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Grad Loses Case Against 'Misleading' Law School

Jury votes 9-3 against Anna Alaburda

(Newser) - A split jury Thursday decided the case of Anna Alaburda versus the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and it came down on the side of the school, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Alaburda, 37, sued the nonprofit California school in 2011, claiming it fudged post-graduation employment numbers. She said those... More »

Law Grads Win 'Historic' Court Date Against School

Students accuse California school of fraud over employment stats

(Newser) - Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego is often listed pretty far down the national rankings, with relatively low LSAT scores and a 46% bar passage rate, reports the Daily Caller . And the post-graduation employment rate may be even lower than the 60% the school advertises, which prompted 2008... More »

How Our Legal System Is Failing Most Americans

Columnist: We need cheaper lawyers

(Newser) - A common refrain about the legal industry these days is that law schools are churning out way more lawyers than necessary, leaving many new grads hopelessly awash in debt. But at the Washington Post , Martha Bergmark makes a very different case in a piece headlined "We don't need... More »

Law School Enrollment Dives to 36-Year Low

Debt, job market keeping students away

(Newser) - Is America going to face a future shortage of lawyers? First-year law school enrollment dropped this year to 39,675—some 5,000 less than last year and the lowest level since 1977, the Wall Street Journal reports. This is the third year in a row that law school numbers... More »

Obama: Make Law School 2 Years, Not 3

President makes the case during town hall on college costs

(Newser) - As President Obama continued his swing through upstate New York yesterday to talk about college debt , he offered a concrete suggestion to the nation's law schools: Ditch the traditional third year. “This is probably controversial to say, but, what the heck, I’m in my second term, so... More »

Meet Britain's Youngest Lawyer Ever

She's an 18-year-old American

(Newser) - This is not the kind of bar most teenagers are interested in getting access to: Gabrielle Turnquest, an 18-year-old from Florida, has become the youngest person ever to be called to the bar in England and Wales. Turnquest got her undergraduate degree at Liberty University in Virginia at age 16,... More »

Firm Posts Job Opening for Lawyer—Salary $10K a Year

And plenty of people apply...

(Newser) - Just how bad is the job market for young people? So bad that a Boston law firm recently posted a job for a new, full-time associate that's expected to pay just $10,000 a year, WBZ reports. That might be less than minimum wage, but the firm, Gilbert &... More »

Dogs Provide Therapy for Stressed-Out Law Students

The pooches took over the library at Emory Law School

(Newser) - Students cramming in the library at Emory Law School this week are getting some unusual stress relief. Therapy dogs were dispatched to lower the blood pressure of students studying for finals, reports WXIA in Atlanta . Stressed-out students "get relief by petting a dog, loving on a dog, and thinking... More »

Judge to Unhappy Law School Grads: Tough Luck

Lawsuit from New York Law School alums dismissed

(Newser) - Judge Melvin L. Schweitzer yesterday tossed out a lawsuit brought by nine law school grads unhappy with their job prospects , citing his opinion that "not every ailment afflicting society may be redressed by a lawsuit." The New York Supreme Court judge, while sympathetic to the New York Law... More »

Law School's Popularity Dropping?

LSAT test-takers are down 2 years in a row

(Newser) - Apparently college graduates got the memo that going to law school won't guarantee them a job , but will guarantee them massive debt: The number of Law School Admission Tests administered over the past school year was down by more than 16%, the Law School Admission Council reports. That's... More »

Law School Duped Us About Job Prospects: Alumni Suit

Post-grad job numbers, salaries not as high as claimed, say students

(Newser) - Apparently suing your law school is a new trend: Another lawsuit has been filed, this time by a group of graduates unhappy with their alma mater. New York Law School dupes students into enrolling by claiming that "the overwhelming majority of its students—90% to 95%— secure employment within... More »

Woman Finishes Bar Exam ... in Labor

Elana Nightingale Dawson breathed through the contractions

(Newser) - A recent Northwestern law school graduate was a little distracted as she completed the second and final day of the Illinois bar exam last Wednesday … by the very impending arrival of her newborn son, the Chicago Tribune reports. Elana Nightingale Dawson says the contractions began during the three-hour afternoon... More »

Lawyers Suiting Up for Low-Paying Contract Work

Recession brings major changes to legal community

(Newser) - The economic downturn has left an ever-growing group of law school graduates with one question: Where is the fancy, high-paying job to go with my pricey degree? As companies in virtually every industry look to cut costs, the legal community is far from immune, reports the Wall Street Journal . Businesses... More »

Law School Grad Can't Find Job, Sues College for $50M

Former student claims alma mater misled with employment stats

(Newser) - At least she's found some use for her education. A 2008 graduate of San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law is suing her alma mater for $50 million because she hasn't secured a full-time job as an attorney. She alleges the college falsified its post-graduate employment statistics,... More »

Kids, Law School May Be a 'Ruinous' Investment

Don't go just to wait out the job market: Elie Mystal

(Newser) - The lousy economy has lots of new college grads moving back in with the folks and heading to law school to wait out the job market. Very bad idea, writes Elie Mystal at the AbovetheLaw blog . "You know what’s worse than walking around with a bunch of college... More »

Law Schools Making Too Many Lawyers

Unemployed grads furious over dry job market

(Newser) - Recent law school grads are having a tough time finding a job, and there’s a very good reason for that: the recession drove tons of people into law school. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of people who took the LSAT shot up 20.5%, Slate reports, as students... More »

Harvard Law Kills Free Tuition Program

Too many takers for deal that required 5 years of public service

(Newser) - Harvard Law School has suspended a free tuition program for students willing to work in public service after twice as many students as expected signed up. The Public Service Initiative, which waives tuition for students who pledge to work for the government or nonprofit organizations for 5 years after graduation,... More »

States Consider Uniting to Offer One Bar Exam

Move could save consumers money

(Newser) - Good news for aspiring lawyers: State bar associations are considering adopting a national bar exam. The move would allow lawyers trying to find a job in a competitive market to practice in any state; consumers would be able to use one lawyer for cases that span state lines, potentially saving... More »

Law School Grads Scramble as Big Firms Slash Hiring

(Newser) - Top law school grads are competing this fall for just half the number of entry-level positions big firms offered last year, in what the New York Times calls the most difficult employment season in half a century. One of New York's biggest firms has cut its hires by more than... More »

O'Connell's Latest Role: Law Student

Mr. Rebecca Romijn gets off the couch and branches out

(Newser) - Rebecca Romijn's hubby Jerry O’Connell is taking it not-so-easy while his wife works on a new show, People reports. “I had always planned on continuing my education at some point,” the Stand By Me star and father of twins says, so he’s started law school. “... More »

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