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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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."

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“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 […]

“Practice-Ready” Law School Programs Don’t Help Law Grads Get Jobs

"The practice-ready debate isn't trying to address the problem that law grads are having. It's trying to address the problem that law schools are having attracting fresh meat."

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

If there were ever a market in need of adjustment, it is law.

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Law School Enrollment Dropped Off a Cliff in 2013

From “Four Charts That Explain Why America Has Too Many Law Schools” on Bloomberg Businessweek. (h/t @adamcarstens)

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Law Students Now Using Email Disclaimers, Apparently

Email disclaimers are a pointless waste of bandwidth even when lawyers use them, but at least lawyers are actually entitled to some privileges in general. Law students? Not so much. But hey, law students are pretty terrible people as a general rule (case in point; and yes, I include my former-law-student-self in the terrible people […]

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An Open Source Bluebook May Be Just Around The Corner

Couldn't have happened to a nicer book.

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Take Advantage of Public Sector Loan Forgiveness

Student loan debt can be debilitating. If you are willing to sacrifice yourself to the bureaucracy, the Public Student Loan Forgiveness program may be your best bet to recover.

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This Law School Study Group’s Notes Will Cost You $5,000

Many people become horrible versions of themselves while in law school. Even so, the person who presented the following confidentiality agreement — with a liquidated damages provision, natch — to his study group may be an outlier.

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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 […]