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1L job search / Firm Who Have Given 1L Interviews
« on: December 22, 2007, 05:47:47 PM »
I'm sure everyone who has done the 1L mail merge has been receiving plenty of no answers, rejections, and requests for grades.

But, I do know that some people have already started interviewing places.

What firms and office locations have given interviews?

To avoid any awkwardness only use Firm XX has interviewed for the YY office.


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1L job search / Company doing email mail merge
« on: November 23, 2007, 12:33:56 PM »
So a bunch of ppl have asked how to get the email addresses from NALP and no one has a good answer.

I vaguely remember finding a post either here or somewhere else that charged $30 and pulled out all the email addresses for the firm and sent out cover letters and resumes to them.

Anyone remember the name of the website?

Or figure out how to get email addresses from nalp. One could write a script but that is just too much work.

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New rankings are out, and Penn is tied at sixth place.

Last year Penn has the lowest academic (4.3, 10th) and lawyer assessment (4.5, 9th in a tie) of almost any school in the top 10 except for Duke, which is also tied and was 11th last year. (http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2007/03/us_news_reputat.html). I won't argue with the actual way this data is gathered.

Still, I'd like to know

-Why Penn places worse than its peers in this regard
-How it achieves such a higher ranking despite these numbers. If they're lying to usnwr wouldn't another school cry foul? If they've figured out some usnwr loophole wouldn't other schools use the same glitch?

Separately from the rankings issues, I'd like to know
-Why does Penn have such low SCOTUS placement (according to Leiter, linked below)
-When Penn says they were ranked 3rd by a law school student satisfaction survey, I assume they're talking about the Law School Survey of Student Engagement. Anyone have any data on law school student satisfaction? Or can back up Penn's 3rd ranking with the whole list? (http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1114679117976)

Leiter asks a similar question and answers by saying that differences in academic/practitioner reputation from usnwr rankings is because usnwr uses highly manipulatable data (http://www.leiterrankings.com/usnews/guide.shtml). I'd like to find more resources, data, links, articles about Penn and the fudgeable data.

Seto, also linked below, asks why Stanford ranks so highly even though it has a low 75% lsat score relative to Harvard and Yale. His breakdown is extremely interesting and answers my ages-old question about this. Similar comparisons for Penn would be cool. Most helpful would be student expenditure data since that is what drove the Stanford over HLS ranking last year.

Although my question concerns Penn, compiling these links should be useful for anyone comparing schools.

This is what I've got so far:

1. The Puzzle of Penn Law School Ranking (more like this would be ideal)
http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2005/05/puzzle-of-penn-law-schools-ranking.html

2. How to Rank Law Schools, Leiter
http://www.law.indiana.edu/ilj/volumes/v81/no1/5_Leiter.pdf
"A whole generation of undergraduates [have] the misleading impression that Penn (#7 of late in U.S. News) and Michigan (#7 or #8 in U.S. News) are actually competitive with Chicago." Lists other examples of schools that are possibly under or over ranked.

3. "Where to Find the Whole Truth" and "The $8.78 Million Dollar Maneuver"
NY Times
http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/2336.html
I thought perhaps there was Fall/Spring Part-time/Full-time faculty gaming at Penn like at Columbia, but ABA data show stable numbers. However, additional information on UPenn expenditures might be helpful.

4. Leiter Rankings - only as a check on us news rankings. I understand there's another bag of problems with these.
Penn isn't in the same group as some of its peers for
Endowment: http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2006/09/top_20_law_scho.html
SCOTUS Placements: http://www.leiterrankings.com/jobs/1996_06_scotus_clerks.shtml
Teaching Placements: http://www.leiterrankings.com/jobs/2006job_teaching.shtml

But does well for other measures:
http://www.leiterrankings.com/faculty/2003faculty_quality.shtml
Business Law: http://www.leiterrankings.com/faculty/2003faculty_businesslaw.shtml
Law and Econ: http://www.leiterrankings.com/faculty/2003faculty_economics.shtml

5. How Employment at 9 Months is calculated, how it can be manipulated
http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2007/03/how-us-news-calculates-employment-at-9_22.html

6. Understanding the US News Rankings
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=937017&high=%20seto
Lots of interesting stuff based on interviews with the US News ppl. For instance, change the 9 months employment figure by 5% of the worst ranked usnwr school, and you can cause changes in the top 10. (Pg. 19)

7. How Far Will Law School Go to Win the Rankings Game, National Jurist
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2007/01/national_jurist.html
Nothing new, but sums up the issues well. Leiter seems to be the only one that wants to "name names".

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If yes, I have a simple question:

Do they give you access to explanations for tests 41 - 48?

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Studying for the LSAT / If you have paper copy of Preptest 41 (October 2003)
« on: September 10, 2006, 02:36:18 PM »
Quick Question: If you have access to a full paper copy of the Preptest 41, in the back of the book around the answer sheet/essay question, there are acknowledgements for the passages. Can you give me the full cite for the paper or book that the copyright passage comes from? It should have some variation of copyright/copy shop in the title.

Thanks!

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