Tag Archive: JD

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Logical Reasonings / 1.14.15

A) Check out our February LSAT Tips over at the Ivey Files.

B) An aspiring law student documents the start of her “Journey to a JD.” Ms. JD

C) Not thinking through why you want to go to law school can result in mid-career crisis. Above The Law

D) A 16-year old programmer is determined to show you where political funding comes from. When I was 16, I was determined to get the coolest puka shell necklace. The Higher Learning

E) You may not be happy with your LSAT score yet, but at least you’re not one of these bodybuilders arguing about how many days are in a week. Death and Taxes

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Another Slide: 2014 June LSAT Test-Takers Down 9.1%

The number of people taking the LSAT has dropped yet again.

If it seems like you’ve read that sentence before, it’s because you probably have. With the exception of a slight uptick in February 2014, the number of people taking the LSAT has steadily declined since October 2010. As I wrote when the December LSAT numbers were released, the decrease in people taking the LSAT is likely good news for people applying to law school now. Fewer people taking the LSAT means fewer law school applicants, which means less competition both for admittance and for scholarships. The good news, however, doesn’t stop there.

According to an article published in the Winter 2014 issue of PreLaw Magazine, though estimates of the exact time-frame vary, there could be more jobs than law school graduates as early as 2016.

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Apply to Law School Now? Better Slate Than Never

You may have seen the Slate article that made the rounds on social media last week with the catchy title “Apply to Law School Now!” The premise of the article is, not surprisingly, that if you’re considering law school you should apply now. Why? Because the number of people graduating from law school has decreased, meaning that there’s less competition for entry-level legal jobs; if employment numbers for recent graduates hold, the percentage of recent graduates who find full-time, long-term employment will increase. Slate does point out a couple caveats – namely, that not all JD programs are created equal – but concludes that, due to the general upward trend, it’s a good time to be applying to law school.

While other news outlets are a little more cautious in their optimism than Slate, Slate’s article is consistent with the good news that we’ve been hearing about law school for months.

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Honestly, Don’t Lie in Your Law School Applications

The question of how much to disclose in law school applications is one that we’ve grappled with time and time again here on MSS. For more information on the topic, check out the posts “To Disclose or Not to Disclose?,” “Applying to Law School with a Record,” and “Explanatory Essays in the New Law School Admissions World” – but the general rule of thumb is that if you have any doubts about whether an issue is something that should be disclosed, you should err on the safe side and include it.

Well, at least one recent law student must not have been a MSS reader. A former Northwestern University School of Law student was expelled after it was discovered that he was a convicted felon, famous in Texas for posing as a lawyer. Whoops!

That former student sued Northwestern, claiming that he was never directly asked whether he was a convicted felon.

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3 Reasons Shaq Going to Law School Should Inspire You

In what is certainly my favorite “news” story of last week, Shaquille O’Neal announced that he is considering going to law school (and is studying for the LSAT already). Unfortunately for the Big Shaqtus, there are a few unique obstacles he may face along the way to earning a J.D. Fortunately for all other prospective LSAT and law students, these obstacles can be a source of inspiration.

How Shaq Going to Law School Should Inspire You I: His Size

On the basketball court, Shaq’s massive physique was a tremendous asset; in an LSAT test center, it would be quite the opposite. To put this in perspective, I am an averagely built, 5’11” male, and I felt cramped by the combination desk/chair at my test center.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.3.14

A) Oy! Here are the UK’s top-ranked law schools, if’n you wanna get your JD across the pond. The Guardian.

B) Watch out, public defenders. Judges in Florida will knock you out. Above the Law.

C) Our relationship status with laws: it’s complicated. Wired.

D) Dan Marino has withdrawn his name from a concussion lawsuit against the NFL, saying the whole thing was an accident. CBS Sports.

E) As if June weren’t an awesome month already, turns out it’s loaded with unofficial holidays. Mental Floss.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.19.14

A) Worried about the legal job market after you graduate from law school? Use your JD for a different kind of career. Law Admissions Lowdown.

B) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is still talking about law schools. Business Insider.

C) Lawyers love LinkedIn. Forbes.

D) Another state has seen a federal judge overturn its gay marriage ban (this time it’s Oregon). Los Angeles Times.

E) Marriam Webster is adding “selfie,” “hashtag,” and “turducken” to this year’s edition. Time for an update. io9.

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University of Arizona’s BA in Law: Good or Bad Idea?

The University of Arizona just became the first American university to offer a Bachelors of Arts degree in law. The catch? If you want to be, you know, an actual lawyer, you’ll have to go to law school anyway and get your J.D.

The undergraduate law major will involve classes in law, taught by real-life law professors. Much of the curriculum will resemble what’s normally taken in the first year of law school, though the Socratic method won’t be used quite so much.

The University of Arizona claims to be aiming the undergraduate law major at students looking to work in fields for which legal expertise is helpful but a law degree is not required. We’ll see whether the degree actually helps recent grads get jobs in these fields, but I can’t imagine it would look worse than your typical, say, humanities major on a résumé.

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Why the ABA’s Latest LSAT Proposal is a Bad Idea

The ABA might make it easier for certain applicants to get into law school without taking the LSAT.

Currently, you don’t really need to take the LSAT to get into law school. A law school can admit an applicant using some other admissions test, but it has to get permission first or pay a fine later. This alternative admissions procedure is rarely used, which is probably why you haven’t heard of it.

The ABA is thinking about implementing the following changes to its LSAT requirement:

Up to 10% of a law school’s class may be admitted without an LSAT score.

You can qualify for admissions without an LSAT if, (1) you are an undergraduate looking to apply to your alma mater’s law school, or (2) you want to get some sort of joint degree like a JD-MBA.