This is not another story about how the shrinking job market for attorneys makes enrolling in law school a bad idea.

The market for lawyers is growing, and the federal government predicts it will continue to do so – at about the same speed as the overall labor market.

The problem isn’t demand, but an oversupply. In the past 10 years, growth in attorney positions has been far outstripped by the number of graduates earning law degrees. A significant portion of those gains is outside large law firms, which means they don’t come with the high salaries some graduates count on to pay for their educations. Continue reading



Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Craig Boise was a nontraditional student who made a habit of seeing and seizing opportunities – jumping, for example, from studying piano to a job in his Kansas City, Mo., hometown police department, and from a police academy where he learned about the law back to college (University of Missouri) and then into legal academia itself. Continue reading


Law School: Georgetown University Law Center

Name: Brandon Stone

Class: L’15  

Practice area interests:  Technology law and women’s human rights

GULC Veterans Day Program with former FBI Director Judge Louis FreehUndergraduate degree/major: BA, Economics

Undergraduate institution/year: Ohio State University (with honors) 2004

Other: Officer, U.S. Navy, SEAL

Training institution: U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School/Naval Special Warfare Center

Home city/town, state:  Juneau, AK (Alaska)

Brandon Stone received a standing ovation when he spoke at Georgetown Law’s 2013 Veterans Day Program, honoring those who have served in the military. Stone, a second-year student in the J.D. program at Georgetown Law, graduated with honors from the Ohio State University in 2004 and joined the U.S. Navy. Upon his commissioning at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., he transferred to the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., where he trained to become a SEAL officer. He later transferred to a SEAL Team in Virginia Beach, Va. Continue reading


Maureen O’Rourke may be her own best example of where preparation and prescience can take technology-savvy lawyers. The dean of Boston University School of Law, O’Rourke was among the first to immerse herself in the crosscurrents of the Internet and copyright law. She literally co-wrote the book “Copyright in a Global Information Economy,” one of the leading U.S. casebooks on the subject.

O’Rourke began her career as an attorney at IBM Corp. in 1990, working on software licensing, before joining the BU Law faculty in 1993. She helped supervise the student-run “Journal of Science and Technology Law” and won the school’s highest teaching honor – the Metcalf Award – in 2000. She became the dean in 2006 after two years as interim dean.

Not surprisingly, she sets as an imperative ensuring that BU law students have “transferable skills and an entrepreneurial spirit” as technology torques the practice of law.

O’Rourke, who completed her legal studies at Yale Law School, was among the first deans to answer a series of questions that Lawdragon is asking all law school deans in the U.S. as part of our new website devoted to legal education, which is launching this month. Continue reading