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The Bluebook may be one of the world's most hated books. It's frustratingly complicated, not particularly well organized, and poorly bound. Oh, and a fresh version costs about $40, most of which goes to Harvard, the wealthiest nonprofit in the world after the Catholic Church.

But now it's got some competition. Students from NYU Law, led by professor Chris Sprigman, have put together their own streamlined, digital, open-source version, dubbed Baby Blue, and they're giving it away for free, despite threats from Harvard's lawyers.

U. of Arizona Opens LLB Program in China

A dry market has been afflicting the American law school model for years now. It's no secret that even under the most rosy of characterizations, the domestic JD is going though a bit of a bear market.

At least one of America's law schools has decided to take a more pro-active, international approach to address this issue. The University of Arizona's Law School has partnered with China's Ocean University in Qingdao to create an LLB program for undergraduates seeking a law school education, all from the comfort of their own homes.

It's no secret that law schools are struggling. Top students aren't attending, new grads aren't passing the bar, and pretty much no one is able to pay back their debt. But that crisis isn't confined to the Florida Coastal School of Law; it's reached even the upper crusts.

It seems Harvard and Yale, for all their tea, crumpets, and Supreme Court clerkships, can't get students to enroll, even as they shrink their law school class sizes. Let's look at which top schools are suffering the most.

Is Harvard Law Suffering From the Admissions Crisis? Hardly.

At least one school we know about is weathering the law school admissions storm: Harvard Law.

As lesser ranked schools struggle to survive, the nation's top law school has adopted a strategy that few others have the privilege of doing: sucking up the talent from other great schools.

Transfers Into Harvard

In 2015, Harvard Law accepted 55 transfer students from other schools according to the ?ABA and Bloomberg Business. According to those sources, the school never took in more than 35 transfer students over the last four years. Why such a large uptick in transfer students?

Soon after Jonathan Nichols enrolled in law school at Seattle University, he started getting offers for backstage passes, calls from luxury-car dealerships, and raunchy texts from strangers. "There were some girls in really short shorts and skimpy tops, obviously turned around showing their butts. And they'd say 'I know you love us: because we got a big butt,'" Nichols says.

No, the messages weren't inspired by Nichols' attendance at Seattle's second-best law school. It turns out Nichols had purchased a new phone, with a local number, when he moved to Seattle. That number had previously belong to Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Seattle rapper best known for the 1992 hit "Baby Got Back."

Study: Law Students Are Hiding Their Mental Problems

According to a report that appeared in The Bar Examiner, law students are hiding their crippling depression and binge drinking because they think it will hurt their chances at becoming a lawyer.

Unfortunately, it's perhaps indicative of our profession when we say that we're not at all surprised by this.

It should come as no surprise that law school is expensive. There's pretty much no way anyone can sign up for a J.D. these days without hearing plenty of horror stories about student debt in advance.

But, it turns out that if you want more than just a degree, you'll have to start paying up even more. A new look at ABA numbers shows that schools with the highest bar passage rates and best employment numbers command a hefty premium, charging about 20 percent more in tuition. As they say, "the rich get richer and the rest get stuck with expensive bar exam tutors and temporary doc review gigs."

Case Western Law School Is Hurtin', but Maintaining Standards

It turns out that as well regarded as Case Western's undergraduate university programs and medical programs are, people apparently are not exactly falling over themselves to prop up the reputation of Case Western Reserve School of Law.

In fact, according to some, the law school has to rely on the rest of the institution to the tune of 35 percent for the law school's operating budget.

Two Law Schools Added to the Dept. of Ed.'s Hit List for 2016

Do you remember Thomas Jefferson School of Law? It had been the unfortunate subject of less than flattering allegations of puffing up employment figures. Guess what? Now it and another school have landed on the DOE's financial monitoring hit-list because of those questionable practices.

We opined and responded to two stories of previous Thomas Jefferson School of Law Grads -- Clark Moffat and Nikki Nguyen -- who decided to bring legal action against the Alma Mater because they were led to believe that being a Victoria Secret sales clerk was actually legal employment.

For years, law schools have been cutting class sizes and even shutting down in response to declining enrollment. Over the past five years, the amount of law students has plummeted 20 percent. There are now fewer law students than any time since 1977. It seems like America's best and brightest youth had forsworn law school for investment banking, tech degrees, or a summer internship with ISIS. You know, careers with a future. (We kid, of course.)

But that trend may be reversing according to new LSAC data which shows -- shock of shocks -- a significant increase in students sitting for the LSAT.