April 30, 2013

Is the job market for new lawyers, even from lower-ranked schools, really that bad?

Some interesting contrarian evidence from Ben Barros (Widener).

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 30, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

April 15, 2013

Standard & Poor's Downgrades Albany Law School's Rating

Of course, the track record of these agencies is sufficiently poor that it's hard to know what to make of this, but it is still a "sign of the times," as it were.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 15, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

April 12, 2013

Post-graduation employment minus school-funded jobs

Interesting list here, though as we noted before, school-funded jobs are often the crucial route into public sector positions for many graduates, and schools with big investments in getting graduates into public interest will necessarily have a good number of these.  On the other hand, it is certainly true that in many other cases, school-funded jobs are make-work position meant to boost employment statistics, not help launch careers.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 12, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

April 11, 2013

Is hiring of labor and employment law professors disproportionately down?

I'm skeptical.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 11, 2013 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

April 08, 2013

Job Placement

Blog Emperor Caron has a useful set of links to the NLJ compilation of recent data about which schools had the best long-term employment rates, big firm placement, federal clerkship placement, and so on.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 8, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

U of Arizona Law Cuts Official Tuition Rate

Story here.  The reality, of course, is that actual tuition is being cut across the country, as I have heard repeatedly from Deans at a wide variety of law schools, all of which are spending more on financial aid to attract the students they want.  (I am surprised in the linked article by the comment attributed to Brian Tamanaha [Wash U/St. Louis], who is quoted as pronouncing that U of Arizon's tuition has to be even lower.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 8, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

March 04, 2013

Michigan Law's Debt Wizard

Looks useful.  Other schools with good LRAP should replicate this, so students can see how their school's LRAP affects their debt.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 4, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

February 28, 2013

Georgetown's Report on the State of the Legal Market for 2013

Not good news (not surprising), and definitely worth reading.  It comes pretty squarely down in favor of Bill Henderson's longstanding hypothesis that the changes afoot are structural not cyclical.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 28, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

February 26, 2013

Applications to law school

So my earlier speculation has come true:  there has been an uptick in applications this year, as Dan reported.  A propos these developments, Jeff Gordon (Columbia) writes:

I would encourage you to write a blogpost aimed at some misinformation that media stories about the law school value proposition are purveying to the most qualified potential law school applicants.  The perverse thing is that the largest percentage application decline has been among the strongest applicants (by GPA/LSAT).  For students of at least the top X law schools (and I've done no science to identify the "X", but I suspect it's at least "10") employment opportunities remain strong, and given recent law firm hiring patterns, advancement opportunities for this generation of law firm associates should be very positive.  The question for those students should be, as always, do you want to be a lawyer, and, second, do you value the education that LS can offer for other things you might want to do.

I appreciate that a general message of caution for law school applicants is wise, but I think people should also get advice relevant to their situation. 

These are sensible points, and they do extend beyond "the top X."  Many state law schools are still reasonably priced, and have had, over the long haul, good professional outcomes for their graduates.  Many regional law schools, private and public, have strong market niches and, due to the competition for students, are discounting sticker price substantially.   Prospective students should, indeed, "get advice relevant to their situation," and that advice will mostly not be found on blogs or chat rooms, alas.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 26, 2013 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

February 25, 2013

NLJ 250 Hiring Report for 2012

It's here, with not many surprises (though UC Irvine is in the top 20--this was their first class of graduates, who were recruited with full rides).  Bear in mind that this only counts graduates who take jobs at the 250 largest law firms, and thus excludes those graduates who go into clerkships, PhD programs, government service, or elite litigation boutiques.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 25, 2013 in Legal Profession, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink