William Henderson – Indiana University

What is the impact of longer hours on lawyer satisfaction?

Every lawyer, law professor, law student, and legal commentator has an opinion on this question. Today we can test our views against actual data. …more
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Part IV: Alumni Surveys, The Varied Career Paths of Law School Graduates

This is Part IV of a blog series that focuses on alumni surveys based on data for Northeastern Law alumni who graduated between 1971 and 2012 (n = 833, 21% response rate). Prior posts covered data related to the pre-law (Part…more
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Part III: Alumni Surveys, Responses on the Law School Experience

Part II of this blog series reported that the top motivations to attend law school have remained the same for over four decades, at least for Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). Alumni reported the same underlying…more
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Part II: Alumni Surveys, Pre-Law Characteristics and Motivations

Building on the introduction (Part I) of this blog series, our alumni survey of Northeastern University School of Law yielded cross-sectional data that span graduates from 1971 to 2012. Because of the large time span, some of…more
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Part I: What Can We Learn by Studying Law School Alumni? A Case Study of One Law School

Several years ago, as the legal academy was beginning to work its way through the implications of the landmark “After the JD” Project (AJD), one of the principal investigators, Bryant Garth, commented to a group of fellow law…more
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Is there a right way to respond to the "Law School Debt Crisis" Editorial?

Amidst all the other newsworthy topics, the New York Times editorial board made law school debt the lead editorial for today's Sunday edition. And the story line is not good. The editorial starts with the bleak statistics…more
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In India, Big 4 and Elite Law Firms in Direct Competition for Highly Lucrative Advisory Work

Lawyers may have a monopoly over the practice of law, but what exactly does the practice of law encompass? In most common law jurisdictions, the term is not even defined. And there's likely a self-interested reason why. …more
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"In Praise of Law Reviews (And Jargon-Filled, Academic Writing)"

That is the title of a forthcoming article by Cass Sunstein in the Michigan Law Review. Sunstein has unusual standing to make this case because, in addition to his academic perches at Chicago and Harvard Law, he was tapped by…more
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What's driving the demographic gap between BigLaw leaders and their CEO/GC clients?

The illustration to the left was just published in The American Lawyer. It accompanied a story on how law firm leaders are significantly older than leaders in the large corporations they serve. See MP McQueen, The Generation…more
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How is the entry-level legal job market in Australia?

Not good. There are more law graduates than jobs, yet law schools are making matters worse by admitting more students in order to generate subsidies for other parts of the university. That's the basic charge of the Australian…more
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Legal Ops Panel: How Data is Changing Law Departments [Video]

Seeing what law firms look like is similar to seeing what Pluto looks like, and the "stunning" images we’re getting of that today. "We didn’t really know what Pluto looked like until we got data about that... and better data…more
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"Solicitors 'in denial' about threat from accountants"

That's the headline from today's Law Society Gazette, the publication of record for solicitors in England and Wales. The UK is fairly far along in liberalization of its legal markets, progressing from the Clementi Report in…more
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What is more important for lawyers: where you go to law school or what you learned? (Part II)

If you're trying to maximize the financial value of an undergraduate degree, it is better to bet on course of study than college prestige. Indeed, prestige is largely irrelevant to those who major in engineering, computer…more
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What is more important for lawyers: where you go to law school or what you learned? (Part I)

The Economist reports a very interesting analysis from Payscale. The questions being asked are pretty simple: If you want to generate earnings that justify the time and cost of an undergraduate education, what should you study…more
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Another Example of Using Big Data to Improve Odds of Winning in Court

Back in February, I wrote a post on The The Early Days of Legal Analytics. It discussed some of the innovations at Lex Machina, a legal start-up that uses Big Data to value contested patents and develop a litigation strategy…more
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