November 21, 2014

More new lawyer jobs than grads in 2016?

Ted Seto (Loyola/LA) looks at the new BLS projections.

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Student Advice | Permalink

November 03, 2014

Simkovic & McIntyre's "The Economic Value of a Law Degree"...

...appears in print in the Journal of Legal Studies.  Despite being derided and dismissed last year by intellectual heavyweights like Paul Campos, Matt Leichter, and Elie Mystal, it somehow survived peer review.  Imagine that.  (You can read Prof. Simkovic's response to some of the Dunning-Kruger Effect crowd here.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 3, 2014 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

June 30, 2014

Slate business columnist: now's the time to go to law school

A plausible analysis, consistent with other forecasts.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 30, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

May 21, 2014

LSAC settles ADA lawsuits

Good news for students with disabilities considering law school.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

May 15, 2014

Federal clerkship placement rankings by school, 2011-2013

The ranking.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 15, 2014 in Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

April 10, 2014

Lots of students are applying to law school late in the season

Anyone following Al Brophy's reports on the LSAC data will notice that, while applications are still down from last year, they are down a bit less with each subsequent report.  That's consistent with anecdotal reports from colleagues who teach undergraduates who report being asked to write letters of recommendation later and later in the season than just a few years ago.  One surmises that at least part of what is happening is that (1) students waivering about going to law school are realizing that they don't have other tangible professional plans, (2) students are realizing their chances of getting good admissions offers--either in terms of the caliber of the school and/or the cost--are much better this year than just a few years ago.  Along with this indicator, I suspect the decline in applications is about to bottom out.  It will still take a couple more years, though, for most law schools to begin hiring new faculty again given the dramatic decline in applications and enrollments of the last few years.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 10, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

April 02, 2014

The law clerk hiring process: an interview with Judge Ambro of the 3rd Circuit

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 2, 2014 in Legal Profession, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 6, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

March 03, 2014

More signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School offering huge discounts across the boards

Blog Emperor Caron has the details.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 3, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

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).

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 20, 2014 in Legal Profession, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink