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May 1 — 26th Anniversary!

The Biggest News

Usually 26 isn't a year to get excited about; but my big news isn't when, but where!

I'm writing this blog from the place where I wrote the very first one, sixteen years ago: Durham, NC. I'm not in the same house, not on the same computer, and not using the same sotfware, but the redbuds in bloom and the mockingbird singing outside my window can make me forget those minor differences.

Expect me to attend virtually every east coast conference, including NAPLA (PreLaw Advisors) in June and the DC Law Forum in July. Count on my skipping Houston; when I was in Seattle, I went there to warm up. I'm warm enough already!

Saving Old Treasures

Every year I clear out the recent news and start over. And every year I have a few bits of news that I just can't bear to part with. Some, like the picture of my Christmas tree, just get re-used next year. Some topical posts get added to existing sections, like Rules for LSAT day. But a few have no good place, and wind up in the DeLoggio Treasure Chest.

Financial Aid is such a big part of the admissions game, as law schools use money to lure the ever-smaller group of applicants with high LSAT scores, that I've given it its own section in Choosing Law Schools.

U.S. News Ranking

The annual rankings are published a week or two before I start renovating for next year. But a whole year without rankings news and two weeks with it seems ridiculous. So I've given the U.S. News Rankings their own annual space on the recent news, and will just replace one year's with another as appropriate.

Here's what went where from the 2012 "Recent News."

Heritage of [GLBT] Pride and MLK notes are always treasures, and went right into the treasure chest.

Graduations and Congratulations!

Success Stories were added for recent clients, and updated for alumni. The changes are listed here, but you can also just browse.

The 2012 Success Stories were updated. The most humorous was Charlie Chen and his brother David. In his email and our first phone call, this guy only identified himself as "Charles." After a few minutes, I asked if he's Asian. He confirmed that he is, and asked how I could tell. After thinking about it for a minute, I said, "For a stupid reason, actually. You sound like a former client named David Chen." He said, "Well, he's my brother." David got a real kick out of my remembering his voice three years later.

And Employee Erika got her Associate's Degree from North Seattle Community College, and will work full-time for a year while she applies to some east coast liberal arts colleges. I still get to talk to her occasionally, but we now live far enough apart that we mostly work together by phone and internet. She doesn't have her own page, but she's featured with Nick and client Erica at the Miami Law Forum. (Erika's friend Jessica joined us; Seattleites, like Londoners, jump at an opportunity to visit a hot sunny place.)

In addition to clients from that year, I added former employee, roommate and friend Aaron.

A few people from earlier years have sent notes.

Sam Kwak is now working in admissions at Northwestern. Treat him well, Johann!

Ansel Brown, one of my students when I lived here in the late 1990s, is Assistant Professor of Poli Sci and Director of the University Honors Program at NCCU.

Dean Fleyzor, for whom I didn't have a photo in 2011, sent an update, and I stole a thumbnail from his Linkedin page, so he now can tell his own story.

Darryl Ong added a graduation pic, and sent a few family photos for private viewing.

Queenie graduated from U.Utah, and sent me a lovely graduation photo. Now I can make a "Success Story" page for her as soon as I unpack the box of photos. She has previously co-starred in a Law Forum Dinner photo (next to bottom on the linked page).

Dennis is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of GW's Communication Law journal, and earned a hot internship offer as a result. He also has a job lined up for after the Bar Exam.

Aggie's working, Chak's working, Eric's working, Hugo's working. Jaime became a partner in her law firm. Five of my former clients are law professors!

And this year's clients are still mid-stream.

Luis got his first law school acceptance at Catholic U. in DC, with a nice scholarship attached. His second one, also in DC, had less money, and his waitlists, again in DC, will come without money if they come at all (probably in July).

Lou also got varying degrees of offers. A full ride at Indiana (his home state), a partial at Illinois, and waitlists at way too many schools.

Duayne got a full ride at Berkeley! Congrats! He too is waiting on other schools, and will probably wait at least until June.

Several clients, who will go unnamed, are still working on essays. We're reaching the point of having to decide whether to wait until next year. This isn't necessarily bad, but not a conversation we enjoy having.

What went where from the 2012 "Recent News."

Many small bits were added to existing pages. For instance, changes in the Overlap report were added to its existing page in the "After Words" section"

The in-depth analysis of rapidly declining applications is available nowhere else, so I've saved every bit of it in the Treasure Chest, near the bottom of the page. This includes predictions based on Law Forum interviews, complete released data as of December 20, 2012, and further analysis based on that data.

Legislative changes affecting both accommodated LSATs and law school accreditation are in the Treasure Chest.

The details of my Law School Exam Prep classes, Intro to Law School course, and my LSAT Prep schedule are posted in my "Professional Services" section. Other details of my schedule for the year, especially Law Forum travel, appears here.

Law Forums

LSAC has posted the dates for Law Forums in 2013, except for the partially-sponsored Boston Forum. And I need to know the schedule so I can plan my LSAT prep courses around it, as well as my travels.

Trust me, folks, planning ten law forums around LSAT dates, religious and secular holidays, school breaks, and other admissions events (like orientation) makes a logic game look like nothing. You think I'm kidding? Here's the schedule for one month (October):

Law Forum Schedule October 2013

If I attended them all, I'd never be in the office! Hard choices had to be made.

This list is tentative, since it flexes with the needs of my clients and with the dates of the Boston Forum, still TBD. But here's the view right now:

  • Oakland, June 29 — not unless I need to check wait list action; the scores for the June LSAT aren't due until July 5. Attending a Forum without a score is a waste of time and money.
  • Chicago, July 13 — possible, depending on clients with LSAT scores. Also, Chicago in July is bound to be marginally better than Durham in July.
  • DC, July 20 — definitely. I already have a client in the area who plans to have an LSAT score; it's within driving distance; I love DC, and I have a dozen alumni in the area.

There are no Forums in August or early September; students and law schools alike are busy settling in for the year. In late September, we hit the road again. I'll take advantage of that break and offer an LSAT Class then.

  • IF the Boston Law Forum gets scheduled for September 21 (the earliest date I can imagine), I'll try to make it; I always have clients in the area, and I still have a museum or two to see.
  • Miami, September 28 — one week before the LSAT is a bad time to abandon my students, so I'll try to skip this one.
  • October 12, Houston — NO. There's nothing wrong with Houston. But look at that calendar page up there! Philly and New York are musts. Family friends, clients, the Comcast Center, and all that New York has to offer.
  • New York, New York: TWO days, October 18 and 19. This is the last of the Forums big enough to be scheduled for two days (or the only city cool enough to attract admissions officers for that long). This is a definite yes (see Houston for reasons). Also, it's not scheduled yet, but for the last several years Drexel has hosted a Philly Forum a day or two beforehand.
  • Toronto, Tuesday, October 22 — probably not. I'd love to see Toronto, but New York Friday and Saturday, a possible Philly the Wednesday before, and Los Angeles the next Saturday is just too much.
  • And I MUST attend the Los Angeles Law Forum on October 26th. Not only do I have a bunch of friends and alumni on the west coast, but one in particular, Dan Allender, has made me sign a blood oath to visit him every year.
  • November 2, Atlanta — I don't think so. I'll be exhausted, and Atlanta over Halloween doesn't sound like fun.
  • Boston -- probably November 9 or 16th. IF it's this late I'll definitely attend. All the reasons given above, plus the last Law Forum of the year, are a powerful combination.

This schedule leaves me attending six of the ten forums: Boston, New York, Philly, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Six has been my goal for the last decade or so, so I'll try to keep this plan. But clients and TBDs, hurricanes and LSAT retakes will all affect the final travel plans.

Money and jobs are still the bete noire of law school data, as they probably are in any field. How much do teachers make? Doctors? Engineers? These are absurd, unanswerable questions. You can subdivide, categorize, qualify and explain any numbers into any "truth" you want. Nonetheless, I would be remiss if I didn't look at all the data, at least to tell you what's wrong with it. This will be posted as my first blog of the new year; look for it on May 2, below the Treasure Chest.

 

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