March 06, 2014
Scrutinizing the data about the legal job market
Facts are never welcome by cyber-miscreants, but sometimes they are worth considering by those hoping to make informed decisions.
March 05, 2014
More signs of the time: declining 1L enrollments
Blog Emperor Caron has the sordid details. Not all declines are created equal: some are due to dramatic drops in applicants, but some are surely due to a desire to preserve the numerical quality of the study body and thus rankings. The schools with increases in enrollment, also noted, are interesting.
March 03, 2014
More signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School offering huge discounts across the boards
Blog Emperor Caron has the details.
February 26, 2014
Another law school offering major tuition incentives to residents in its part of the country
Tulsa. I am told that maintaining "good standing" for purposes of these scholarships simply means "not failing out"! So it is not some higher standard that poses a risk of losing the scholarship.
February 21, 2014
Law schools with biggest drops in enrollment since 2010
February 20, 2014
Law firm hiring, the latest NALP report for fall 2013
Good, not great: much better than the depths of the recession, and holding steady or improving from last year in most parts of the country, but not close to being back to pre-recession levels (no surprise there).
February 19, 2014
Harvard's own survey of employers about what classes students should take
Here. Unsurprisingly, "experiential" learning of the kind a minority is trying to force upon everyone does not loom large.
UPDATE: Blog Emperor Caron breaks out charts showing the results.
February 18, 2014
UCLA Law's student body now only about 3% African-American
Students have made a video about the experience; there is also a thoughtful response from Dean Moran at the end of the linked article.
February 17, 2014
More price competition between law schools
This time in and around Kansas City.
February 11, 2014
A dozen years out, most law school graduates glad they went
Once again, we may be certain that actual evidence will have no effect on cyber-ranting, but it hopefully will have an effect on rational observers; among the preliminary results:
Graduates of the top 10 law schools who worked full-time earned median pay that was $73,500 more per year than graduates of Tier 4 schools. And among graduates of Tier 3 schools, grades made a big difference. In that group, those with the highest grade point averages had median pay that was $121,500 more than those with the lowest grades....
The 2012 respondents were largely happy with their decision to attend law school. Asked to rate their satisfaction with their decision to become a lawyer on a 1-to-5 scale, the average was 3.92. Asked whether law school was a good investment on a 1-to-7 scale, the average was 5.5. Asked whether would go to law school if they had it to do over again using a 1-to-7 scale, the average was 4.91.
The findings show a movement from private practice to business since the first wave of the study. The percentage of respondents working in the business sector was 27.7 percent in 2012, compared to only 8.4 percent in 2003. At the same time, the percentage of respondents in private practice was 44.1 percent in 2012, compared to 68.6 percent in 2003.
The median remaining educational debt for the survey respondents in 2012 was $50,000, compared to $70,000 in 2003. Nearly 48 percent had no debt remaining in 2012, compared to only about 16 percent in 2003.