What Do Rising Law School Applicant Numbers Mean for 2018?

Law schools have an encouraging start to the new year! As of December 1, 2017, the Law School Admission Council reported the number of applications was up by 15% to 93,932, and the number of applicants was up by 12% to 16,784. In recent years, the number of people applying to law schools has been on a downward trend. In the last 10 years, the number of applicants has decreased significantly by at least 33%. Applicants dropped from 84,000 in 2007 to 56,500 in 2016. According to LSAC data, in September of 2017, 37,100 people took the LSAT and in June 2017,...

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Marketing Plan Must-Haves For 2018

Whatever business you may be in, whether it is legal or not, it is important to have a marketing plan in place. The purpose of a marketing plan is to create the groundwork of your firm’s marketing initiatives so you can stay on track throughout the year. Be sure to include these 3 must-haves in your marketing plan for the upcoming year: CONTENT & EVENTS CALENDAR A content and events calendar is a great way to lay the foundation for the year. Event promotions, blog posts, testimonials, news and social content should be a part of your plan. With this calendar...

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Are We Nearing the End of Law School Admissions Tests?

A s an attorney, you probably remember spending hours and hours preparing for the Law School Admissions Test to get into the law school of your dreams. Well, early in November the council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved a recommendation to delete the accreditation standard that requires law schools to test potential students using a “valid and reliable” admissions test. This means that potentially, future law school applicants could avoid taking the Law School Admissions Test, or any other admissions test, if the nation’s law school accrediting body passes this proposal....

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Protect Uour Clients’ Data Now – Not After a Breach!

Nothing is more important than ensuring your clients’ data is protected. These days, security is a major concern, especially since the industry is shifting towards digital workflows and heavily leveraging legal technology. Today, the cost of a data breach is astounding, with the average consolidated cost hitting $4.3M in 2016. Crisis management services, communication plans, forensic investigations, legal counsel, and fulfillment of state and credit monitoring are just some factors that make the cost of a data breach so expensive for a law firm. Law firms that don’t take protective measures leave themselves and their clients at serious risk. A data...

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Responding to Negative Online Reviews

In this technologically-advanced society, people quickly and easily take to the internet to express their feelings with online reviews. Unfortunately, not all reviews will be positive. This can be discouraging, knowing that one of the most significant elements of an attorney’s marketing strategy are client reviews. In fact, studies show that 84% of consumers trust an online review as much as they trust a referral from someone they know. If your firm receives a negative online review, what should you do? Here’s a quick guide on how to diffuse the situation: MAINTAIN A POSITIVE OUTLOOK No matter how frustrated or upset you...

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Voice Reporting in the Courtroom

Shorthand or stenography is often used for court reporting, but there is another type of reporting being used in courts across the nation: voice reporting. Although the concept of voice writing (aka verbatim or stenomask reporting) has been around since the 40’s, this form of court reporting has been gaining popularity in recent years thanks to the continuing evolution of voice recognition technology. Voice writing is unlike traditional stenography which involves using shorthand skills and a stenotype machine. Today, voice writing reporting involves the use of a stenomask (many of us joke about its funny appearance), which is placed over the...

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FOLLOW UP: CA Bar Exam Cut Score – Still Inconclusive

In July 2016, the California Bar Exam’s pass rate reached an all-time low record of 62%. California has historically had the highest cut score of all 50 states, resulting in the lowest pass rates in the nation. As we’ve previously reported, this caused many California law schools and professors to argue to change the standards so more people pass. In February of this year, following these complaints about the cut score, the California Supreme Court asked the bar to study whether 144 remained the appropriate score for passage or to make any recommendations for change by December 1st. In October, California state...

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Proposed Rule on Speed Limit Devices for Commercial Vehicles

Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have announced a proposed rule that would require the installation of speed-limiting devices on trucks, buses and multipurpose passenger vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds. The proposed rule, announced August 26, suggests that capping speeds at 60, 65 or 68 mph could prevent fatal crashes while saving an estimated $1.1 billion in fuel costs annually. The maximum set travel speed would be adjusted after officials weigh public comment on the proposal. “There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rulemaking,” Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in...

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Meet the 79-year-old who writes faster than you talk!

The whole team here at CMB was fascinated when we read this story in the Dallas News, and had to share it with out fellow attorneys. Meet Frank Howell, a Dallas County court reporter that is one of the few people who isn’t letting technology dominate his world! For this 79-yearold, pen and paper continues to suit him just fine - as he can actually write faster than you talk! Howell is fluent in shorthand, which he learned in college. He uses this skill to take down verbatim every single word said “on the record” in the courtroom. Getting down every...

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Videos On Your Website – Is It Worth The Work?

It seems like every site you visit online is now filled with video content. A report from Google found that people are consuming 100 million hours of video on Facebook each day, and over 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. It’s no surprise that there has been a rapid increase of law firms using video in their marketing strategy. If your firm has started using video on your website, the question remains - are people actually watching the videos you put so much time and effort into creating? Jason Bland of Custom Legal Marketing, recently wrote...

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