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LSAT numbers tick up. Will applications follow?

The number of LSAT takers took a nosedive in 2010, and continued to slide through 2015. While still far off their 2009 high, the number has definitely stabilized — also known as “hitting rock bottom” in famous musician parlance. The 2015-2016 LSAT year (June ’15, Sept/Oct ’15, Dec ’15, February ’16) saw year-over-year increases averaging a little less than 5%. 2016-2017 started off flat, with June drop of about 1% and a Sept/Oct jump of about 1%.

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The feds weigh in: ABA needs to get out of the law school business.

The federal Education Department recently opined that it may be wise for the American Bar Association to get out of the law school accreditation business. Now, on the one hand, there is an argument that we do not need to encourage the expansion of the law school business at the moment. On the other hand, the Education Department does not really specialize in legal education, and it is arguably better to leave accreditation decisions and the like to the ABA.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.19.16

A. The American Bar Association has launched an investigation into the expulsion of non-Mormon students from BYU law for possible religious discrimination. That’s a big fat law school no-no. National Law Journal

B. It’s primary day in the Big Apple. Hillary and Donald are expected to win big. CNN

C. Two words, baby: Bulldozer. Fight. New York Magazine

D. The world’s oldest dog has died at 30, or 133 in dog years. BBC

E. And finally, in a year when people decry the loss of democracy across the U.S., the real victims are those who voted to name a British research vessel “Boaty McBoatface.” The Guardian

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BREAKING NEWS: The American Bar Association adds a fourth year to law school

Responding to growing, twin crises in the legal field, the American Bar Association announced on Friday that all accredited law schools must provide their students four years of instruction, rather than the traditional three. To make matters worse, the ABA announced that the requirement applies to anyone who has yet to complete law school. 3L’s at law schools across the nation, many of whom had already secured bar study loans and lined up jobs, will be forced to put off those plans for a year, and put themselves substantially in debt.

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Graduate sues Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Is this the new normal?

I believe in the market. People generally know what they want and how much it’s worth to them. Or they should. So it’s buyer beware. But around the time of the Financial Crisis—give or take a few years—the market for legal education was dysfunctional, and some think it’s still so.

The main issue was that schools, from the prominent to the struggling, were fudging their employment statistics and costs of attendance. Common tactics included lumping part-time, non-legal jobs, and law school funded jobs into a school’s employment rate, and leaving off living costs during winter and summer break. That’s misleading when attending law school could cost students $100,000 a year, including cost of living. Part-time non-legal jobs ain’t gonna cut it.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.4.16

A. Sooooo, apparently there’s a knife that was found on OJ Simpson’s estate way back in the 90’s and given to a police officer. The officer just kinda forgot about it for 20 or so years, you know, NBD. CNN

B. When it meets next week in Phoenix, the American Bar Association will consider requiring 75% bar passage rate within to years of graduation for law schools to maintain accreditation. The Wall Street Journal

C. Aurora theater mass-shooter James Holmes got transferred to an undisclosed, out-of-state prison because he got assaulted in the prison he was in. We’re pretty much okay with him just staying put and getting assaulted. Newsweek

D. Monkeys are now able to control wheelchairs with their minds. We’re pretty sure this is the backstory of Planet of the Apes. CBS News

E. Been waiting all your life for chocolate Easter bunnies with the face of Benedict Cumberbatch? You have? That is really creepy. Just click this link and show yourself out, okay? Bored Panda

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Logical Reasonings / 7.6.15

A) Looking for some summer reading material? Check out this law professor’s list of recommended reading for students entering law school. Washington Post

B) The ABA keeps accrediting law schools, people keep talking about whether some schools should be closed, and the world keeps turning. Bloomberg

C) From law student to… EDM legend? NextShark

D) More and more companies are saying “you’re fired” to Donald Trump. ABC

E) After 97 years, the name “Elsa” is back on the list of top 500 most popular baby names. Thanks, Frozen. The Sky Times

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Logical Reasonings / 6.24.15

A) Please come to our law school. Please? Pretty please? How about now? Above the Law

B) A CNN intern is in the doghouse after wearing a GoPro into the Supreme Court. Turns out GoPros are a no-go. Politico

C) Concordia Law School is taking a bold new advertising approach and touting its provisional ABA approval. Idaho Statesman

D) If her career in law doesn’t work out, Tom Brady’s lawyer may have a future spot on the Patriots’ defensive line. Boston.com

E) Officials in Canada are asking residents not to flush any goldfish, because the fish are surviving and thriving. Which is pretty gross, all things considered. BBC

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Logical Reasonings / 4.9.15

A) The Washington Post wants to get rid of some thing for spring cleaning — including the third year of law school.

B) William Mitchell College of Law’s victory over the ABA led to the establishment of the first accredited digital law school, and could change the face of legal education. CNBC

C) 10 tips for reluctant networkers. Ms. JD

D) Turns out that, contrary to popular belief, most judges aren’t too political. The same can’t be said for law students. Wall Street Journal

E) Louis C.K. tells Jimmy Fallon about how he torpedoed Fallon’s career. Don’t worry, things still worked out pretty well for him. Splitsider