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The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (June 12, 2015)

From Around the Web - The Three Essential Networking Questions You’re Forgetting to Ask: We often forget good questions when we’re networking. Here are three that will make you stand out from the crowd. ...more

Law School Ranks and Law School Curves

Over at Above the Law, Shannon Achimalbe bemoans the current system of grading “on a curve” in law schools. In doing so, she takes note of a pattern: “I wondered why my law school gave out Cs to the majority of its...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 29, 2015)

From Around the Web - The Absolute Worst Way to Run a Law School: What law school employed a president who quit after only eight days? Hope it wasn’t your school! (Above the Law)...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (May 22, 2015)

From Around the Web - Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness: Researchers who surveyed 6,200 lawyers about their jobs and health found that lawyers in public-service jobs who made the least money, like public...more

Realtime Adds Value to Georgetown Law Mock Depositions

Practice makes perfect. Until someone actually experiences something firsthand, it is hard to know what to expect in that situation. Whether it is learning how to play a musical instrument or run in a marathon, a full...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 1, 2015)

From Around the Web - Was Law School Worth It? Ten brilliant JDs were asked to share the subjective value of their law degrees. (Attorney at Work)...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (April 17, 2015)

From Around the Web - Deceptive Statistics 101, Courtesy of a Law Professor and the New York Times: The New York Times published an column by a Berkeley law professor at Berkeley who said the drop law school applications...more

JD Advantage Jobs: A Closer Look, Part I

“JD advantage” (“JDA”) jobs are those “for which bar passage is not required but for which a JD degree provides a distinct advantage.” Perhaps most important, they are treated equivalently to “bar passage required” (BPR) jobs...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 20, 2015)

From Around the Web - Student Loan Refinancing vs. Consolidation – Which is Right for You? After grades and getting a job, what’s the next item on the worry list for most new and aspiring attorneys? Debt! Specifically...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 27, 2014)

From Around the Web - How Law School Prepared 3L Hali Ford to Compete on Survivor: 3L Hali Ford talks about her tough choice to compete on the show and how law school in San Francisco prepared her for this challenge of...more

Similarities in Employment Status: What do the Data Say?

In a recent post, I used the 2013 ABA employment data to assess which schools’ employment profiles were most alike. We can do a similar exercise with the employment categories themselves, by considering how similar each...more

Visualizing Employment By Law School, Part IV

In a series of previous posts, we discussed ways of visualizing law school employment outcomes. While the focus of those posts was on schools’ employment fractions in seven ABA-defined categories, it can also be useful to...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 13, 2014)

From Around the Web - Podcast #6: Alison Monahan on Law School and Lawering: Alison talks about what success means in law school now that law jobs are scarce, and how law students and new graduates can best adapt to the...more

What Law School Did and Didn’t Teach Me: A Personal Injury Lawyer Reflects on the Law School Experience

We are excited to welcome to Trebuchet Lakota Denton, a personal injury lawyer for Minick Law in Asheville, North Carolina. He shares his reflections on the law school experience and explores what he actually learned in...more

What is Bitcoin 2.0? [Video]

Jan. 21, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Houman Shadab, professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the concept of Bitcoin 2.0 and the types of opportunities the crypto-currency presents for law students. ...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Dec. 19, 2014)

From Around the Web - 3 Signs It’s Time to Refinance Your Law School Loans: The folks at SoFi provide some useful information about how and when to refinance your student loans, the basics of consolidation and...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Dec. 12, 2014)

From Around the Web - 15 Gifts Under $30 for Legal Productivity Geeks: Check out this list of of awesome, affordable gift ideas for fun-loving, productivity geeks that friends, family, and colleagues may love....more

The Market for Law School Applicants -- A Milestone to Remember

In early 2013, Michael Moffitt, the dean of Oregon Law, was interviewed by the New York Times about the tumult affecting law schools. Moffitt, who is a very thoughtful guy, reponded, "I feel like I am living a business school...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Nov. 21, 2014)

From Around the Web - Law School Tuition: Helped or Hurt by Public Service Loan Forgiveness? An ongoing criticism of Public Service Loan Forgiveness is that the possibility of earning forgiveness in ten years makes...more

Visualizing Employment By Law School, Part III

When analyzing data with many categories, it is often useful to have a single measure that summarizes each observation’s distribution of values across those categories. One such measure is a Herfindahl Index (often denoted...more

Law School Rankings Churn

A favorite topic of conversation at last week’s CELS meeting (and, in fact, at every CELS meeting) was law school rankings. One conversation in particular, with IU’s Jeff Stake, got me thinking about the “Top N” phenomenon,...more

Bribery and the Classroom (not in the Classroom)

“Mr. Bistrong, in the complaint it was alleged that you were a conspirator in bribing foreign officials in multiple countries, such as Nigeria, the UK, and the Netherlands, as well as bribing UN officials. Were there...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Nov. 7, 2014)

The Legal One Percent: Among lawyers, as across the country, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer—and the education system isn’t helping. (The New Yorker)...more

Six Things We Learned in Law School: How to Give Advice

Mark Perlmutter is back for the final post in his six-part series on law school lessons that are not advisable for a healthy home life.... Mark is a Texas trial lawyer turned counselor who helps individuals (many of whom are...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Oct. 31, 2014)

Simple Tips for a Less Stressful Lawyer Life: A former lawyers shares a few tips to keep you from overwork and attorney burnout. (Leaving the Law)...more

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