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Debt
March 29, 2016

Former Law Student Gets Her Bar-Study Loan Discharged in Bankruptcy

I am not going to comment further on this development except to say that this is HUGE. Please read the full article @ abcnews and even better @above the law, because they have the full decision available for you to download.  Also, shoot me an email with your reaction, I would love to hear from you:        
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Law School Rankings
January 27, 2016

Regarding The Admissions “Crisis” At Top Law Schools

Yesterday, Bloomberg Big Law Business posted an article noting the downward spiral in applications to even the top law schools.  For BIBL readers, a couple of interesting takeaways: First, for my prelaw readers, especially those who are studying for the LSAT or who have taken the LSAT and achieved a desirably high score on the test, ie: “165 and above” according to the article, you should feel pretty good about these developments. Looks like you may have a better shot now at getting into these top law schools, even though they are “slashing class sizes”: “As applications have dwindled, some…
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Law School Rankings
July 22, 2015

A Hiring Ban Based on Law School is a Bad Idea

I have mixed feelings about this piece in the Huffington Post titled “Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools.”  On the one hand, I am thrilled that the author, Adam Leitman Bailey, argues that students at the top of their class at lower ranked schools possess a unique kind of “grit” that should be valued by law firms.  I believe this with all my heart-- it's the reason I started this blog and why I speak at law schools and provide advice one on one to law students (for free).  I hate that BigLaw…
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Law School
February 25, 2015

Law schools try everything to reverse low enrollment.

This article in Bloomberg suggests that extreme measures taken by a couple of law schools to try to raise enrollment, such as waiving the need for students to take the LSAT, may become a larger trend. In my view, this is a welcome change, just given my experience of performing in law school (and frankly as a lawyer) far beyond the expectations of my underwhelming LSAT score.  I think the pool of enrolled law students will just get that much more interesting.  Certainly the LSAT preparation industry will do whatever it can to ensure that this does not become a trend.…
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Law School
October 29, 2014

“Evaluating The Third Year Of Law School”

Interesting article in the Stanford Daily today analyzing the value of the third year of law school. My opinion is, and has always been, that law schools should get rid of that third year.  It is expensive. It is unnecessary.  But I think it will be a cold day in hell before law schools actually do such a thing.  We can all dream, though, can't we? “That’s why people say the third year is unnecessary,” Choi said. “You could take all your electives in the second year and then just be done.” Agreed.  I didn't attend Stanford Law, but I think this is…
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Law School
October 20, 2014

“Graduates of a Costa Mesa law school struggle to find stable employment…”

Disturbing article from the Orange County Register about terrible legal employment numbers from  troubled Whittier Law School.  The article quotes a couple of current students who appear hopeful, despite the bad numbers: NO REGRETS Stephanie Caughlin, president of the Student Bar Association at the Whittier Law School, is confident that a career in prosecuting criminals or intellectual property law awaits her after graduation. “If you make the time and make the effort, and do what the school encourages us to do, you will get a job,” she said. Some students just aren't motivated or don't take advantage of school resources,…
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Law School Rankings
October 11, 2014

‘Tis the Season for Law School Rankings

I agree with the comments from Above The Law.  These 2015 rankings have little connection to the real world of post-graduation law practice, but it is always interesting to see how law students (and the test prep industry) rank schools and student experiences while attending law school. Read the full post from ATL here. Gain access to the Princeton Review 2015 rankings here.  (Note registration is free but required.)  
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Law School
October 11, 2014

22 Reasons In Favor of Going to Law School

A Solid List From College Magazine & The Huffington Post: By Madison Rutherford on September 30, 2014 Senior > Journalism > San Francisco State University. 1. Know Your Rights Ever heard someone say, “Is that even legal?” Come to the rescue with an educated answer. Knowing your rights as a citizen, employee or tenant will come in handy before you make an assumption and accidentally cross the line. 2. Contest a Ticket Like a Boss After law school, you’ll finally know how to dispute that pesky parking ticket. Most people just give in and pay fines because they don’t feel…
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Debt
October 1, 2014

“$350,000 In Debt And Near Poverty-Level Income.”

This does not have to be you. Laura Shin, of Forbes.com, recently published a cautionary tale of one woman's struggle with mountains of student loan debt. Prior to obtaining her JD from Pepperdine Law School in 2009, the woman attended graduate film school at USC and before that she paid off her undergraduate debt as a media freelancer.  She now struggles to raise a child as a solo practitioner in the Midwest earning about 20k a year. She's currently on food stamps. Read the full article here.  The comments show the broad range of reaction to the woman's predicament. To be sure, her choices are a little infuriating,…
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