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Friday, July 26, 2013

Bless his heart, but I think he's wrong.

I listened to Lee Pacchia's Bloomberg Law interview of Stephen Sheppard, and I don't doubt Dean Sheppard's sincerity at all, but I disagree with many of the things that he said. 
  • I believe that law schools should report their statistics (jobs, bar passage rates) honestly so that potential law students can make rational decisions on whether to attend a given law school. 
  • I believe that law schools should do everything humanly possible to help their students and their graduates get jobs.  (That means, in part, that law schools should teach some of the skills that lawyers need and, in part, that law schools should invest heavily in their career development offices.)
  • I believe that the criticism of current legal education is good for potential law students.  If the criticism scares away potential law students, that's a good thing, too.  People should enroll in law schools with their eyes wide open.  They should know about the decline in law jobs and the changes in legal practice. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Some really good advice from our friend Walter Effross.

Professor Walter Effross (all-around great guy and smart scholar) has come up with some very useful advice for law students who might have to work a little harder to land jobs (here).

He's also got a great book out on Corporate Governance, and in two appendices in that book are smart suggestions for job hunters as well.

If you want to up your odds of finding a job via your own blog, he's speaking at this conference

And we love his list of recommended reading for law students (here). 

So do we think that Prof. Effross is one-stop shopping for good advice?  Yes.  Yes, we do.