From the Jackson Free Press (ed.: as opposed to...?):
The University of Mississippi School of Law's first-year enrollment has dropped from 199 in 2010, to 156 in 2012 and just 127 students this year.
The University of Mississippi School of Law's first-year enrollment has dropped from 199 in 2010, to 156 in 2012 and just 127 students this year.
"Law school deans are in a particularly difficult situation these days," said Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University who writes on the business of law.And now the flush:
Muller, the Pepperdine professor, said he didn't believe the drop in bar passage could be entirely explained by the test-takers because the rates fell in so many states. "It strikes me as something internal to the bar," he said.See, if the results of the bar examination dropped in one state in isolation of all the other states, we could assume it was due to that one state being more stupider than all the rest, but since they dropped everywhere, it's just totally erroneous because everyone knows the entire law student population didn't get dumber overnight. I mean, that's just dumb.
Many academics say the drop isn't a concern — at least not yet. "We live in a sound-bite society, but one year does not make a trend," said Gilbert A. Holmes, dean of the University of La Verne College of Law.And now watch Holmes drop-kick the NCBE's cold remark that the 2014 class was "less able" to pass the bar with words:
"To make such a damning statement of this group of law students, to label them as being as less able based on solely that the average score was lower than the year before, is what got me upset and what got the other deans upset," said Holmes, who signed the administrators' letter.Yeah, why use averages? Everyone knows that if you want to reflect a data set properly, you give the median and 25th/75th percentiles. Thankfully, the article doesn't mention that La Verne's 1L enrollment fell from 166 to 55 in 2011, because that's just another ludicrous and irrelevant data point that would make Holmes angry.
Our society doesn’t work without well-educated legal leaders dedicated to preserving America’s commitments to the Constitution and fair legal frameworks for dispute resolution.As we all know, our society is now working better than ever. I don't know about you, but I do nothing but ride unicorns, eat cupcakes, and hold hands with minority business owners. That's largely thanks to an unprecedented amount of laws, regulations, and lawyers in this land. Thank goodness all lawyers are dedicated to preserving Constitutional values and securing fair access to courts and other legal frameworks.
...capitalism requires legal checks to ensure fair competition in the economic sphere and protect the rights of employees, consumers, shareholders, and owners alike.A simpleton might quip that capitalism has been practiced (and is practiced) without any of the above, but they just don't understand a principle I like to call lawfeelgood. Plus, they don't a PhD, so fuck 'em.
Sometimes, when a promising undergraduate says she is considering law school, well-meaning people say, “What a shame…”This follows with what is essentially an advertisement for Franklin & Marshall, which is great, because it apparently has leaders who are more gung-ho for law school than the heretical saboteurs at other institutions that may give their students advice based on statistics, rationality, and probability rather than pop political philosophy and unicorn zoology.
But we should encourage such aspirations, because we need some of the best minds of this and every generation to become society’s leaders in law.
NCBE President Erica Moeser: There was no error on this year's bar results.Once the initial artillery shelling ends, the infantry marches forward, and soon after Allard's canon-shot of perfect and unbiased scientific reasoning, the recruits lined up to march in unison for the Kingdom of Law.
Law Dean Nicholas Allard: Shenanigans!
In an email sent late Thursday to Kosko, Carr and Abrams, Jones said she decided not to take the reins of the private, downtown law school, and would not sign a contract. "The level of vitriol, with all sides making me a lightning rod for an unfortunate situation that was not of my making, makes this truly a situation that I am unwilling at this stage of my life to undertake." Jones stated in the email.And this is the problem with discord in general. It winds up chasing away good people who should know full well what mess they're running into. Nothing screams "BAIL!" faster than a bunch of malcontents who want a chief executive to make tough leadership decisions and stick by their word. Obviously, we can extrapolate from this one situation the idea that the law school critics are a bunch of turds spreading lies and killing the profession.
Westbrook earlier Thursday had sent Jones a letter expressing his disappointment in her speaking to faculty and students in support of a sale to InfiLaw.
To get his vote, Jones had agreed to be objective, and to learn more about alternatives for the school, Westbrook stated.
The John Marshall Fashion Law Society is the first Fashion Law Society in the Midwest....Obviously, Marshall is on to something, having the first such society and identifying this budding niche. If you're one of those law school girls who likes shiny and expensive things, you should consider specializing in this area. Who knows where this open-toed road leads? In-house counsel at Coach? Legal beagle for Marie Claire? Niche criminal defense attorney who defends crimes against fashion? (Drab black robe again, your honor?)
On Nov. 20, The Fashion Law Society is focusing their efforts on educating current and potential business owners in the fashion industry. The event will feature presentations from John Marshall’s Trademark Clinic and Patent Clinic regarding Intellectual Property issues as they relate to design. There will also be a presentation from John Marshall’s Business Enterprise Law Clinic of information about business entities and agreements that are essential for proper industry business dealings.
Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to participate in client intake interviews with the law clinics presenting at the event.
Markets tend to overshoot on the way up, and down.And there you have it. Future shortage means now's the time to go. New York Times, people. New York Times.
Thus, the decline in enrollment could lead to a shortage of lawyers five years from now.... And let’s face it, Dodd-Frank and other regulations are also creating more need for lawyers.
Previously, the school was paying about $12 million a year in principal and interest on its debt. Under the restructuring, the school will pay $5 million in annual rent and about $1 million a year in interest expense, cutting its annual payments to the bondholders by almost 50 percent to a total of $6 million.Let's do a compare and contrast between TJSL and its less-networked graduates.
I, like many of your profiled young millennials, have a discouraging amount of student loans that I will have to begin paying off upon graduation.The title of this article is literally "I'm a millennial, and I'm not screwed."
I knew going in to law school that I would be taking on this type of debt, and I did not allow that to discourage me. I did not give up to be a bartender or a nanny. I followed my dream. And I find it very disappointing that none of the millennials you chose to interview were able to offer an inspiring story of following one's dreams, like many of my classmates and friends have chosen to do.
Elon will adapt a seven-trimester schedule, which means law students will graduate in 2.5 years instead of the traditional three.Viva la revolucion! If I wasn't so greedy with all the money my law firm is raking in, I'd sure as shingles hire someone who did an academic-year faculty-supervised residency. No way would I instead hire someone with a "summer associateship" at some hole like Skadden. Legal business is clearly better during the academic term than in the summer, when everyone stops working to take month-long vacations to Dubrovnik or Mallorca.
The revised curriculum will emphasize real-world experience. Elon says it’s the first law school in the country to require all students to serve a full-time faculty-supervised residency during the academic year rather than during the summer.
The agreement provides that UD students who have earned bachelor’s degrees and who meet the Vermont Law entrance requirements will be guaranteed admission into its juris doctor, master’s or joint juris doctor/master’s programs.Guaranteed! More and more, we're seeing law schools make love connections with undergraduate institutions, sealing their devotion with a promise of guaranteed enrollment at the law school for special certain students. Everyone wins, particularly the students who, like children of a happy marriage, grow up to be rich.
Suits and Legally Blonde convinced you that you want to be a lawyer. Will you get to argue a high profile case during your three years? Probably not. But law school offers rewarding experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
2. Contest a Ticket Like a Boss ("You’ll no longer have to groan when you see that white slip neatly tucked under your windshield wiper or panic when you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror."This is all topped with a list of upcoming LSAC forums at the bottom. Of course, the list omits the best reason to get a law degree, but I guess 22/23 ain't bad.
10. Know How to Act When Disaster Strikes ("Being a law student prepares you to plant both feet firmly on the ground while the walls are caving in around you....Keep calm and get a law degree.")
16. Get a Leg Up in the Job Market ("Law school provides the confidence and credentials for any job, even if a law degree isn’t required.")
22. Ease into the Real World ("Law school provides a transition from the wild world of college to the wild world of life.")
Also, calling me “unprofessional” is probably defamatory per se in Canada, so I’d suggest you stick to “unethical” (since “ethical” as we all know has no cognitive content). It may be in the US too, I haven’t asked my lawyer yet, but I will.
So what should I expect going forward? I’m trying to plan out my litigation strategy for the next year!
[in later correspondence]
The statement now on your blog that I am not a philosopher is defamation per se, since it impugns my professional competence. You can express the view that I am a mediocre philosopher, but you can not, without legal consequences, assert that I am not a member of the profession I am a member of. That comment better disappear or be revised so as not to be defamatory.
[in later correspondence]
I'm a lawyer, my wife is a lawyer, and most importantly, one of my best and oldest friend is a lawyer, and you don't want to get to know him.Whiny impertinent bastard children sometimes defame Leiter by saying he isn't a real law professor or that he doesn't have a lot of practical experience as a lawyer or what have you.
Since then, the university said, the school has suffered from the global financial crisis and a related decline in the number of applicants to law schools.
"The Earle I. Mack Foundation and Drexel jointly concluded that this will require an economic foundation beyond what was established by his gift and the university's matching funds," the university said.Part of me wants to scream something like fucking lemmings! But lo and behold, ye children of law, every dark cloud has a silver lining, and no shortage of law applicants can stop the rainbows of fun.
The School expects to have additional positive information concerning our work with the bondholders within the next few weeks. Because a restructuring of the School’s obligations to the bondholders is likely, the School believes that it will be able to continue to prosper.Continue. to. prosper.
But the decline is also unfortunate. Unfortunate for the young people who choose not to go to law school, because they are missing what can be incredibly rewarding career.
It is also unfortunate for the clients. How ironic that so many new lawyers have trouble finding jobs and yet the great majority of Americans cannot afford a lawyer?
These observations would suggest that the decline in applications will reverse itself at some point. Big firms may find trouble finding new associates of the quality they need, and students may see more examples of successful new lawyers who have found satisfaction from practices that serve what has too often been an unmet need for services.
If so, word may circulate that good law jobs are going unfilled, and talented people will start applying to law schools again.Like the hearers of Christ's words, the hearts of the meek (law school sympathizers) should be encouraged by the hope of a prosperous future foretold in these dark times.
The chill of the handcuffs gripped Ainsley Brundage’s wrists as the police pushed him out of the subway. A sea of strangers’ eyes stared and judged. Hooligan. Rascal. Imp [Imp? How Dickensian you write! - ed.]. Most would not guess that Brundage’s dearest dream is to attend a school like Harvard Law, or that it is likely that he will.
Brundage, 19, dances illegally inside subway cars to feed a small but steady flame inside him. He grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and is saving each dollar toward his dream of going to college upstate, far away from negative influences.Life: it's a Disney film! By the time Brundage makes it to Harvard, tuition will likely have dropped substantially (which I base on the principle of absolutely nothing), meaning that the money he makes on the subway can surely help him put a dent in the bill, if he doesn't get one of those full-ride scholarships.
So Brundage has said no to many parties the first week, and has been reading about Supreme Court cases and American business law in his room instead.Give that man a scholarship! Might I suggest Albany, which is a lot "like Harvard Law" in its own special ways???
"This is an effort to guide students in their elective class choices," Gildin said. "In a tougher legal marketplace, it will help them go into that marketplace with maximum ammunition as to their qualifications."Maximum ammunition, motherfuckah! You walk into Skadden or Weil Gotshal with the full ammo.50 cal machine gun of a Penn State-Carlisle business law concentration, you're getting ushered to a spare office with a private bathroom.
Gildin believes that scale, coupled with Dickinson Law's proximity to several county courts, the state Capitol in Harrisburg, and the federal government in Washington gives the Carlisle campus "unique attributes that are going to allow us to do this as well as or better than anyone else."
1. Florida International
4. American University
5. Nova Southeastern
8. University of San Francisco
Given the general decline in law school enrollment, Smith said he would expect to take a “quality over quantity” approach in assembling new classes. “I don’t think there’s growth there,” he said, referring to enrollment.See what you little mutinous charlatans have done? You've made Suffolk go out and bring in a 68-year old to clean up things and you've made him lose faith in law school enrollment.
The unexpected change in leadership comes as Suffolk seeks to stabilize its finances and attract students in the college-dense region. Facing a decline in enrollment and revenue, the university announced in June it would freeze employee salaries for the next fiscal year.
It also offered buyouts to all law school faculty members with tenure or renewable long-term contracts.
In the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Chris Christie recruited Hobbs, 54, to a new position as ombudsman in the governor's office. Hobbs, the governor said, would have free rein to police any wrongdoing, conduct ethics training and improve email policies among Christie's staff and inner circle of advisers.The article says it's only a part-time job, so let's hope Dean Hobbs can find another gig to share his talents with the world. Maybe practice part-time in bet-the-company litigation? Maybe get a spot on Sallie Mae's Board of Directors?
Lemonnier said Hobbs chose to step down as dean in part because law-school admissions have stabilized after a period of declines. "Honestly, there is nothing else going on," she said, adding that "it's a good time to hand over the reins."Indeed. Now go and hire someone who can live up to the legacy. If you want, I can direct you to a faculty blog or two where some excellent candidates post regularly.
The number of top-tier applicants—those with at least a 170 on their LSAT—is growing again. These are students who can probably make it into one of the very few law programs where graduates never experienced significant underemployment. Their numbers are still well down from a few years ago but seem to have stabilized—they're realizing that now really is a good time to go to law school (so long as you can get into a decent program).Never experience significant underemployment! Come and get it, 170-pluses. It's not like the 169s can take your spot or anything. And it's not like the LSAT is normalized and allows for multiple chances to be a 170+ scorer or anything.
"Our model has basically been the grasshopper and the ants from your fables," LeDuc said. "We set aside a fair amount of money to weather what we thought the storm would be. Our only concern is how long this lasts."Now, Western Michigan, is weakened as a result of the internet:
LeDuc believes this a cyclical downturn. He said the effects of a bad economy have been "exacerbated by the stuff on the Internet."
Faculty and staff at [Western Michigan] Law School campuses in Michigan will be cut by the end of the month as part of a broad "right-sizing" program announced July 1.For the uninformed, "legacy costs" are generally costs that are left over from a time when the organization had different priorities, which is a euphemism for saying, "when cash flowed a lot easier."
In announcing the plan, the university said it needed to cut costs because "enrollment and revenue have continued to decline while health care and legacy costs continue to rise."
But midway through Frakt’s statistics-filled PowerPoint presentation, he was interrupted when Dennis Stone, the school’s president, entered the room. (Stone had been alerted to Frakt’s comments by e-mails and texts from faculty members in the room.) Stone told Frakt to stop “insulting” the faculty, and asked him to leave. Startled, Frakt requested that anyone in the room who felt insulted raise his or her hand. When no one did, he attempted to resume his presentation. But Stone told him that if he didn’t leave the premises immediately, security would be called. Frakt packed up his belongings and left.Whoever immediately emailed the President, alerting him to fomenting rebellion immediately, should get a gold star, SuperTenure, and an associate deanship.
[I]t's not up to you to tell them you think that law school is a bad investment for Jess.And Bingo was his Name-O!
Daun DeVore is listed online as the founder and dean of the Alaska Law School, which also features photographs of a brown-haired woman, identified in captions as DeVore, posing with dignitaries including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and members of India’s parliament. DeVore is also named as the person who registered the website through the domain name registrar GoDaddy.
The Alaska Law School website also posted an announcement naming Richard Field the editor-in-chief of its Alaska Law Journal. It said he was “previous Chair of the Science and Technology Section" at the American Bar Association and the current editor-in-chief of The International Lawyer, an ABA legal journal.
“It isn’t a scam,” Field said about the school.
A spokesman with ABA confirmed DeVore had informally met with a man named Barry Currier, managing director of legal education and accreditation at ABA, and the two had a short conversation.
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is aware of the online advertisement of an entity operating its website as The Alaska Law School. This notice is to advise interested parties that as of August 6, 2014, this entity is not authorized to operate as a postsecondary institution in the state of Alaska, nor is it legally permitted to advertise, deliver, or enroll students into any education programs. Moreover, according to a notice posted by the Alaska Bar Association, the organization has not taken any steps to be recognized by the American Bar Association.
[N]o supervising lawyer can begin to approximate the breadth and depth of knowledge of a law school faculty.Indeed. My law school's faculty had at least two professors who may, at one time, have appeared in a courtroom representing a client. Two is more than one, dog. Plus, like, fifteen Supreme Court clerks.
If you or a loved one were found to have cancer, would you want oncologists and surgeons who were educated at top universities and then were trained by experts, or ones who learned medicine entirely through apprenticeships?To be honest with you, I want EVERYONE trained at a top university. Why is my HVAC guy only trained through apprenticeship? My breakfast cafe chef? The foreign people who do my dry cleaning; they've never stepped in a place like UC-Irvine. How are they supposed to appreciate the nuances of fabric and the chemical compositions of the products they use? How is my breakfast chef supposed to think like a chef when he never went to school? How is my HVAC guy supposed to understand the dynamics of air and cooling which are obviously more complex than they were sixty years ago now that we're building with space materials and such? I love answering rhetorical questions with even more aggressive rhetorical questions.
...the reality is that [law schools] do an excellent job of teaching basic skills that all lawyers need to know: how to analyze legal issues, how to read cases and statutes and regulations, how to develop legal arguments, how to do legal research and writing.Why, yes, those four things seem to sum up the entirety of basic skills all lawyers need to know. I am incredibly grateful that under my formal legal education, I learned those four things - and in only three years.