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Will the conversation catalyzed by the Law Society of Ontario mean the end of articling? | Canadian Lawyer
“It really is just a shortage of positions altogether,” says Scheffelmair, who is also vice chairwoman of the Canadian Bar Association law student section. “There's not a lot out there. They’re very scarce.”

The result of more trained lawyers from home and abroad and law firms not offering enough articling positions to keep up with the increase is that, every year come August, 200 to 300 candidates will have still not found a position. Many of these candidates then won’t end up in their preferred practice area or their ideal location and pay expectation, the LSO states.
articling  admission  governance 
8 weeks ago by JordanFurlong
The Skills Gap Part 1: What Competencies will Lawyers Need to Stay Relevant in the Future? | Rainmaking Oasis, LLC
In our efforts to develop a better way to define the range of competencies needed, we came across The Delta Model that was initially developed by a team spearheaded by Dan Linna, a professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and was joined by Alyson Carrel and Jesse Bowman (also of Northwestern,) Shellie Reid of Northern Virginia Legal Services and Jordan Galvin of Mayer Brown, Knowledge Management.  After conducting additional research and with added insights from Caitlin Moon of Vanderbilt Law School, Gabriel Teninbaum at Suffolk Law School and Natalie Runyon of Thompson Reutter, the group released its Delta Model 2.0 in March 2019. One of their primary findings was that Personal Effectiveness skills are the most important lawyer competencies. The Delta Model model breaks lawyer competencies into three buckets:
competence  training  admission  skills  talent 
may 2019 by JordanFurlong
UnitedLex Luthor | Above the Law
UnitedLex doesn’t have that same incentive. The client relationship lies with the company itself, not its staff attorneys, and it treats skill sets as ultimately fungible. A young attorney growing their skill set just means that attorney has to be staffed onto different matters, and the company needs to find someone else to handle the simpler tasks. Barring an altruistic motive to do the right thing, the company gains nothing from staff development except some administrative headache.

There’s also the problem that nobody gets rich driving a rideshare. In fact, once less apparent costs like depreciation and repairs are accounted for, many drivers are making less than minimum wage. Some outright lose money. The biggest winners of the Lyft and Uber revolution are Uber and Lyft themselves, and the public that now has access to cheap, fungible, convenient ridesharing. The drivers who generate all that benefit get just a sliver of the pie. I worry about that same dynamic transferring over to the legal market. Everyone in the UnitedLex model seems poised to win big, except the lawyers actually making it all possible.

Whose Story Is It?

It’s easy for me to air these kinds of concerns because if UnitedLex is Lyft, law firms are the traditional cab industry that Uber and Lyft have attacked. UnitedLex is a competitive threat to me, and thousands of Biglaw attorneys across the world.

Yet I don’t think my reaction is entirely based on self-interest. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the mentorship and growth opportunities that the law firm model provided me. Done right, the law firm model becomes about more than making money. It’s about passing down knowledge, skills, and an ethic to a new generation, helping people bootstrap themselves into a successful career. I struggle to see UnitedLex or any of its many competitors doing the same. While it may make its clients or shareholders wealthier, it may make our profession poorer.
newlaw  flex  admission  training 
may 2019 by JordanFurlong
Convocation Approves Ryerson’s Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) – Slaw
This week, Convocation at the Law Society of Ontario voted to approve the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IRC) for Ryerson’s new law school. This will make Ryerson the second school in Ontario, following Lakehead University in 2014, to adopt this model.

Approval of the proposed curriculum, which is available online, is based on the 2014 list found in the Integrated Law Practice Program for Law Schools document, which reviews exposure to specific skills and tasks, and demonstration and assessments. What this approval means is that graduates of the new law school, which are expected in 2023, will not have to complete articling in order to obtain licensing.
schools  admission  training  governance 
may 2019 by JordanFurlong
The Next Recession Could Cost 10,000 Lawyers Their Jobs | The American Lawyer
As a looming recession approaches, a look at history, plus some judgment, can tell us a lot about how organizations will manage their lawyer numbers once it arrives. It’s a clear, disturbing and instructive tale.
Let’s start with some history. In studying the trends in U.S. lawyer head count over the last 20 years, both in-house and at major law firms, one thing jumps out: the stark difference before and after the 2008 recession. Before 2008, all segments were growing; after 2008, in-house lawyer growth accelerated while growth in law firms ground to a halt.

Why the change? A different purchasing environment has held sway at client organizations since the recession. There’s been a rejection of ever-increasing hourly rates for the commodity offerings from much of Big Law. We’ve witnessed the rise of the ambidextrous general counsel, taking work away from overpriced firms with one hand while using the other to execute it in-house or move it to lower-cost firms and nontraditional providers.
recession  clients  firms  admission  schools 
march 2019 by JordanFurlong
NRF meets client demand with new legal ops grad scheme | Legal IT Insider
Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a new graduate scheme focused on business and legal operations. The two-year programme will be built around a series of rotations through business solutions; commercial management; innovation; legal project management; and pricing and resource management.

“The decision to launch the scheme is driven by the business need to support our internal change and innovation programme,” commercial director David Carter told Legal IT Insider. “Clients are increasingly telling us that how we deliver services is as important as the quality of the technical legal advice they receive in terms of value.”

Carter added that the huge opportunities that the firm sees to tap into new business lines by offering different delivery propositions are already being exploited.

“Just this week, we won a major mandate with a FTSE 100 company where all the engagement was driven out of these teams, rather than our legal teams. The demand is definitely there and we need first rate people to deliver it,”

In addition to increased client demand, Norton Rose Fulbright’s decision to launch the grad scheme was driven by a pronounced skills shortage. Despite a growing number of specialist courses created by a number of law schools, and lateral moves from other industries and from within law itself, many law firms are facing a recruitment challenge in this burgeoning area.

“In the face of this skills shortage, we have made the significant decision to mould these people ourselves,” said Carter. “Another advantage of a grad scheme is that it gives participants the opportunity to experience all the different elements that we are looking at. It is really important that these things are interconnected. We see the scheme as a powerful natural hedge against silos.”
ops  innovation  schools  admission  training  recruiting 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
Cover Story: The on-campus interview process is broken | PrecedentJD : PrecedentJD
One of the students at the table was Jessica George. In her head, she kept a running tally of all the drink orders. “Once we finished our cocktails, the partners ordered wine for the table,” she recalls. “We conquered a few bottles. Then we had aperitifs at the end. That’s a lot of booze.”

When the partners began to ask questions, they had nothing to do with law. The polite chatter turned, at times, to sports and television. But the low point, for George, arrived when one of the partners asked the following question: What is your favourite overseas destination? “I know the partner was not trying to be malicious,” says George. “He was just trying to find an easy way to have a casual conversation, but he assumed that everyone would have been overseas.”
schools  firms  admission  recruiting 
august 2018 by JordanFurlong
(4) Why Students Are Choosing Corporate Law Departments Over Law Firms | LinkedIn
This trend was clearly in evidence at our recent 7th annual “BBQ, Beers, and Legal Careers,” an event that brings together summer clerks and legal leaders from companies across Silicon Valley to network and learn about law department opportunities. I was impressed and energized by the students I met, who came from a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. There were dozens of them there, all very different in perspective and experience, and all interested in exploring an in-house legal career.

It didn’t used to be like this. Firms used to be the unquestioned destination for top candidates seeking both prestige and career stability. The rapid changes in the legal market are challenging the old paradigm.  Many corporate law departments now rival traditional firms in size and operational complexity, providing a measure of stability, without the chance that your practice group might up and leave to a competitor one day.  More importantly, I believe companies offer greater opportunity to develop diverse skills and rotate among a much broader set of roles than law firms.  You can try on more suits in a company to see which one truly fits. We’ve had people from NetApp Legal move into roles in Sales, Operations, and IT, for example, not to mention transitioning from one discipline to another in our own department, such as field support to compliance.
client  admission  schools 
august 2018 by JordanFurlong
Bridges over the Chasm: Licensing Design and the Abolition of Articling – Slaw
The key question for licensing design is: how can we “buy” large and consistent quality benefits for candidates and their clients, for the lowest possible cost in terms of candidates’ money and time? Licensing reform that makes it easier to cross the chasm, without any deleterious effect on quality, is good for both clients and candidates. In two commendable recent reforms, the LSO has (i) decided to give paralegals practice rights in some family law matters, and (ii) created alternative pathways to licensure (the Law Practice Program and the Integrated Practice Curriculum). Both decisions created new footbridges across the chasm. Both decisions make it easier for a group of aspiring legal professionals, who are more likely than articled lawyers to be racialized and equity-seeking, to have satisfying careers helping people. They should also produce access to justice benefits, by giving clients access to a new and more affordable class of licensed practitioners.

Exams and practice programs can be designed to optimize their cost-benefit profile for candidates and the clients they will serve. Surveys of practicing lawyers, analyses of complaints data, and emerging methodologies for measuring legal service value can be used to identify baseline knowledge and skills. The risks arising from legal practice can also be identified and quantified.
admission  articling 
july 2018 by JordanFurlong
Lawyer licensing report raises access to justice issues at LSO Convocation - The Lawyer's Daily
Changes to lawyer licensing brought up a number of issues at the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) May Convocation, including the cost of post-secondary education, access to justice, socioeconomic diversity in the profession and the importance of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD).

Jacqueline Horvat, vice-chair of the professional development and competence committee, presented the report on options for lawyer licensing to Convocation on May 24 and said the committee intends to develop a plan for a long-term, sustainable licensing system.

“The committee is aware that the licensing system must stand the test of time. It must ensure competence consistent with the law society’s statutory responsibility. But it, and we, must also be forward looking and must ensure that the lawyers of the future are well equipped to meet the public’s needs for competent legal services,” she said.
july 2018 by JordanFurlong
Riverview Law Legal Re-Train Programme Launches! - Riverview Law
The Riverview Law Legal Re-Train Programme launched on Friday 1st June 2018. The programme continues to build on the company strategy of contributing to the development of the legal market. With a growing number of lawyers seeking to enhance their careers by moving into commercial contracts, Riverview Law sees its first 10 lawyers embarking on a 2 year training programme. The programme will take them from a wide variety of specialisms including family law, PI, litigation, industrial disease and employment, and re-train them as commercial contracts lawyers.

Riverview Law has a proud history of growing its own people with a well-established training contracts programme incorporating an SRA approved Technology seat. The development of the Riverview Law Legal Re-Train Programme continues this theme with those undertaking the programme being exposed to:

Commercial contracts legal training;
‘On the job’ commercial experience in at least 2 areas of Riverview Law’s Managed Service and/or Projects business areas; and
The utilisation of Kim and other technologies for the legal industry.
“The Legal Re-Train Programme is an exciting opportunity for us as a business and lawyers in the industry. Having seen the high calibre candidates from other disciplines who are seeking a career in commercial contracts, we knew this was another excellent opportunity to grow our business and support the evolution of the legal market. Our kick off session was full of laughter and enthusiasm with everyone eager to get the programme up and running. We look forward to welcoming our next cohort in the very near future too!”  Sonia Williamson, Head of Managed Services & Projects, Riverview Law.
training  newlaw  skills  admission  schools 
june 2018 by JordanFurlong
The “Delta” Lawyer Competency Model Discovered through LegalRnD Workshop
Our Hypothesis: We believe that a new delta-shaped model of lawyer competence, combining currently available research literature and anecdata, will more comprehensively reflect the diverse skills, attitudes and knowledge lawyers need to reach the highest level of client satisfaction.

Alyson Carrel

The delta model of lawyer competence combines the competencies identified by Bill Henderson, David Wilkins, Alli Gerkman, Amani Smathers, Andrea Schneider, and Jim Lupo, to highlight the need not only for T-shaped lawyers, but also for lawyers with high-character quotients, emotional intelligence, leadership and collaborative problem-solving skills.

Our design of the “delta” model started with the foundation-level, widely accepted as “lawyering” skills already taught in law schools as the base of the triangle. These are the foundational skills that are table stakes for any lawyer passing the bar exam and practicing law.

We developed the right side of the triangle with the well- documented skills that were identified at the top of the “T” shaped model, which include design and e-discovery, project management and analytics, and business tools and technology. We sought to build off the existing models developed by legal community peers rather than try to “re-invent the wheel.”

Shellie Reid

For the left side of the triangle, we chose to include the personal effectiveness competencies because they are indeed required for upward advancement in the legal industry. Moreover, we saw the personal effectiveness skills and the process, data and technology skills being equally important for a successful 21st century lawyer.
admission  schools  competence  skills  talent  EQ 
june 2018 by JordanFurlong
Associate Salary Increases: Don’t Follow Milbank’s Lead |
There is another reason most law firms should resist following Milbank’s lead. The tradition of matching salaries is a relic from a different, simpler, time in the legal industry. Announcing across the board salary increases and automatically matching Cravath’s or Milbank’s pay scales makes no sense in today’s legal market. The current system only benefits the Cravath’s and Milbanks of the world. Most law firms should be actively trying to undermine this system.

To that end, here is a summary of the advice this analyst is giving law firm leaders:

Follow if You Must

Some law firms will have to follow Milbank’s lead. If your firm is one of those few, do so quickly.

Milbank’s announcement was, for all intents and purposes, a branding initiative. The firm is signaling to the market that they are willing to pay top dollar for the best talent. In doing so, they have, essentially, labeled themselves as the home of the best talent in the legal market. The firms that compete with Milbank for talent should not cede that ground to them. They should match, or even surpass, Milbank’s new pay scale. It would be savvy for Cravath, for example, to one up Milbank and announce a $20,000 increase. Such a move would allow Cravath to retain their position as the ultimate arbiter of associate pay. It would also help further differentiate themselves from the firms which are not willing to follow.

Most Firms Should Not Follow
laterals  compensation  admission 
june 2018 by JordanFurlong
Will Ontario overhaul its licensing system? | PrecedentJD : PrecedentJD
Within the first few pages of the report, it becomes abundantly clear why we have to debate — yet again — the future of legal training: the province still has an articling crisis. It’s no secret that, in recent years, the number of law-school graduates seeking an articling position has soared. Over the past decade, first-year enrollment at Ontario law schools has risen from 1,234 to 1,549. During that same period, the number of international students who’ve had their law degrees accredited in Canada has skyrocketed from 200 to 900. The job market has not kept up with this demand. “There continue to be between 200-300 candidates who have not been successful in their search for an articling position by August or September each year,” the report concludes. “A permanent shortage of articling positions now exists.”

Hold on a minute. Didn’t the Law Society create the Law Practice Program to solve this exact problem? Indeed it did. So if a candidate strikes out in the articling job market, can’t she simply head off to Ryerson? Absolutely.

The problem is, as the report points out, “enrollment in the program has been more modest than was anticipated.” When the Law Society launched the LPP, it expected about 400 candidates to sign up each year. But enrollment, over the past four years, has hovered around 235.

The bottom line: the current licensing system is still not working. And so, it’s no surprise that the Law Society is considering more reform. Below, we break down the four options up for discussion.
admission  articlieng  competence 
june 2018 by JordanFurlong
Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher to train solicitor apprentices
Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher are to begin training solicitor apprentices with the University of Law (ULaw) as part of a training course designed to create new pathways to becoming a qualified lawyer.

The new course from ULaw, which officially launched on 25 September, will see 28 apprentices this autumn begin the six-year process in a programme aimed at encouraging a wider pool of candidates to enter the profession.

The course includes a combination of work-based and online supervised study, together with practical and academic activities that will give students a LLB in legal practice skills and ultimately allow them to qualify as solicitors. The programme is also designed to comply with the Government-backed trailblazer standard for legal apprenticeships.

Once apprentices complete the assessments and parts one and two of the incoming solicitors qualifying exam (SQE), which is due to come into force in 2020, they will be able to apply to become fully recognised as lawyers.
training  admission  apprentice 
october 2017 by JordanFurlong
A crisis of values over articling | Law Times
Consider articling. Ten months doing research or real estate transactions or family law (or basically anything) is considered to do the trick for checking the box of practical experience. No two experiences are the same and no articling term is audited to assess standard features or requirements. The net result is that there are myriad possibilities of varying experiential outcomes that are treated in a similar fashion, but they may have no common features, subject matter treatment or law practice exposure. Articling is an antiquated institution.

Experiential learning, which is, in theory, the essence of articling, is already being embodied within the law schools. However, the uneasy decades-old truce between the LSUC and law schools suggests that law schools cultivate legal academics, while the law society merely regulates but does not train lawyers. The reality belies this institutional divide.

A law student cannot be neatly separated from a licensing candidate, nor is the former a completely disparate being from a lawyer. Experience is experience — wherever it can be gained. The quandary is that the experiential learning ground of articling lacks the pedagogy, structural benefits and oversight offered during law school. 

The Lawyers’ Practice Program, which was placed on the chopping block by the LSUC last fall prior to the completion of its pilot test, represents a modicum of compromise between standardized training and controlled experiential learning. To its credit, in October 2016, the law society did not terminate the LPP; however, the fact that it was slated for termination is an indication of the short-sightedness of our regulatory body and the bottom-line financial motivations for its decision-making.

To recall, 15 years ago, all licensees had in-class sessions and practical exercises in addition to articling. While the process was somewhat lacklustre (in contrast to the current dynamism of the LPP), it should be noted that in-class teaching was standard issue to all licensees across the board.

Today, the mainstream licensing pathway has retreated considerably from the model of more than a decade ago in conjunction with the proposed advent of a new “super” multiple-choice examination — the PPE. Whether the PPE  — or Practice and Procedure Examination — that was proposed by the LSUC last year to combine both the barristers and solicitors examinations would save even more money in lower administration and marking fees than the battery of nine examinations administered in days of yore is thought-provoking, but it also misses the point. 
articling  admission  training 
september 2017 by JordanFurlong
Developing lawyers’ skills takes more than just mentorship - The Globe and Mail
For many years, law firms have operated an apprenticeship model of development, with young lawyers paired with those more experienced (often partners), who pass on their knowledge in much the same way as guild craftsmen did in the past.

However, firms are being challenged to provide a different approach to development, much in the same way as schools.

Mentorship remains an important element of development, but with an increasing number of millennial lawyers in the industry, this model requires a rethink.

Firstly, mentorship needs to be viewed as just one of a number of developmental interventions. Formal learning programs, sponsorship, coaching, feedback and experiential learning all play their part in developing the modern lawyer.
mentoring  training  firms  admission 
september 2017 by JordanFurlong
The new disrupted normal
The human judgment of lawyers is still there, but it’s being applied at the upper levels of that analysis, says Friedman. Younger lawyers, robbed of their role, will be at a loose end.

“Can you justify putting more expensive and more error-prone resources in front of that?” he asks. “If not, how do you give young lawyers the training and exposure that they need to develop a skillset and gain familiarity with the inner workings of the deal?”

Friedman anticipates a thinning out of junior legal jobs as this automation works its way through the industry. It will affect those at earlier stages in their careers. “It’s really the hire-backs, and how many junior lawyers firms [we] will be looking to keep,” he says.

This is going to change the shape of the legal workforce, according to some. Traditionally, law firms have adopted a “pyramid” model for hiring, with a small number of partners at the top followed by a larger number of senior associates and a still larger proportion of juniors at the bottom.

Expect that to change, says Paul Paton, dean of law and Wilbur Fee Bowker professor of law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton. “You have a few associates, a fair number at the senior associate junior partner level, and then a few senior partners, so you can envision a diamond.”

This thinning will have a knock-on effect for law schools, anticipates Warren Smith. He is managing partner at The Counsel Network, a company focusing on legal recruitment.

“You’ll end up with this gap,” he says, arguing that a scarcity of jobs for new legal graduates could affect law schools’ student intake, on which they rely for tuition fees.
firms  schools  innovation  admission 
august 2017 by JordanFurlong
Today’s Law Degree Takes on a Broader Meaning | Big Law Business
In some cases, JD advantage jobs may actually be more desirable to law school graduates than traditional law firm roles. “If you’re in a corporation doing compliance work, you’re in a corporation and there are lots of upward career paths,” said Leipold. “In a law firm, it’s up or out, and there’s not an alternate career path.”

Mark Chandler, general counsel of Cisco, said at least 30 percent of the law school graduates he hires take jobs like contract negotiation, legal operations, and even sales, without ever becoming lawyers.

“The people who have a law degree have a leg up in the efficiency with which work gets done and can help to keep down the need for legal escalation sometimes,” he said.

The JD advantage category will continue to grow in the coming years, according to Leipold. “Even law firms are going to be hiring people with a law degree who may not be practicing law,” said Leipold, adding, “As that business climate and [law firm] model continues to change, the number of lawyering opportunities will be flat or going down.”



The JD Advantage Stigma

Some legal experts argue there shouldn’t be a negative stigma associated with JD advantage jobs.

Bill Henderson, a law professor at Indiana University who studies the legal industry, said many of his former students have pursued interesting careers in which they used their law degrees but didn’t need to be a practicing lawyer.

He cited one of his former students, who took a job at a Big Four accounting firm in an employee tax compliance group.

“It seemed very similar to the practice of law in an ERISA type practice,’ said Henderson. “He loved the team-based atmosphere, he loved the training, he loved the hours, and he felt like he had really landed somewhere special.”
schools  admission  careers 
august 2017 by JordanFurlong
Lexpert ® | Casual or Committed?
Blessing duly received, Prefix Legal LLP had to set up accounting, financial management, marketing and its own web page. The new subsidiary was officially unveiled this spring, about 18 months after that first lunch, with Peter Willis as its Chief Operating Officer. Will Prefix be looking at acquiring other types of legal outsourcing companies or technology in areas such as e-discovery, document management, contract management or due diligence? “No, we expect the growth from this point forward to happen organically,” Willis says, “but if something came our way that made sense, we wouldn’t rule it out.”

That’s kind of the problem. As firms like McMillan look at ways to bring down costs and grow revenue, they’re finding outsourcers that specialize in one thing and can offer a certain type of work at low cost and high quality. The question becomes not so much whether to use them and their platforms, but how.

Dating, going steady, marriage — or staying single and using the same tools to build from the ground up?

AT THE START OF THIS YEAR, there was something of a small revolution at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and it speaks volumes about where the legal market is headed when it comes to outsourcers. The firm acquired Wortzmans, a respected firm with about 100 contract lawyers that specializes in litigation support and data governance. Unlike Prefix Legal and LexLocom, these firms aren’t going steady; this is a marriage. Wortzmans will remain in its existing office and retain its own email and document servers, but founder Susan Wortzman is now an equity partner at McCarthy. In Toronto, McCarthy’s e-discovery people moved over to the Wortzmans office at the start of the year.

Here’s where the revolution part comes in. While Wortzmans, now a division of McCarthy Tétrault, is maintaining its brand, it “will absolutely work with and continue taking mandates from other law firms and working with clients directly,” says Matthew Peters, McCarthy’s national innovation leader and a technology partner. Other law firms have been very receptive to the arrangement, he adds.
offshoring  laterals  admission  training  flex  temp 
july 2017 by JordanFurlong
Another Elite Law School Eyes Accepting The GRE | Above the Law
Perhaps there’s still something of an “as goes Harvard, so goes the nation’s law schools” complex out there. After Harvard shocked the legal academy and announced that it would accept GRE scores as an alternative to the LSAT for future law school applications, it was only a matter of time before other elite schools jumped on the bandwagon. At the time, Jeff Thomas of Kaplan Test Prep suggested a “domino effect” after Harvard’s announcement, which was a much more polite phrasing than when I said that Harvard “broke the seal.”

Now we’re seeing the next step in the GRE revolution, with Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law taking a hard look at joining Harvard, according to the Chicago Tribune.
schools  admission  lsat 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
Character better predictor of lawyering success, panel says | The Indiana Lawyer
The trio highlighted research that has been showing grade point averages and LSAT scores are not the best indicators for future success in the legal profession. Rather, students with character traits like a strong work ethic and emotional stability will be likelier to excel.

Speaking after the discussion, Kourlis said the unprecedented changes brought by the Great Recession may require different skills for working in a law firm or an in-house legal department, or taking a more entrepreneurial approach and helping to launch a legal services startup. While law schools are responding, catching up to current demands will be difficult and could lead to bad decisions.

“I worry when people say, ‘Well, the answer is to just shrink law schools,’” Kourlis said. “I don’t think the solution is fewer lawyers. I think the solution is more lawyers who are more adaptable and, perhaps, have less debt so that they’re not carrying around a ball and chain around their ankle.”
schools  admission  character 
may 2017 by JordanFurlong
Too many new lawyers? Build a wall? – Slaw
Over the last few years, there has been much debate about how to deal with the significant increase in the numbers of Canadian and foreign law school graduates seeking licensing in Ontario. While the number of articling positions has significantly increased, the number of applicants has increased even more quickly. The Law Practice Program (LPP) was established several years ago as an additional pathway to address this shortfall and to pilot a new approach to experiential training.
access  admission  governance  regulation 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission - The Washington Post
Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test.

The dramatic change in admissions, a pilot program at Harvard, is part of a broader strategy at the school to expand access. Because many students consider graduate school as well as law school, and because the GRE is offered often and in many places around the world, the decision could make it easier and less expensive for people to apply, school officials said.

Harvard’s decision was announced Wednesday, just a day before the arm of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools considers changing its standards to allow tests other than the LSAT.

Last year, the University of Arizona College of Law became the first law school in the country to allow applicants to submit GRE scores rather than LSAT scores. Two other schools followed. But for Harvard, one of the best law schools in the world, to do so could upend the admissions process for legal education.

“Will other schools follow? Probably,” said Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency. He thinks many law schools have already been considering this change “because schools across the board have been struggling with applications — not only applications, but the quality of applicants.”
lsat  schools  admission 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World | The American Lawyer
Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World
With a new emphasis on legal innovation, law schools are using experiential learning and technology tools to meet the future needs of law firms and legal departments.
it  schools  admission  training  firms 
january 2017 by JordanFurlong
Law Practice Program lives to see another two years
“So it’s important that we listen and that we reflect on what we’re hearing.”

The program was initially proposed as a five-year pilot, but Convocation cut it down to three years over fears it would become “entrenched.” 

But the shortened program meant the committee tasked with reviewing the LPP only had so much data to evaluate it. 

Proponents say the program needed to be extended in order for it to be properly assessed.

Bencher Gina Papageorgiou, who supported the recommendations to extend the LPP, said the law society’s review of the program clearly shows the LPP was better than articling in certain ways.

“Our obligation is to govern in the public interest and I cannot understand how we could think about moving away from a program that actually trains people —
articling  training  admission  governance 
november 2016 by JordanFurlong
Faking it – the great unmentionable of orchestral playing - The Strad
Faking, smudging, flying, putting the orchestral pedal down – there are so many ways to describe not being able to nail every last note. Yet it is, to some degree, the great unmentionable of orchestral playing, as witnessed by the fact that every musician I interviewed preferred not to be quoted by name. Perhaps that’s because we’re professionals. We’re supposed to be able to play anything, at the switching on of a little red light. Yet I can still remember these heartening words from the principal cellist of a major orchestra about the ‘Storm’ from Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony: ‘How do I play it? I don’t play it; I fake it. I never even met anybody who could play it!’
training  laterals  admission 
september 2016 by JordanFurlong
Reducing the ranks: CC to cut trainee intake by a fifth by 2018 |
is to cut down its UK trainee intake for 2018 by 20%, reducing numbers from around 100 trainees each year to 80.

The Magic Circle firm's intake is a significant drop on the 136 the firm took on in 2010. Retention figures at the firm have also dropped sharply, with the firm keeping on 40 of its September 2016 cohort, or 82% compared to 96% in 2015. The firm had 49 trainees for the intake, down from 74 in its autumn 2010 intake.

In March the firm also saw a major drop in spring retention figures, retaining only 80% of its cohort compared to 91% in 2015.

Other Magic Circle firms have also pulled back on the size of their trainee cohorts, with just 42 qualifiers at Allen & Overy in 2016, down from 66 in spring 2010.

While numbers are down at the Magic Circle firm, CC has revamped its remuneration for newly qualified lawyers. In May, the firm increased its pay bands for 2016/17 to see a rise, including bonuses, to £85,000 compared to £70,000 before bonuses in 2015.
articling  admission  laterals  jobs 
september 2016 by JordanFurlong
LSUC committee recommends scrapping LPP
“A major objection that I and others had to the proposal that carried . . . was that it created a two-tiered system and that graduates of the Law Practice Program would not be perceived in the same light as students who secured articling jobs,” says MacKenzie.

MacKenzie says he would have preferred to see a system in which the law society had more articling positions available.

“We’ve seen over time that firms in certain practice areas and in certain parts of the province that formerly hired articling students have stopped doing that for a variety of reasons,” he says.

Proponents of the LPP have said it provides a skills-based program that is just as good if not better than the experience articling provides and that it offers opportunities that otherwise would not exist.

The program entails four months of course work followed by a four-month placement.

The report — which was based on information gathered from surveys and focus groups with candidates and employers — says that LPP candidates have been more diverse than their counterparts in articling.

In the program’s first year, surveys showed that 33 per cent of LPP candidates identified as racialized, compared to 21 per cent of articling students that year.
articling  innovation  admission  governance 
september 2016 by JordanFurlong
2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice - The New York Times
Last year’s law school graduates landed fewer jobs in private practice than any class in the last two decades, according to the National Association for Law Placement, which tracks developments in the legal profession.
schools  admission 
august 2016 by JordanFurlong
Young Quebec lawyers face bleak prospects
But Jordan Furlong, an Ottawa-based lawyer, analyst and consultant, believes that the Young Bar’s recommendation to impose quotas coupled with its call to be more transparent over job prospects is “really designed to thin the herd,” and could very easily be interpreted as protectionism. He also points out that studies indicate that approximately 85 per cent of potential legal needs are unfilled in Canada, a finding that the Young Bar’s report alludes to as well. “So you can make the case to say that there aren’t enough lawyer jobs,” said Furlong. “What we do need are lawyers who are trained, equipped and educated in ways to meet that unmet demand and serve that untapped market. So there is a disconnect with the idea that there are too many lawyers because some of them can’t find jobs or there are too many lawyers because there is heavy price competition.”
jf  schools  admission 
july 2016 by JordanFurlong
BU Law Joins UnitedLex Legal Residency Program | Legaltech News
The program takes recent law school graduates through a two-year curriculum centering on litigation management, e-discovery technology, cybersecurity, contract management, and other "foundational skills they'll need when they graduate," according to Joseph Dearing, executive vice president of global legal solutions at UnitedLex.
schools  training  competition  innovation  admission 
june 2016 by JordanFurlong
Why are there fewer applicants to Ontario law school? | Precedent Magazine
In Ontario, there is nothing close to such a disaster, but something similar is happening. In 2010, in the thick of the economic downturn, the number of applicants to law schools in the province soared. But over the past two years, that number has fallen sharply from 5,127 to 4,369, according to the latest public figures. That’s a 15-percent dip at an odd moment: a mere three years ago, a new law school opened at Lakehead University. During a time when there were more law-school spots than ever, the public should have felt hungriest for legal education — instead, it lost its appetite.
schools  admission 
may 2016 by JordanFurlong
As Supply of Law Grads Drops, More Struggle To Find Work | The American Lawyer
Left unexplained, however, is why more graduates didn't find work in non-law fields. Declines in graduate hiring in JD-advantage jobs, professional jobs, and non-professional jobs equaled 18.8 percent of the 3,772-graduate drop, 13.1 percent of which belong to the JD-advantage category. Shouldn't graduates who don't find work as lawyers or with their law schools have better luck with employers who value them for their legal educations?
schools  admission 
may 2016 by JordanFurlong
SRA announces rethink on training reforms - Legal Futures
“We will pause and consider all the consultation responses, to make sure people feel they’ve been heard,” Mr Philip said. “There may be a slight hiatus while we do that.

“We feel it is right to make clear that workplace assessment will continue to be part of the model. High professional standards are what we’re all about.”

Mr Philip stressed that the assessment of candidates’ skills by the SQE would be “at least at degree level”, and the SRA would consult again on its plans later in the year.

“The solicitor’s brand is really important. It’s the number one brand in the High Street for consumers and we would like to keep it that away.”

Many of the strongest critics of the reforms were law schools, and Mr Philip said it was important to “re-engage with educationalists” and ensure they were as content as possible.

Speaking to journalists afterwards, Mr Philip said the regulator might decide to keep the existing minimum period of workplace training at two years, but the issue would be determined by the SRA board.
regulation  training  admission 
march 2016 by JordanFurlong
Lawyer Watch | Research and Commentary on the Legal Professions from Richard Moorhead
My response concentrates on the main issue of concern that I have with the SRA’s proposals and in particular the relationship between the proposals, undergraduate legal education and hopes for an innovative, adaptable, high quality legal profession.  That issue can be stated in this way: when the SRA now approaches all its regulatory policy with an emphasis on minimal/proportionate regulation as a necessary precursor to the benefits of innovation, why is the SRA making proposals which will have the effect of dramatically overregulating legal undergraduate education, with a particular likelihood of inhibiting, rather than promoting, innovation?
competence  training  admission 
march 2016 by JordanFurlong
Online tool enables law firms "to recruit youngsters like football teams sign junior talent" - Legal Futures
Global law firms could in future recruit teenagers to their brands like football teams sign up junior apprentices, if an online recruitment platform that is targeting large employers takes off.
recruiters  tyalent  admission 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Quebec law group calling for quotas on bar admissions
The numbers are shocking. Over the past 10 years, salaries for articling positions in the province have dropped an inflation-adjusted 16 per cent, to $543 per week, while the number of unpaid articling positions has more than doubled.
Even students who manage to find articling positions and receive their call to the bar are reporting difficulty landing a permanent job: 18.2 per cent of respondents said they were unable to find a job in law after receiving their call, compared to 11.2 per cent a decade ago.
articling  admission  schools 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
A National Approach to Canadian Bar Admissions? Working With the Law Schools Would be a Start – Slaw
In a nutshell, the process by which the Federation of Law Societies adopted the guidelines for the Approved Canadian Common Law degree serves as a template for how not to develop a productive relationship. As someone who was involved in the process from start to finish, I can say that it was one of the most professionally demoralizing things I’ve ever had to participate in. None of us covered ourselves in glory. All sides behaved poorly. Intemperate things were said. Hard (and often poorly thought-out) positions were taken. Some people felt that they were backed into corners. Even worse, others felt that they weren’t listened to. Back room dealing took place – sometimes in more than one back room at once! To be sure, the end result was not bad – our profession uses a much lighter hand in regulating the content of the JD program than their colleagues south of the border. But no one should feel proud of the process by which we got there.. Indeed, as far as process went, it really could serve as a case study for how not to develop a feeling of partnership.
governance  regulation  admission  schools 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Nationalized Bar Exam Endorsed by ABA | National Law Journal
The house adopted a resolution endorsing the exam, which enables takers to carry their scores to other jurisdictions that use the standard test. Twenty-one states are now using the standard exam, or will begin using it by 2017. The ABA’s Law Student Division introduced the resolution, arguing that it increases mobility for young lawyers and reduces their bar admission costs.
schools  admission 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
ABA House To Vote On Uniform Bar Exam | Above the Law
While proposed actions or inactions cause sharp disagreements around the country about how to move the profession forward in the 21st century, one common-sense action shouldn’t: adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. Next Monday, the ABA’s House of Delegates will consider a resolution from the ABA’s Law Student Division that calls for all jurisdictions to adopt this portable exam. The House should support this measure, and all jurisdictions should adopt the UBE as quickly as possible.
schools  admission 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
EY launches a training contract, and you don't need a 2:1 to apply | News | The Lawyer
The scheme follows the firm’s new graduate recruitment policy, meaning applicants are not required to have achieved the minimum of 300 UCAS points and 2:1 degree before applying. In place of these requirments applicants will undergo a number of online assessments and numerical tests designed to measure the potential of the candidate.
accountants  admission  competition  training 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
UnitedLex Expands Legal Residency Program to USC Gould School of Law | Legaltech News
“Our legal residency program was created to address challenges facing the legal industry, including the lack of training opportunities for recent graduates and the ever-increasing costs for both the providers and consumers of legal services,” said Daniel Reed, CEO of UnitedLex in a statement. “The program represents an innovative way for law schools and the legal industry to tackle a very challenging situation.”
admission  training  schools  competition  process 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
Empirical Research on the Core Competencies Needed to Practice Law: What Do Clients, New Lawyers, and Legal Employers Tell Us? by Neil W. Hamilton :: SSRN
Key stakeholders in legal services, legal education, and the professional regulation of lawyers are asking the following question: What are the core competencies needed for a new lawyer to practice law effectively and successfully? Since the focus of professions like law, medicine, the clergy, and the professorate is to provide assistance at a high level of commitment and professional competence to the person served (client, patient, parishioner, and student), a good place to start in answering this question would be to examine empirical research on what core competencies are needed by the person served. This article summarizes some of the empirical data available to answer this question.
competence  schools  admission  training  firms 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
First "teaching law firm" for students granted ABS licence
Nottingham Law School (NLS) has created the first “teaching law firm” for students after being granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
clementi  schools  innovation  apprentice  training  admission  access 
october 2015 by JordanFurlong
Why Bay Street has slashed nearly 50 articling jobs since 2010
Historically, large firms have relied on articling students to complete the grunt work — say, document review on lawsuits or due diligence on corporate mergers. In recent years, however, firms have started outsourcing that work to specialized firms and contract lawyers, says Heller. Outsourcing, it turns out, is a lot cheaper than paying students. “And so,” says Heller, “firms may no longer need as many articling students to support these projects.”
articling  training  regulation  admission 
october 2015 by JordanFurlong
Stormy Waters Ahead? Navigating a Changing Profession | Juris Diction
“Ask any medical doctor about patients coming in to see them with information and knowledge about their symptoms,” Furlong said.
jf  future  schools  admission  innovation 
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
Lexpert ® | Building Legal Education in Canada for the Future
Fusing theory with practice sounds rather like the charter of the new Lakehead University Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay, Ontario. According to its website, Lakehead aims to integrate “legal skills with substantive legal knowledge. Skills are taught progressively and coordinated so that they build one upon the other — course by course, year by year. Students enrolled in the three-year JD program at Lakehead will complete integrated practice training and do placements within their three-year degree. Integrating legal skill training into the JD program is exactly what was proposed by the Carnegie Report into legal education in 2007. It also mirrors the training and placements offered in other professional programs such as medicine, nursing and education.”
schools  training  admission 
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
LPP year 1
Bentley says it’s important to realize it’s not only the profession of law that is having a hard time placing graduates of professional programs. “You look at any cohorts from professional schools or general programs it’s tough to get connected to the workplace — look at teachers’ colleges in Ontario and throughout Canada,” he says. “The law is struggling with what many are struggling with and what we provide is a two-fold opportunity — to complete the experience required to be called, but more than that the opportunity to benefit from 21st-century training for the legal practice it is and the legal practice it will become in the years to come.”
articling  apprentice  training  admission 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
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competence  training  admission  regulation 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
Licensed vs. Competent
How does the general public know which lawyers are competent now? A lawyer is presumed competent if she has a law license. A new lawyer with zero experience in child protection law can take just such a case. It’s possible that lawyer might face discipline after she botches the case, but does that help the client she failed? Does her discipline protect the public from the next new lawyer?
competence  training  admission  regulation 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
SRA | Training for Tomorrow | Solicitors Regulation Authority
It's essential that people who provide legal services are competent and professional. We are developing a new competence framework for the qualification of solicitors. It will give the public confidence that the lawyers of the future will meet high standards of professionalism and ethics, but will also be flexible enough to work effectively in today's diverse and rapidly changing legal market.
competence  training  admission  regulation 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
Practical-Skills Plan Divides Law School Association | National Law Journal
California bar officials signed off on the plan in November but are awaiting approval from the California Supreme Court and state legislature. Under the plan, clinics, externships, clerkships, and legal work in a law office would count toward the 15-credit requirement. Doctrinal courses would partially count if they incorporate skills such as drafting and negotiating. The proposal also calls for new lawyers to complete at least 50 hours of pro bono or reduced-fee services while in law school or during their first year of practice, and undergo 10 hours of continuing legal education or bar-sponsored mentorship in their first year.
schools  admission  training 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
The Legal Whiteboard
Legal education is Australia is very different than the U.S.,  yet the dynamics of the two entry-level markets seem to be converging.  Law has historically been an undergraduate degree in Australia (LLB), but in recent years the JD has been added as a new and more prestigious way into the profession. Here is the statement of an ALSA spokesperson based on recent survey results of the ALSA membership.

ALSA are of the position that there is still an oversupply of graduates because of the increasing sizes of law schools and the duplication in the number of law schools across the country. ...

Many who have undertaken the Juris Doctor particularly expressed concerns in their survey responses, highlighting that they undertook the postgraduate law degree to further their job prospects. Instead, they are facing the worrying reality that there are fewer jobs available for law graduates as well as the fact that they are completing their degrees with a sizeable student debt.

The article then goes on to describe growing law student anxiety over employment and student loan debt.  Wow, different system but a very similar result.  
australia  schools  admission 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
Can the Incubator Movement Help Save Legal Education? |
The “legal incubator” movement has gained significant attention in the last few years. Started in 2007 by Fred Rooney at City University of New York School of Law, legal incubators are law firm development programs through which solo and small law firms are established. Most incubator participants are recent law school graduates, though not that’s a requirement. The goal of incubator programs is to provide participants with sufficient resources and mentorship to successfully launch and maintain solo and small firms.
incubator  schools  admission  training  innovation 
june 2015 by JordanFurlong
Innovation internship to revolutionise firm
After meeting Dan Katz, the founder of the Reinvent Law Laboratory at a conference in London in 2012, Kain C+C managing director John Kain is taking on an ‘innovation intern’ to bring fresh ways of working to the firm.
“We believe that coupled with the right systems and processes, this internship can help us to more effectively run our business and in turn, will deliver better results for our clients,” said Kain.
admission  training  innovation 
june 2015 by JordanFurlong
New Education Plan for Alberta Lawyers-to-be – Slaw
The new plan identifies five competency areas, with goals the student is expected to meet by the end of the articling term:
Ethics and Professionalism
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to act ethically and professionally in accordance with the standard set by the Law Society of Alberta Code of Conduct.
Practice Management
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to effectively manage time, files, finances, and professional responsibilities, as well as being able to delegate tasks and provide appropriate supervision.
Client Relationship Management
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to effectively manage client relationships.
Conducting Matters
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to conduct a range of matters handled by lawyers on a regular basis.
Adjudication/Alternative Dispute Resolution
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to identify core elements of a dispute and resolve disputes through use of alternative dispute resolution or adjudication.
cle  admission  training  articling  schools 
june 2015 by JordanFurlong
City firm announces first articled apprenticeship | News | Law Society Gazette
he six-year programme, which includes a degree, postgraduate qualification and training contract, will be run with the University of Law, Mayer Brown said. 

The programme provides a non-graduate route to qualification as a solicitor, reminiscent of the old articled clerkship. 

Mayer Brown said it is looking for an apprentice to join the six-year scheme in September 2015.

The training programme consists of a four-year part-time LLB followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Professional Skills Course (PSC).

After the third year, the apprentice’s work will begin to count towards a training contract, which will continue until the PSC is completed.

Candidates will study part-time at the University of Law, and will spend their first 12-18 months in the business service department at the firm before working wi
articling  apprentice  training  schools  innovation  admission 
june 2015 by JordanFurlong
ApprenticeRamp Engages Law Schools and Clients
Coming out of the February meeting, we launched an initiative with participation from 12 schools – Boston College, Colorado, Denver, Emory, Georgetown, Hastings, McGeorge, Northeastern, Northwestern, Ohio State, USC, and Vanderbilt (for now, the “ApprenticeRamp”) - to hire recent grads to work on large scale “contract genome mapping” projects. One of the first projects is a very large scale contract review on behalf of a global bank to support regulatory compliance and improve contract decision-making. We believe this can help develop empirical analysis of more effective approaches to legal practice, better work styles, and improved training, more effectively preparing twenty-first century lawyers.  
training  schools  admission  innovation  process 
may 2015 by JordanFurlong
Four Leading Law Schools Together With UnitedLex Launch Groundbreaking Legal Residency Program
Recent law graduates who participate in the two-year UnitedLex residency program will learn to use cutting-edge legal technologies and processes to provide high-quality and efficient legal services to corporate legal departments and top law firms. Those selected for the residency program each year will receive rigorous classroom instruction provided by senior attorneys, will serve in a supervisory capacity, and will work directly with clients to deliver legal services in such practice areas as litigation management, e-discovery, cyber security, contract management, patent licensing, IP management and immigration law. At the end of the residency, some residents will continue on the UnitedLex legal staff, while others will join employers seeking experienced attorneys trained in the technologies and processes of 21st-century law practice.
schools  innovation  admission 
may 2015 by JordanFurlong
Ronit Dinovitzer
The {LAB} study is the first national study of Canadian law graduates, and provides an in depth look at early careers through a study of Canadian lawyers admitted to the bar in 2010. This project is funded by funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
schools  admission  metrics 
may 2015 by JordanFurlong
New York State to Adopt Uniform Bar Exam | New York Law Journal
New York state has made what Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman called a "seminal change" in adopting the nationally standardized Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).
In his Law Day address Tuesday, Lippman predicted that New York's action would prompt several other large states to join a movement toward adopting a single national exam.
"New York will be the change-maker, shaping the legal profession nationally, dramatically altering the balance and leading the way to the adoption across the country of a rational, effective system for ensuring that new lawyers are eminently qualified to join our noble legal profession," Lippman said.
The Court of Appeals, which oversees legal education in the state, amended the rules of admission to the bar on April 30 while sitting in White Plains. The court gave notice to the bar Tuesday.
New York has become the 16th state to adopt the UBE as its bar examination.
schools  admission 
may 2015 by JordanFurlong
Law School Grads’ Jobs Rate Rises—But There’s a Catch | National Law Journal
Still, demand for new lawyers was flat—the actual number of jobs obtained by recent graduates declined by 2 percent in 2014. In other words, the higher employment rate happened because law schools turned out fewer graduates, not because the job market picked up.
admission  laterals  schools 
april 2015 by JordanFurlong
Magic circle re-builds the pyramid structure | Analysis | The Lawyer
But the change in fortune in terms of retention rates at A&O and Clifford Chance can be explained by a single common factor: both have chosen to drastically cut their trainee intakes.  

While the headline statistics speak of high retention, junior lawyers are actually facing a tougher recruitment market than ever before.

Back in December 2012, Clifford Chance announced that it would be cutting its trainee intake for 2015 from up to 120 to a maximum of 100. Of course, that intake has not yet begun to train, let alone qualify.

Clifford Chance actually started to trim its numbers back in 2010. Aside from a slight boost in 2012/2013, its numbers have plummeted. In the four years between 2010 and 2014, its trainee cohort size shrunk by 26 per cent (see Clifford Change NQ retention, below).
talent  admission  training  laterals 
march 2015 by JordanFurlong
Calif. Bar Task Force Calls for Legal Technician Pilot Program - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
Now, in California, the State Bar’s Civil Justice Strategies Task Force has published for public comment a draft report that calls for a LLLT pilot program in that state.

As I noted in my ABA Journal article, the State Bar in March 2013 appointed a Limited License Working Group to look at whether California should adopt a program similar to Washington’s. In July 2013, the working group came out in favor of the concept and urged the bar to conduct an expanded study.

In November 2013, the bar appointed the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to study the access-to-justice crisis and develop an action plan for addressing it. Earlier this month, the Task Force released the draft of its report and published it for public comments.

Among the recommendations included in the report is to establish a pilot LLLT program:
clementi  admission  competition  regulation  paraprofessionals 
march 2015 by JordanFurlong
Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire -
For decades, law school graduates have endured a stressful rite of passage, spending the first 10 weeks after classes end taking cram courses in the arcane details of the law before sitting down for the grueling, days-long bar exam. Those who do not pass cannot practice law, at least in nearly all the states and the District of Columbia that consider the exam the professional standard.
schools  admission 
march 2015 by JordanFurlong
A Mortgaged Career
Furlong predicts the government will eventually have to step in, like a deus ex machina, and forgive loan balances for tens of thousands of debt-laden Americans.
jf  schools  admission 
december 2014 by JordanFurlong
TaxProf Blog: Projected Lawyer Surpluses Worsen: 3 New Lawyers for Every Law Job in 2022
[G]overnment employment projections can provide more insight into the number of future lawyer positions that will be available for prospective law students. In fact, estimates on lawyer employment in 2022 by state are now available, making it possible to update the calculations for the law graduate and lawyer surpluses.
schools  admission 
november 2014 by JordanFurlong
Legal Technology Blog
The following is a list of basic technology skills that we compiled based on our teaching and consulting experience (both of us advise and work with law firms and legal tech startups) that would benefit most law school curricula:

1. How to design the information architecture of a law practice, including for example, understanding data structures, law firm metrics, and how ethics rules apply to the use of technology;

2. Basics of cloud-based practice management systems, including the use of multiple applications and technologies, and their associated interoperability;

3. Selection of technology vendors, products and services, including review of service level agreements and understanding how the selection may affect compliance with the rules of professional conduct or ethics opinions;

4. Secure client portal technology and the basics of online delivery of legal services and unbundling practices;

5. Collaboration technologies that allow for legal teams to communicate remotely, such as virtual deal  rooms, client intranets, and other tools developed for the growing field of ODR;

6. Use of technology for client development, including online marketing tools, collaborating with branded networks, online lead generation, creating and maintaining firm websites and blogs, use of social media, and the ethical issues and best practices around these;

7. Payment systems for online billing and collection of fees;

8. Technology that speeds up the processing of standardized legal work, such as document automation and assembly tools and expert systems; and finally

9. Evaluative methodologies to compare features, efficiency, and quality of the tools.

We were one short of a "top ten" list. Feel free to suggest a tenth skills that you might expect to see in a law school curricula and how that skill might be integrated into existing courses or offered as a separate course, elective, or supplemental certificate program.
schools  it  admission 
october 2014 by JordanFurlong
Law Deans on Legal Education: Not Enough Lawyers least not in small towns, and rural communities.  Legal services are hard to find in rural populations in the United States. Furthermore, many lawyers in those towns will be retiring within the next decade. There are opportunities for recent law graduates to work with those senior lawyers, who will be mentors. The younger lawyers will, in many cases, have the opportunity to take over existing practices with established clients. Lawyers in small towns are important for the economic development and health of the community. They are often civic leaders and municipal judges.
rural  solo  admission  schools 
october 2014 by JordanFurlong
Cardozo Law Offers New Technology Programs | Law Technology News
Over the last few years, traditional U.S. law schools have faced dramatically declining enrollments. They also are the target of increasing criticism about curricula that hasn't changed in decades and offers little, if any, training in the actual practice of law or the use of legal technology. Current students find it challenging to land legal jobs—of 2013 graduates, 25 percent were unemployed or underemployed, and since 2011 only 55 percent hold a full-time, long-term job that requires a law degree, said Rocket Lawyer CEO Charley Moore in Law Technology News' October print cover story addressing lawyer marketing.
schools  admission 
october 2014 by JordanFurlong
The new faces of law school in Canada -
Because the LPP is covered by the $4,860 licensing fee law graduates paid in 2014 to the Law Society, it gives boutique firms and sole practitioners a new chance to train students, something that was traditionally left to the megafirms in big cities that can afford to pay articling students’ salaries, which can range from $35,000 to $70,000. This is ideal for people who may want to set up their own practice, or work in areas such as family and criminal law, which doesn’t make up a large portion of these firms’ portfolios.
articling  innovation  training  admission  access 
october 2014 by JordanFurlong
Visualizing Employment by Law School, Part II | Lawyer Metrics
I suspect everyone will find their own interesting things in this plot, but to me the most striking characteristic is the steep drop in Bar Passage Required employment between the teens and the 50-60 range, together with the much less consistent (and less radical) decline from there to around 150. Of course, not all Bar Passage Required jobs are created equal, something we’ll investigate further in a future post.
schools  admission 
august 2014 by JordanFurlong
Median salary is $95K for new law grads working in law firms, NALP study shows
NALP also highlighted employment figures for the class of 2013, measured nine months after graduation. Only 64.4 percent had a job requiring bar passage, unchanged from 2012. The figure is the lowest percentage ever measured by NALP. The percentage falls to 59 percent when the group is restricted to those with full-time jobs requiring bar passage that last at least a year.

An additional 13.8 percent of graduates had jobs for which a JD is an advantage or even a requirement, but a law license is not required. It is the highest number since NALP began tracking the figure in 2001.
admission  schools  laterals 
june 2014 by JordanFurlong
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