Tag Archive: debt

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Does Raising Tuition Increase Enrollments for Law Schools?

No prospective law student likes how expensive law school is. A lot of people take on tons and tons of debt to go to school. Then, when they graduate, the pressure is on those lawyers to chart a career path that lets them have a chance at getting out from under that debt. For graduates of lower-tier schools with lots of debt, it’s often hard to find such a career path.


A law school’s cost is only one factor in assessing value.

One of the biggest factors driving students in their choice of law schools is cost. Forbes recently put out a list of the most expensive law schools for 2017. Even when you know exactly what a school costs, it is still difficult to recognize the best value. I’m going to cover some of the factors I would recommend considering, beyond the mere cost of attendance.

Employment Statistics. There may have been a time when jobs were handed out like Halloween candy to recent grads, but we don’t live in that world any more.


Big Brother, Spare a Dime?

Going to law school is very risky. The Law School Transparency movement has helped a lot of people make the right decision.

Most law school aspirants are looking at $250,000 to $320,000 in debt and a 30% or more chance that they will not be working as lawyers after they graduate. There are over 100 law schools where your chances of not getting a full-time, JD required job are 30% or greater. Just look at the LST stats for yourself.

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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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Caveat Scolasticus, or, in English, Student Beware

We told you a few weeks ago about the student that was suing her law school for allegedly misrepresenting employment data. She lost.

My property professor is fond of saying that only deviants litigate, since pretty much everyone else figures out how to fix their problems outside of a courtroom. So what can prospective law school students do short of suing after they’ve already taken a $300,000 plunge?

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Logical Reasonings / 4.8.15

A) Everyone knows law school is expensive. The federal government may be the only ones who can help, and the solution might be giving out fewer student loans. Is that irony? Washington Post

B) Author Keith Lee talks about the transition from law school to practicing lawyer. Lawyerist

C) So someone calculated the debt-per-job ratio at five lower tier law schools, and the results might make your eyes bulge. Above the Law

D) A little-noticed provision in the federal budget may help resolve the conflict between national and state marijuana laws. New York Times

E) This “Honest College Rejection Letter” is as funny as it is sad. McSweeney’s

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Logical Reasonings / 3.18.15

A) 3 ways to brainstorm which law schools to apply to. US News and World Report

B) The 10 law schools with the most heavily indebted graduates. Not a pretty list. Above the Law

C) We took a look at changes in the LSAT over the last decade for our friends at Law School Expert.

D) What does a 21st century legal career look like? Like this, I assume. Legal Talk Network

E) I Put On A Fat Suit To Understand What It’s Like To Be Your Mom. ClickHole

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Logical Reasonings / 12.17.14

A) The big news of the day is the effort to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, and this White House fact sheet summarizes things nicely. WhiteHouse.gov

B) The ten best states for paying back your law school debt. States to live in, that is. The best state of being is probably “profitable.” Huffington Post

C) Established lawyers are looking down their noses at recent grads. Above The Law

D) A new model analyzing tidal patterns shows there’s a chance that three famed Alcatraz escapees could have possibly survived their attempt. Unforunately, it doesn’t analyze HOW COOL ESCAPING FROM ALCATRAZ IS. Washington Post

E) This dog was able to run for the first time in his life thanks to 3D printed prosthetic legs. Let this grow your heart, all you Grinches out there. The Dodo