Browsing: Law Schools

UPDATED: 02/18/2019 New LSAT and GPA medians are out for the Class of 2021! To help you pick reach, target, and safety schools, here are the most recent LSAT and GPA medians available, representing numbers for the law school class of 2021. Seeing the numbers of the most recently admitted class gives you the most accurate idea of where you’ll stand in the admissions game. Generally, if both your numbers are above the median, consider that school a safety. Both below makes it a reach. For comparison, I’ve provided the numbers for the previous few years so that you can…

If you were to check only one statistic before attending a law school, this is the one you should look at: long term/full-time employment in jobs requiring bar passage for 2018 law school graduates. These numbers give you a quick look at what percentage of students are obtaining the kind of jobs that law graduates seek. Some things to bear in mind: This statistic tells you nothing about the underlying quality of the jobs. On top of having stellar employment numbers, the top schools are placing the overwhelming share of their students into highly desirable jobs at the largest law…

Some people dream of becoming a lawyer so that they can serve the public interest and make a positive impact on the world. $$$$$ Other people dream of becoming a lawyer because they want to get rich. $$$$$ In the wake of the great recession there has been a ton of media coverage breathlessly declaring that law schools and, indeed, the entire legal profession, was in a state of “crisis.” And yes, there are still plenty of bad law schools out there (I’m looking at you, Cooley), but today I want to take a look at the other end of…

What LSAT and GPA numbers do you need to get into University of Texas-Austin Law School? The University of Texas- Austin School of Law or UT Law is generally considered the most prestigious law school in the Southwestern United States. The University of Texas Law is ranked #15 in the country by the US News and World Report. While UT Law’s national reputation is burgeoning, its reputation in its home state of Texas is second to none. Students on law school forums frequently point out that as far as Texas is concerned, UT law may as well be Harvard. Given…

While it’s not the pearl of the UC system (that would be Berkeley) UCLA Law is the most prestigious school in Los Angeles, a major legal market. The law school currently ranks 16th on the US News and World Report rankings of the country’s best law schools. Combine the desirable location in sunny Los Angeles with a world-class school and it’s no surprise that getting in is a competitive process. So what LSAT and GPA do you typically need for admission to UCLA Law? The numbers from this years enrolling class will give you a better idea of what it…

The ever-influential US News and World Report’s ranking of top US law schools are out! Here is a full list of the 2019 rankings compared to the 2018 rankings: Law School 2019 +/- 2018 Yale University 1 – 1 Stanford University 2 – 2 Harvard University 3 – 3 University of Chicago 4 – 4 Columbia University 5 – 5 New York University 6 – 6 University of Pennsylvania 7 – 7 University of Michigan—Ann Arbor 8 – 8 University of California—Berkeley 9 +3 12 University of Virginia 9 -1 8 Duke University 11 -1 10 Northwestern University 11 -1…

There are now hundreds of news articles and entire blogs devoted to warning potential students of the perils of attending a low-ranked, high-cost law school. We’re positive people here at Lawschooli, so we typically try and keep our message positive and upbeat. But sometimes we see things happening in the legal education industry that we simply can’t ignore. Today we’re going to talk about the dark side of the industry. Admissions standards have been in a free fall at Tier 4 law schools over the past few years. One school, in particular, has sunk so low that we felt compelled to announce our pick…

If you go to law school, you want it to pay out, right? As our own little contribution to law school rankings season, we wanted to show the schools that are, on average, doing the best job grabbing you a paycheck that can clear up that law school debt within your expected lifespan. We took the top 25 schools from Forbes’ The Law Schools Whose Grads Earn The Biggest Paychecks, removed any schools that placed fewer than 70% of their graduates into full-time legal jobs, and compared the average starting pay to the average indebtedness of grads.

We are going to turn some reader questions into full posts in cases where I think a lot of people might be in a similar situation. A common decision is whether to go to law school in your home state or farther afield, and making the right choice can be critical. One of our readers writes in: I wanted to get your opinion on my law school choices. For some background: I’ve been working as a television producer for the last few years and want to work in IP/entertainment law (I’m hoping my TV background would be really attractive to…

Law schools charge a lot of money for tuition, and since the Great Recession it has been increasingly said that most of them don’t offer the job prospects to justify the expense. While the debate over the value of a law degree wears on, it’s at least clear that law schools extract a lot more of money from students than they need too. Years of competition over rankings has fueled a spending bonanza, and almost all law schools now boast plush buildings, an array of expensive clinics, and impressively high faculty to student ratios. It’s all really nice when you are in…

As we’ve discussed a lot lately, the number of people entering law school has been in ongoing free-fall over the last several years. At some point, you’d have to figure that the number of new lawyers being created would equal the number of jobs available, right? The National Jurist covered some recent debate over which future date exactly this equilibrium might be reached. You can read it here.

When it comes to law jobs, becoming a law professor is one of the highest brass rings you can hope to grab. For those wishing to scale these Olympian heights, beware. A new study from professor Tracey George of Vanderbilt and Albert Yoon of University of Toronto took an empirical look at the factors that influence legal hiring. The findings suggest that the process for hiring tenure track faculty is rigidly elitist.

Vanderbilt Law School has a stable place among the top 25 law schools in the country. While Vanderbilt typically ranks just outside the much vaunted “Top Fourteen” as ranked by the US News and World Report, it enjoys a national reputation and job placement comparable to other legal giants such as Georgetown, Northwestern, and UT-Austin. This year Vanderbilt is ranked 17th spot in the US News rankings. As can be expected at a top school, getting in is a very competitive process. To give you a better idea of what GPA and LSAT you need to get into Vanderbilt law,…

New York University School of Law is widely considered one of the very best law schools in the country. US News typically ranks it among the top six law programs, placing it alongside the other elite law schools at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. Unsurprisingly, admission to NYU law is an incredibly competitive process. To form this year’s incoming class, 7493 applicants vied for just 413 seats. So what LSAT and GPA do you typically need to get in? The numbers for the 2018 entering class will give prospective students an idea of what it takes…

Phil Weiser, Dean of CU Boulder recently posted a short article, “Five Initiatives That Legal Education Needs” giving his thoughts on how to fix our stagnant corner of academia. Respect to Weiser, who has to live in the same hall of learning as professor Paul Campos, the most vocal anti-law school critic around. Secondly, CU Boulder has been relatively good about telling it’s incoming students what kind of job prospects they have. LawSchoolTransparency.com gave them a perfect score at least. Weiser also has some okay ideas about where law school should be headed. He says: Training law students to develop an…

Last week I talked about why T14s and other high-ranking, deep-pocketed schools are the best bet for your money right now. These schools can afford to lure potential students with lots of scholarship aid, so you want to get on the receiving end if you can. For contrast, this week we look at an under-performer as an example of the kind of school that you should likely stay away from right now.

Law schools are competing aggressively over the greatly reduced applicant pool that we’ve seen in recent years. Most lower ranked schools have had to compromise and reduce class size as well as let in students with weaker numbers (LSAT and GPA). While T14s have had to lower selectivity and drop class size a tiny bit, generally, they are holding the same standards. T14’s and the other big top 25 schools are winning the battle to get students in a big way. While the prestige of the institutions is certainly helping them attract the top applicants, perhaps the biggest factor is…

When you are choosing a law school, yes, you should figure out the big stuff. The most important thing to research what kind of job prospects the school gives it’s graduates. After you’ve decided you are happy with your chances of finding gainful employment, the rest is more or less all down to taste. You are likely going to be at this place for three years, so you better like it! Here’s some stuff you’ll want to find out about your law school. None of this stuff alone should be a deal breaker, but when you add little stuff up…

This is an introductory post for those wondering, “what does it take to get to law school?” At one time or another most people picture themselves in a lawyers shoes and wonder how they’d fit. However, if you want to be a lawyer, you’ll have to attend law school first. Here we break down what law schools are looking for in potential students. So what does it take? Boiled down to one sentence, here’s what most law schools will tell you: We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who have demonstrated an ability to perform on tasks similar to those…

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