A Tale of Two Tiers: the State of Legal Education in 2 Charts

Admissions at the top 10 schools:


Hey, that looks totally normal. Now let’s look at the unranked schools:


The charts in between, which Keith Lee has put together in a few posts at Associates Mind (start with the top 50 and don’t miss the unranked schools) are like looking at the stages of grief. Below the top 20, each chart goes a little more downhill, until the unranked schools show a clear path to the toilet.

There are two likely reactions to this:

  1. Legal education is f**ked and needs to change. Elie Mystal does a great job explaining this on Above the Law.
  2. Good. If there were ever a market in need of adjustment, it is law.

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  • Conor Corcoran

    Sam – wh* in the w*rld do y*u cens*r the w*rd f**ked? It’s beneath you, because it’s a passive way of sneaking in something that you’re cleary communicating anyway. It’s in poor taste. We’re all adults here. The word is fucked.

    • It’s in poor taste. We’re all adults here.

      Heh. Usually when I swear in a post, I get people telling me that it’s in poor taste to swear because we’re all adults here and I should use grown-up language instead.

      Can’t win.

      In this case, I remember being amused by the asterisks, sort of like representing swearing with random, I guess: %*@&#%$!! I dunno, it made me chuckle at the time.