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As is tradition here at lawschooli.com, here is a post where we can discuss the LSAT that was administered today, June 8th, 2015.We’ll update this post to track the June 2015 LSAT as we get more information and you can use the comments section below this post to discuss the score release and anything else related to this test (how it went, do you need to retake, etc.) Let the discussion begin! – Looking forward to hearing from everyone in the comments below. Need to Retake? We’re Here to Help It goes without saying that we want you to be in the group that…

Here is the top 20 from this year’s US News and World Report Best Law Schools (i.e. the only rankings that matter): 1. Yale 2. Harvard 2. Stanford (+1) 4. Columbia 4. Chicago 6. NYU 7. Penn 8. UVA 8. Berkeley (+1) 8. Duke (+2) 11. Michigan (-1) 12. Northwestern 13. Cornell 14. GULC (-1) 15. Texas 16. UCLA 17. Vanderbilt (-1) 18. Wash U 19. Emory 20. USC 20. Minnesota  We’ll be updating this list to cover the whole top 100 and add comparison with last years rankings, so check back throughout the day! The Top 14 At the very…

UPDATE: The rankings are out! See them here: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings It turns out that the lists below were indeed an accurate picture of the new top school. We’ll be posting our analysis tomorrow, so check back! In the digital age we’ve come to expect anything and everything to leak early. Only Beyonce has figured out how to run a tight ship. While US News also usually does a pretty good job keeping their new rankings a secret, it appears they’ve let slip a little teaser… With the official USNWR rankings not expected to arrive until tomorrow, Above The Law earlier today published what may well…

UPDATE – 03/02/15 UPDATE 03/02/2015 – 7:00 PM (CST) – Score Are Out, Now What? Watch the free webinar replay here: You Got Your LSAT Score. Now What? – Live at 10:30 PM Central Standard Time We’ll discussed topics including: What school can you get into with your score?How to know if you should retakeWhat is an acceptable score with which to apply to law school right now?Negotiating for higher scholarships if your score improved Watch here: Or follow these links: View on Youtube UPDATE 03/02/2015 – 6:10 PM (CST) – We Have Gray! Scores are on the way, later in the day than I…

The ABA recently released it’s yearly enrollment statistics, showing that enrollment has plunged yet again this year, bringing enrollment to a record 27-year low. 37,924 full-time and part-time students began law school this fall, a 4.4 percent drop from last-year. All told, approximately 15,ooo fewer 1Ls will walk through the doors then did in 2010, when a record high 52,488 students started law school. Here’s a chart of 1L enrollment over the last several of years: In 1973—the last time enrollment was this low—only 151 ABA accredited law schools existed. Now, 205 fully accredited schools compete for the same size stock. Can it get…

Special Webinar Offer: 20% Off LSAT Mastermind Study Group Lifetime Membership! CLICK HERE TO APPLY DISCOUNT & ENROLL NOW (learn more) Deciding to take the February LSAT can be a tough call. Although many law schools now accept applications from those who take the LSAT in February for admission the immediately following fall, conventional wisdom is that it places you at a big disadvantage compared to earlier applicants. Is that really true given how few people are applying to law school this year?

UPDATE: Thursday, January 1st@ 6:43PM(CST) SCORES ARE OUT! We have an unexpected holiday release. I have heard there is a -12 curve but have not confirmed by seeing a score sheet. I’ll update with the score sheet when I have it! UPDATE: Thursday, January 1st@ 6:47PM(CST) Here is the score conversion table: It is a -12, which indicates a somewhat less difficult test in terms of getting a higher raw score than we’ve seen lately. Let us know how you did! As is tradition here at lawschooli.com, here is a post where we can discuss the LSAT that was administered…

Josh and I were just interviewed by Ben Olson and Nathan Fox, hosts of the Thinking LSAT Podcast. Check it out here: Podcast: Play in new window | Download Mentioned in this podcast: How I Got a 177 On the LSAT by Joshua Craven Join the LSAT Mastermind Study Group We talked a little about our early battles with the LSAT then covered some reader questions, including: When is a good idea to give up when a game, passage, or individual question is too hard? How did you approach test day? How do you get the most out of reviewing a preptest? What does a good…

Live Webinar: Update 5:50 PM EST — Score Release Confirmed!!! Here’s the curve: A -12 gets you a 170. Snapshot: Bear in mind that scores often take as long as a couple hours to roll out. If you don’t have yours yet be patient. Check in here to tell us how you did! Some More Updates: 5:45 EST: There are reports that the email date has been changed to today’s date. Get ready for it! 5:30 EST: It now appears that a lot of people are seeing gray! 4:49 EST: Killoran also posted part of an email from LSAC to…

While more and more college grads have been avoiding the law school path, there is one group that appears to be coming back: high LSAT scorers. Going by the LSAT and GPA numbers, the current crop of students at the top law schools is substantially weaker than the pool we had in the recession years 2008-2011, when people were applying to law schools in droves. This isn’t surprising: from a high in 2009-2010, when some 171,514 people took the LSAT, the number has tumbled to just 105,532 who took the LSAT last year. With that much smaller a group, there are way bound to be…

Anyone who has read this blog in the past year knows that I’m pretty cautious about sending people on the path to law school. In the wake of the recession, getting into this profession has been a risky proposition for the majority of aspirants. Consider this grim statistic: for recent classes, fewer than 60% of graduating students have found full-time legal employment in the nine months following graduation. Compare this with more golden times for law students: in the eighties, as much as 85% of each class had found full-time legal jobs by the nine month mark. Historically, the average is about 75%. Right now we are still running near a…

I know that everyone loves law school rankings so today I wanted to bring you a very simple one that is pulled from the work of a law professor, Alfred Brophy of UNC law school. The US News’ Rankings methodology includes many variables that are arguably disconnected from what students actually care about. This simple ranking combines just two factors: the school’s rank by LSAT based on the median LSAT of the class entering in 2013 and the percentage of the 2013 class employed at full-time, long-term JD-required jobs nine months after graduation.

Update: For the most current numbers, see this post: Newest LSAT and GPA Medians For those anticipating their LSAT score soon, here is a handy chart of LSAT medians, 25th percentiles, and 75th percentiles by law school. These figures are those used to rank law schools for the USNEWS Best Law Schools Rankings, and represent the medians for students entering in the fall class of 2013 (class of 2016). Because it’s likely that a comparable number of prospective students will be taking the LSAT this year, it’s very likely that medians will remain around where they are on this chart. These LSAT…

:::UPDATE 07/01/2014 3:03PM — It has been confirmed that scores are coming out now. Watch your email! Leave a Comment ::: Could someone please send me a screenshot of the scale? joshua.craven@lawschooli.com :::UPDATE 07/01/2014 3:16PM — Here’s our first look at the score conversion table It appears to be a -13 curve. This is indicative of a pretty hard test, but nothing too unusual for recent LSAT history. This is about what was expected given a tricky games section and a fairly standard RC and LR. FREQUENTLY VIEWED POSTS DURING LSAT SCORE RELEASES: 3 month LSAT Study Schedule (Perfect for retakers)LSAT…

The ABA just updated its yearly employment figures for all accredited law schools. It’s mostly so-so news: there was very little change from last year’s results, when just 56.2% found employment in full-time, long-term jobs requiring a JD. This year’s crop of 2013 grads placed 57% percent out of a total 46,776 graduates into such jobs. Well it’s a slight improvement, it’s proof that the market for JDs is still very weak.

Brooklyn Law School recently announced a 15% percent cut to tuition. Although Brooklyn will maintain tuition at its current level of $53,850 a year for the class entering this coming fall, next year’s tuition will decrease to $45,850. That’s not all Brooklyn is doing, however: they are also increasing need-based aid, decreasing merit aid, and they claim that LSAT scores will no longer factor in their decision to award merit aid. 

It’s in the news recently that the number of people taking the LSAT increased in February, with roughly 200 more people taking the LSAT than did in February of last year (source: LSAC). This is the first time since 2010 that there has been an increase in the number of people taking the LSAT for a specific administration. Mostly, it’s been all downhill since 2009-2010, when over 170,000 thousand people took the LSAT. For this cycle, a mere 105,532 people took the LSAT. That’s about how many people used to take it back in the mid-90s, when far fewer people were…

Hi everyone, it’s that time of year where your law school gets ranked and you can send harassing messages to your friends if their law school fell in the rankings. US News has published it’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. As I’ve said before, the US News rankings are essentially evil, encouraging big spending by law schools that has led to wildly inflated tuition. Despite that, they are also essentially accurate, giving a measure of a law school’s prestige that aligns fairly well with perception in the wider legal world.

The February LSAT just happened! In this post we’ll recap the February 2014 LSAT and provide a space to discuss what worked, what didn’t, etc. Please use the comments to vent about how poorly the test went or ask us about anything if you need advice going forward. We’ll update this post when scores come out. For now, here’s my prediction about the date: February 2014 LSAT Score Release Prediction The actual score release is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th. However, as we all know, LSAC almost always releases the score early. Sunday releases are not uncommon, so rather than…

The ABA Journal reported yesterday that Roger Williams University in Rhode Island has cut tuition by 18 percent, lowering tuition from $41,400 to $33,792 for the 2014-15 school year. The reduction, which fixes tuition for at least three years, amounts to $7,600 saved yearly for full-time students. When Iowa and Penn State lowered tuition over a month ago, we were hopeful that this was just the beginning of widespread tuition reductions at U.S. law schools. Since then, the hoped for cascade of cuts has yet to materialize. It is not too surprising, however, that changes at law schools will come about slowly. Roger Williams’…