Podcast: Job search tips for law students

15 July 2019

JDSUPRA — In this episode, Law School Toolbox talks with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about some of the most common issues and questions they see in the law student job search.

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A look at undergraduate law degrees

15 July 2019

LAW.COM — This week’s Ahead of the Curve examines the early success of the University of Arizona Law’s B.A. in Law, which will finally get some competition next year. Next up is a look at an article from federal appellate Gregg Costa that argues against the recent trend of lawyers doing two or more clerkships.

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Average student loan debt for law school graduates and advice on repayment options

15 July 2019

NERDWALLET — Law school graduates finish school with an average student loan debt of $145,500, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. That total includes student loans that law students took out for their undergraduate degrees.

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Opinion: Law schools are missing the opportunity to be centers of life-long learning

15 July 2019

FORBES — Northwestern Pritzker Law Distinguished Fellow Mark A. Cohen argues that law schools in the digital age have failed to transition from three-year degree stopovers to learning centers for life that upskill grads and other professionals throughout their careers.

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Missouri State University enacts ‘3+3’ accelerated bachelor’s/JD program with state’s public law schools

15 July 2019

KY3 — Missouri State University has established transfer agreements with both public law schools in Missouri: University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Qualified Missouri State students will have a one-year head start on attending law school and will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree and JD) degree in six years, rather than….

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A look at student loan default data

15 July 2019

MPRNEWS — The people who are really struggling to repay their loans, experts say, are the roughly 1 million borrowers who default on their student loans each year — about 7 million borrowers in total at the end of 2018, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Education Department. The typical defaulter has under $10,000 in….

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American Federation of Teachers sues U.S. Department of Education over Public Service Loan Forgiveness

15 July 2019

NPR — The American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court, alleging the loan forgiveness program for millions of public service workers is in such a shambles that it violates federal law and the Constitution.

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U.S. Department of Education data shows increase in student loan borrowers

15 July 2019

INSIDE HIGHER ED — The proportion of students borrowing to pursue college degrees was up in 2015-16 compared to eight years prior, according to federal data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study released Wednesday. And the average amount borrowed increased by nearly $6,000 over the same period.

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University of Chicago touts admissions success after dropping SAT requirement

15 July 2019

INSIDE HIGHER ED — The University of Chicago has announced success — without too many details — in its campaign to reform college admissions. The university announced last year that it would go test optional in admissions. It simultaneously announced a number of enhancements in its financial aid programs related to its Empower program.

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Opinion: Law firm partner suggests lawyers find a specialty early in their careers

15 July 2019

LAW.COM — Attorney Douglass Chalmers, Jr. recommends young lawyers who want to develop a law practice to find a specialty early in their careers. Once you choose an area, do everything you can to become known as the go to person in that area.

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