Friday, February 8, 2013

Law School Applications Down

The New York Times recently published a perhaps not surprising article on the decline in the total number of law school applications.

The legal field has had such a dismal run of it the last few years: practicing attorneys laid off, no jobs for new graduates, and bad press and lawsuits for law schools. Given all that, it's not surprising the law doesn't seem like the shining star profession it once appeared.  (New York Magazine did a feature on the lawsuits about a year ago.)

However, the ABA has compiled a list of 10 markets that might be decent choice, for a recent grad willing to relocate.  They seem to be concentrated in the Southeast, but there are a few in other areas.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Where Has the Civility Gone?

I have been rather frustrated lately by the seeming inability of some attorneys to both represent their clients and just be nice people at the same time.  Is that asking too much?

Indeed, I just got notice of an upcoming CLE entitled "Ethics & Civility in the Practice of Law: Can You Practice Civility and Be a Zealous Advocate?"

Honestly?  You can get CLE credit for that?  Does that seem silly to anyone else?  I'm pretty sure I learned the answer to that question in first grade.

And it turns out that I'm not the only one who's noticed this trend (I don't give myself that much credit).  Check out this article with video from the Wall Street Journal recently, in which a judge, in song, implores attorneys to play nicely with one another.