23 SEP / 2014 0

Several Law Schools Increase Enrollment After Tuition Cuts

After law school enrollment fell (and LSAT sign-ups also decreased) the past couple o years during the economic downturn, the prevailing notion was that the legal field was no longer a productive field, and a law degree would leave graduates with a pile of debt and no job.

Earlier this month, however, Jennifer Smith at the Wall Street Journal reported that several law schools that had suffered a drop in enrollment responded to this reality by cutting tuitionAs a result, those law schools boosted their enrollmentThis information reinforces our blog post from last week, which emphasized that the increasing return of high LSAT scorers among law school applicants meant it was once again a good time to go to law school.Law Schools Cut Tuition

Law Schools Cut Tuition, First-Year Class Sizes Increase

The University of Iowa College of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, and La Verne College of Law in California all trimmed their tuition following a drop in enrollment.  For example, the University of Iowa College of Law cut its tuition by 16.4% to $21,965 for resident tuition and $39,500 for nonresident tuition.

In addition to these schools, Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law offered all in-state students a $20,000 annual grant.  Obviously, once applied to tuition, those students were able to reduce their costs by the amount of the grant.

Following these tuition cuts, these law schools boosted their first-year class sizes by 22% – 52%.  For these law schools, which had suffered precipitous drops in enrollment the prior year, this boost likely more than made up for the tuition cuts they had implemented.

Another Benefit For LSAT Test Takers

Following this report, other law schools will likely adopt a similar practice and cut tuition by some amount in order to boost enrollment.  This increasing practice represents a significant benefit for LSAT test takers and aspiring law students.  There is no question the cost of law school has been prohibitive.  This development means — at least for now — law school applicants can sweat a little less regarding the cost of law school tuition and/or the debt they might have to accumulate to attend and graduate from law school.

What’s more, it’s promising that this practice is happening at quality law schools such as the University of Iowa, which was ranked 27th on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Law Schools Guide.”  Thus, in addition to saving money on tuition, students can benefit from an effective legal education and improve their job prospects.

 

Topics: Law School, Law School Admissions, Law School Applications
19 SEP / 2014 0

What No One Tells You About Law School

There are many things you learn about the LSAT and law school as you prepare for the LSAT and begin undergoing the law school admissions process.  However, there are some things you don’t discover or are not aware of until you are deep into either process.  Once confronted with these discoveries, the process becomes more difficult, and you begin to question yourself and whether the law is the right choice for your career.

In this video, LSAT Freedom co-founder Rob Tauler addresses and explains some of these items and how to overcome them.

What No One Tells You About Law School

Beware of LSAT and law school anxiety . . .

As Tauler discusses above, anxiety regarding both the LSAT and law school can be daunting.  In addition, anxiety in your first legal job will also creep up and wreak havoc on the unwary.  One key to overcoming anxiety is placing yourself on the right path for LSAT preparation (like a study schedule) and then following a similar discipline once you get into law school.  Doing the right things now will help you avoid problems down the road.

Topics: Law School, LSAT Anxiety
15 SEP / 2014 0

Increase In High LSAT Scorers Means More Emphasis On Quality LSAT Preparation

Jordan Weissman at Slate.com recently reported that the number of high LSAT scorers (those with LSAT scores of 170 or higher) increased in 2014 according to law school  applicant data obtain from the Law School Admission Council.  While this pattern reversal is promising, it has a significant impact on current LSAT test takers and aspiring law students, particularly with regard to LSAT preparation.

High LSAT Scorers – The Pattern Reverses

A couple of years ago, the number of law school applicants began dropping.  However, a more troubling pattern was that the number of elite applicants (those with LSAT scores of 170 or more) also was dropping.  They had apparently realized getting a legal job might be difficult and so probably took their talents elsewhere.

In 2014, however, that trend appears to be reversing.  The number of law school applicants with LSAT scores from 170-174 increased by 7.5%, and the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores from 175-180 increased by 7.6%.

What This Means For The LSAT Test Taker – Two Things

If you’re reading this and planning on taking the LSAT and going to law school, this new data means two things.

First, it’s a good time to go to law school.  Given that the number of applicants has dropped, there is less competition, and you will have a better chance of being admitted to the school of your choice.  The recent increase in high LSAT scorers demonstrates this reality.  Whether this data means the return of the high LSAT scorers who left or an upward movement in the scoring ranks by previously-mediocre LSAT test takers, there appears to be plenty of room for aspiring law school students.

Second, and perhaps most important, an increase in high LSAT scorers could signify an increase in competition in the near future.  That indicates you should take your LSAT preparation seriously.  You should never assume you cannot study for this exam, or that what it tests isn’t relevant for practicing law.  Both assumptions are incorrect.  The LSAT tests specific logical principles and reasoning that are highly prevalent in the legal field.  In addition, you CAN study for the LSAT: first, by learning and understanding these principles, and, second, by practicing under timed conditions as much as possible.  An LSAT prep course that emphasizes this method of instruction is your best bet for getting a high LSAT score.

Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep
26 MAY / 2014 0

LSAT Freedom Success Stories

If you have ever wondered if LSAT Freedom is the right choice for you for LSAT prep, check out the testimonials of our former students in the video below.

Remember if you have any questions about our course, we are here to help.   Use the contact us tab in the upper right hand corner.

Topics: LSAT Prep
10 FEB / 2014 0

Did You Know? Top 10 Most Controversial Supreme Court Cases

If you are considering law school, you are most likely a pretty smart individual.roe_wade   Francis Bacon coined the phrase, “knowledge is power”.  Having a firm handle on the past is an effective way for success in the future.   We came across this list, “The Top 10 Most Controversial Supreme Court Cases“, from Time.   I was very pleased with myself that I was familiar with all of these.  But, I wonder….. How many people out there can do the same?

•    Brown v. Board of Education

•    Roe v. Wade

•    Miranda v. Arizona

•    Marbury v. Madison

•    District of Columbia v. Heller

•    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

•    Plessy v. Ferguson

•    Bush v. Gore

•    Lawrence v. Texas

•    Dred Scott v. Sanford

Check out the link above for a breakdown of each.   Are there other cases that are not on this list that you believe should be?  Share them with us.

Topics: Law School
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