Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Associate Attorneys No Longer Unhappiest

Last year, associate attorneys topped the Forbes list for the unhappiest workers in America. Things must be looking up because this year associate attorneys didn't even make the list.

The Findlaw blog reported on the list and said that "[l]ast year, associates topped the list; this year, they're not on it at all. Security guards now have that honor, which makes a lot more sense. Bank managers, accountants, customer service reps, store managers, sales execs, tech support reps, marketing managers, sales managers (again?), and machine operators completed the field."

Findlaw also offered a few ways to perk yourself up if you are feeling unhappy:

1. Smile!

When we're happy, we smile. It's unconscious, which shows how tightly the brain and the facial muscles are connected. Well, that connection works both ways. Just smile and see how it brightens your mood. It can work. Seriously, it's science.

2. Exercise.

Science to the rescue once again. Exercise raises the level of phenylethylamine, a mood-elevating chemical in the brain. Try walking or running for 30 minutes. Sound awful? Just commit to doing one minute. There's no excuse not to do one minute, and it'll start you on the path to forming a healthy habit.

3. Get Out in the Sun.

Humans weren't meant to be kept indoors in dim light all the time. No wonder so many people get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Even if you don't have SAD, getting outside can boost Vitamin D production and improve your health and mood in other ways.

4. Change Your Internal Dialog.

We humans have a constant stream of words going through our heads and sometimes our inner voice is a downer. Pay attention and challenge the things it says when they don't make sense. Don't catastrophize. I hate my job can often be downgraded to today sucks. I'm fat can be changed to I'm a little heavier than I'd like to be, maybe I'll go for a walk in the sun. As Shakespeare said, there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Consider writing down a script of good things to think and look at it when your inner voice gets out of control.

It looks like associate attorneys have gained some perspective within the last year. Maybe they've started smiling while exercising in the sun.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Internet Is First When Searching For An Attorney

A recent FindLaw & Thomson Reuters survey shows that people's attorney-search habits have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. The ABA Journal reported on the survey, which shows that the first place that the general public goes to find a lawyer is the Internet.

"Once upon a time, the first thing that an overwhelming majority of people in need of legal representation would do is turn to relatives or friends for personal referrals. Some would consult the Yellow Pages or the local bar association, while only a small handful would use the Internet before any of the other aforementioned options."

However, "those numbers have completely flipped around over the last decade. While the Internet was once the least popular option, according to results published last week, using the Web first is now the most popular choice among respondents."

These results confirm how imperative it is for attorneys to have a decent web presence. Attorneys should not skimp on web design or search engine optimization. After all, the first impression that someone has of an attorney can come from the attorney's website.

With a robust website, an attorney can also add a blog and other social media presence to garner attention. Just be careful of state bar social media rules!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Law School Eschews Traditional Approach To Legal Ed.

Huffington Post recently ran an article discussing a new law school: UNT Dallas College of Law.

Judge Royal Furgeson, the founding dean of UNT Dallas College of law, says that the school will have an  "unconventional ethos — to cultivate lawyers as public servants. The method? Eschew national rankings, deflate tuition, welcome the 'rejects' and teach real skills. 'We want to train lawyers that want to be lawyers for the right reasons,' Furgeson says."

While some believe that there are too many lawyers, "'[t]he legal industry has never been able to offer sufficient resources to the poor, [Judge Furgeson] says, and neither has it properly served the middle class or small businesses. The profession needs to come to grips with the fact that we’re not providing legal services to a vast majority of our people,' he says. 'You think of how many people are struggling out there, how many people are working at the margins. Something bad happens to the wage earner and it immediately becomes a terrible problem, so there’s a massive need in our community for better and more access to legal services.'”

According to Furgeson, "[t]he key to cultivating such lionhearted lawyers lies in UNT’s innovative approach, which begins with rock-bottom tuition. 'Affordability has to be a core value,' says Ellen Pryor, who left an endowed professorship at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law in Dallas for the opportunity to launch a new movement at UNT. 'We have to make this a thriving value. It’s essential to everything.'"

American Bar Association data shows that "the average annual cost of attending a public law school skyrocketed from $2,006 in 1985 to $23,214 in 2012 — an increase of more than 1,000 percent in less than 20 years. (Private law school costs jumped from $7,526 to $40,634 over the same period.)"

And Judge Furgeson said that he "was very concerned that earnest, sincere young people who really wanted to be lawyers were starting out with such crushing debt that they didn’t have a lot of alternatives."

"Furgeson and his admissions staff are relying less on GPA and LSAT scores — the gold standard for most law school admissions because of the impact high scores have on schools’ national rankings — in favor of recommendations and life experience."

And UNT will offer practical legal education. "The intent is to equip graduates to handle cases in high-need areas. To ensure that students are mastering objectives, teachers will also utilize frequent assessments, rather than giving a single exam at the conclusion of each course, as is common practice."

UNT has one great thing going for it -- keeping tuition low! The only way that the graduates from this school will have a fighting chance to meet the school's mission in the current legal market will be to keep them out of debt. And it looks like the founding members of UNT understand this. Good luck to all!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

N.F.L. Concussion Case Influences Law School Course

The NYTimes reported on a new law school seminar created in response to the N.F.L. concussion case. After the N.F.L. settled with ex-players to the tune of $765 million, "agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research," George Washington University's law school took note and created a seminar course devoted to the issue.

"The revelations that hits to the head may lead to long-term brain damage have rocked the football world at all levels, alarming coaches, players and their parents and forcing the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. to tighten safety standards. [It] "also prompted George Washington University’s law school to start what it said was the first course devoted to the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries."

"Unlike some law school classes that focus either on theory or on practice, the seminar blends the intellectual with the practical, such as the admissibility of testimony and the presence of third-party observers in independent medical examinations." It sounds like a great class on a tough legal subject. Brain injury cases are very technical, and it's important to get instruction from the legal and medical standpoints.

As the article noted, "[s]ports associations take the easy way out: They claim to only schedule games and no more." The professor of the class said that the N.F.L. "became liable once it began studying concussions two decades ago."

"The Players, though, will have difficulty winning cases against their teams and leagues because it is hard to prove that concussions they sustained during their careers led to current problems. And because no one forced the players to play, [the professor] said, 'did they assume this risk, or were these players misled, and did the N.F.L. create an obligation?'"

These issues are still being sorted out, but it's great to see a law school recognize a burgeoning area of law where society needs well-trained lawyers.

In a crazy twist, the N.F.L. is a nonprofit an dis exempt from Federal taxes. The N.F.L. takes in more than $9.5 billion per year. "As a nonprofit, it earns more than the Y, the Red Cross, Goodwill, the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities – yet it stands as one of the greatest profit-generating commercial advertising, entertainment and media enterprises ever created." I wonder if a separate injury compensation fund will ever be created to pay for the long-term care of players.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Generalist Librarian

I have decided that the public may not understand what librarians do because we do everything! We are generalists - even within a specific field of librarianship like law librarianship

Rebecca Tischler at INALJ ("I need a library job.") notes that "[m]any people still have the stereotypical image of a librarian stuck in their head: an older kind of frumpy woman wearing glasses on a chain, her hair up in a bun, shushing people with one hand while stamping books with the other." 

But librarians are much more than that. Tischler points out that librarians are: 

1. Librarians are teachers. Many libraries have computer classes: which can include teaching a room full of people how to use Microsoft Office, how to use the internet safely, how to set up accounts and stay safe on social media, or how to use photo manipulation programs. Some libraries even teach computer programming classes.

2. Librarians are tech savvy. Whatever librarians are teaching, or when we have to help a patron troubleshoot their own technology, we have to be computer and technologically literate in order to help. We have to know the basics of computer technology, at the very least. Most times, however, we know more.

3. Librarians are advertisers. Libraries mostly manage their own public relations and advertise their own services and events. They write the press releases, network and make connections, as well as create their own logos and graphic design.

4. Librarians are event planners. Libraries have dozens of events every year, and the staff has to create a budgets and event plans, bring in volunteers or paid presenters. They plan the activities, the topic, the refreshments… everything. Sometimes, the librarian is also the presenter, if the librarian’s outside hobbies happen to be of use.

5. Librarians are researchers. Librarians not only know how to organize and find information. We know how to collate and analyze information. We see the patterns and can extract information from it. For example, have you ever gone to the library looking for the next book that you would love, and asked one of the librarians what they would recommend? If so, you were probably asked about what type of books you liked, if you have favorite authors, of those favorite books or authors, what was it that drew you in (location, characters, humor…), etc. These were all questions that help the librarian gather information about analyze your taste in books to hopefully provide you with your next favorite read.

"With just those 5 things, librarians have to learn graphic design, communications, how to interview, public relations, writing, computer literacy and information literacy. And yet, there is so much more to librarianship that even just the 5 items discussed above. [W]e have to study and learn multiple professions so that we can act as librarians."

This is a good point. Librarianship intersects with many other professions (as noted above), and I find myself studying new technology or teaching methodology to be a good law librarian, as well. It also helps to have a mind like an elephant and remember vasts amounts of information.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Creative Hobbies Increase Job Performance

NPR reported on a recent study that shows that people who are engaged in creative hobbies generally perform higher on the job. The findings were published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

"Psychologists from San Francisco State University found that the more people engaged in their hobbies, the more likely they were to come up with creative solutions to problems on the job. And no matter what the hobby was, these people were also more likely to go out of their way to help co-workers."

"The researchers surveyed about 350 people with a variety of jobs (and a variety of hobbies) about what they did in their free time and also asked about their behavior at work. Those who said they engaged fairly often in a creative activity scored 15 to 30 percent higher on performance rankings than those who engaged in creative activities only occasionally."

The researchers suspect that "behaviors at work and home reinforce each other. 'It's very possible that those who are performing better at their jobs also have more energy to pursue these creative activities. And, in turn, participating in creative activities may help people feel more energized and engaged at work. You almost kind of spiral in a positive direction.'"

Hobbies can also provide an escape from everyday stresses where you're using that time to recharge.

And lawyers and law students would do well to keep a creative hobby (which probably seems impossible with the time constraints). Lawyers and law students have a higher rate of suicide and depression than the general population, and some work/life balance with a creative hobby may help alleviate some of the stresses that can trigger these issues.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

These College Majors Do Well On LSAT

The ABA Journal reported on the recent "findings of Pepperdine University School of Law professor Derek Muller, who studied data from the Law School Admission Council on 2013 law school applicants. TaxProf Blog notes his findings, released on Muller’s blog Excess of Democracy."

According to Muller's data, the top 10 college majors, by LSAT score, were:

1) Classics

2) Policy studies

3) International relations

4) Art history

5) Mathematics

6) Philosophy

7) International studies

8) Government, service

9) Economics

10) Biology, specialized

In an interesting twist, "[t]he worst major for LSAT scores was criminal justice. It was followed by social work, business management and business administration, pre-law and law. Muller's full list is here."

As Muller points out, correlation does not equal causation, but students interested in law school may want to take a long look at the majors listed here. There may be something to these major that require strong critical thinking skills, which bodes well for both the LSAT and law school.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bye, Bye Westlaw Classic!

Most academic law librarians know that Westlaw Classic will no longer be with us as of July 1, 2014

As Law Librarians noted, WestlawNext now accounts for at least 80% of the Westlaw revenues, so the time has come to say goodbye to the old platform. I've been told that all of the content has migrated from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext, so it's not a huge loss. WestlawNext is easy to maneuver, and it's become a good product.

One thing that I will miss are the research tabs on Westlaw Classic. I used the Law Review tab extensively when teaching Scholarly Writing. The Law Review tab has the content for preemption checking and topic selection all in one place, which is a very nice feature.

I wonder if WestlawNext will eventually have these custom research pages? Until then, I found a way to make your own. WestlawNext allows you to create a custom research page. The instructions are fairly straight forward. 

I am currently in the process of creating a Law Review custom research page. I created a 'preemption check' content section, and I am adding all of the resources that are in the Law Review tab's preemption check box on Westlaw Classic, including Law Review & Journals, Legal Resource Index, Am Jur 2d, American Law Reports, Current Index to Legal Periodicals, and Texts & Treatises. I will also add a topic selection content section and add those resources that are currently on Westlaw Classic.

If you use a research tab on Westlaw Classic, hurry up and create a custom research page on WestlawNext before Westlaw Classic goes away!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is The Legal Ed. Crisis Real?

Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow's article in the NYTimes this morning is interesting for its take on the legal education crisis.

The authors believe that legal education can use reform, like all higher education in general, but the 'crisis' talk is overblown and may lead to unnecessary reform that will make legal training worse in the long run.

"The claims of imminent catastrophe always focus on three things: the problematic job market for law graduates, the increased cost of legal education and the decrease in applications for law schools."

As to the job market, "[a]ccording to the Association for Legal Career Professionals, as recently as 2007, close to 92 percent of law-school graduates reported being employed in a paid, full-time position nine months after graduation. True, the employment figures had dropped by 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, but only to 84.7 percent. The number of graduates who are employed is higher if the measure is over a longer interval than just the nine months after graduation. And with the economy improving and law-school enrollments shrinking, there will be more jobs available for new law graduates."

As to the increased cost of legal education, "[t]he supposed crisis of the increased cost of attending law school is, of course, part of the overall increase in the costs of higher education. Since 1978, the cost of going to college has increased 1,120 percent (far outpacing the rate of inflation). Law schools specifically should do more to provide need-based financial aid to students — rather than what most law schools have been doing in recent years, which is to shift toward financial aid based primarily on merit in order to influence their rankings."

Finally, as to the decrease in law-school applications, "the talk ... overlooks the fact that the number of applications has fluctuated for decades. Many law schools have reduced the size of their classes, to be sure, but this is simply to balance supply and demand."

As the authors note, the "chief concern is that the claims about a crisis in legal education will be the impetus for reforms that will do more harm than good." One common suggestion "is to reduce law school to two years. The profession needs law schools to produce lawyers who are better prepared to practice law, not less well trained. That would be impossible in two-thirds of the time. If law school were of just two years’ duration, the first things to be cut would be clinical education and interdisciplinary courses, which are the best innovations since we went to law school in the 1970s."

What law schools must do is continue to train individuals to "serve as legal 'problem solvers,' not only in the board room or courtroom, but in all areas of civil society — our legislatures, administrative agencies, schools, workplaces and beyond."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy National Library Week 2014!

This weeks marks National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19, 2014). The theme is "lives change @ your library" with Honorary Chair Judy Blume.

During this week and the entire month of April, libraries host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in changing people’s lives.

Image: http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/all/files/content/alsc/SMTD_type_RGB_lr.jpg

And for any librarians out there, you could celebrate by playing with the Librarian Title Generator. Librarians wear so many hats, and some criticize the title of 'librarian' as not reflective of what we do. When many people hear 'librarian' they instantly think of someone who checks books in and out (which is something I rarely do as a librarian). This title generator can be a fun way to come up with a title that is more reflective of the duties and responsibilities of librarians today.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ABA Releases Detailed Law School Employment Stats

The ABA Section of Legal Education & Admission to the Bar has released the summaries of the employment data questionnaires for each law school.

After the law suits alleging fraud in the reporting of employment statistics, the ABA decided it was time to require law schools to submit more detailed employment stats. The summaries offer a detailed view of the placement data from graduates of law schools since 2010.

This is a positive step for transparency when a prospective student is deciding which school to attend. The employment summaries also include positions that do not require bar passage, which is a good thing. A report out of the ABA Journal shows that many prospective law students plan to pursue alternative careers after they obtain their JDs.

"Half of more than 200 prelaw students responding to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep said they plan to use their law degree in a non-traditional legal field, according to a press release. Forty-three percent said they plan to use their law degree to pursue a job in the business world."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Boolean Searching Made Easy

Boolean searching is still the most precise way to search the databases.

Sometimes boolean searching feels like learning another language, but once you get the hang of it, it's actually pretty easy.

Here is a YouTube video called "What the Heck is Boolean Searching" for those of you who might need additional help:


 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This Blog Turns 1 Today!

Happy 1st birthday to the Ginger (Law) Librarian!

It's been a wonderful year. There have been 242 posts over the course of the year dealing with all things libraries, law libraries, law schools, legal writing, etc.... It's been a great way to stay active with hot topics and to continue to develop as a professional.


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And in other library news: a collection I would like to be involved with. The University of Texas Library bought 64,000 CDs and LPs From Campus Radio Station. "The radio station’s entire physical music collection—more than 50 years’ worth of accumulation—is now part of the Fine Arts Library’s Historical Music Recordings Collection. The library’s collection, which already had some 200,000 items in all formats, is one of the largest in the nation."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Law Schools Evolve In The Face Of Crisis

The NYTimes reported on the recent major moves by law schools to combat the legal-education crisis. According to the article, "[f]ive law schools have closed in the last two years, more than at any other time in American history."

Brooklyn Law School is the latest to make tuition changes to help reverse the "combination of slumping demand for lawyers and ever-rising tuition [that] has cast a pall on law school applications, which fell to 54,000 last year, from 100,000 in 2004." In addition "[a] generation of new lawyers is struggling under a crushing debt burden."

Next year, Brooklyn Law School "will introduce an across-the-board 15 percent cut in tuition. It is also reducing some kinds of merit aid, increasing need-based aid and offering a curriculum that allows some students to graduate in two years rather than the standard three."

Other schools have also started to cut tuition. "[T]he University of Iowa is cutting tuition at its law school by 16.4 percent (to $39,500 for out-of-state students, $21,965 for Iowa residents), and the University of Arizona is cutting in-state tuition by 11 percent (to $24,381), and out-of-state tuition by 8 percent (to $38,841). In California, the University of La Verne College of Law has gone the furthest so far, cutting tuition to $25,000, from $39,500, and eliminating merit aid altogether."

"The risk for Brooklyn Law School, or for any school trying to break ranks by reducing merit aid, is that their rivals will pick off the best applicants with better offers and they’ll drop in the U.S. News rankings, which rely heavily on average test scores and grade point averages."

But "Brooklyn’s move will be an important test of that notion, since students still seem to put an 'inordinate' emphasis on the rankings, as Professor Tamanaha put it. Law is an elitist profession. Where you go affects your chances in life. Supreme Court clerkships go disproportionately to graduates from the top schools. The same thing is true with law firm hiring. They hire at least half their associates from the top 10 law schools.”

It's great to see that law schools are evolving because "[i]f you ask who can afford to go to law school, or who can afford a lawyer, the answer is: not most people in America."

"Those who do manage to graduate from law school end up with excruciating debt. They feel compelled to take jobs with the highest paycheck to find some relief. They don’t feel free to work in jobs that fit their interests or that meet a critical demand. The result is most people can’t afford quality legal services and millions of Americans are deprived of access to qualified lawyers.”

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Perils Of Using Ready-Made Legal Forms

There are many different places to find ready-made legal forms on the web. And it may seem tempting to avoid paying an attorney to draft a proper form when you can pay a nominal fee and fill out a form yourself.

The problem is that ready-made legal forms can cause more trouble and cost more money in the long run. Take for example a recent ABAJournal post about an estate dispute caused by a ready-made form.

"Ann Aldrich used an 'E-Z Legal Form' when she made out her will in 2004, a decision that proved to be a good choice for two nieces who cited the document’s lack of a residuary clause. In a decision issued last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled for the nieces, though they weren’t mentioned in the will. The court said money acquired by Aldrich after the will was made out should be distributed under the laws of intestacy, which govern distribution of property for those who die without a will. The reason: The E-Z form did not have a residuary clause providing for the disposition of property not listed in the document."

The concurring Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente "saw the ruling as a cautionary tale. 'While I appreciate that there are many individuals in this state who might have difficulty affording a lawyer, this case does remind me of the old adage ‘penny-wise and pound-foolish.’ …. I therefore take this opportunity to highlight a cautionary tale of the potential dangers of utilizing pre-printed forms and drafting a will without legal assistance. As this case illustrates, that decision can ultimately result in the frustration of the testator’s intent, in addition to the payment of extensive attorney’s fees—the precise results the testator sought to avoid in the first place.”

The moral of the story is that you should be careful when utilizing these forms. The forms may not have the legal result you were intending.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Libraries, E-books, and Publisher Constraints

E-books are gaining popularity in all types of libraries, which comports with the digital transition in libraries. But publisher constraints make it hard for e-books to work with library-lending policies.

InsideHigherEd posted survey results on the various changes in libraries. "Ithaka, a nonprofit research organization that promotes innovative forms of teaching and scholarly communication, previously surveyed library directors in 2010. That survey captured libraries in the middle of a difficult transition from print to electronic resources. Based on the responses of 499 institutions in the fall 2013 survey, that shift has been, 'from a budget allocation perspective, nearly completed.'"

Based on the 2013 survey update, it looks like the shift from print to digital is nearly complete. "Yet library directors and faculty members remain split on the usefulness of electronic collections of books and journals. Instructors are more likely to prefer e-books -- more than 50 percent of respondents in Ithaka's 2012 faculty survey said they 'play an important role' in research and teaching, while only about one-third of library directors agreed. Meanwhile, two-thirds of library directors said they 'would be happy to see hard copy collections [of scholarly journals] discarded and replaced entirely by electronic collections,' compared to 40 percent of faculty members surveyed in 2012."

Whether faculty members or library directors think that e-books are useful, e-books are growing exponentially in library collections. Because libraries continue to increase their holdings, some library directors have decided to fight back against publisher constraints.

"Library directors at 66 liberal arts colleges called for academic libraries to reject licensing agreements with publishers that impose restrictions on how e-books can be accessed and shared."

The statements reads, in part, that "libraries accept licensing agreements -- and whatever restrictions that come with them -- 'at our peril.' By signing agreements that limit how content may be shared, 'we turn our backs on a great strength of the academy -- the ability to build complementary collections and share them in good faith with researchers and the community of readers.'"

"Like physical books, ebooks should be made available for interlibrary loans 'in a manner that is neither cumbersome nor awkward,' and the content should be able to be transferred 'efficiently and electronically.'"

As libraries continue to increase their e-book holdings, it's important for libraries to continue to work with the publishers to make e-books as widely available as their print counterparts. This collective statement is a good start.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Librarians In The Digital Age

The role of the librarian is changing in the digital age. The Huffington Post's Books blog has a great infographic created by USC's Online Library Science Degree program that shows many of the major changes taking place.


As you can see, the role of the library and librarian is dramatically changing with a focus on digital technology. This infographic is a way to evaluate the changes and to determine if the new role in librarianship is the right fit for prospective librarians.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Restructuring Law School Tuition

InsideHigherEd reported on the University of La Verne College of Law's tuition restructuring. La Verne might be the "first law school to stop offering discounts to the top students it wants to attract."

"Instead, the Southern California law school will charge all students a flat price of $25,000 a year. Before, its sticker price was $39,000, but many students didn't pay anywhere near that much. Its 127 students actually paid an average of about $25,000 a year, but the students with the highest test scores paid less. Overall, its discount rate -- the share of tuition charges the college forgoes in the form of scholarships -- was 46 percent."

"La Verne's dean, Gilbert Holmes, said discount pricing, which colleges use to reward both low-income students and high-achieving students, can widen gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students because the students who are most likely to succeed and make more money after law school graduate with the least debt. Often, students with that preparation have more advantages in their background than lower-scoring students who attend law school."

This is a good point and one that has gotten little attention as tuition has skyrocketed with most of the debt landing on the backs of the already disadvantaged students.

"The [dean] said he got the idea for fair pricing from Brian Z. Tamanaha's book Failing Law Schools, which criticized law schools for, among other things, buying high-end students to appease publications like U.S. News & World Report. [T]he vast majority of law schools, low-priced or high-priced, play the discounting game. For many it is part of how they hope to rise in the rankings, in part through attracting more students with high LSAT scores or class ranks."

For those law schools that are less concerned with rank, this might be a better model to make the cost of law school fair for everyone.