Average Law School Debt

From Lendedu.com:

If you attend school full-time, you should be able to become a lawyer in seven years – four years as an undergraduate at a college or university, then three years in law school. There is no set requirement for an undergraduate course of study necessary to get into law school, but experts advise that you take courses that sharpen your critical thinking and writing skills. Popular majors are history, English and political science.

Following graduation, you’ll take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and hopefully get a good-enough grade to be accepted by a law school. After graduating law school, you are a lawyer, but you need to sit for an exam administered by your state bar to earn a license allowing you to practice law in your state.

Private student loans can help pay for school after you hit federal limits. Compare student loan rates without affecting your credit score.

The article goes on to discuss the following:

  • Costs of Legal Education
  • Average Debt at Graduation for Lawyers
  • Lawyer Salaries
  • Loan Forgiveness

 

Jurisprudence: Diagrams for Law Students (most popular last month)

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This book contains diagrams and flowcharts as an aid to the study of Jurisprudence. Designed to help you get the big picture of the theories, jurists, and terms of the subject. Use them to see an overall picture of each before you begin reading your texts, to organize your own notes, and to review and revise. Prepare for your exams by using them to test your knowledge on the details.

Topics include:

  • The Imperative/Command Theory
  • Classical and Modern Natural Law Theory
  • Hart’s Concept of Law
  • Hart’s Defense Against Natural Law and Fuller’s Critiques
  • Raz, Practical Reason, the Authority of Law
  • Kelson’s Theory
  • Dworkin: Integrity and Interpretation
  • Marxist Legal Theory
  • Liberalism and the Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory

How Lawyers Use Evernote

From Rocket Matters Legal Productivity website:

Evernote is more than a note-taking application. We use it to store ideas, recordings, projects, tasks, images…The list is as comprehensive as we want it to be. Evernote allows us to offload our brain and organize our lives.

And how do lawyers use Evernote? I asked a few Evernote-loving lawyers. Here are their stories.

See also: A Lawyer’s Guide to Evernote E-Book

Are Law Schools with Low Bar Pass Rates at Risk of Closing?

From Bloomberg Law:

The University of La Verne College of Law enrolls over 100 students each year, and if past history is any indication, only slightly more than half, 54 percent, will likely pass the bar on their first try after graduation.

Should that affect whether it stays open?

The disconnect between a school’s low bar passage rate, relative to other schools in the country, and its ability to draw applicants raises a question that’s been looming for legal education regulators: Is the bar passage rate the best way to measure whether a law school is adequately preparing its students to become lawyers?

On one side, there are voices urging the ABA to raise the standard of graduates who must pass the bar exam on their first attempt. They say the high cost of a legal education means schools owe it to their students to guarantee a certain level of success and chance of a career in the law.

Others argue the ABA’s standards would limit diversity in the legal profession by disproportionately forcing the closure of law schools that serve historically underrepresented populations. They claim a focus on bar passage rates does not adequately capture their success or account for the role they play in their communities.

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