Can Clinical Education Make New Lawyers Useful?
Maybe law schools don't need to change; maybe we just need to reduce the role law schools play in legal education.
Nobody’s Going to Law School (Phew!)
In related news, employment numbers are improving, especially if you're interested in temp work and doc review. (I guess that's what happens when you slow down the firehose of law grads.)
Law Schools Are Changing, But How and Why? (Part 2)
Until the federal government stops the free flow of student loan money, law schools will not make significant changes.
Law Schools Are Changing, But How and Why?
Recent news about law schools suggest there's real change going on. There really isn't. Why not? As always, follow the money.
The Time is Now: Start Preparing Clerkship Applications this Summer
If you just finished your 2L year, this summer is the time to start getting your clerkship applications together. While it’s true that it is difficult to land a federal clerkship, your actions now can give you a leg up come September.
The Mental Fortitude Necessary to Practice Law
From the moment you start practicing law, people are going to tell you that you aren't very good at your job.
Why Would Law Schools Be Any Good at Teaching Law Practice Management?
Yesterday, I sat in on the ABA Young Lawyers Division council meeting in Minneapolis. The council was considering a resolution to recommend to the ABA House of Delegates that would require law schools to teach business skills to law students. Better-equipping law students to practice law ought to be the job of law schools, after […]
Should Law Schools Raise the Curve to a B?
Law professor Joshua Silverstein thinks Cs are bad for law students' employment prospects and mental health.
Have a Successful Summer — Even When You Aren’t Working
The summer associate gig requires more than writing a great memo--aim to meet real live attorneys and make them your mentors and friends.
Build Your Own Law School Rankings
US News may be the big deal in law school rankings, but there are competing rankings from Above the Law, Cooley. ATL’s rankings may not be likely to overtake US News, but the outcome-based approach is more useful. Still, ATL is pretty focused on BigLaw [see the “prestige” BS Elie talked about the other day). […]
Would You Sign Up For a “Second-Tier” Law School Education?
Elie Mystal predicts law schools will split into tiers, one for those aiming to become white-shoe law firm partners and judgers, and another for those aiming for a middle-class existence in smaller markets.
Law School Gunners Don’t Suck; You Do
A few law school gunners have come under fire lately for sending obnoxious emails to law professors and classmates. One guy emails his entire class 1600 words of unsolicited advice on job interviews, and another explains that he left his professor’s class early because the pace was too slow. Gunner-bashing ensues.
5 Ways New Attorneys Can Add Value
As a new attorney, you aren't always ready to offer mind blowing legal strategies, but you can still add value.
The Best Career Advice I Ever Got
The Best Career Advice I Ever Got was when a veteran lawyer told me how to do well as an associate.
Law School Do-Over: 7 Things I’d Do Different
Don't we all wish for a do-over? If I could do law school over again, here's what I'd do.