Briefs: Law School Under Fire
It is an old and tired joke that everyone hates lawyers, but right now, it is law schools that are getting bashed around by, well, everyone. From low bar passage rates to the student debt crisis and everything in between, there is a continual drumbeat from media outlets that law schools basically suck. From Law […]
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.
Defusing the Student Loan Forgiveness Tax Bomb
Debt forgiveness isn't the same as tax forgiveness. Here's how to avoid an unexpected student loan tax bomb.
Everyone Is Losing Interest In Law School
Law school admissions continue to tank. If this seems like something you have seen before, it is because we have covered it time and time again since 2012. The most recent figures from LSAC show that applicants for Fall 2015 are down 2.5% and law school applications are down 4.6%. I realize at first glance that […]
Income-Based Repayment Is A Trap!
If you are a recent law school grad, you may have taken advantage of some student loan repayment plans that are slightly less awful than normal student loan repayment plans. You pay a fixed percentage of your (probably regrettably more meager than you would like) discretionary income and at the end of 20 to 25 […]
Performance-Enhancing Bar Study Distractions
Prepare for your doomed summer with this list of distractions that will (hopefully) help you maintain your sanity.
The Secret To Conquering The LSAT Could Be Just To Skip It
Unless you are from another planet, you know that the fortunes of law schools have sunk drastically since the the go-go years of the last decade, where literally every person you ever met decided to go to law school. After watching enrollments plunge 28% from their 2010 peak, law schools are understandably desperate to put […]
The Law School Class of 2014 Wasn’t As Dumb As It Looked
Remember the halcyon days of July 2014, when if you were unlucky enough to take the bar exam, you also got to have a bonus anxiety attack when your first-day answers did not upload properly thanks to the ExamSoft software you were required to use? Instead of spending Tuesday night studying, sleeping, staring at the wall, or binge-watching Breaking Bad, […]
So You Think You Can Teach? How to Prep for Your First Law School Class
Becoming an adjunct professor can be a rewarding experience, professionally if not financially. Here is what you need to consider before teaching your first class of lawyer hopefuls.
In Which 3Ls Totally Overestimate Their Practice Readiness
Throughout this white paper from BARBRI, found by Lisa Solomon, you find the Dunning-Kruger effect at work. For example: 82 percent of 3L law students believe they are effective legal writers. In contrast, only 57 percent of practicing attorneys who work at companies that hire recent law school graduates believe recent law school graduates are […]
10 Lessons You Weren’t Taught In Law School
It is often said law schools fail to prepare students for the actual practice of law. Yes, law school does a good job at training you to “think like a lawyer” and spot issues, do legal research, draft legal documents, and put together a legal argument. But there are so many practical things that law […]
Podcast #6: Alison Monahan on Law School and Lawyering Success
This week Sam and Aaron discuss the effectiveness of meditation as a way for lawyers to relieve stress, shake our heads at the technological incompetence of LegalTech attendees, and Sam interviews Alison Monahan of the Girls Guide to Law School.
Real Lawyers’ Advice on Going to Law School
Lawyers are leaving the profession, and fast. And law-school enrollment is down because the best students aren’t applying. It’s starting to look like a brain drain, and that’s not good.
70% of Law Students Are Depressed and a Lot of Them Aren’t Seeking Help
"Seventy percent of Yale Law School students who participated in the school’s Mental Health Alliance survey have struggled with mental health issues at some point during their law school careers."
“Those Who Can’t Do, Teach” Apparently Applies to FIU’s Solo Practice Incubator
The Florida International University LawBridge program “provided highly subsidized office space and personalized training for law graduates wanting to start their own law firms.” Call it a solo practice incubator. Unfortunately, LawBridge’s own business plan was shaky. Its landlord found a paying tenant and canceled LawBridge’s donated space. Now the program is considering throwing in […]