Category Archive: Law School

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Wave Goodbye to Your US News Ranking, Pepperdine Law

Every time I read the news, it feels like one crisis after another. Evidently, the world of legal education is not isolated from the crazy currents events climate. Pepperdine Law dropped from 72 on last year’s U.S. News & World Report list all the way to … unranked. Apparently, Pepperdine misreported data about its median LSAT score, sent a correction to USNWR and USNWR thanked them for their honesty by taking them off the list entirely.

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The LSAT vs. The Bar Exam

The formal part of your legal education is book-ended by two exams. At the front, the LSAT and, at the end, the bar exam. While you’re probably familiar — or in the process of becoming familiar — with the LSAT, the bar exam is foreign to most applicants and law students. This post is going to compare and contrast the LSAT with the bar exam to help demystify what’s ahead.

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U.S. News & World Report’s Law School Rankings Are Out and They Will Blow Your Mind

The latest U.S. News & World Report Law School rankings are out — or leaked, at least. Let’s take a look and see what changes they have in store, because nothing could be more important to your law school choice than where some magazine ranks schools according to arbitrary factors.

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RSVP to the Webinars We’re Hosting on Thursday!

It’s March, which means there are a few things on your To Do list. Set your clocks ahead for daylight saving time (check). Remember to call it daylight saving time and not daylight savings time, because time is a construct and it is not trying to like, deposit daylight into a bank account at Wells Fargo (check). Fill out your college basketball springtime tournament of chaos bracket (we’ll get around to it). Remember that referring to said college basketball tournament as “M—- M——” risks infringing upon the NCAA’s intellectual property and courts legal action (check). Find something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day (umm, I’m pretty sure I have an old t-shirt somewhere). Remember to Google why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so that one pedantic friend of yours doesn’t correct you on St. Patrick’s Day (still need to get around to that — I think it’s about snakes or Protestants or something though). And so on.

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Law School Myth Busters: You’re Going to Give Up Your Social Life

To conclude our series on law school myths, we’re going to end on a positive note. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve gone over the “myth” that the first year of law school is incredibly rigorous and the “myth” that law school hiring is most dependent on your first semester’s grade. Unfortunately, both of those turned out to be more fact than fiction.

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Heads Up! We’ll Be Hosting Two More Webinars on Thursday, March 15th!

Top o’ the morning to you! It’s finally March, the month of unseasonably late snowstorms (at least for those of us in the Northeast), busted brackets, and drunks stumbling around the city wearing green on St. Paddy’s Day. It’s also the time of year when a crop of new students begins to think somewhat abstractly about the LSAT looming in their future, or perhaps the law school applications they’ll have to submit in the upcoming fall.

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Law School Myth Busters: 1L Grades Will Determine Your Employment

For the last couple weeks, we’ve been doing a series on law school myths. So far, we’ve covered two oft-repeated notions about law school — that the students are competitive and cutthroat and that the first year is incredibly difficult. While the first of those ideas is, indeed, mostly a myth, the second is sadly more fact than fiction.