1. Sorry Harvard: Your influence is overrated. So your dream is to be a hotshot Big Law partner one day. Where, oh, where should you go to law school to fulfill that lofty goal? On the basis of sheer numbers, Harvard Law School is the logical choice (in 2011, Harvard grads represented the largest number of new partners in Big Law).
But consider this latest news flash: Harvard's preeminence might be exaggerated. Here's what law professor Robert Anderson of Pepperdine says on his blog:
On a per-capita basis the University of Chicago Law School is undoubtedly the largest producer of partners in the largest 100 law firms. No matter what measure of enrollment is used, Chicago comes out first and no other law school poses a serious challenge. Although Harvard has produced more than twice the number of partners in these firms as has Chicago (946 versus 426), it has produced about three times the graduates as has Chicago during the relevant period.
In other words, Chicago is a leaner, meaner, much more efficient Big Law partner machine. Harvard, in comparison, is a lumbering giant.
2. Get 'em while they're hot: Seton Hall Law School offers a 50 percent discount on tuition. It's not easy to run a law school these days. Jobs for law grads are scarce, and application rates are dropping. So what's a middling law school in a crowded market to do? In the case of 69th-ranked Seton University School of Law, it's time to throw a big sale!
Reports Karen Sloan of The National Law Journal:
Applicants accepted into Seton Hall who meet or exceed the national median academic standards—a Law School Admission Test score of 158 and a 3.5 or higher undergraduate grade-point average—will pay $22,330 a year in tuition, rather than the regular $47,330. That's better than half off.
So who will likely be the takers? If you got into a top 10 or 15 law school, it's highly unlikely you'll jump at this offer. But would you sell out for a 25th-ranked law school? My guess: No. How about one ranked around 40th or lower? You'd at least think about it.
3. Food for thought (and debate). The National Law Journal's Leigh Jones has a Q&A with foodie lawyer Matthew Sanderson, who's behind the Texas Restaurant blog. I hate to sound provincial, but I find it hard to believe this statement: "The Dallas–Fort Worth area has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. metropolitan area, according to the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business."
The Big-D has more eateries per capita (or by any other measure) than New York? Gimme a break! The B-school at SMU must be counting every Taco Bell, KFC, and Dunkin' Donuts in the area.
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