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A Problem Solving Framework For New Lawyers

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Law schools traditionally do thing: teach students to “think like lawyers.” Through the Socratic method and study of case law, law schools give students tools to analyze and understand the law. But as we all know, learning to think like a lawyer ...

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Women Outnumber Men In Law School For First Time

Let’s not bury the lede: I thought it wasn’t going to happen until 2017, but the change happened faster than I anticipated: 2016 is is officially the first year in which women outnumber men in law schools.  55,468 women are ...

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ABA 509 Disclosures For All Law Schools 2016

It’s that time of year again. Today is the annual reporting day for ABA 509 Disclosures for all law schools. These are required public disclosures that all law schools must make as part of their ABA accreditation. I made a series of reports on ...

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Discipline Is Superior To Motivation

So a few days ago someone on the r/lawschool section of Reddit asked about how to keep up their motivation. Being Reddit, most of the responses were snarky jokes. But the person seemed to be seeking genuine advice, so I ...

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

I was out of town recently and stopped in at a gym I had never been to before. It’s always an interesting experience to be in a new gym for the first time. Beyond just learning the layout of the ...

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Review: 2016 Comprehensive Survey of Lawyer Incubators

Last month, the ABA issued its first ever report on “lawyer incubators.” What is a lawyer incubator you ask? Lawyer incubators have emerged as models that enable newly-admitted lawyers to acquire the range of skills necessary to launch successful practices ...

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LSAT: Don’t Call It A Comeback

Back around 1997, the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) started trending upwards. It generally kept trending upwards until 2009. But then the recession hit in 2008. The subsequent contraction of the legal industry generated volumes of bad news regarding the prospects of law ...

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What Skills Do New Lawyers Need? 24,000 Lawyers Answer

The legal profession continues to reel from bottoming out in the late-2000s. It’s never fully recovered. For those who somehow still think this is hyperbole, I prepared a visual to help you understand, courtesy of information from the U.S. Bureau of ...

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Review: Altman Weil 2016 Law Firms in Transition

For the eighth year in a row, Altman Weil has released their latest Law Firms in Transition Survey. Conducted in March and April 2016, the Law Firms in Transition Survey polled Managing partner and Chairs at 800 US law firms with 50 ...

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