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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 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

"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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Hogan: Summer Associate Programs are "Extended Interviews"  [Video]

June 10, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Mariana Hogan, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Student Development at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about some of the ways law students can make the most of their Summer...more

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