The law schools, law students and law school applicants are obsessed with law school rankings? Why?
Law Schools – The higher the ranking, the more applicants the school will attract.
Law Students – The higher the ranking, the better the chances of employment.
Law School Applicants – The higher the ranking, the more likely I am to secure employment and the better the investment.
Although each of these considerations have merit, the “obsession with law school rankings” has become obsessive.
The tab #lawschoolrankings reveals many results.
Law School Rankings 2014:
Do the rankings matter?
In late March of 2010 I was interviewed about my “Law School Bound” book by Steve Schwartz (the publisher of “LSAT Blog“). What follows are the questions and answers.
1. You published Law School Bound back in 2006. What new advice do you have for law school applicants today?
Law School Bound was designed to guide people from the decision to attend law school, through the application process, through the bar admission process and into a legal career. The book was designed to “stand the test of time”. Therefore, I wouldn’t give any different advice in 2010.
Thought you might be interested in the progress of a joint JD/MIR (Master of Industrial Relations) student at Queen’s. I am a huge fan of joint law school degree programs.
I am currently in the second year of the joint Masters of Industrial Relations/JD program at Queen’s. Last year I completed the Masters portion of the program and took two of the required first year law courses as well. It was difficult being in two programs at the same time, and the workload was very heavy, however it definitely helped to foster time management skills! Continue reading
Much of what you read in the news is of little value but of great interest. One area of interest is President Obama’s LSAT score. Although an LSAT score is hardly a measure of one’s worth as a person, it is something that few people forget. Unfortunately there are many people who believe that their LSAT score does define their worth as a person.
Those with low LSAT scores worry that a low LSAT score is an indication that the score is binding – that is a measure of their worth.
Those with high LSAT scores worry that the high LSAT score is NOT binding – that it is NOT a measure of their worth.
Either way, the LSAT brings out the anxiety in people.
I came across an interesting book by Alan R. Lockwood, Barack O’Liberal – The Education of President Obama. The site describing the book has an interesting excerpt:
Obama’s LSAT Score
- Author Jack Cashill predicted, “As to Obama’s LSAT scores, Jimmy Hoffa’s body will be unearthed before those are.” Time to get out the shovel because the mystery is about to be unearthed – that is, Obama’s LSAT score, not Hoffa’s body. . . . The derivation of Obama’s LSAT score in this chapter is based solely on . . . data available to the public for over two decades from, among other places, the Library of Congress. All those who believe the Law School Admission Council shouldn’t have disclosed such LSAT data should send their complaints directly to the LSAC . . . preferably before the data was published in 1990.
A blog post written by Stuart Kovinsky concluded that:
Lockwood looks at LSAC data to narrow down the President’s scoring range; he examines African-American students from Columbia who applied to law school, noting that only two of them had LSAT scores above the 63rd percentile – both of whom scored between the 94th and 98th percentile. Since a score below the 63rd percentile would almost certainly disqualify any applicant from Harvard, Lockwood concludes that Obama was almost certainly one of those top two scorers.
Lockwood also looks at Obama’s self-reported GPA, which was definitely on the low end for Harvard applicants, reinforcing that Obama likely needed a top LSAT score to get in.
The author’s Twitter site had the following tweet:
Interesting information, Yes! Useful information, No!
Are you unhappy with your LSAT score? Should you address this issue in your personal statement?
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