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Is Faculty Impact a Good Measure for Rating Law Schools?

Albert Einstein was a brilliant physicist, but a lousy physics professor.

He epitomized the common knowledge that researchers often do not make good teachers. That's why you can't really judge a law school by its faculty alone.

Research institutions deserve credit for their experts who publish rather than perish. But if you want to know where to get a good legal education, you have to look at other factors as well.

Regardless of what you plan on doing with your law degree, there are some "soft-skills" you can certainly hone and develop in law school that will help you in your career.

You might be asking: What are soft-skills? Generally, soft skills are measured by personal attributes such as work ethic, empathy, time-management, creativity, and interpersonal communication. And during law school, you have the opportunity to deepen your soft skills considerably. Below, you can read about three soft skills to focus on while working towards your JD.

For-Profit Law School Goes for Non-Profit Status

Chest-deep in problems, Florida Coastal School of Law is trying to dig out by going non-profit.

As a for-profit entity, Florida Coastal had had all kinds of issues. Among them, the American Bar Association said the law school had substandard admission practices and low bar pass numbers.

Changing tax status won't solve those problems. But going non-profit is better than going broke.

Recent headlines are celebrating the news of former California House Representative Tony Coelho's big $1 million donation and additional $3 million in fundraising for the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation at Loyola Law School.

The center announced that its primary goal is to create a pipeline for disabled lawyers to make it to leadership roles and onto the judiciary. But that's not all it's focused on. The center strives to be a hub for discussion related to innovations, both through technology and policy, to help further integrate the disabled community into everyday society.

At Cornell Law, the school and community are celebrating the election of the first all-female Cornell Law Review executive board.

The all-female board is being heralded as the first ever all-female law review board at a top 14 law school. And the board has their work cut out for them, as the Cornell Law Review receives hundreds of submissions each month from scholars at all levels. Even Justice Ginsburg published an article in it.

Getting a Federal Clerkship at this Law School, Chances Are High -- Very High

Yale Law School consistently ranks at the top, giving law graduates a degree that can land jobs at high-paying law firms just about anywhere.

So why do more Yale law students go for federal clerkships than from any other law school? Before you answer that, remember clerks make only a fraction of what first-year associates make at BigLaw firms.

Yes, we know that law students typically apply for clerkships. But post-graduates who can make $200,000 right out of law school to go to BigLaw?

Your GPA Matters More Than Your LSAT, Right?

It may come as a surprise, but the Law School Admission Test is not the best predictor of success on the bar exam.

People in the know -- like law school educators -- know that. Your law school GPA is a much better indicator of bar pass success.

Still, it is a common misperception that the LSAT is the golden ticket to bar passage. Educators sometimes correct that misunderstanding because people do get confused.

Why Is Everybody Suddenly Going to Law School?

More students are going to law schools across the country, and it's not just a blip on the screen.

A handful of law schools doubled their first-year enrollments, and one school saw enrollments rise 82 percent in one year. It's hard to sort out a pattern, but the overall numbers don't lie.

Student enrollments are up nearly three percent nationwide. Do these future lawyers see something we don't?

If you're considering law school, the idea of doing it online may have crossed your mind. Unfortunately, there are no ABA accredited fully online only law programs that will let you get a law degree without changing out of your jammies or at least getting off the couch.

Sorry prospective law students, you will have to leave the house. And if you've started your research into law school, you already know that, and that not going to an ABA accredited school is taking a big risk with your legal education. However, the ABA has relaxed their rules that cover online legal education, allowing law students to earn up to a full third of their required course credits via remote classwork. Naturally, this has opened the door for ABA accredited schools to offer hybrid online/in-person law programs. But should you even consider it?

Law students these days are more diverse than ever before. And going hand in hand with a more diverse law student body, law school leadership is as diverse as it has ever been too.

Recently, Law.com reported about two new law school deans that are both women and minorities, and which significantly bring up the percentage of women and minority deans at law schools. Now, according to the Association of American Law Schools, 35 percent of law schools are headed by women. Impressively, half of the top 10 law schools have women deans.