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Passing the Texas Bar and Receiving the NASBTS Scholarship

November 6, 2017
Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.

Two personal updates: I took the Texas bar exam this summer and received my score back last Thursday — I passed! I also took the MPRE this Saturday and should be licensed in Texas in December (assuming a passing MPRE score.) I also received the 2017 Scholarship Award from theย National Association of State Bar Tax Sections (NASBTS) thanks to a generous recommendation from Georgetown University’s SALT program.…

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Are Law Degrees as Valuable to Minorities?

September 18, 2017
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A new research paper by Frank McIntyre of Rutgers Business School and Michael Simkovic of USC Lawย looks at whether law degrees are less valuable for minority students. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found that minority students tend to earn less after law school than white students: “After controlling for observable differences, we find that a law degree is associated with approximately an 80 percent increase in earnings for whites and…

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Trump’s budget proposal to axe major student loan forgiveness program

May 26, 2017
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From Slate’s Money Box: “Trumpโ€™s Budget Would Kill a Major Student Loan Forgiveness Program, but Only for New Borrowers.” As was widely expected, President Trump’s new budget calls for eliminating a major student loan forgiveness program designed to help government and nonprofit workers, such as lawyers, teachers, and social workers. Those who have already taken on debt for school may not need to worry for now, however, because…

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Law School Rankings

March 29, 2017
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The recent release of the 2018 U.S. News tax rankings reminded me that it has been about a decade since I first started applying to law schools. (I’m old!) The most dramatic change in the last 10 years is that law schools started reporting much more accurate employment statistics. I applied to law school in very last wild west years when would-be law students had to rely on…