The Princeton Review has released its 2019 best law schools list. The release includes a ranking of the best law schools for career prospects based on student surveys and school-reported data, like median starting salary and bar exam scores. The New York University School of Law took first place in the ranking, beating out three Ivy League schools: Columbia, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania. The Princeton Review has released its 2019 best law schools list. The release includes a ranking of the best law schools for career prospects based on student surveys and school-reported data. Students responded to survey questions on a law program’s practical experience, externship opportunities, internships and clerkships, and how well prepared students feel after graduation to practice law. Schools reported median starting salaries and the per cent of students who passed the bar exam the first time they took it. The New York University School of Law tool first place in the … [Read more...] about RANKED: The 10 best law schools for landing a high-paying job after graduation
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While the proportion of minority law school students is on the rise, especially at top-tier law schools, diversity numbers at major law firms have barely budged in recent years. According to the American Bar Association, approximately 20% of those who attended law school over the past two decades identified as minorities, and that proportion has recently increased to 30%. The 2018 Law360 Diversity Snapshot, however, recently found that only 15.8% of attorneys and 9.2% of partners at the more than 300 law firms surveyed identified as minorities. Since the 2017 edition of the study, the proportion of diverse attorneys has only increased by 0.4%, while the proportion of minority partners has only increased by 0.3%. “The numbers seem to stagnate more as you go up the rungs of law firms,” says Natalie Rodriguez, a feature reporter for Law360 and coauthor of the report. “It’s taken about four years for the proportion of minority equity partners to grow by a single … [Read more...] about Law schools are very diverse, so why aren’t law firms?
Miles Dunna, a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, shared a joke with me recently. “You can only be four things if you come from an African family: a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or a disgrace to your family.” Dunna, who hails from Liberia, will fortunately not disgrace his family—at least not with his career choice. The former psychology major now studying for the Minnesota bar credits the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars program, or PLUS, for giving him the impetus to pursue his interest in law. PLUS Adds Underrepresented Students The four-week summer program, an initiative of the Law School Admission Council, introduces rising college sophomores and juniors to the legal profession. Dunna describes PLUS as both educational and empowering. “We learned not only how to get into law school, but what law school classes would be like. We also prepared for oral arguments.” Kent Lollis, executive director for diversity at LSAC, says a goal of the program is to … [Read more...] about Council Awards $1.5 Million to Increase Law School Admission for Students of Color
The roster of the school’s graduates includes federal and state judges, two members of Congress and several high-profile courtroom lawyers and business leaders. But whatever the accomplishments of its most distinguished alumni, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, once the largest law school in the U.S., does not have a reputation to match. And it never has.Story Continued Below Cooley may be, by some measurements, the worst law school in America. And its standing has not been enhanced by a flood of publicity about the quality of the legal work of its best known and, increasingly, most notorious alum: Michael D. Cohen, class of 1991, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and the target of a federal criminal investigation in New York that has clearly rattled Trump. The school is sensitive to the headlines: “In light of the current publicity about Mr. Michael Cohen, one of our graduates, it is disappointing to see all the gratuitous negative … [Read more...] about Trump’s Lawyer Went to the Worst Law School in America
Business Insider has been in touch with a 28-year-old lawyer who has deep regrets about his decision to go to law school. He agreed to answer questions about the burdens of law school debt, and about what he’d do differently if he could. This law school graduate’s answers are sobering. He attended a school that’s one of the top 20 in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, and yet he struggled to find decent work. He believes his law school tricked him into thinking he’d easily find a prestigious job after graduation. “I consider law school a waste of my life and an extraordinary waste of money. I feel like I was duped and tricked,” he says. “At the end of the day, it’s my own fault for being a sucker and I learned an extremely hard lesson.” These days, he makes $US45,000 and has $US200,000 in education debt. He lives with his parents in Virginia, doesn’t have a car, and doesn’t even date. In his free time, … [Read more...] about ‘I Consider Law School A Waste Of My Life And An Extraordinary Waste Of Money’