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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

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…Bar Results

Twice a year a huge knot forms in my stomach in anticipation of bar results. Even though I am not awaiting my bar results, I am still anxious for the thousands of law students who are. Here are some things to take into...more

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...more

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

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...more

Why Law School Failed You

It isn’t your fault. You bought the fairy-tale story that the law schools were selling. You went to law school with the intentions of joining a large firm, just like countless law students before you. You would make a...more

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

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...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (October 16, 2015)

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending October 16. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week! From Around the Web - Why You Shouldn’t Go to Law School: Law school is not the right choice...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (October 2, 2015)

Minneapolis Woman Goes From Foster Care to Harvard Law School: An amazing story of a young woman who had to overcome some major obstacles. (Valley News Live)...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 11, 2015)

Can a Career Coach Help Advance Your Legal Career? If you’re feeling stuck in your legal career, maybe it’s time to consider a career coach, or other similar option (if a full career coaching package isn’t an option)....more

"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...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 4, 2015)

Could a Six Figure Salary Be Bad for Your Health? After stress caused her to trade in her high-flying, high salary job as Richard Branson’s brand director, Catherine Salway explains why she has no regrets. (The Telegraph)...more

Schoolhouse Blues: Ediscovery Courses in Law Schools

With August comes languid heatwaves, leisurely days outdoors and (for many) the looming dread of heading back to school. For students everywhere – and perhaps especially law students­ – the start of a new semester brings new...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 28, 2015)

It’s Time for Law Firm Leadership to “Lean In”: Susan Smith Blakely, author of the Best Friends at the Bar book series, discusses the “Lean In” mentality and what it really means for women in law careers. (The Girl’s...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 14, 2015)

From Around the Web Finding Your Path: A Business Coach Weighs In: Crystal Marsh, former attorney and career business coach, answers questions and shares her insight on law school, the first years and finding your...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 7, 2015)

To Hold Women Back, Keep Treating Them Like Men: A thought-provoking article on why treating women like men in the workplace may not be beneficial to their careers. (Harvard Business Review) ...more

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...more

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

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...more

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

So You Think You Can Teach? How to Prep for Your First Law School Class: It goes without saying that you will have to ensure you are knowledgeable about what you plan to teach, but a successful adjunct professor stint — and...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (July 10, 2015)

From Around the Web Are You Controlling Your Client’s Narrative: Most people’s lives are quite mundane, but they want, they expect, the ups and downs of fairy tales they’ve heard all their lives. That doesn’t change when...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (July 3, 2015)

From Around the Web - She’s Not a Cop, But She’s Their CPO: Liz Lyons is truly in a league of her own. She’s the privacy officer of the Washington Police Department, and she made the job up. (The Privacy Advisor) ...more

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

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