Welcome friends of Northwestern University School of Law. I hope you will enjoy these observations about our Law School, about legal education and the rapidly changing legal profession, and about (on a somewhat lighter note) the adventures of a new transplant to the City of Big Shoulders.
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from Paul Caron’s blog, with commentary.
Leave it to Jim Pfander to find something new to say about a statute that’s over 200 years old.
Here’s his take, with co-author and former NU student Nassim Nazemi, on the Anti-Injunction Act of 1793, recently published in the Texas Law Review.
From the Nat’l Law Journal.
Will be interesting to see whether this portends a shift in emphasis in corporate legal office from pure lateral hiring strategy to entry-level hiring. The principal roadblock has been the costs of training. But perhaps establishing creative relationships between imaginative corporations and innovative law school (note Cisco-Colorado partnership described in the article) will augur a new approach to in-house hiring and training.
Today, Tuesday, December 3, Northwestern University is participating in Giving Tuesday. The goal of this nationwide effort is to put personal philanthropy back into the giving season. Held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
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The University put together a slide show that illustrates why alumni can be extremely proud of their Northwestern degree. Donations of all sizes from alumni and friends add up to make these students’ experiences possible. Today we’re celebrating the many ways this fine institution has enriched our careers and lives—join us.
Interesting description by Bill Henderson (Indiana-B) on course on disruption and LPOs.
Two cheers from me for this.
Yes, law students would benefit of having some exposure to the trends in legal outsourcing and efficiency-enhancing companies and products. And I like the strategy of having students do research and make presentations (by contrast to, say, having a dog-and-pony show of the companies presenting).
However, in the law school setting, given precious time we have to provide education about law and legal skills, focusing on businesses that disrupt traditional modalities of legal services seems something to come later, not during, legal education. Don’t get me wrong; educating our students about law and the legal profession requires attention to how law and the profession is changing. But this is best grounded, to me, in what skills our new lawyers can be and ought to be expected to provide. Perhaps let them imagine what the LPO market looks like from a deep immersion in “what lawyers need and ought to do” rather than focus explicitly on the companies and their service models.
Still and all, two cheers are warranted. These efforts help students better understand how our professional world is changing rapidly and, too, how business savvy folks are capitalizing on (and profiting from) these changes.
Some interesting data on LSAT breakdowns. Counters the narrative that high-credentialed students are fleeing law school in especially high numbers.
That said, these data does not refute the brute fact that applicant decline is not located principally in the low-band LSATs. Law schools across the board are feeling the pinch (albeit to a greater or lesser degree).