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The Harvard Crimson, amongst others, has recently sought to once again cast doubt upon the utility of the Socratic method in law school. Among the reasons for this doubt is the fact that the Socratic method seems to decrease female participation in class. While this may be the case, I agreed with Above the Law that the Socratic Method can be intimidating across the board and that focusing on gender seems misguided at best.
Cold-calling and putting students on the spot with difficult follow-up questions is not a wholly ineffective means of legal training. For those who plan to pursue trial or appellate work, thinking on one’s feet in the face of authority can be a valuable skill. If it is a professor’s aim to hone this skill in class, then by all means continue on with the Socratic method.
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A) Interesting: A new study shows that the use of Socratic method in law school may cause female underachievement. Above the Law. B) A Wake Forest student is not happy with his law school, but the law school ain’t backin’ … Read Entire Article…
May 17, 2013 - 3:28 pm - By Hank
With the recent passage of this year’s Mother’s Day, we got to thinking, what would a mom want to ask her soon-to-be law student? As someone who was once a law a student, and as someone who has a mom, I feel at least 95% qualified to answer that question. And thusly (who doesn’t love an unnecessary suffix?) I bring you a list of things your mom may or may not ask you as you head off to law school.
Mom’s Law School Question I: What are you going to practice?
You can try to placate relatives with assurances that you’ll have it figured out by the time you graduate, but mothers generally require answer of greater depth. Just pray she knows just as little as you do about what you’re actually going to do with your law degree and tell her that you’re probably going to end up doing some “transactional” work.
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A) Most students try to get a job after graduating from law school. This guy’s hitting a golf ball across the country. Golf. B) Here’s all the dumb crap you can expect to be gifted when you get your law … Read Entire Article…
May 6, 2013 - 3:17 pm - By Hank
Legal blog Above the Law has always had the reputation of telling it like it is. Whether calling out weird law school teaching assistants or discrediting breakdowns of diverse law schools, Above the Law has thrived on being brutally honest.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Above the Law’s first foray into law school rankings follows the same approach.
Today, Above the Law unveiled its inaugural top 50 law school rankings. From the start, it’s clear what separates their law school rankings from others: An emphasis on job placement. The end of Above the Law’s introductory paragraph says it all: “The time has come for a law school ranking that relies on nothing but employment outcomes.” Read Entire Article…
Big news from Blueprint LSAT Prep today: After nearly a decade of prepping kids for law school, we’re prepping for law school ourselves. Only we’re not attending one. No, dear LSAT blog readers, we’re forming one. And yours truly has been tapped as dean. Be it my pedigree, experience, or the way my profile will look on marketing materials, we’re planning to hit the ground running.
How will our law school be different? I’m glad you asked.
First, we’re going to get you some work experience. But not just in an area you pick. We’re implementing a rotation between different clinicals your first year. Much like law firms will have new/summer associates “try out” different practice groups before assigning them to one, we’re going to have you rotate between different areas of law in that first year of law school.
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A) Ever heard a law school gulp? The ABA may revise its bar-passage rules. National Law Journal. B) The ABA is also up in the air about law school faculty tenure. National Law Journal. C) Here’s something you’ve probably never … Read Entire Article…
Apr 30, 2013 - 3:57 pm - By Hank
A) These days, LSAT prep and law school admissions can be tough to juggle. Law Admissions Lowdown. B) If you’re worried about law school debt, just make sure you get hired by this law firm that’ll cover it. Business Insider. … Read Entire Article…
Apr 22, 2013 - 4:17 pm - By Hank
A) Law school application numbers might be down, but some school still has to receive the most. US News and World Report. B) Standard & Poor’s is none too pleased with standalone law schools. Above the Law. C) A poisonous … Read Entire Article…
Apr 16, 2013 - 3:30 pm - By Hank
Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.
Your law school personal statement is your chance to be more than just your numbers, more than your transcripts. This is the substitute for meeting you face-to-face, this is your opportunity to share your best self, best experiences, and best stories. It’s your chance to be impressive. Feeling the pressure? You’re not alone. The most open ended part of your law school application presents the most questions:
What do law schools want to know? What are they looking for?
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