Looking for The Inside Scoop on Part-Time Law School Programs?

We’re working on an upcoming podcast covering this topic. Why attend law school part-time? With law school tuition on the rise, and an uncertain job market, many working professionals just can’t afford to walk away from their careers to pursue their law degree. For these folks, a part-time law school program makes the most sense. Basic financial reasons may also propel others to seek a program that is less expensive in an immediate sense as tuition costs…

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Brain Game Time: Another Logic Game Challenge

Atlas LSAT posted Logic Games Challenge #23 and they invite our listeners to join in: Old Blue Eyes Seven singers—Hiroshi, Jordan, Kirkwood, Lewin, Marin, Olin, and Pan—will audition for the lead singer role in a Frank Sinatra cover band. The auditions will take place one at a time, and no other singers will audition for the role. The order of the auditions must conform to the following rules: • Exactly two auditions will take place between Jordan’s audition and…

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Shifting Paradigm for Law Firms and Legal Education?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the changes taking place in Law Firm Land (for purposes of this discussion, including Big Law as well as mid-size and smaller law firms) and in legal education. Our earlier posts have addressed some of these discussions in the context of proposed changes to law firm recruitment at law schools, proposed changes to legal education and the effects of clients needson demand for legal services from law firms. And here comes another report documenting some of…

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Attitude Problems on the LSAT

Attitude questions — you know, those mildly irritating ones that pretty much ask you how the author feels about something — may be the trickiest questions on the Reading Comp section of the test. If only those authors would just come out and say how they felt about the topic (I think that Yeats’ poetry is crap)! Luckily for us, these attitudes do come across loud and clear, as long as you know what types of language to look for. Here are…

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When Choosing a Law School, Think Regionally!

One sound bite I use a lot when counseling prospective law students is to “put the end at the beginning.” Before thinking about program specialties and clinical opportunities and academic profiles and acceptances rates and anything else that might determine your selection of law schools to which you will apply, think about the end game. Picture graduating, taking the bar, and going off to work. Seriously, do it, even if it feels weird. The reason it might…

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How a Campus Visit Can Help Your Chances of “Getting Off the Waitlist”

Our latest podcast, “Getting Off the Waitlist,” takes a look at what the waitlist means, how law schools use the list and what waitlisted students can do to get that spot in the entering class. One thing waitlisted applicants can do is visit campus and use the visit to strategically promote their candidacy.Cornell Law School Dean of Admissions, Richard Geiger explains what this means at Cornell. “At Cornell we’re a little bit different from other places because we actually…

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Brain Game Time: Another Logic Games Challenge

Atlas LSAT posted Logic Games Challenge #22 and they invite our listeners to join in: Poetry The LSA group of students in a poetry class is being assigned readings. Each of three students – Francis, Grace, and Hu – will read at least one of four poems – Walkabout, Xtravagance, Yonder Cloudbreak, and Zoolandia. • No student reads both Yonder Cloudbreak and Zoolandia. • Hu reads more poems than Grace and Francis. • Any student that reads Xtravagance also…

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Waitlisted? Listen Up!!

As the admissions season rolls on, many of you are playing the waiting game. Waiting to hear back from law schools, waiting to see if you got in or if you’ve been rejected. But what if your wait ends with a waitlist? Does that just mean MORE waiting?? Listen to our show on Getting off the Waitlist: How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Accepted. You’ll learn what things you should and shouldn’t do while WAITING on the…

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More Law School Faculty to Love…and Pay For

Sounds pretty good, right? A lower faculty-to-student ratio and improved faculty scholarship. But all that comes at a price — one paid by law students in the form of higher tuition. According to a recent National Jurist postpreviewing a study about to be released later this month, “the average law school increased its faculty size by 40 percent over the past 10 years.” “This increase in staffing accounts for 48 percent of the tuition increase from 1998 to 2008, the study…

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Optimistic Outlook for In-House Hiring of Lawyers

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports on “a breath of spring in a job market that’s been wintry for far too long.” Given our recent post documenting the latest dismal numbers for law firm hiring of law students, it’s refreshing to hear from the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) 10th Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey that things seem to be looking up for hiring of in-house lawyers. According to the ACC survey, the outlook for Chief Legal Officers is showing signs of optimism,…

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