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Monday, April 25, 2011

Trying to decide whether to go to law school?

Check this post out (here).  Is law school a good investment?  Yes, for some people; no, for many others.  It's important to think about why you're interested in law school and to do your research before you matriculate at a particular school.

Am I glad I went?  You bet.  But, then, I have the job that my husband calls the "loophole in life."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yes, that's what we need: more reliance on the numbers during the hiring season.

See this post on TaxProf Blog (here).  I agree with the idea that law students should have plenty of options when it comes to finding jobs, but this system seems to me to undercut the employers' ability to find the diamonds in the rough.

I'm going to bet that every employer that subscribes is going to want "top 10%, Law Review, judicial clerkship" folks.  Those folks don't need a huge amount of help finding jobs--and I think that focusing only on these criteria is causing just that type of mismatch between employer and employee that triggers the attrition in BigLaw associate classes.  These criteria are some indication of talent, but they don't--in and of themselves--indicate a candidate's other necessary abilities for success.  (Well, Law Review, at least, indicates that the candidate can probably research and write well and can work well in a team environment.)

Cutting out the interview stage only makes sense when employers are only asking about "top 10%-ish" information and not asking about those qualities that will lead to success in their particular business environment.  What employers should do instead is figure out what attributes they really need and focus their interviews to learn if a candidate has those attributes in abundance.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great news for Kindle readers!

We received some good news recently:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Aspen Publishers) has partnered with to sell eBooks via the Kindle platform.   Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam will be among the first titles to be part of this exciting new opportunity. Through this partnership with Amazon, customers will be able to purchase the Law School Survival Manual via the Kindle Store on the website, directly through the Kindle eReader, and through multiple Kindle applications, including Kindle for iPad, Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for Android, Kindle for PC, Kindle for MAC, and more.
The Kindle version should be up soon.  Enjoy!