Law School

No matter what the job market looks like, law school is a tough slog. But don’t worry, we’re here for you.

Start with Randall’s excellent How to Succeed in Law School. And before you get to finals, check out our eBook, Law School Exams: A Lawyerist Survival Guide.

if you are interested in hanging your own shingle after graduation, we have lots of information about starting your own law firm.

Oh, and we’ve got lots of great bar exam study tips if you are between graduation and lawyering.

Finally, join the Lawyerist Lab, where we have specific forums for law school, careers, and law practice.

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Hacking Chaos: The Cornell Method of Note-Taking

It isn't an exaggeration to say that the Cornell Method helps me in every note-taking situation I've encountered in my professional life.

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Nation’s Overachievers Losing Interest in Law School

Over at Associate’s Mind, Keith Lee crunched the numbers and realized that the decline in LSAT scores signifies just what you think it would signify: fewer top students are applying to law school. This is actually the continuation of a trend Lee identified last year, and it is a clear downward trend. Maybe smart college […]

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Law School Exams: A Lawyerist Survival Guide

In a new Lawyerist eBook, Law School Exams: A Lawyerist Survival Guide, Randall and Nena walk you through their process for preparing for final exams and taking open- and closed-book exams, take-home exams, and even final papers.

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William Mitchell Goes Online — Is This the Future of Legal Education?

Starting in 2015, William Mitchell College of Law will begin offering a hybrid curriculum that involves online classes punctuated by intense classroom time. This pretty much puts William Mitchell on the cutting edge of legal education.

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How to Succeed on Law School Exams

How law student can prepare for and succeed on law school exams.

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Don’t Go to Law School — Not Now

Law can be a respectable profession, despite the lawyer jokes, and becoming a lawyer was once thought of as a smart career choice. But should you go to law school? No. Not now. Law school is no longer a safe route to a successful career.

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Can the ABA Fix Legal Education? (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, I discussed the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education’s Draft Report. The report took a hard look at some of the challenges facing the profession, but did so through a lens of insisting that our education problems are unique to our profession. This week, let’s look at some of the specifics of […]

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Can the ABA Fix Legal Education?
(Part 1 of 2)

The members of the task force — like most lawyers — desperately want to believe the legal profession is so different from other professions that its greatness, problems, and solutions must all be unique. As you’d expect, this mindset creates some big problems of its own.

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Your Favorite Author And The Power of Persuasion

Thinking about what non-legal writing you find persuasive and a joy to read can help you be a better legal writer.

Are Fully Online Programs a Viable Choice for Law Schools?

A top-50 university in the United States is beginning to offer a fully-online master's degree for about 15% of the cost of an on-campus degree. Is this a model law schools could - or should - consider?

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More on Case Western Law School’s “Client-Ready” Practical-Skills Program

Today I spoke with Dean Lawrence Mitchell of Case Western Reserve University Law School about its new “client-ready” practical skills program. I wanted to know more about its program, and I especially wanted to hear why Dean Mitchell thought CWRU could avoid the the lackluster results Washington & Lee ran into when it tried something […]

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Case Western Law School Vows to Make Its Graduates “Client-Ready”

Case Western Reserve University School of Law is the latest to overhaul its curriculum to cater to what law firms say they want: young lawyers who can hit the ground running.

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Law School Classes Shrinking, Law Professors Losing Job Security

The law school bubble has burst. The pool of applicants to law school is shrinking drastically, and the ABA “is moving to reduce job protections for law professors, who have long enjoyed the security of academic tenure.”

Case Annotation for Lawyers (CaseText) and Law Students (LearnLeo)

Two new websites for lawyers and law students have similar purposes. CaseText CaseText is crowdsourced caselaw annotation. It’s sort of like a custom-built wiki for caselaw. Users can annotate cases by tagging them or adding notes. Here’s Chevron, for example. CaseText is a great idea, but as Bob Ambrogi points out, it will only work […]

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Bar Exam Tips for the Last Week

Next week is the Bar Exam. I think the best plan is to hole up in a cabin somewhere with your practice questions and a study partner. That's what my wife and I did, anyway. But no matter where you choose to study, our archives have a lot of great information for Bar Exam--takers.