October 2 — In One Door...
The one that led from Los Angeles.
We Wikied while we were there, and learned that Douglas MacArthur said, "I Shall Return!" everywhere from the Phillipines to Adelaide, Australia. He apparently did return to the Phillipines and proceeded to break some promises, which were settled in court in 2009, with the family of every Filipino who served in the U.S. military getting reparations.
The third and official reason for the trip, the Law Forum, was horrible, and we gained a ton of great data!
A contradiction? well, maybe. The room was so overcrowded and hot that no one could believe that attendance was down 15% — the room was just a disaster.
Only about 20% of the schools had the head honchos there, but this might actually have been a good number, since another 10% seem to be hiring new honchos. And we learned a bunch of important information (mostly by reading between the lines).
I'm predicting that the top 15 schools (previously the top 10) will have their median LSAT score decline one point, and the rest of the top 50 will decline 2 LSAT points. Outside the top 50, schools are going to have to choose whether to take a 3 point hit or to drop their median GPA to hold the LSAT at a 2 point decline. A third alternative is to decrease class size, as one school mentioned they might do, but that gets expensive fast. At $50,000 a year, 20 students = a million bucks!
That's a lot to learn in 6 overcrowded hours with four clients. [Their group photo is already on the Law Forum page.]
... and Out the Other Door.
The one leading to the east coast.
On Sunday, October 9, I'll fly into Philly. That leaves me two days for family and friends, as well as to meet local clients.
Drexel's Philadelphia Law Fair, on Wednesday, October 12, will have 104 law schools present, by my count. You can see a complete list here. Unlike previous Philly Fairs, this one will be at the Drexel University Armory (25 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). I've never been there, but the address is self-explanatory. The fair is from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lunch (mandatory for any of my Philly clients) will be from 12:30 until 1:30 at the Comcast Building. The show is NOT to be missed. You've never seen it? Take a look! The wall has over a hundred programs on random shuffle, so you never know what you'll see.
The next morning, relatively bright and early, we head for New York.
The New York Forum is the only one that's still two days long — Friday, October 14th, from noon until 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, the 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
I had promised my employee Erika a trip to New York, but she can't get off class on Friday, and flying from Seattle to New York for a day is downright ridiculous. I also told the prelaw advisors' e-list that I'd TRY to have school-by-school data on changes in applicant pool for them when I return from New York. Clients have to come before general data, so my honorary nephew Gary (he whose avatar animates my navigation map) is planning to come up from Georgetown to help. That at least means I don't have to plan a visit to DC.
After the Forum, I'll head upstate for a day or two. I have two clients at UConn and a sister in Schenectady, so I'm not heading home until Wednesday, October 19.
Look for restaurants, maps, etc. a week from today.
And in Between? What could be in between