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Monday, November 8, 2010

Text Book Inflation

The cost of college and law school textbooks is unbelievably high and it gets little attention. The Albany Times Union published an important newspaper article documenting this fact of university life. The article points out that publishers will not have to make additional cost disclosure options available; however I doubt that will mean anything.  As the article states: 

 

Now, there is some relief for students who pay hundreds of dollars every semester. A provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 took effect this month.

 

The first direct federal action to address textbook prices could help lower student costs by creating more competition and breaking the tight control publishers have on the textbook market.

Publishers are now required to disclose prices and revision information when marketing textbooks to professors, which will allow them to choose lower-cost options. Publishers now are required to offer all of the items in textbook bundles for sale separately so students won't be forced to pay for CDs or passcodes they don't need. Colleges are now also encouraged to provide the list of assigned textbooks for each course so students can shop around for the best deal.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=952849&category=REGION#ixzz0uQSPcxHd

Some relief will come when electronic texts are used in all classes. However, something tells me that those texts will not be much cheaper than the traditional books. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

 

November 8, 2010 in Colleges, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Does It Pay To Get An LL.M?

The Wall Street Law Journal Blog ran an interesting story on September 20, 2010, here, questioning whether an LL.M degree was worth it. The article seemed to concluded that it generally was not worth it unless the student was interested in a highly specialized field such as tax.  

I tend to agree. Also, the academic job market has become so competitive that I am sorry to report that an LL.M is not enough to land a law school or even a college teaching job in most competitive markets (where everyone wants to work). If your interested in a full time academic appointment, your looking at a J.S.D. or P.hd degree. That is the reality of todays world.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 25, 2010 in Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Study Claims That Grades Are More Important Than The Law School

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported on July 30th about a study which indicated that grades were more important than the particular law school chosen by the student. As the article states:

 Go to the best law school you get into.

It’s advice that’s been passed down through the ages, from generation to generation. Law is a profession that trades, the thinking goes, on prestige. Clients like prestigious names like Wachtell and Cravath; the wealthiest firms like names like Harvard, Yale and Chicago. Get into one of those schools, and up go your chances of going to a big firm, kicking tail, making partner and grabbing that brass ring.

Or so the conventional wisdom has for decades dictated.

But is it true? In a new paper, UCLA law professor Richard Sander and Brooklyn law professorJane Yakowitz argue no. “Eliteness” of the school you attended matters much less, they found, than your GPA.

I for one still believe that a student should go to the best law school they could get into. Then get the best grades that you can. I do not know how you can separate grades from school. I think it would not be reasonable for a student to chose a lower ranked school because he or she "thinks" that he or she may get better grades at a lower ranked school.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

Hat Tip: Neil J. Dudich, Esq.

August 6, 2010 in Law Schools, Law Schools, News, Law Schools, Rankings, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Law Student Sets Up Pay Pal Account To Accept Tuition Donations

Here is a new one. A law student, actually a accepted student to Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill set up a web site and is seeking donations for her tuition. So far, she had gotten 3 donations. An article about this student in the ABA New Journal Now is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 26, 2010 in Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Law Students Push For Transparency In Law School Employment Data

The ABA Journal News Now reported on two law students who are pushing for transparency in law school employment data. They published a scholarly article on the this topic (and cited Adjunct Law Prof Blog) which is available on SSRN. They also maintain a web site. This is a serious issues that schools need to pay attention to. It is also an important issue and the U.S. News ranking data is based, in part, on employment stats.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 17, 2010 in Law Students, Lawyer Employment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bar Exam Apps

You new it had to be coming. There are now bar exams apps for the iphone. A company called BarMax makes one for the California Bar and it is not cheap. It is over $1,000. BAR/BRI also offers an app, but the students must be enrolled in the their course. Emanuel Bar review also makes a series of apps at $12.99 each. You can read more about it in the May 2010 ABA Journal.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 24, 2010 in Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

St. John's Law School Announces Boyd Scholarship Winner

SJ_Logo SJU masthead

I am delighted to be a member of the Board of Advisors at St. John's Law School's Center for Labor and Employment Law. The Center has several important events planned. On June 2, 2010, the Honorable Wilma Liebman, Chairman of the NLRB, will speak at the Center’s official opening.On June 3-4, the Center will co-sponsor, with the Cornell University ILR School, NYU Law’s 63rd Annual Conference on Labor. Other events planned include:

September 16, 2010, - Professor Jack Getman, the Earle E. Sheffield Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, will discuss his new book: Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes A Movement
• September 22, 2010 – The Center will host the Law School’s 14th Annual Management Lawyers’ Colloquium
• March 18-19, 2011 - The Center, in cooperation with the St. John’s Center for Law and Religion, will host The Theology of Work and the Dignity of Workers symposium conference (8 CLE credits available)*
• July 20-23, 2011 - In cooperation with the Law School’s Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution and Center for International and Comparative Law, the Center will convene the symposium conference Labor and Employment Dispute Resolution: International and Comparative Perspectives (20 CLE credits available)

One of the core purposes of the Center is to support our students through scholarships and internship opportunities. One such scholarship is The Boyd Scholarship (2010). It is funded through the generosity of Patrick Boyd ’00, senior partner of the Boyd Law Group. This scholarship supports the summer employment of a law student committed to employee rights. The first winner is:

Shazana Zumpfe-Cochran ’12
Inaugural Boyd Scholar for Labor and Employment Law
BBA, Baruch 2005

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 18, 2010 in Law Schools, News, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Washington Area Law Schools Are Trying To Help Students Get Summer Jobs

The March 16, 2010 Blog of the Legal Times reported that some Washington area law schools are taking steps to help students obtain summer employment. Unfortunately, the article is short on details. It does describe one school that his increasing a fund to presumably fund summer jobs and increasing access to the law school for recruiters.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

April 27, 2010 in Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

So You Want To Be A Law Clerk

Crunching Clerks is an excellent Feb. 2010 ABA Journal article which highlights something I was totally unaware of. Today it is much more difficult for law students to find jobs as law clerks. Why? Because of the poor economy. Quite simply some jurisdictions are cutting down on the number of people they hire.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 13, 2010 in Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Study: Minority Law Student Numbers Dip as Law School Capacity Rises

The percentage of African-American and Mexican-American students enrolled in law school dipped between 1993 and 2008, even as overall law school capacity rose across the country, according to a study released Tuesday by Columbia Law School's Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic. Over the 15-year period, the study found that there was a 7.5 percent decrease of African-American first-year students and 11.7 percent drop of Mexican-American first-years.

The American Lawyer Jan. 7, 2010

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 17, 2010 in Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Berkeley and Georgetown Law Announce Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Karen Sloan (National Law Journal) reported last weekend that law schools at UC-Berkely and Georgetown are offering to forgive law school debts for graduates who commit to work in public interest law for at least 10 years.  

Sloan reports that the programs are tied to recently enacted federal legislation designed to assist debt-laden college students:

The loan forgiveness programs at Georgetown and Berkeley are designed to complement the College Cost Reduction & Access Act — a federal program intended to help borrowers manage their student debt that went into effect in July. The federal program is especially helpful for public interest workers, because the government will forgive the loan balance after the borrower has made payments for 10 years. Loan forgiveness applies to lawyers working at nonprofit organizations, government agencies and legal aid organizations.

Under the income-based repayment portion of the new federal program, monthly loan payments are capped at about 10% of the borrower's income, which is important because public interest lawyers generally make far less than their counterparts at law firms. A survey last year by the National Association for Law Placement found that public interest attorneys can expect starting salaries of about $41,000.

Both Berkeley and Georgetown will pay the entirety of those capped monthly payments for 10 years, until the federal government forgives the debt.

The program does not offer full coverage for graduates in public interest law making high salaries.  Full coverage is available Berkeley graduates making up to $65,000 annual salary and to Georgetown graduates making up to $75,000 annual salary.  Graduates earning more receive loan assistance on a sliding scale to around $100,000 in annual salary.  Sloan further reports that the program is funded by alumni donations at Georgetown and student fees at Berkeley.  

With the economy in recession, law school costs rising and the demonstrated need for attorneys committed to public interest work as strong as ever, these loan forgiveness programs look like they can't miss.

Craig Estlinbaum

December 3, 2009 in Announcements, Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Careers In Education Law

The National School Board Association has an excellent web site, as well as a brochure, here,where they describe careers in school law. That web site is available here.  The web site summarizes potential school law or what I prefer to call education law, careers as follows:

Most public school districts are multi-million dollar entities. The school attorney (whether in private practice or as an employee of the district) acts as corporate counsel, and advises the school board and the school administration on contract and general business affairs, human resource and collective bargaining issues, state and federal constitutional provisions, state and federal statutory issues, and case law that may impose liability on the school district. School attorneys represent kindergarten through 12th grade elementary, middle, or secondary level public schools, but some also advise community colleges and universities.

On any given day, the school attorney might find himself/herself advising a public school board client about separation of church and state issues such as the constitutionality of teaching “intelligent design” and/or evolution; investigating an allegation of sexual harassment of a student by a school staff member; meeting with a committee of school personnel and parents about the educational programming of a student with a disability; arguing a case about student dress codes in federal court; or researching and drafting a school board policy on state open meetings laws. School attorneys have the opportunity to be involved in some of the most significant legal issues of our time.

I would add that there is tremendous opportunity for students truly interested in education law because most law schools do not focus on it. Thus, it is often off the radar. However, both large and small law firms represent districts. There are opportunities to work in labor unions, advocacy organizations as well as the school district irtitself. The NYC Department of Education, for example, employs hundreds of attorneys. The Newark Board of Education employs large numbers of attorneys as well.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 2, 2009 in Law Students, Lawyer Employment | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, November 13, 2009

West Puts Law Books On Kindle

West recently announced that it is releasing e-book editions of 29 of its most popular law books. The releases include the book co-authored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia legal wordsmith Bryan Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges. West is offering the titles for electronic download to be read on Amazon's Kindle e-book reader. Recently, Amazon dropped the price of the U.S. version of the Kindle by $40 to $259.

A sign of the times. Sounds like a good idea to me. Will save everyone money.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 13, 2009 in Blogs, Legal, Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

So You Want To Be A U.S. Supreme Court Clerk

The Oct. 2009 ABA Journal has a very interesting article entitled Shedding Tiers. It describes how the job of Supreme Court Clerk is usually limited to graduates of the top 5 law schools. Justice Scalia was even quoted as such. The article, however, discusses the case of Lucas Townsend who graduate Seton Hall Law School and was hired as a law clerk to Justice Alito.

Justice Alito worked as a adjunct for years at Seton Hall before he was nominated to the Supreme Court. I wonder if Mr. Townsend was one of his students.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

November 5, 2009 in Law Schools, Law Students, Lawyers, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Plagiarism Scanner

Here is a new one. A company actually is marketing a plagiarism scanner. It can be used by students or profs. It only seems to scan the internet so it is of limited utility for lawyers and law professors. A link to it can be found here.

It is questionable that such a program can be of any use to a student (college or law student) as they have no need to check if something they wrote was improper. I can see profs making some use out of this service because they can check on students. I suppose journals and tenure committees could also make use of such a scanner to check on the profs. 

A plagiarism scan does not come cheap, but it is not overly expensive either. The prices are as follows:

       Personal - 10,000 words, $14.95




Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 21, 2009 in College Professors, Law Professors, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

$70,000 Per Year To Attend Law School! This is Real!

Ever wonder how much it is to attend a top ranked law school in New York? Well, Columbia charges $48,004 which does not include $1638 for health insurance or a $95.00 transcript fee.The estimated living expense is $21, 263. That comes to more than $70,000 per year. Now Columbia may be on the high side, but many schools' tuition is in the $40,000 range.

Hat Tip: Above The Law

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 14, 2009 in Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (1)

Students From Lower Tier Law Schools Are Happier At The Big Firms

Legal Blog Watch has an excellent September 4, 2009 story which discusses a study by the American Bar Foundation, and which was reported on in the September 2009 American Lawyer. In a nutshell, the study demonstrates that lawyers from less elite schools are happier at big law firms than others.

This comes as no surprise to me-having worked at 2 large NYC law firms and have litigated against a dozen or so of them. It is not uncommon for students from Ivy League Schools to have a chip on their shoulder. They think that they are better than this and they are in for a surprise when they actually have to produce.

Don't get me wrong. Many of these same graduates are very bright. However, when your in practice for a while where you went to law school is about as important as where you went to college.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 14, 2009 in Law Firms, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

I am pleased to advise you that once again the law firm Jackson Lewis and Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Workplace will cosponsor the annual Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law.  The papers and supporting documents are due Tuesday, January 19, 2010.  Papers are blind judged by a national panel of law professors.  Neither Jackson Lewis nor Chicago-Kent have any say in the selection of the winners.

 

For many years now, Jackson Lewis has funded this competition in memory of Louis Jackson, one of the founders of the firm.  The first place award is $3,000 and there are two second place awards of $1,000 each.  I have attached a flyer with more information about the competition.  The flyer is available here http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/flyer%202009-10.pdf .

Hat Tip: Professor Martin Malin

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 7, 2009 in Law Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

100 Blog Posts About Going To Law School

100 Blog Posts You Should Read Before Going to Law School is an interesting collection of articles written by Hannah Watson of Onlinecourses.org, a commercial web site. I reproduce their links with the hope that it may be helpful to some aspiring law students:  


Getting In

The first step to a career in law is getting accepted into law school. These posts can help increase your chances of acceptance and decide where you want to go.

  1. Why Do You Want to Go to Law School?: Have you taken some time to seriously consider why it is you want to go into the law? This post addresses some of the issues in law teaching and other careers you should consider within law.
  2. HOWTO: Figure Out What a Law School Is Like: Learn how to find a good match for what you want and need in a law school with help from this post.
  3. Law School: Get Ready and Go: Check out this post to read about how to prepare for and choose a law school.
  4. Reasons to Avoid Law School; Reasons to Still Go: This post weighs the pros and cons of attending law school helping you get a well-rounded view of things.
  5. The Minimal Increase in Law School Applications: While generally, applications to grad schools increase in times of economic downturns, learn why you won’t be facing any additional competition for law school.
  6. Getting Into Law School With A Low GPA: Did you not fare so well in undergrad? Find out more about how it may affect your law school applications here.
  7. Quick Tip: Letters of Recommendation: You’ll need some letters of recommendation to get into school, so learn the best ways to ask for and get them.
  8. Chances of Acceptance: This post will teach you how to calculate your chances of getting accepted into the schools of your choice.
  9. Law Student Resume For Law School Admissions: Get a few tips on tricking out your resume for law school applications in this post.
  10. Part-Time J.D. Programs: If you can’t go back to school full-time this post can help you learn more about part-time programs.
  11. Three Early Steps to a Smooth Admissions Cycle: Get a better idea of what you should be doing early on when it comes to law school applications.
  12. Killing Your (Essay) Babies: Here you can get some good tips on writing a better law school admissions essay.
  13. Dealing with Your Past: Disclosing Criminal Issues on Law School Applications: Read this post to learn how your criminal past should be dealt with when applying for law school.
  14. A Law School Professor’s Advice to an Applicant: Through this post you can get some advice from a law professor on what you should do to improve your chances of getting in and being successful.

Getting Started

These posts can help you navigate those first few months of law school with greater ease.

  1. The Summer Before Law School Reading Lists: Make the most of the time you have before you’re bogged down by schoolwork to get some great preparatory work done.
  2. What To Do Before Law School: This post offers some advice on how to prepare for law school before the first day.
  3. Words You Should Know …BEFORE Law School: Read this blog post to find out some words you should add to your vocab.
  4. Five Law School Orientation Tips (Plus Five More): Make it through law school orientation in one piece with some advice from this post.
  5. Getting Ready for Law School?: This post offers a couple of interesting reads to look through before you being school.
  6. The Summer Before Your First Year of Law School: Learn how you can make the most of your summer before school and what you should do to get ready in this post.
  7. Pre-Law School Tips and Advice: Read through this post to get some great advice on preparing for law school.
  8. 1L FAQ: Here you’ll find some common questions new students have about law school and some helpful answers.
  9. Don’t Mention It: Get some advice from another law school student on everything from Facebook use to how to act in school.
  10. Advice to the Class of 2012: This post is full of tips for law school students on how to spend the summer before law school, including getting in shape and not freaking out about school.

Paying for School

Law school isn’t cheap, so learn more about how you can finance your education, keep costs under control, and deal with law school debt from these posts.

  1. Paying for Law School: Debt Matters: Get some good advice on managing debt from school in this post.
  2. Paying Law School Loans Without a Job: What happens when you graduate from law school and can’t find a job? How do you pay back your loans? This post offers some guidance.
  3. Sharp Jumps in Public Law School Tuition: Learn why you could be paying more for school if you’re just starting out.
  4. Law School Loan Forgiveness: In this post you can get some tips on whether or not you’ll qualify for loan forgiveness.
  5. High Cost of Law School Loans: This blog can show you some of the ramifications of law school debt.
  6. Bankruptcy Doesn’t Discharge $350,000 of Law School Debt: Read this post to learn why law school debt is a serious thing– one that you can’t shake even by declaring bankruptcy.
  7. Get Your Legal Legs Under You when Paying Off Law School Tuition Debt: This post can help you learn about some of the basics of paying off your debt.
  8. Law School: Ways to Pay: Here you’ll learn about the variety of costs included with going to law school and some ways that you can help manage and pay them.
  9. Paying for Law School: Considering the Costs: Through this post you’ll learn about ways that you can reduce the amount of law school debt you accrue.
  10. The cost-benefit analysis of attending law school in the new legal marketplace: Is going to law school still worth it? Get the numbers here.
  11. Too Much Student Debt = Not Fit to Join the Bar?: Law school debt may make it hard to be a lawyer if you let it go, as this post discusses.
  12. New Federal Loan Programs: You may be able to qualify for some beneficial loan programs to help you attend law school. Read more here.

Getting a Job

Learn what getting a job will be like after you graduate from school with some advice and information from these posts.

  1. Out-of-work lawyers try to be paralegals, secretaries: Finding a job as a lawyer is hard, and many are working in related professions as this post discusses.
  2. Fall Recruiting: What Law Students Need to Consider: Learn ways to make yourself look good to recruiters in this post.
  3. Law School Grads Face Tough Job Market: Job hunting isn’t easy. Learn what grads now are facing so you can prepare yourself upon graduation.
  4. No Sympathy for Unemployed Lawyers: If you can’t find a job after graduation don’t expect much sympathy as this post relates.
  5. Dealing with the Reality of the Legal Market: The job market for lawyers isn’t great at the moment, so learn to make the most of the opportunities that are out there with this post.
  6. Work the Room Comfortably at a Conference: This post will help you learn how to network and make the most of the law conferences.
  7. Start a Blog, Get a Job: Learn how starting a blog might be able to help your job prospects.
  8. After Graduating Law School Is It Difficult To Find A Job?: Here you can get some insight into how difficult it is to find a job post-graduation.
  9. 5 New Books Every Job Seeker Should Read: When you’re fresh on the search for a job you should read these helpful books.
  10. Top Ten Job Search Engines: Learn some of the best places to look for a job after you finish school.
  11. Top Tips for Legal Resumes and Cover Letters: Check out this post to learn how to create a stellar legal resume.

Getting Through Law School

If you think going to law school will be easy, think again. These posts offer guidance and tips on getting through law school while maintaining your sanity.

  1. The Savvy Stylist: First Day of Law School: If you want to look professional when you head back to school get some tips on what to wear from this post.
  2. What can you do with an iPhone or Kindle in law school?: Get some advice on how to make the most of your gadgets while you’re in school.
  3. GTD for Law Students: Review to Relax: Here you’ll find one post out of a series on productivity tips for law students.
  4. When It’s Rough, It’s Right: Learn why law school may be giving you the most when it’s the hardest from this post.
  5. Dealing with Distractions: Read this article to learn how to better deal with distractions that can keep you from getting your studying done.
  6. Prepare for Law School Success During Your Pre-1L Summer: This post will help you plan your summer before law school to ensure you do better once school starts.
  7. Writing a Good Law Dissertation: If you plan on writing a dissertation while in law school, this post can give you some pointers on making it great.
  8. Have Cognitive Enhancing Drugs Arrived at Law School?: Learn about some of the dangers of taking cognitive enhancing drugs that might seem like a quick fix from this post.
  9. Enlightenment: This post offers some great and sometimes humorous advice on going to law school without regrets.
  10. Supplements, Oh My Supplements!: Here you’ll find advice on supplementing your readings for better grades in your courses.
  11. How To Reduce Your Stress In Law School: Law school can be a stressful place but you can learn to minimize its effects with help from this post.
  12. Stretch Before Finals: This post will give you a step-by-step guide to planning your study schedule.

Your Education

Make sure you’re getting most out of your law education by taking a look at these posts.

  1. Do Lawyers Need Accounting Training?: Could it help your career to learn a little more about accounting while you’re in school? Learn more here.
  2. The Pedagogical Goals of Law School Classes: This post addresses many of the things that first year law students find frustrating or confusing about school.
  3. Should Law Firms Have To Do Law Schools’ Jobs?: Here you can learn more about the things that your law school education may be excluding.
  4. Law Student Learning Styles: Read this summary of a study on the way law school students learn.
  5. Welcome to the Future: Time for Law School 4.0: Find out how law school can change and adapt in the future and the ways they’re failing today.
  6. Something They Didn’t Teach at Law School: Learn why you might want to pick up a new language while in law school.
  7. Laptops in the Classroom: Learning Tool or Time Waster?: Many law school students bring their laptops to class. Find out whether they’ll be a good note-taking tool or just a distraction.
  8. Applying First Year Law Classes to Real Life: While a big part of the material you learn in first year law school may not actually be applied in the courtroom, this post can help you make use of it nonetheless.
  9. What Did You Learn in Law School?: Find out what you may or may not be actually learning while you’re in law school.

Law Students

Get some advice and guidance from those who’ve gone before you by reading these posts by law school students past and present.

  1. How I Got Through Law School: This mom shares her insights on how she made it through law school in one piece here.
  2. Best and Worst of First Year: This older student shares thoughts on some of the ups and downs of being a first year law student.
  3. Being a Law Student: Share your concerns about law school with this blogger.
  4. Slaying the Law School Myth: There are a lot of myths about going to law school and entering the law profession. This blog post attempts to dispel some of them.
  5. Best Law School Advice Ever: Here you’ll get some whimsical advice on getting through law school.
  6. Technology Helps Blind Law Student Pursue Dream: Get some inspiration from another student who has overcome a lot of obstacles to make it to school.
  7. When Do I Stop Feeling Dumb?: If you’re worried about feeling dumb in law school you’re not alone. Learn if it ever gets better from this post.
  8. Imposter syndrome, redux: Those who are older and just now heading to law school can commiserate with this older student’s experiences.
  9. It’s All a Matter of Perspective: Get a little perspective and even a laugh from this post about the difficulties of law school.
  10. Looking Back on Law School: Learn about this particular student’s experiences in law school, including things she thought she would accomplish and how she thought school would change her.
  11. This Is the Song That Never Ends: Your work in law school may be just like the song that never ends, as this post discusses.

Test Taking

There are a couple of big tests you’ll have to take in order to become a lawyer in most states, and you can get some advice on how to do the best you can on them with these posts.

  1. What to Do When the Bar is Over: Finally taking the bar can feel like a big relief but can leave you wondering what to do next. This post offers some suggestions.
  2. The Secret Weapon on the Bar Exam: Get advice on a secret weapon that can help you perform better on the bar.
  3. How To Study Effectively For The Bar Exam: If you’re unsure how to best study for the bar this post will give you some advice.
  4. How To Take A Dual Bar Exam: Does your profession require more than one bar exam? Learn how to study for both at once in this post.
  5. Bar Review a Second Time: Learn what you should do if you fail the bar and have to retake it through this post.
  6. Are Bar Review Courses Necessary?: Should you set aside money to pay for a bar review course? This post offers some advice.
  7. Bar Exam Advice: Get some basic advice on taking the bar exam from this post.
  8. LSAT Preparation: Before you can think about taking the bar you have to take the LSAT. Learn how to prepare from this site.
  9. What’s a Good LSAT Score?: If you’re not sure what you should be aiming for you can find out more from this post’s guide.
  10. How to Set LSAT Goals With Your GPA and School’s Entering Class Profile: This post will help you figure out what kind of LSAT score you should be getting.
  11. A Modest Proposal: Is There a "Best" Way to Study for the LSAT?: Get some pointers on finding the ideal ways to study for the LSAT from this post.
  12. Talking LSAT Prep with Steve Schwartz: This professional LSAT tutor shares his advice on the ways to ace the LSAT.

Law and Lawyers

These posts address a range of issues related to the law profession, working in law and deciding on a career path.

  1. Five Ways Millenials Can Prepare to Change the Legal Industry: This post will give you some inspiration on how you might just make a big splash in the legal profession when you start your career.
  2. It Wasn’t Like This On Law and Order: Get some insight into what it’s really like to be an Assistant DA– as this blogger points out it’s sure not like on TV.
  3. The Question: Inevitably your friends and family will ask you what kind of law you’re going to practice. What will your answer be? This blog addresses the infamous question and how you can come to an answer.
  4. Tips for Finding Career Alternatives: If law doesn’t work out what will you do? This post offers some alternatives for work.
  5. Coming to Terms with Working Life: Making the transition from school to working life can be hard, as this post addresses.
  6. Everyone Seems to Know But Me: Feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t know what they want to do after graduation? This blogger shares your pain.
  7. Finally My Paralegal Experience Pays Off: Those who’ve had lots of experience working as a paralegal, oft maligned in law school, can see how it might finally come in handy with this post.
  8. Would You Do It All Again?: This post offers the answers of present-day lawyers as to whether or not they’d go through law school again.
  9. Law Students Can Network with Lawyers: Learn about this social networking site that can put students in touch with valuable contacts.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 20, 2009 in Colleges, Law Schools, Law Students | Permalink | Comments (3)

Friday, August 28, 2009

NY Times Picks Up On Poor Job Market For Lawyers

The New York Times ran a revealing August 25, 2009 article outlining the dim employment prospects for today's law students, here. As the article states:

This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years.

For students now, the promise of the big law firm career — and its paychecks — is slipping through their fingers, forcing them to look at lesser firms in smaller markets as well as opportunities in government or with public interest groups, law school faculty and students say.

I know its easy for me to say, but to the law students who may be watching you need to double up your efforts and apply. Also, this article mainly deals with large law firms and there is a lot more to life than big law firms.

So, what should you do? You need to get to know attorneys. Go to bar associations, state and local meetings. Most welcome law students free of charge. Also, go to attorney conferences in your area of interest. I know this will take up your time, but it is necessary.

For additional information, see Professor Levy's earlier post on this blog, here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 28, 2009 in Law Students, Lawyer Employment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)