Tag Archive: law jobs

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Logical Reasonings / 10.30.15

A. 13 dogs who look just like the 2016 Presidential candidates. Ruff. Buzzfeed

B. U.S. senators take on law schools for graduates’ unemployment rates. Bloomberg Business

C. The producer of Quantico is facing a lawsuit over the concept of the hit TV show. Deadline

D. A not-so-accurate lip reading of the Democratic Debate. Bad Lip Reading

E. No Halloween costume will beat Ellen Degeneres’. USA Today

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The Necessity of Law Internships

Look. You could go to law school because you’re a humanities major and that’s just what humanities majors do. Or, you could get some work experience at a law firm before you take the plunge into law school. Law school is not for everybody. Neither is practicing law.

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What I Learned from My 1L Summer Job

I was in LA for my 1L summer. I got an offer to work at the Los Angeles DA’s unit that handles gang murders: The Hardcore Gang Unit.

You think, oh LA; that’s Hollywood, the Walk of Fame, Chinatown, Koreatown, beaches, sunshine, surfing. Sounds fun. After a few weeks at the DA’s office, LA seemed a helluva lot more dark. People really do get killed for being in the wrong neighborhood, for wearing the wrong color shoes, and for no particular reason at all. The gangs of LA are quite brutal.

Part of the reason is that killing someone gets you increased status within the gang. The other part might be the fact that about half of all murders in LA County go unsolved.

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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 / 9.16.14

Inside that intrepid little 0L mind of yours… Above The Law

The legal fields of tomorrow. US News

A deeper look at the recent trend in applications. Slate

You’re right, there really aren’t enough jobs in the world for all the new lawyers. But that may not be a problem… IBTimes

The legal side of Scotland’s independence debate. Reuters

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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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Logical Reasonings / 12.21.12

A) With Susan Rice out of the race, Senator John Kerry is Obama’s choice as the next Secretary of State. CNN.

B) The solution to gun violence? Easy, put armed security in all schools — according to the NRA. Time.

C) Before you click on this link, just guess the highest hourly billing rate? Now, see if you were close. The National Law Journal.

D) Who should be crowned Above the Law’s Lawyer of the Year for 2012? Above the Law.

E) Oh yeah, the 50 most viral videos of 2012. Get ready to laugh and cry (from laughing). BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.12.12

A) Thinking international? Check out the best law schools in the world. The National Jurist

B) You have the right to record police actions, or do you? ABA Journal.

C) Michigan is now the 24th state to adopt the so-called “right-to-work” laws. Is this an attack on organized labor, or do they maximize a workers’ freedom? Time.

D) Do you want to be powerful and wealthy? Check out the 20 most powerful law firm brands in the world. The American Lawyer.

E) “Hot Cheetos and Takis” — Seriously, one one of the best rap songs of 2012. You Tube.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.7.12

A) Going to law school can change your life trajectory, allowing people to “spin straw into gold.” Read these law school success stories. Above the Law.

B) The European Central Bank keeps its main interest rate at 1 percent. Although the ECB will remain on standby, it’s definitely sending a message to the political leaders. The New York Times.

C) The Corn Refiners Assn. gets turned down by FDA to name change corn syrup to corn sugar. It’s “like calling employee layoffs an act of ‘right sizing.'” The Los Angeles Times.

D) Ray Bradbury, one of the most celebrated writers of our time, dies peacefully in Los Angeles. Americans around the nation, and the White House included, react to his passing. CNN.

E) Fairly controversial, but what the heck – check it out. Cheezburger.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.5.12

A) Heads up for anyone thinking about practicing law in Korea: Jobs are limited there, too. The Korea Herald.

B) Pardon my bluntness, but Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law is pretty pissed at the ABA. JD Journal.

C) And the blog community is none too pleased with the ABA, either. Above the Law.

D) A video diary by Casey Anthony that leaked online reveals that she has adopted a pet dog. Insert punchline here. CNN.

E) Mountain Dew apparently has the chemical makeup to dissolve a mouse carcass. For rodents that are alive, however, The Dew only makes them win X Games competitions. The Atlantic.