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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
A) You only have one week left to submit to Blueprint LSAT Prep’s video contest. Hurry, or you might miss out on the free LSAT prep course we’re giving away. Facebook. B) Folks are still talking about yesterday’s release of … Read Entire Article…
Mar 13, 2013 - 4:28 pm - By Hank
Like the rings of a tree, the release of a new set of US News & World Report law school rankings marks the passing of another year. One day, they’ll accept my offer to produce an awards show akin to the Oscars, handing out Validys to the winners (think an Oscar-like statue that resembles Aristotle) and Testies to the losers (it’s best not to think about what that one will look like).
Until then, I’ll have to settle with writing an article for the LSAT blog each year, analyzing the rise and fall of different law schools, and the trends present in the rankings.
First, the US News & World Report law school rankings themselves:
2014 US NEWS & WORLD REPORT LAW SCHOOL RANKINGS WINNERS:
A) With Susan Rice out of the race, Senator John Kerry is Obama’s choice as the next Secretary of State. CNN. B) The solution to gun violence? Easy, put armed security in all schools — according to the NRA. Time. … Read Entire Article…
Dec 21, 2012 - 5:29 pm - By Hank
When it comes to ranking law schools, US News and World Report dominates the picture to the extent that their rankings are often referred to without even being mentioned by name. It’s common to hear, for example, that Harvard is ranked No. 3, without any discussion of who ranked Harvard No. 3 or why. Prospective law students and their parents and friends often perceive these law school rankings as objective fact. While some objective factors do figure into these rankings, the weighting of these factors reflects the subjective decisions of the editors who compile the rankings.
If you’re planning on going to law school, odds are that it’s because you want to become a lawyer (I hope I’m not making any big assumptions here).
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We’ve spent a lot of time on our LSAT blog analyzing how law students think the upcoming law school application cycle will play out. We’ve spent more time terrifying our readers with the knowledge of exactly how much debt they’re taking on and how long it’s going to take for them to pay it back.
Now for something completely different!
I wish I was writing an article about how each member of Monty Python would score on the LSAT (answer: very well).
A) Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas is not a fan of US News and World Report’s law school rankings. Seattle PI. B) Here’s some inspiration for those of you tired of LSAT prep: the list of highest-paid lawyers in the … Read Entire Article…
Sep 21, 2012 - 3:19 pm - By Hank
A) The US ambassador who was killed in Libya was a graduate of a California law school. Sacramento Bee. B) If you’re chewing gum right now, blow a bubble and pop it. That is what’s about to happen to the … Read Entire Article…
Sep 12, 2012 - 3:07 pm - By Hank
A) Apparently, diversity in law school is a good thing. Who would’ve guessed? National Law Journal. B) Speaking of diversity in law school: Someone uncovered an article written by Michelle Obama in 1988 in which she accused Harvard Law School … Read Entire Article…
Aug 15, 2012 - 2:57 pm - By Hank
There are a lot of studies done in social psychology that analyze the way that we analyze risk. They’re pretty interesting if you’re into that kind of thing; if you’re not, I’ll cut through all the charts and control groups for you. One of the underlying discoveries is that people can’t legitimately conceive of the risk of things that are very likely to happen and very unlikely to happen, so we compress those things to be much closer to our average idea of ‘risk’ than they actually are. For instance, you’re very, very unlikely to die by being struck by a meteor; however, the chance is so astronomically (see what I did there?) small that almost everyone thinks it’s much more likely than the reality because we just don’t have a strong grasp of how uncommon it is.
The same goes for money, especially when you’re 21 years old and looking down a barrel at that $160K of law school debt. It’s a lot of money, but most people don’t realize exactly how much it is.
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