Browsing: Law Schools

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…

New LSAT and GPA medians are out for the Class of 2020! 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 2020. 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 see whether…

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…

It’s 2017, and 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…

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. 

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 In 2014, 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.

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.

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…

In this 3rd edition of law school cost watch, I’m happy to report that there is more progress on the front lines: George Mason, the large Virginia public university, announced that it will be freezing tuition at the law school in the coming year. From their website: The Board of Visitors of George Mason University voted today at its quarterly meeting to freeze the tuition of the law school for the upcoming year, for current and incoming students, and it declared its intention not to increase law tuition through 2016-17. The Dean of the law school, Dan Polsby, stated, “One…

A couple of days ago University of Iowa announced that it was lowering tuition. Now, Penn State has followed suit, announcing a major slash to tuition for in-state students. From the Centre Dailey: Penn State will cut the cost of tuition at The Dickinson School of Law $20,000 a year as part of a financial incentive that officials at the university hope will boost admissions at a time when law schools nationwide have seen fewer students enroll because of the economy and the cost of an education. Basically, Penn State plans to give in-state students 50% off a year, the…

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how University of Iowa (ranked #26 in the US News) was considering a student-backed proposal to cut out-of-state tuition costs. In what can only be described as an early Christmas miracle, it appears that U of Iowa has not just agreed to the proposed out-of-state tuition cuts, they’ve actually lowered in state tuition as well. The board of regents rejected the initial proposal from the law school, and decided to give the same 16.4% tuition reduction to in-state students. This all adds up to a $7,750 a year cut for nonresident students to $39,500,…

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: http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/buyers-market-law-jobs-2015

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, 6534 applicants vied for just 427 seats. So what LSAT and GPA do you typically need to get in? The numbers for the 2017 entering class will give prospective students an idea of what it takes…

Ranking law schools is a big deal. It’s no secret that the legal world is prestige obsessed. Everything is ranked and ranking is everything. So how about the rankers themselves? One of Manhattan LSAT Prep’s bloggers, Mary Adkins, got the idea to rank the law school rankings. It’s a good idea, but I strongly disagree with her analysis. For the most part, she just took the rankings at their word. The problem is that law school rankings can be big liars. They all have an agenda of some kind. Fortunately, some are there to help you. Get information from the…

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…

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