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Letter To A First-Year Law Student

We recently received this email message from Mr. Munford: This is a letter I wish I had gotten when I started law school. I have sent it in various versions to several young friends as they began that adventure. It...more

South Texas College of Law: A Rebranding Update

As Steve wrote about a few weeks ago, the South Texas College of Law changed its name in June to the Houston College of Law, with a newly designed brand...more

Third Circuit Rejects Inflated-Value Theory of Damages, Declines to Certify Law School Tuition Class

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification in a suit alleging that a law school made misrepresentations about the employment status of its graduates, thereby inducing students to pay inflated...more

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification for Widener Law Grads

A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow class certification for a group of Widener University School of Law Graduates who allege that the law school inflated postgraduate employment rate statistics in...more

The Case for E-Discovery Education in Law School

The lament that law schools do not adequately prepare new lawyers for the actual practice of law is not a new one. The refrain, however, seems more pronounced as the day-to-day practice of law becomes increasingly...more

4 takeaways for higher ed from the Alaburda student lawsuit verdict

Last week a California jury rejected a law school graduate’s claim that her alma mater falsified graduate-employment data in the much-anticipated Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law trial. The lawsuit was filed on May...more

Is It Time for Marketing and Business Development Courses in Law School?

Why don’t more law schools offer courses that teach the basics of branding, marketing and business development? This would have been unheard of fifteen years ago (when I first joined the legal industry), but today . . . only...more

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

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

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

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