Tag Archive: big law

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Logical Reasonings / 11.17.15

A. One school’s experience shows that doing better on the LSAT increases your chances for passing the bar. Above the Law
B. Drinking obscene amounts of coffee is good for you. So get off our backs already! Huffington Post
C. Those who make partner at Big Law firms often – but not always – went to highly ranked law schools. Shocker. Bloomberg
D. Google has redesigned Google+ to make not using it more enjoyable than ever. Mashable
E. Puns are the lowest form of humor. Here’s a bunch of them with cute explanatory drawings. Bored Panda

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Logical Reasonings / 7.10.14

A) The ABA Fan Club just lost another member. Forbes.

B) Donald Sterling, classy as ever. ABA Journal.

C) When you get that coveted Biglaw, make sure you squeeze as much dough out of it as possible. Above the Law.

D) According to a jury, the Los Angeles Dodgers were 25% responsible for Brian Stow’s death. CNN.

E) The internet loves Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. New Republic.

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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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From the Archives: Taking Time Off Before Law School is OK

People love to tell you how to land that nice, cushy, Big Law job after graduation. Get straight A’s. Go to a top school. Earn a spot on law review.

All good advice, even if significantly easier said than done.

But what if I told you there’s something you can do right now that would increase your chances of landing a job after graduation almost as much as anything else?

Well, there is! (I sound like Vince from the ShamWow! Commercials; imagine me screaming this last sentence at you.)

Get a job.

Seriously.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.12.13

A) Take all the Whoville presents you want, Mr. Grinch, but don’t mess with their lawyers. NPR.

B) If you want a job at a big law firm, you might want to apply to one of these law schools. Business Insider.

C) Don’t forget one of the big draws of working as a lawyer: $300K holiday bonuses. Above the Law.

D) Heads up, defense lawyers. You’ve got a new made-up disorder to use: Affluenza. NBC News.

E) Your aunt is sharing something on Facebook right now, and it’s probably one of these things. Shares From Your Aunt.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.29.13

A) We’ve got three awesome law school application workshops next weekend in LA, Irvine and Berkeley, and Blueprint LSAT Prep students get $50 off. Don’t miss out. Facebook.

B) Folks are pretty darn happy to work in BigLaw these days. Above the Law.

C) Smoke ’em if you got ’em. The Justice Department says it will not interfere with Colorado and Washington’s recent legalization of marijuana. New York Times.

D) Good idea of former NFL players settling their concussions dispute before their brains forget what money is. Chicago Tribune.

E) Stock photography isn’t just helpful. It’s hilarious. Huffington Post.

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The Lowdown on LRAP: Magical Law School Debt Reliever?

Loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs) are magic wands that make debt disappear for students who are good-hearted enough to enter public service. Sure, you’re earning a quarter of what your classmates are making, but you’re making the world a better place, and karma repays you for that. With your loan repayment, you get a unicorn to ride to work and a lifetime’s supply of free candy canes. Oh, and you officially get to celebrate your half-birthday, which means more presents!

There are many students who enter law school every year with dreams of entering public service after they graduate. The salaries aren’t nearly as high as those in the private sector; your loans, however, will be. So how do most students expect to cover the gap?

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Ways to Pay Off Law School Debt (Other than a 6-Figure Job)

Everyone knows that unless you have a big scholarship or very generous (rich) parents, you’re more or less bound to end up with some serious debt after law school. This sad truth pushes many idealistic law students, who would perhaps otherwise work in the public sector or in public interest, into high-paying corporate jobs.

While this may be upsetting to the bleeding hearts among us, it is actually a fairly positive outcome: We should be happy for those young idealists who, despite losing their values, actually get good jobs. For everybody also knows that job prospects for law school graduates are downright abysmal these days, and many students are ending up underemployed or without a job entirely.

I’ve listed a few ways for graduates to help pay off their law school debt, aside from landing a six-figure Big Law job.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.14.12

A) The Big Law gender gap is shrinking. Wall Street Journal.

B) Can procrastination be managed? Find out now. Or later, whatever. ABA Journal.

C) Penn State is in danger of losing its accreditation. You know why. CNN.

D) The Texas A&M shooter has been identified, and sure enough, there were warning signs. Huffington Post.

E) Haven’t GIFed it up in a while. That ends today. What Should We Call Me.