Tag Archive: law school rankings

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Logical Reasonings / 7.3.14

A) A judge who got in a fistfight with a defendant has returned to the bench after a month of paid leave. ABA Journal.

B) The Faculty Lounge has ranked law schools based on LSAT scores and employment data. The results? Surprisingly similar to the USNWR rankings. The Faculty Lounge.

C) Could the Hobby Lobby decision open the door to student loan forgiveness? TylerCoulson.com.

D) According to a recent report, LSAT test-takers generally do better on their second try than on their first or third. US News.

E) And the latest in intergalactic news: “Supreme Court Rules JCPenney Allowed to Sacrifice Employees to Appease Cthulhu.” Moonmont Chronicle.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.19.14

A) This year, if you read just one scatter plot graph about law school rankings, make it this one. The Faculty Lounge.

B) There’s a big legal mess unraveling at Northwestern Law School after it expelled a student for not revealing he was a felon. Chicago Tribune.

C) Now when you tell people you’re going to Penn State Law, they can ask, “Which one?” ABA Journal.

D) Thanks to the Supreme Court, getting a computer patent just got a whole lot harder. USA Today.

E) Sometimes it’s the .GIFs you can’t see that are the most enjoyable. Clickhole.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.8.14

A) Here’s what law school rankings would look like if Supreme Court alumni were the only thing that mattered. Time.

B) Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old for law school. Syracuse.com.

C) The University of Arizona is going to be the first school to offer an undergrad law degree. I always thought it’d be the University of Phoenix. Close! National Law Journal.

D) Some dude in Florida wants to marry his laptop. Even worse, his best man is a Zune. ABA Journal.

E) Superman would be a great football player. In fact, here’s his NFL Draft profile. Slate.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.6.14

A) People are still abuzz about Above the Law’s 2014 law school rankings. Above the Law.

B) Shocking a witness with a trick pen is going to cost one lawyer $1,000. ABA Journal.

C) The ABA is assembling another task force to straighten out law schools. Wall Street Journal.

D) The Supreme Court knows what free speech is. It’s whatever they agree with. New York Times.

E) Bet you’ve never seen Tibetan monks breakdance. Until now. Sort of. Gothamist.

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Breaking Down Above the Law’s 2014 Law School Rankings

Above The Law’s (ATL) employment-based law school rankings are out. These are my favorite law school rankings. ATL’s rankings are a huge improvement on the U.S. News methodology. No one cares about how many books a law school has in its library, unless you can use them to heat your home after you strike out in the job market.

Here are the top 20 law schools according to ATL, with the change from last year in parentheses:

1. Yale (0)
2. Harvard (+1)
3. Stanford (-1)
4. Columbia (+4)
5. Chicago (-1)

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Logical Reasonings / 4.30.14

A) Above the Law’s 2014 law school rankings aren’t perfect. Just ask them. Above the Law.

B) Time for the NBA and Donald Sterling’s lawyers to put on their sneakers. This one’s headed for the courtroom. Sports Illustrated.

C) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made a whoospies. Talking Points Memo.

D) That student who got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools has made his decision. US News & World Report.

E) Dogs like to play softball. At least, they like stealing softball gloves. Deadspin.

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Justice Alito is Right About Law School and the LSAT… Sorta

In a recent profile, Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito recently held forth on the LSAT and on the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings. He’s not a fan. He feels differently about the Philadelphia Phillies.

The LSAT, he says, gets too much emphasis from law schools. He asks, “What in life is a multiple choice test?” He calls the U.S. News rankings “an abomination.”

I’ll readily agree with Alito that the U.S. News rankings get way more attention than they deserve. They often get treated as if they were incontrovertible fact, when really they’re just one magazine’s assessment based on its choice of factors. And some of those factors, such as expenditures per student, faculty-student ratio, and library size, have probably contributed to the high cost of legal education as law schools jockey to improve their standing.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.25.14

A) First he talks trash about the LSAT. Now Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says he hates law school rankings. Business Insider.

B) When you become a lawyer, it’s best to refrain from friend requesting jurors. Wall Street Journal.

C) GEICO: Terrible commercials and terrible lawyer jobs. Above the Law.

D) Oscar Pistorius may have taken acting classes before his trial for murder. CNN.

E) Today is World Penguin Day. I hope you got yours a gift. Mental Floss.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.24.14

A) Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is not a fan of the LSAT. Wall Street Journal.

B) Even with new rankings, law schools are trying to cook the numbers. Above the Law.

C) Do wealthier students have an advantage in law school? Pay me $500 to find out (or read this). The Week.

D) The white supremacist who killed three people outside a Jewish center was once caught with a black transvestite prostitute. Kansas City Star.

E) Time has released its 100 most influential people of 2014. Check to see if you made the cut. Time.

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What the Heck’s Going on at Oregon Law School?

If there’s a golden rule for the internet, it’s that you don’t tweet, post, or email anything that you wouldn’t want made public. Law professor Robert Illig, it seems, did not get the memo on that.

Illig, an associate law professor at the University of Oregon, made headlines last week when his email diatribes to his fellow faculty members were leaked to online news outlets. In a nutshell, Illig was furious about a proposed initiative to cancel faculty raises — i.e., his raise — and divert the money to a job placement fellowship program for recent graduates. So furious was Illig that he wrote not one, but two nasty emails. Illig had some choice words for his colleagues and administrators:

No wonder we’ve become a third-tier law school. Who’s going to want to come here to study or teach in this kind of poisonous atmosphere? . . . Is this some kind of faculty version of white-man’s guilt?