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

January 28, 2014

California bar passage rates...

...over time.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron breaks out the data in a chart.  Here's how the school's rank by percentage of first-time test-takers who passed the bar between 1997 and 2011 (the number in parentheses is the rank for the period 2007-2011, which gives a sense of which schools have improved their performance, and which have not):

1.  Stanford University (1)

2.  University of California, Berkeley (3)

3.  University of California, Los Angeles (4)

4.  University of Southern California (2)

5.  University of California, Hastings (7)

6.  University of California, Davis (7)

7.  Pepperdine University (5)

8.  Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (6)

9.  University of San Diego (13)

10. University of San Francisco (9)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 28, 2014 in Legal Profession, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

January 24, 2014

July 2013 California bar exam results

Here.   Good news esp. for Loyola-LA, Chapman and Western State (among others), less so for Irvine, Hastings, McGeorge, and Thomas Jefferson (among others).  Here's the breakdown by percentage of first-time takers by school who passed:

Stanford 91%
UCLA 88%
Loyola-LA 87%
USC 86%
UC Berkeley 85%
UC Davis 85%
Pepperdine 81%
Chapman 77%
UC Irvine 77%
UC Hastings 76%
USD 75%
USF 75%
Western State 75%
Southwestern 74%
Santa Clara 73%
California Western 69%
La Verne 68%
McGeorge 67%
Whittier 65%
Golden Gate 56%
Thomas Jefferson 50%

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 24, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

January 22, 2014

More signs of the time: Villanova

Fewer students and many more full rides!  That's pretty dramatic to be able to offer full rides to nearly a third of the first-year class!   Villanova Law clearly has substantial resources and/or university support to be able to do this.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 22, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

January 13, 2014

LSATs Administered: December figures

According to LSAC, 28,363 LSATs were taken in December 2013, which is down 6.2% from December 2012.  October 2013 LSATs administered were down 10.9% from October 2012, and June 2013 LSATs were down 4.9% from the prior year.  (LSAC doesn't report how many are repeat test-takers--since it is now easier to get into law school than just a few years ago, one would imagine that creates less incentive to re-take, but what the actual numbers are we do not know.) 

Judging from the last few years, there's a reasonable chance that the number of applicants may stabilize in the next year or two, since this year's declines are much smaller than the prior years.  So, for example, LSATs taken jumped 15.6% in December 2009 from the prior year, then fell 16.5% in 2010, dropped another 14.9% in 2011, and another 15.6% in 2012, but only dropped 6.2% this year.  The pattern is similar with the other test months. 

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 13, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

January 09, 2014

LSAT takers and predicting fall 2014 applications

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 9, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink