UTexas delivers best bang for buck

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Getting more bang for your buck, after The US News and World Report calculated the law schools with the highest salary-to-debt ratios to find out which law schools provided the best return on investment. The University of Texas school of law left 2012 graduates with an average debt of $86,312, but offered an average private sector starting salary for 2011 graduates of $155,000. The University of North Carolina School of Law ranked second. Brigham Young University — J. Reuben Clark Law School ranked third, with an average debt of only $56,112. Stanford University Law School and Yale Law School rounded out the list, ranking fourth and fifth

Preparing new lawyers for practice, after New York State Bar Association President David Schraver announced a year-long campaign concentrated on how best to prepare new attorneys for admission to the bar. The campaign, called “Serving the Profession, Serving the Public,” will draw attention to the problems new attorneys face after graduating from law school. Some issues up for discussion are the cost of a legal education, a weak job market and a lack of practical skills essential for employment. Schraver plans to convene a special plenary Presidential Summit to further consider the future of the legal profession. The discussion calls for collaboration between the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, law school administrators and practicing attorneys.