Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Will Phoenix School of Law, Become Another Stronghold for Mormon Law Students?

Phoenix School of Law first opened its doors in January of 2005. On June 11, 2007, Phoenix School of Law recevied provisional ABA accredidation. Provisional ABA accredidation allows Phoenix School of Law graduates to sit for the bar exam in any state. The law school in located in a high rise building in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The proximity of the law school to most of the cities large law firms will be very convenient for students while completing internships, externships, volunteering, or working while still in school. Phoenix School of Law is owned by infinilaw which also owns Florida Coastal School of Law (located in Jacksonville, Florida) and Charlotte School of Law (located in Charlotte, North Carolina).

In the fall of 2007 Phoenix School of Law received 559 applications and addmitted 229 students. 70 students actually matriculated with a median GPA of 3.18 and a median LSAT of 153. Those median numbers are already better than some law schools who have been around for decades. Because they offer part time degrees and evening classes "non-traditional" students can keep working while attaining a juris doctorate.

I think that the Phoenix School of Law is going to go on to become a very successful law school. I also think that it will become another law school where Mormons will make up a large percentage of the student population.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Rate-A-Lawyer is a new website where clients have the opportunity to rate the performance of their attorney in several different areas. Additionally, questions concerning different legal topics can be posted and an attorney can give general feed back. Pictures, profiles, and areas of practice expertise are provided for the available attorneys. isn't currently in every state but states with high populations already have a multitude of attorneys to view.

The Mission and Principles of Avvo,
Their mission is to help people navigate the complex and confusing legal industry. Choosing a lawyer is an incredibly important decision—yet most people have no idea how to go about doing it, and resources to guide them are scarce.

Avvo is guided by two basic principles:

1. Focus on the needs of regular people.
Many of the resources available today were developed for people who are already legal industry “insiders”—but Avvo was created specifically to help people who know very little about the law and may have no experience choosing a lawyer.

2. Provide information, as well as guidance.
We believe that providing open access to information about lawyers, coupled with guidance on how to use that information, is the best way to help people choose the right lawyer. Information is empowering: the more people learn about attorneys and how to select an attorney, the more comfortable and confident they’ll feel seeking legal help—and we think this will benefit both clients and lawyers.

I think this website is a great thing because it will allow clients to find attorneys who have the expertise that they are looking for. Once upon a time when all a client had to go off of was the picture of an attorney in a phone book they really didn't know what they were getting.