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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

How to Drink: A Skill That May Have Been Pre-Learned and Finely Honed in Law School

Mark Perlmutter is back for the fourth post in his six-part series on law school lessons that are not advisable for a healthy home life. Be sure to read the first, second and third posts if you missed them. Mark is a Texas...more

Six Things We Learned in Law School: How to Solve Problems

Mark Perlmutter is back for the third post in his six-part series on law school lessons that are not advisable for a healthy home life. Be sure to read the first and second posts if you missed them. Mark is a Texas trial...more

Don’t Try This Law School Trick at Home: How to Squelch Emotions

Mark Perlmutter is back for the second post in his six-part series on law school lessons that are not advisable for a healthy home life. If you missed his first post, be sure to read it here (see article for link). Mark is a...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Sept. 26, 2014)

5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid: Recruiters only spend a few seconds glancing at a resume before they decide to move on to the next. Here are five resume mistakes to avoid. (SF Gate)...more

What I Wish I Knew Before Going To Law School

We are very excited to welcome Susan Carter Liebel to Trebuchet for a great post about what she wished she knew before going to law school. Susan is the CEO and founder of Solo Practice University®, the only educational and...more

6 Things We Learned in Law School that Shouldn’t Be Tried at Home

We are very excited to welcome Mark Perlmutter to Trebuchet for a 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...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Sept. 12, 2014)

Which of Your Selves Comes Forward as a Lawyer? Kate McGuinness talks about how career (and life) plans might evolve to reveal different “selves,” and how to handle this situation when it occurs. (The Girl’s Guide to...more

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