Author Archives: Kyle McEntee

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Will This Law School Close After Feds Cut Funding? (Perspective)

Will This Law School Close After Feds Cut Funding? (Perspective)

Charlotte School of Law may be on the brink of closure, which, as I have argued, would be the just result for a school that continues to exploit students. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will end Charlotte School of Law’s access to federal student financial aid, also known as Title IV funds.

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Gender Balance in Law & the “Leaky Pipe” Metaphor (Audio)

It’s fairly well-known that today roughly half of all law students are women. But new data from Ohio State University’s Deborah Merritt and Law School Transparency suggests that there is a hidden, but sharp gender divide: In essence, they found that law schools with a better rank, on average, enroll a substantially smaller percentage of

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Transcript Reveals Debate Over ABA’s Accrediting Power

In what could mark a potential turning point for U.S. legal education, the American Bar Association faces serious questions about its future as the federally-recognized accreditor of law schools. Misleading job statistics, increasing enrollment of students who from the start appear at risk of not graduating or passing the bar exam, higher debt loads — those

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Banking on a $180k Entry Salary? Check This Out

Not all law jobs were created equal. The National Association for Law Placement has released new research about entry-level salaries for law school graduates, and it differs vastly depending on the state. The chart below shows the distributions of entry-level salaries for the states with the largest number of Big Law jobs: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas,

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Massachusetts Adopts New Bar Exam

Passing the bar in Massachusetts may soon carry a little more weight. That’s because this week, Massachusetts adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, a standardized test that consists of multiple choice questions, essays, and skills assessments, now used in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The move comes amid growing support for a national standardized bar exam:

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Law Grads Still Face a Tough Job Market

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the head of an organization aimed at making law school more transparent and affordable.  By Kyle McEntee, Executive Director, Law School Transparency  The American Bar Association released the latest law school employment data this week. There’s some good news, but the entry-level market remains grim for new

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What President Obama’s 2017 Budget Tells Us About Law Schools

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the head of an organization aimed at making law school more transparent and affordable.  By Kyle McEntee, Executive Director, Law School Transparency  As law school — as well as other graduate and professional programs — become ever-more costly, the viability of the current federal student loan program wanes. The

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Here’s How the Law School Crisis Is Hitting Harvard

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the head of an organization aimed at making law school more transparent and affordable.  By Kyle McEntee, Executive Director, Law School Transparency  Is the law school crisis affecting Harvard? Probably not. The school did choose to take 55 transfer students last year, the fourth largest transfer class

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Why Ranking Law Schools Nationally Is Nonsensical

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the head of an organization aimed at making law school more transparent and affordable.  By Kyle McEntee, Executive Director, Law School Transparency  Earlier this month, at the American Association of Law Schools’ annual meeting in New York, the AALS’s Section for the Law School Dean hosted a

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The So-Called Life of a Big Law Associate

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the head of an organization aimed at making law school more transparent and affordable.  By Kyle McEntee, Executive Director, Law School Transparency  Generations of lawyers were inspired by TV and movies. From L.A. Law and Legally Blonde, to the various iterations of Law & Order, entertainment does

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