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Lots of Debt, No Jobs? Not Just Law Schools Getting a Bad Rap.

Forgive me, but I was almost happy to see this article today on talking about how MBA students are taking on too much debt before finding there are no 6-figure jobs waiting for them. Yay, law schools are not the only evil graduate program accused of bilking poor, innocent ambitious students and forcing them to forgo financial security and quality

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What you need to do DURING Law School to have a JOB when you get out

Please listen in to my Blog Talk Radio Show tomorrow (it’s FREE like always!). I’m going to be talking with Spencer Aronfeld, author of “Make It Your Own Law Firm,” a guide for law students on what they need to do to be self-sufficient as lawyers (and self-employed!) when they get out. Don’t miss it. Spencer is very enthusiastic and

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Best Law Schools for Federal Clerkships

See this article ranking law schools according to the number of graduates from the 2009 class in Federal Judicial clerkships – Great support for going beyond the USNWR rankings in choosing a school!

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Attend a Conditional Program or Re-Apply to Law School?

Law school conditional programs can be great opportunities for those who otherwise would not be admitted to law school. By participating in a shortened law school program (either via Internet or on campus) and achieving a certain GPA, an applicant can be admitted to the J.D. program for that fall. Generally, you do not apply separately for this program. A

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Law School Debt: Your Questions Answered

In the next month, I’ll be hosting two Blog Talk Radio shows dealing with the price of law school and how it should factor into your decision to attend. First, on March 30th at noon EST/9 a.m. PST, I’ll be speaking with Derek Roberti, PhD, JD, author of “Should I Go To Law School? The $100,000 Gamble” about “The Law

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New Law School Rankings by USNews

The new U.S. News Law School Rankings for 2011 have been published: The biggest jumps are UCDavis and William and Mary into the top 25. Minor movement among the top 10  – it will be interesting to see how many people Berkeley loses from the incoming class because they went from 6 to 9. Of course, as I always say,

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Tune In: Job Prospects and Rankings

Tomorrow afternoon, I’m going to sit down with students at all 5 Bay Area law schools (Berkeley, Hastings, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Golden Gate) to discuss how they are feeling about job prospects and law school rankings. You can listen live and chat with us and ask questions tomorrow (Sunday 2/27) at 4 pm PST/7 pm EST, or listen

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Lower Law School Tuition in Our Future?

I was reading the paper today and learned that the University of the South is lowering tuition by 10 percent. I thought, “Aha! Someone is finally listening to me!” Ok, it’s not a law school, but it is a fairly respected undergraduate school in the South. (I know these things, since I graduated from high school in Alabama). And they are

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Law School Admission: Thoughts on New Year’s Eve

Before we pour the champagne on the west coast, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the current law school admission climate. People are taking the LSAT more than they used to, thanks to the June 2006 ABA policy that encourages law schools to “count” the highest of multiple LSAT scores. But I do think it’s getting a

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Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?

How to Get Into a Top Law School? Top law schools require stellar undergraduate grades, an LSAT score that shows you can compete with their student body, and soft factors which demonstrate experiences that will add to the diversity and knowledge of the law school class. For Top 10 law schools, a ballpark combination would be scoring 170+ on the...

Can I Get Into Law School with a Low LSAT and Low GPA?

Tips for Law School Applicants with low LSAT scores and low GPAs: Call attention to excellent performance during a portion of your time in college, or in a certain area of study in college. Obtain excellent academic letters of recommendation. Demonstrate that more recent academic accomplishments (in graduate school, or during your later years of college) are a better indication...

Thinking About Going to Law School

If you’ve been considering whether law school is right for you, check out this 15-minute LSAT/Law School podcast interview about what’s important to consider and how to prepare yourself for deciding on a career in law. In the podcast, we discuss: How to explore whether law is the right direction for you; How to choose courses in college to prepare for law...

The Law School Admission Game, 4th Edition: Now Available!

I am so excited to announce the release today of the 4th edition of my bestselling law school admission guidebook, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert. This is fully up to date with information on recent changes to the LSAT, LSATFlex, and use of the GRE in law school admissions. It includes even more examples of case studies...