Category Archives: Careers in law

Interesting: @SUNYBuffaloLaw offers 2 year JD for foreign law grads

All the U.S. law school market may be recovering, U.S.law enrollments are still below what they once were. For law schools: students mean revenue and revenue is needed to prosper.

The law school at SUNY Buffalo is offering a “Two year J.D.” for graduates of law schools outside the United States. This program may be of interest to SOME “foreign law graduates” who are navigating the “NCA Route” and seeking bar admission in Canada.

Information about the program is here.

The program description includes:

If you hold a law degree from a non-U.S. jurisdiction (a J.D. or its equivalent), you may qualify for our Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally-Trained Lawyers program.

The Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D. for Internationally Trained Lawyers is intended for students who:

already hold a law degree from a jurisdiction outside the United States;
would like to earn a Juris Doctor degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School;
and wants to take the New York State Bar.

In this new and innovative program, they can receive advanced standing, and therefore can finish the J.D. degree in just two years.

Speaking of the “Two Year JD“:

Do lower #LSAT scores for #lawschool admissions imply lower bar pass rates?

The article referenced in the above tweet covers a lot of ground and is interesting. As you know, the number of applications to law schools in the United States has fallen over the last few years. Obviously, it’s easier to “get in to” to U.S. law schools than it was. (This is not true in Canada which has such a small number of law schools.)

In any case, you will find this article to be an interesting read.

For example:

At least two studies, including one this year that examined admissions exam scores from 2000 to 2011, have concluded that scores on the test, administered by the Law School Admission Council, closely track later bar passage rates.

Mr. McEntee of Law School Transparency, a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, said his group’s recent study showed that many schools were admitting students whose lack of legal aptitude made them vulnerable to failing the bar. And, at the same time, they are incurring six-figure student debt that will weigh them down in the future.

The steady erosion in admissions scores between 2010 and 2014, Mr. McEntee, said in his study, is “directly linked to the falling bar exam passage rates in many states.”

The author of the article – Elizabeth Olson – has written a number of law school admission articles that you might find to be of interest.

#LawSchool Preview -“Take The Bar and Beat Me” by Raymond Woodcock

 

 

Introduction

I have been a “Pre-Law Counsellor” for many years. Over the years I have encountered a number of books of interest to future law students. They include:

“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.

Leaving aside “The Bad and The Ugly”, I wanted to share with you  a VERY Good back for Pre-Law students. Actually, can share not only the recommendation, but the book itself.

The book is kind of old (Yes, read it in the 90s). But, it is very good. The book is called:

“Take The Bar and Beat Me”. The author is Raymond Woodcock.

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And yes, I received Mr. Woodcock’s kind permission (some years ago) to share the book with you for free.

I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did.

John

Joint Canada U.S. joint #lawschool degree programs

LW – 2005 Lawyers Weekly Article

For many years I have advocated joint law degrees. There are many different kinds of joint law degree programs. These include:

– Canada U.S. joint law degrees,

– Law school degrees combined with a graduate degree in another discipline.

You will spend three years in law school. Why not pick up another degree along the way.

To be clear, joint law degree programs allow you to earn two degrees. Examples include the joint degree programs offered by:

– the University of Windsor

– the University of Ottawa

and more.

About Non-Canadian law degrees that prepare you for a legal career in Canada

There is a shortage of law schools in Canada. As a result, more and more people are leaving Canada to attend law school. The goal is to return to Canada – go the NCA route – and become admitted to the bar in Canada.

What is the NCA and what role does it play in bar admissions?

You will find basic information here. The question is:

where should one attend law school outside of Canada? For most people, the choice is either the United States or the United Kingdom. Many U.K. law schools market themselves to Canadians. Fewer U.S. law schools market themselves in Canada.

A possible opportunity in Arizona …

 

 

Debt, #lawschool and law school debt – Is there such a thing as good debt?

Debt is a growing problem in all segments of society. Education is expensive and can result in sizable debt. The video referenced in the above tweet is a about a University of Ottawa law student. It’s well worth watching.

Great fun: “Bay Street” by @PhilpSlayton about @PiperFantouche – More #lawyersgonebad

The article in the Globe and Mail includes:

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Here is a former Toronto lawyer who always fought for the underdog – rare breed indeed!

On April 19, 2015 the Toronto Star ran a feature on Harry Kypoto. I remember Mr. Kypoto from an earlier time in his career. Whether you liked him or not,  Harry Kypoto was worked hard for his clients.

I am posting this article because it is the story of a man who really did try to make a difference for this clients. Sure me may have made some mistakes. But, he reminds of a time when the practice of law was more of a calling and less or a business. I the Province of Ontario people are still “Called to the bar”.

An excerpt from the article includes:

To his disenfranchised clients, disbarred lawyer Harry Kopyto is a hero figure, willing to take on their cases and fight for what’s right, often for little or no pay. To his critics, he’s publicity-seeking, self-righteous and erratic. Now in his sunset years, he’s still fighting to set the record straight.

 

What exactly should be the requirements to become a licensed lawyer? #LSAT? #LawSchool?

The article referenced in the above tweet continues the discussion of what exactly should be the licensing standard to become a lawyer? This discussion has been prompted largely be the decline in law school applicants in the United States. During the last few years the following questions have been raised:

1. Should the LSAT be required for law school admissions?

2. How long should law school be?

3. What is the role of the bar exam?
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International Women’s Day: Inside @LernersLLP one of Canada’s first law firms to achieve gender parity

Very interesting article about the law firm of Lerners.

In addition to the above article, I suggest you watch the video referenced in the following tweet: