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Pros and Cons of Getting a JD/MBA

If you already hate law school, or might just be looking to enhance your hire-ability, potentially even outside of practicing law, you may be considering a dual JD/MBA program.

However, like any choice you make in law school, there are going to be positive things to consider, and negative aspects to bear in mind. Below, you'll find a brief list of three pros and three cons to help you decide whether you want to pursue that JD/MBA.

Where Are the Best Law Schools for Return on Investment?

'Go West, young man,' Horace Greeley's admonition, could apply to law students, too, with some exceptions for states like California.

According to a new study on the best value for cost, the least expensive states for students to attend law school are public colleges in the West, such as Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. Brigham Young University, a private school, also has a low base tuition.

Overall, the study says, tuition has declined at most middle-ranked schools in states with public colleges. All things considered, such as bar pass rates and job opportunities, they may offer the best return on investment.

Best Law Schools for Older Students

To find the best law school as an older student, you need to think even farther ahead. Where are you going to work when you get out?

No law firm or business will admit age discrimination in its hiring practices, but they all want young up-and-comers. Older students have to know that before they head down that long road.

So if you want a job when you are even older, plan on going to a law school based on its placement resources or be prepared to make your own. With your life experience, that can be a good thing. After all, you weren't born yesterday.

In a recent speech this past week at the dedication of the new University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may have expressed a rather unpopular opinion. After comparing law schools to mosquito breeding pools, the jurist said that he believed it would be good for society if more people thought about issues like lawyers do.

Justice Alito explained that thinking like a lawyer involves looking at all sides of an issue in order to arrive at the truth. He believes that lawyers are good at understanding when they are wrong, and coming to terms with changing their positions based on logic and reason. He believes that this sentiment is dire in our current society due to the divisions that currently exist over certain issues.

Can Arts, Math, and Science Majors Get Into Law School?

A doctor, an accountant, and a writer walked in to a law school but couldn't get out. Why?

Because the admissions office wanted them to stay for three more years. True story, and you thought it was a joke.

More than ever, law schools want a diverse student population. It's not just about minorities, it's about different walks of life.

Are you a 1L that's thinking about going home for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you're more reasonable and you're thinking that going home for the winter break after exams is a good idea.

Regardless of whether or not you have been shaped into the reasonably prudent person your law profs have promised to make you yet, if you plan to go home for the holidays, you can get a few reasonably prudent tips below.

Despite how annoying it is, law profs across the country still use the Socratic method, often referred to as cold calling. Naturally, this means that law students across the country actively do their best to not get called on in class, or just over-prepare out of fear of being called on.

In some classes, professors will keep count to make sure they call on everyone fairly, while other profs will just look to see who isn't paying attention and call on them. After all, if students answer questions correctly, there'll be fewer teachable moments.

Sure, preparation is the key to success, but below, you'll find three tips to help you avoid being called on in class.

Law Schools Celebrate Diverse Admissions

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then behold the beauty of diversity in law school admissions.

Yale Law School is celebrating the most diverse entering class in its history. The law school reported that 53 percent are women and 48 percent are people of color.

That's quite a difference for a law school that faced student protests over a lack of diversity several years ago. It also represents a sea change in legal education, and law schools are proud of it.

Law books are heavy. Carrying more than a few, plus a laptop, plus other stuff, makes law school more than a mental challenge, but also a physical one. While getting a rolling bag can be helpful, those things still are not easy (on the eyes or) to lug around when packed with a stack of law books.

So how can you get through law school without throwing out your back or causing serious long term damage to that fragile constitution of yours (after all, your destiny is now one relegated to a desk and courtroom, rather than a shovel and a ditch)?

Below, you'll find three helpful tips to help you avoid carrying all those books around everywhere.

To Partying Law Students: Put Down the Drugs and Alcohol

Brian Cuban started to figure it out in law school -- he was an alcoholic.

It happened outside the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, after he stumbled out of a bar and puked somewhere near Forbes Field. He didn't really know where he was, but he knew he didn't want to be there.

Cuban eventually made it out, passed the other bar, and went on to help others confront their addictions. Many law students, however, never figure it out.