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American Law Schools: The New Economic Realities

Brian Leiter | Posted 02.28.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

The status quo in American legal education hummed along quite well for several decades -- most graduates of accredited law schools passed the bar, most found paid work as lawyers, and most fared far better, financially, than those who did not get law degrees. But two events in the last eight years unsettled the status quo, one familiar, one less so.

The Judicial-Industrial Complex

David Bergstein | Posted 02.25.2014 | Los Angeles
David Bergstein

An increasingly alarming number of frivolous cases are being filed, both as class action suits and individual claims. Many proceed for years, sometimes for more than a decade. Even if a claim is defeated, the costs involved in defending a claim are exorbitant.

What The Facebook Didn't Learn at Harvard, We Need to Teach at Law School

Jonathan Askin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Askin

The world is moving too fast for "yeah but" lawyers in a "why not" world. We have to incubate the next generation of lawyers to think like the entrepreneurs with whom they must work. We must train lawyers to become innovators and entrepreneurs in their own right.

The Prestige Pathways

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Andrew_Yang

The requirements are clear: you have to have good grades, be able to perform some cognitive tasks with words and numbers in the form of case studies that you should prepare for and practice, and hopefully look good in a suit.

Law School Is On Sale

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

Law school is on sale in the state of Iowa. The University of Iowa College of Law is lowering its tuition price by 16.4 percent to both residents ...

Law Remains Vital

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am bullish on the legal profession. I must offer a preface before I explain why law remains vital -- and how it will become paramount in an increas...

Cutting Law Schools

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

Law schools must cut. Enrollment is down. The drop has no end in sight. It might be temporary; it might be permanent. Even if it is the former rather ...

Lawyer Offering Students $1,000 To Go Into Anything Else But Law School

Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago

Professionals in many fields relish the idea of loads of youngsters following in their footsteps, mentoring budding talents and encouraging them to co...

Faculty Claim They Were Called 'Satan' Through Pay Raises

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.30.2013 | College

A group representing faculty at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law claims several members were called "Satan" through specific numbers represented ...

The Charge of Law Schools

John Trasvina | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
John Trasvina

Legal systems based on precedent and pedagogy steeped in last century models are not ready-made laboratories for innovation. In the same way that we find fewer traditional law firms than we did ten years ago, only the law schools that adapt to change and embrace it will survive the enrollment and professional employment upheavals experienced today.

Have Things Gotten Worse for Working Women?

Rachel Dempsey | Posted 11.18.2013 | Women
Rachel Dempsey

Telling women -- and only women -- that they need to start planning for their families 10 years in advance assumes the current structure of the workplace as a given and lets men off the hook.

How to Stand Out on Your Law School Application

Chuck Cohn | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

One of the most critical questions to ask yourself while applying to law school is, "How do I stand out as a candidate for admission?"

Have a Little Faith in the Millennials

Marissa Lepor | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Marissa Lepor

If the baby boomers remain on their career path for a longer period of time, they should give the Millennials the same amount of time to enter the workforce.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Back to School

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's that time of year, when parents rejoice, children lament, and we all spend money to get our youngsters Back to School! Reports are that skinny je...

The Duty of Lawyers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The million-plus practicing lawyers and their many bar organizations should be on the ramparts defending against the insidious rejection of due process, probable cause, habeas corpus and privacy.

Law School Clinics Help Veterans Escape Backlog

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 05.27.2013 | College

NORFOLK, Va. -- Dustin Allison was riding in an armored vehicle at the head of a convoy in Iraq one morning in 2007 when an improvised explosive devic...

Smart People Should Build Things - How We Can Create 100,000 New U.S. Jobs

Andrew_Yang | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Andrew_Yang

Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.

Time to Put Lawyers Back to Work as Public Servants

Darius Graham | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Darius Graham

Since the start of the Great Recession, numerous articles and reports have detailed the employment woes of lawyers and recent law school graduates.

Third-Party Litigation Financing and the Impending Resurgence of the Legal Profession

Bradley T. Borden | Posted 07.04.2013 | College
Bradley T. Borden

The growth of third-party litigation financing (TPLF) may be the catalyst that ushers in a reversal of the legal market and an unprecedented resurgence of the legal profession.

Why You Should Be a Lawyer

Seth Engel | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Seth Engel

Whether you are on the brink, taking the leap into adulthood, leaving home, choosing university, or thinking about a career path, I counsel you to think about choosing the law as that path.

Read This Or Die Alone: Advice for Young Women

Maria de Cesare | Posted 06.02.2013 | Comedy
Maria de Cesare

Look, I don't know why you went to law school, but I went because I didn't have the calves to be a model and medical school seemed way too long. After missing my shot at a ring in undergrad, what was I supposed to do? Get a "job" and "support myself"?

Goldilocks and Legal Education

Luke Bierman | Posted 06.01.2013 | College
Luke Bierman

We know a lot more today than we did in the 1880s, when this format was devised, about how students learn and how teaching can be made more effective. We can certainly develop a modern curriculum to teach these topics and skills in six months.

When Solutions Only Look Like Solutions

Kyle McEntee | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Kyle McEntee

Dean Dan Rodriguez has written a letter to his students at Northwestern University Law School to announce a class size reduction, a tuition increase, and a commitment to increase scholarships and to cover LRAP costs.

Legal Education Crisis: Schools Need to Cut the Fluff

Mark Nuckols | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Mark Nuckols

Potential students are balking at paying 150 to 200 thousand dollars for a law degree. A closer look at the law school curriculum explains where many of the bloated and entirely avoidable expenses originate.

Even Oscar Nominees Almost Went to Law School (But Get to Work with Robert Downey, Jr. Instead)

Roadtrip Nation | Posted 04.24.2013 | College
Roadtrip Nation

Editor's Note: Huffington Post has teamed up with Roadtrip Nation, an organization that travels the globe to interview people who have built lives aro...