the firms of our choosing. Six-figure starting salaries to start. Don’t forget to politely ask as soon as you’d like to make partner. And even though George Clooney is taken, there are plenty of other beautiful people to come home to after a long day of defending the world’s disenfranchised.

Well, okay. Maybe we should look a little more closely at the numbers before we get ahead of ourselves. Here’s what the NALP is saying: in 2014, almost 87% of law school graduates found employment within ten months of graduation. That is up 2.2% from 2013. Not entirely shabby. The median salary: $63K, up slightly from 2013.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.4.15

A) Which law school had the best employment rates in 2014? Above the Law

B) An Idaho law school is still limping toward accreditation, even after losing most of their first graduating class. Idaho Statesman

C) 5 things that law students say, but the rest of the world doesn’t. LawSchooli

D) Wired‘s two-part feature on the rise and fall of the Silk Road is completely fascinating, and almost definitely going to be a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg or something.

E) Am I cheating by linking to the second part of Wired‘s Silk Road story? Yes, and I don’t care.