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A recent law graduate writes an article called, "The case for killing law school."

What's your first thought? Probably dismissal -- crazy folks spouting nonsense. But his argument, which boils down to (paraphrasing here) "lawyers make it hard to become lawyers to protect their massive salaries," and which takes UC Irvine Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to task for his defense of legal education's status quo (while making $350,000 in salary, plus a cut of textbook and study supplement sales, and compensation for bar review lectures), actually contains an interesting truth: becoming a lawyer costs way too much.

A four year degree, plus a three year degree, plus a bar study course and exam, is quite the expensive order. Matt Bruenig argues that the solution is to trim the fat by cutting barriers to entry. Is he right?

When my brother was applying to law school, the first site I sent him to was the Law School Admissions Council's GPA and LSAT search. You enter your LSAT score and GPA, and it gives you probabilities of admission based on previous years' data. It's a great place to start sorting schools into "safety," "reach," and everywhere in between. Once that list was made, however, I pointed him to Law School Transparency, the movement and the website dedicated to providing prospective law students with all of the data needed to make an educated decision on whether and where to attend law school.

As part of that movement, LST has encouraged schools to make their annual National Association for Law Placement (NALP) reports public, as these reports are surveys of graduates' employment outcomes. When LST began, it was only able to obtain 34 reports (out of around 200 schools). It's made a lot of progress since then, but there's still a lot of room for improvement by the schools.

Three years I spent in fair Lexington, Virginia, as a law student at the world's greatest law school, Washington and Lee. And in three years, I never once saw a Confederate flag, at least on campus. Off-campus, sure. But never on campus.

There are a few things you have to understand about old Dubyanel. It's in the rural South. And the University is recognized as both one of the top liberal arts schools and law schools in large part because of two men: George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Washington donated James River Canal stock, which still provides funding for the university's students today. Lee, after he lost the Civil War, turned Washington College from a backwoods school to a world-class university, and annexed the nearby Lexington Law School. Both men are revered for their contributions to the school, even if both had ties to slavery. And despite Lee's ties to the Confederacy, this is a modern university -- there are no battle flags flying over the Colonnade, or displayed proudly in the classrooms.

But there is the Lee Chapel, and beneath it, his family tomb and museum. W&L's motto is "non incautus futuri" (not unmindful of the future), but the school, and the town, take the past very seriously as well.

Told you we're screwed.

We're the many, the sad, the Class of 2011. And ladies and gents, we are rock bottom, at least in terms of employment.

That being said, from the data released last week, any gains over last year were modest, and those were barely above the year before, so while 2011 may mark the low point for law graduates, 2013 is barely a hair better.

How bad is it? We'll have our fingers crossed for my dear brother, a member of the Class of 2017.

"2014 will be the year law schools begin to attack not only the quality issue -- that is the value proposition of a JD -- but also the affordability issue. Law schools will finally begin to attack their irrational and inequitable business model by taking on the heretofore unmentioned elephant in the room, the huge amounts spent on merit scholarships that drive tuition up paid by students who do not receive the scholarships."

Oh hey, Brooklyn Law School Dean Nick Allard. It's been awhile. When we last heard from the heavily indebted school's leader, he was making a number of optimistic (and some might argue, unrealistic) predictions for law schools in 2014. One of them was that schools will slash tuition rates (and by extension, merit scholarships).

Brooklyn just put its money where its predictions were. What were some of the reactions?

On the great list of party fouls, wasting beer is not at the top of the list. No, expelling bodily fluids in inappropriate places, or spilling beer on people and/or furniture ranks far higher. Nonetheless, at every great law school party, there are those who cannot finish their beers. And when morning clean up time arrives, the forgotten and abandoned brews are typically wasted, as no one wants to drink flat beer.

Worry and waste not. In honor of National Beer Day, we bring you a list of uses for leftover beer, whether opened or unopened, canned, cupped, or kegged.

Two former associate professors at the John Marshall Law School are suing the school for discrimination and breach of contract.

Last week, the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denied in part, and granted in part, the school's motion for summary judgment.

Here's a breakdown of the claims against the school:

Looks like someone took my advice.

Just kidding. They probably never read the post. But we do applaud the two law students' ingenuity and time management skills. When we were in law school, there wouldn't have been enough time to revolutionize email in between classes and cocktails studying.

Revolutionize email? It seems so, if Pluto Mail can deliver. The law student-created startup promises to have unsending, editing (after sending), and auto-expiring features, all of which sound enticing to anyone who has ever accidently sent an email with an unfortunate typo or accidental recipient.

On the one hand, it's doubtful that the number of test-takers could fall any lower. After all, we've seen the numbers plummet at every offering of the test since June 2010. In fact, pretty much every metric of law school demand has plummeted consistently, from LSAT applications to actual applications.

On the other hand, it's the February test -- the least popular administration time for the LSAT. The increase of 213 test-takers isn't quite the surge that schools and the Law School Admissions Counsel were hoping for.

Still, it might be sign, either that we've reached rock-bottom demand-wise, or a sign that would-be law students are buying low at exactly the right time.

Seventeen spots.

Just last year, we were speculating on how Washington and Lee was managing to thrive in an otherwise dismal market for law schools. Though most schools were plagued with plummeting enrollment and demand, my dear W&L accidently enrolled its largest class ever, thanks, it seemed, to a higher than expected yield rate (the percentage of students who accept the school's offer). Many were suggesting that the school's practice-based third-year curriculum was the reason for the spike in demand.

Plus, the school was riding high in the rankings, recovering from a dip that began with the recession (and purely coincidentally, my enrollment) to return to its perennial status as a mid-20s school.

Now, after a seventeen-spot decline, it's tied at 43. How?