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Law School... Friend or Foe

Postby somewherewarm » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:54 pm

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Re: Law School... Friend or Foe

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:12 pm

Limit each state to two law schools. Or, and more realistically, place a limit on enrollment size across all law schools - i.e. no full time JD cohort class sizes of more than 200, no part time JD cohort class sizes of more than 100, and no LLM cohort class sizes of more than 50. That would dramatically decrease the number of seats in law school.

I schools have added 8,500+ seats since 2000. That is pretty much all NLJ250 incoming "class" seats in a given good year.

Essentially what I'm saying is that decreasing the number of seats is paramount. Closing law schools is a novel idea, but it's not going to happen. It's just not. However, I do believe that if US News started collecting salary data as a percentage of the entire class instead of merely a percentage of private practice positions, crappy schools would eventually close. It's easy to hide bad employment statistics when you play tricks with statistics - but - when there is only one percentage to give (re: percent reporting) in relation to the entire class, things are easier for 0L's to understand. For example, if I told you 5% of a law school class made more than $75K, you would know that 95% didn't make that much.

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