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Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...

DOJ Thinks Bar Examiners Should Know Less About Mental Health of Would-Be Attorneys. And That's A Good Thing.

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Patrick R. Krill

As part of this examination for becoming a licensed attorney, states have historically and routinely inquired into the mental health histories of applicants, including asking probing questions about diagnoses, not behavior.

What Successful People Say About My Post-Grad Plans

Aliza Polkes | Posted 06.19.2014 | College
Aliza Polkes

Nearly all those who express such emotional discontent over my choice to study for the law school entrance exams are successful and established people. They are overwhelmingly professors, college advisors, lawyers, or the spouses of lawyers.

Professionally Speaking: Why Anonymity in Social Media is a Necessity

Monica Zent | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Monica Zent

We need to create a framework where professionals have the confidence to use the web and social media to its fullest. However, we must proceed carefully and under an honor system that infuses credibility.

Tuition Cuts and Tuition "Cuts"

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.11.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

In a recent report on the state of legal education, Moody's, the credit rating service, noted in passing that tuition cuts are not necessarily an effective tactic for improving enrollment. The rationale is important for people to understand.

Law Schools That Produced The Most Supreme Court Justices

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.08.2014 | College

Which law schools count the most alumni as members of the U.S. Supreme Court? No surprise Harvard University is the top school, followed by Yale an...

No Law Journal? No Problem

Atif Choudhury | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

It's that time of the year again. No, not those damned comprehensive exams worth one billion percent of your final grade -- although of course that ba...

From Days of Auld Langdell: Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Harold Lloyd

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Lan...

From Obstacle to Opportunity

Denis Nolasco | Posted 06.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Denis Nolasco

Disappointed and sad, I fell into my usual trap comparing myself to my peers, who had been admitted into Ivy League schools. I, on the other hand, was rejected from nine. How could I be proud of this?

New Law School Only Accepts Students Who Want To Be Lawyers For 'Right' Reasons

2014-02-21-ScreenShot20140221at4.19.55PM.png | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact

By J.K. Nickell, NationSwell There’s a story that Judge Royal Furgeson likes to tell, about a young boy whose brother was killed in an accident w...

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

Get Your Dog a Pet!

Victoria Buchholz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Good News
Victoria Buchholz

I know I can't fix her leg, but I wonder how I can fix the rest. And then it occurs to me: when I was broken inside, what fixed me was her.

Petitioning Student Loan Servicers to Account for Cost of Living

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Brandon L. Greene

When loan servicers fail to consider the reality of individual living conditions while expecting us all to be able to manage the same monthly payments, it is not only wrong, but the underlying assumptions are intellectually dishonest.

Oops! Law School Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data Of Entire Graduating Class

Above The Law | Posted 03.25.2014 | College

With all of the recent advances in technology, even doing the simplest of things can be quite difficult for law school personnel. How hard is it to se...

Law School Offers 'Risk-Free' J.D.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.21.2014 | College

Maybe all those stories about law school being a bad investment are sinking in: law school applications are way down. The issue has led a Cleveland...

11 Mobile Apps For Law School Students

Briana Boyington | Posted 03.20.2014 | College

This article comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, where it was originally published. Memorizing case law, researching proper citations...

Choosing the Right Law School

Edgar Cahn, J.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | College
Edgar Cahn, J.D., Ph.D.

We need radical system change -- change that will not come from those law schools with vested interest in the status quo.

How to Choose a Topic for Your Law School Personal Statement

Chuck Cohn | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

Rather than simply stating your goals and listing your accomplishments, focus on demonstrating your strong points through example. When writing, zero in on the "why," rather than the "what".

From Bleak House to Geek House: Will Europe Breed the Best, Next-Generation of Entrepreneurs and Lawyers?

Jonathan Askin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Jonathan Askin

What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur or a successful lawyer has changed over the past several decades and will probably change even more rapidly over the next several years.

When Working Hard Still Means You're 'Working Poor'

Dirk Hughes | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

My story is not unique. It may be surprising, but it is not unique. I have a doctorate. I have been employed full-time for 35 years with only a week or so between jobs. I have worked my butt off my entire adult life. I do not have a drinking or gambling problem. And I still live paycheck to paycheck.

American Legal Education: The First 150 Years

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Brian Leiter

Christopher Columbus Langdell, Dean of the Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895, set the paradigm for what law schools and legal scholars should do, a paradigm that lasted for nearly a century until my colleague Judge Richard Posner finally upset it in the 1970s.

What D School Can Teach L School and the Law

Ray Brescia | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Ray Brescia

Law schools can learn a lot from D School approaches and design thinking. Lawyers and the law generally should be more user-friendly, transparent and adaptable. An emerging theory known as "New Governance" attempts to incorporate some of these approaches through legal and regulatory experimentation.

'Experiential' Education Is Not the Solution to the Problems Facing Law Schools

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.07.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

No one disputes the value of experiential learning courses for many, perhaps even most, law students. The only real question before the ABA is whether to require more than another half-year of required coursework after the first year. That is, to put it simply, a terrible idea.

Why Law School Is Like Planning a Wedding

Atinuke O. Diver | Posted 03.04.2014 | Weddings
Atinuke O. Diver

We both knew that taking the interview meant squeezing in a phone interview before the weekend was over and having to cut our already sparse "mini-moon" plans short and head back to North Carolina the day after the wedding for an in-person interview.

American Law Schools and the Psychology of Cyber-Hysteria

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

The cyber-mob counsels against earning a J.D. without offering any other guidance; yet the best evidence demonstrates that a J.D. is a good financial investment for the vast majority over the long term.