The Careerist: Groupon for Law Schools

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Still dreaming about going to law school and basking in the afterglow of a lucrative, prestigious career? Here's the latest on the law school scene and more:

1. Hurry! Get your coupons for law school tuition! Law schools seeking students really ought to consider offering discounts through Groupon. It could be a very effective way to reach customers—especially those who didn't even know they wanted to go to law school.

Almost every week there's another law school slashing its tuition. The latest is Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, which is cutting tuition by 18 percent (from $41,400 to $32,792). What's more, it has pledged to keep the reduction for three years. Roger Williams joins a string of law schools (Iowa, Penn State, Arizona, Akron, Cincinnati, Ohio Northern—among others) offering tuition discounts. (The National Law Journal)

And this just in from Faculty Lounge:

Villanova has levied a massive volley at all market competitors, offering three years of free tuition for applicants with a 157/3.6 GPA.

I know that my school, Drexel Law, works to match scholarship offers from Villanova, Penn State, Rutgers-Camden and Temple. Villanova's maneuver will put tremendous pressure on Temple, Penn State, and Rutgers-Camden to up their awards. Widener is going to get caught up in this as well. The price of law school in Philly is dropping fast.

But remember, just because it's on sale doesn't mean you need the product.

2. Got booted out of Harvard Law? No sweat—Stanford Business School will take you! Who says you can't pull the wool over the eyes of elite institutions of higher learning? Mathew Martoma, the ex-SAC Capital trader who's currently on trial for insider trading, managed to get into Stanford B-School, even after getting kicked out of Harvard for doctoring his law school transcript. Stanford is all mum about whether it knew about Martoma's past. My guess is that Stanford didn't know, but I bet Martoma had a great application essay and awesome GMAT scores. (New York Times' Dealbook)
 
3. Just like a virgin—for the very first time. Want to regain that aura of youth—like the time you were a young, innocent first-year law student? Well, Justice Scalia might be able to help. Somehow, that fiery justice can reduce even an experienced lawyer into a wimpy law puppy caught unprepared in class.

Scalia apparently scared Steven Lechner, the chief legal officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, when he abruptly asked Lechner in the middle of his presentation, "Counsel, you are not reading this, are you?" Tony Mauro of Legal Times reports that Lechner "froze and did not answer, staying silent until Justice Stephen Breyer broke the tension with these words: 'It's all right.' " (Legal Times Blog)

4. Reason to practice law in Iowa. Iowa is considering allowing law school grads to practice without having to pass the state bar. How exciting is that? There's a catch, though: You must have graduated from an Iowa law school; plus you have to pass an ethics exam. In other words, you'd better be prepared to spend some serious time in Iowa. (ABA  Blog)

5. Reason to avoid Alabama. We don't know if this prohibition is reflective of local culture, but it seems rather ridiculous: Alabama State University bars its president from shacking up "with a romantic partner in the university residence" so long "as she is single, according to her two-year employment contract," reports ABA Blog. (See Birmingham News and the Washington Post for additional reporting.)

I guess Alabama State is just worried that its prez might turn the residence into some kind of Playboy (or Playgirl) mansion. Frankly, I don't recall many wild and crazy heads of educational institutions—though, Larry Mitchell, the erstwhile dean of Case Western Reserve Law School, did get into all sorts of trouble for his alleged sexual escapades.

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