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Should You Go to a Law School or a School of Law? An Investigation

In debating where you should go to law school, there are many factors to be weighed and contemplated. There are considerations even beyond the boring-old things everyone talks about, like ranking, prestige, location, financing, and cetera. Some law schools give you a good shot at passing the bar exam, while others do not. Some law schools have the status and connections to help you land that remunerative job that will bring in enough lucre to repay the cost of school before your temples grey and your body ripens into a soft middle age, while others will not. Some laws schools remain open and ABA-accredited throughout your three years spent there, while others, sadly, do not.

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New Law School Rankings Are Out, But Should They Matter to You?

There’s a new law school ranking out this week, and it’s not the dominant and ubiquitous U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings. Rather, Above the Law has released their own yearly law school rankings: The Above the Law Top 50 Law School Rankings of 2018.

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Do Your Research: No One Else Can Protect You From Garbage Law Schools

The American Bar Association has been taking it on the chin lately, getting sued by a shuttered law schools, students from said shuttered law school, and other law schools for how it enforces its accreditation standards. This is happening as the ABA prepares to remove the standardized testing requirement for law schools and use different requirements. Whatever system it ends up using, I think this string of lawsuits makes clear that the ABA won’t be as good at keeping an applicant away from a bad law school as that applicant will be. So this post is designed to help applicants familiarize themselves with the various research tools available to assess the strengths of law schools.

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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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Going Above Above the Law: What to Take from Above the Law’s Law School Rankings

The new Above the Law ranking of the top 50 law schools in the U.S. is out again. And so is a self-critical review of the ranking, which is very fair, though a bit too in love with Yale. Want to know whether these rankings are the definitive rankings of law schools? Whether you’ll be a slightly less accomplished person if you attend, say, UCLA Law School (ranked #25) as opposed to, say, University of Illinois Law School (ranked #22). Here’s my take.

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Above the Law rankings? Below the bar.

The Above the Law rankings are out. Yawn.

Law School Transparency and NALP have made rankings pretty much obsolete these days. Why should you rank your schools by someone else’s formula, someone else’s priorities. Instead, head on over to Law School Transparency and look at the jobs and cost data yourself. Kudos to ATL for focusing on costs and employment, but it’s so much satisfying to see something like this:

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Before you cancel that February LSAT score…

Over the course of my first three semesters of law school, I have never walked out of an exam feeling like I performed well. Usually, I go home after a test, wallow in despair and self-pity, go out and get a drink (okay, fine, drinks), come back and wallow in despair and self-pity, and then wait for the sweet solace of sleep so that I can resume studying in the morning. Rinse and repeat. My experience with the LSAT was largely the same.

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Above the Law’s 2015 Law School Rankings

The law school rankings game is competitive these days. While U.S. News and World Report is still House Lannister — they’ve got the money and the power — there have been a ton of pretenders to the throne cropping up in the last few years. Of these, Above the Law’s rankings might be House Stark in our Game of Thrones analogy: they’re in this thing for honor, not (only) for money or power.

Started three years ago as an alternative to U.S. News, Above the Law’s law school rankings are based almost solely on the employment prospects of each law school. They want students to have an accurate picture of what their degree is worth, to the point where they often discourage students from attending law school because of what a poor investment the bottom tier of degrees is. To that end, they don’t even bother ranking schools past number 50.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.29.15

A) Everything wrong with Above the Law’s law school rankings… according to Above the Law.

B) Young women in the legal profession can and should dream big! Ms. JD

C) Hundreds of students in Virginia may have to retake the SAT because their tests were lost in the mail. You may now commence praying this never happens with the LSAT. U.S. News and World Report

D) Perhaps Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president, has finally met his match: the U.S. Justice system. The New Yorker

E) Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, ending the incredibly fascinating and morally reprehensible Silk Road saga. New York Times

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Logical Reasonings / 5.28.15

A) Above the Law released their law school rankings today. Because their criteria leans heavily on jobs numbers, the list looks markedly different from the U.S. News and World Report version.

B) In law school, what you learn as you network is just as important as who you meet. Law School Toolbox

C) Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted for “reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to conceal paying off the victim of ‘prior bad acts.’” That’s a pretty long way of saying that he’s a douche. Buzzfeed

D) 84% of women are harassed on the street before they turn 17. That makes 100% of me very sad. New York Magazine

E) The first Broadway show based on a Twitter account is opening tonight. And it’s God’s Twitter, no less. New York Times