Publications & Speaking Engagements

Publications

Academic

Nebraska Law Review (2013)

The Evaporating Trust in American Legal Education.

Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2012)

The Crisis in Legal Education: Dabbling in Disaster Planning.

Journal of Legal Metrics (2012)

Take This Job and Count It.

Pace Law Review (2010)

A Way Forward: Transparency at American Law Schools. The original version was published in April 2010 on SSRN. An updated version was published in 2012 by Pace Law Review.

Law School Transparency Investigations

2015 State of Legal Education.

2013 LST Transparency Index of Law School Disclosure.

2012 LST Transparency Index of Law School Disclosure.

Columns and Editorials

Above the Law (March 2017)

Low-Cost Bar Prep Materials? Unbundling to Drive Down Costs

Above the Law (January 2017)

Law School Deans Ask for Extension on Exploitation

Above the Law (January 2017)

Charlotte School Of Law Should Be More Transparent, Immediately

Above the Law (December 2016)

A Playbook for Combating Implicit Bias

Bloomberg Big Law Business (December 2016)

Will This Law School Close After Feds Cut Funding?

Bloomberg Big Law Business (November 2016)

The Gender Bias in Law School Admissions

Bloomberg Big Law Business (August 2016)

Transcript Reveals Debate Over ABA's Accrediting Power

Bloomberg Big Law Business (July 2016)

Banking on a $180k Entry Salary? Check This Out

Bloomberg Big Law Business (July 2016)

Massachusetts Adopts New Bar Exam

Above the Law (June 2016)

Law Books For The Price Of Printing?

Above the Law (June 2016)

Did Firms Raise Salaries High Enough?

Above the Law (June 2016)

Caveat Venditor: Throwback To The Days Of Junk Employment Statistics

Above the Law (May 2016)

Caveat Venditor: Empty Threats From Notorious For-Profit Law Schools

Above the Law (May 2016)

New Student Loan Rates For Law Students

Above the Law (May 2016)

How Law School Job Rates Changed This Year

Bloomberg Big Law Business (May 2016)

Law Grads Still Face a Tough Job Market

Above the Law (March 2016)

The Fall Of Systemic Deception At Law Schools

National Law Journal (March 2016)

Trial Over Law School's Job Statistics Symbolizes an Industry Gone Wrong

Above the Law (March 2016)

The U.S. News Rankings Are Horrible. Stop Paying Attention.

Above the Law (March 2016)

ABA Poised To Tighten Accreditation

Above the Law (February 2016)

Attrition May Jeopardize Accreditation Status Of Dozens Of Law Schools

Bloomberg (February 2016)

What President Obama's 2017 Budget Tell Us About Law Schools

Above the Law (February 2016)

The ABA's New Bar Pass Rate Standards

Above the Law (February 2016)

Washington D.C. Adopts Uniform Bar Exam

Above the Law (February 2016)

ABA House To Vote On Uniform Bar Exam

Bloomberg (January 2016)

Here's How The Law School Crisis Is Affecting Harvard

Above the Law (January 2016)

How Student Loan Refinancing Could Undo Federal Loan Policy

Above the Law (January 2016)

Law Schools More Transparent Than Ever

Bloomberg (January 2016)

Why Ranking Law Schools Nationally Is Nonsensical

Above the Law (January 2016)

How To Fix The U.S. News Law School Rankings

Above the Law (January 2016)

What Do Lawyers Actually Do?

Bloomberg (December 2015)

The So-Called Life of a Big Law Associate

Above the Law (December 2015)

Law School Enrollment Falls Again

Above the Law (December 2015)

The ABA Takes First Step To Tighten Bar Pass Standards

The Faculty Lounge (December 2015)

LST Responds to LSAC Press Release

Above the Law (December 2015)

What Will The ABA Do To Restore Trust In Law Schools?

Above the Law (November 2015)

The ABA Must Enforce Its Non-Exploitation Standard

Harvard Law Record (November 2015)

Are Lawyers Getting Dumber? The Question May Matter More Than The Answer (Reprint)

Above the Law (November 2015)

One Law School's Change In Fortune

Above the Law (November 2015)

Price Discrimination Will Ultimately Bite Schools

Above the Law (November 2015)

Are Lawyers Getting Dumber? The Question May Matter More Than The Answer

Above the Law (November 2015)

Bar Exam Failure Rates: The Worst Is Yet to Come

Law.com (April 2015)

Note to Law Schools: Show Your Work on JD Advantage Jobs

Above the Law (April 2015)

Deceptive Statistics 101, Courtesy Of A Law Professor And The New York Times

Law.com and Daily Report (GA) (March 2015)

Five Failures of the U.S. News Rankings

Harvard Law Record (January 2015)

What Harvard Law Students Need to Know About Law School Transparency

Law.com (April 2014)

How Deans Should Game the Above the Law Rankings

Law.com (April 2014)

Transparency Review in Advance of New Law School Jobs Data

Law.com (March 2014)

Five Failures of the U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report (September 2013)

Should Law School Be Reduced to Two Years?

National Jurist (August 2013)

Deliberations for a prospective law student

ABA Journal (May 2013)

What's driving change in legal education and why you should care

Huffington Post (March 2013)

When Solutions Only Look Like Solutions

Huffington Post (December 2012)

The Problem With Law School

National Law Journal (July 2012)

ABA standards stand in the way of law school reform

The Careerist (December 2011)

The Cooley Strategy Exposed

National Law Journal (November 2011)

A Law School Fantasy: Slashing Costs and Improving Preparedness

National Law Journal (October 2011)

Reimagining Legal Education

New York Post (October 2011)

Do law schools defraud students?

National Law Journal (September 2011)

ABA should make law schools provide better job statistics now

Beyond Hearsay (February 2011)

Helping Future Generations of Lawyers

Essays

LawSchoolCafe.org

New Study on Economic Value of a Law Degree, July 19, 2013

Proposed Employment Data Change, June 05, 2013

The Federal Gov't's Massive, Declining Investment in Legal Education, May 22, 2013

LawSchoolTransparency.com

LST Calls for Dean's Resignation and ABA Investigation, May 20, 2012

Rankings Pressure as a Motivating Force for Fraud, November 11, 2011

Class Actions as a Tool of Social Change, October 10, 2011

Revisiting the ABA Section of Legal Education as a Captured Agency, August 02, 2011

SBA President Coalition Endorses Ideas Behind New Bill, May 18, 2011

Proposing a New Standard to Require Scholarship Retention Data, April 30, 2011

NYLS's Deceptive Practices, April 29, 2011

LST's Proposal: Job Outcome List and National Salary Database, March 29, 2011

509 Subcommittee's Draft Proposal: An Explanation and Evaluation, March 27, 2011

Three Critical Features for the ABA's Collective Solution to Employment Reporting, March 23, 2011

The Current Employment Information Reported to the ABA, March 22, 2011

Apathy For Applicants Continues: Ave Maria Backs Out, February 23, 2011

Is a Stanford Degree Worth It?, February 17, 2011

ABA's Young Lawyers Division Adopts Transparency Resolution, February 14, 2011

January ABA Standards Review Committee Meeting, January 07, 2011

Questionnaire Committee Hearing Recap, December 23, 2010

U.S. News Expresses Support for Greater Data Transparency, December 21, 2010

U.S. News to Reform Its Disclosure of Surveyed Employment Data, December 10, 2010

Shocked about Kaplan's Survey Results? New Info Comes to Light, December 03, 2010

Why Involve Admissions Offices?, November 18, 2010

Introduction to ABA's Initiatives on Law School Transparency, November 11, 2010

A Big Tent: With LST Compliance, Everyone Wins, October 07, 2010

Regulatory Comments

Notice & Comment Memo on ABA Consumer Protection (ABA Standards 316 and 501), July 2016

To the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education: Interpreting and Enforcing Standard 501(b), October 2015

Comment to ABA Recommending Against New Data Policy, July 2013

Comment on the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education's Working Paper, February 2013

Notice & Comment Memo on ABA Consumer Protection (ABA Standard 509), May 2012

Notice & Comment Memo on ABA Consumer Protection (ABA Standard 509), November 2011

Comment to ABA Imploring Cooperation with NALP, August 2011

Notice & Comment Memo on ABA Consumer Protection (ABA Standard 509), July 2011

Notice & Comment Memo on ABA Consumer Protection (ABA Standard 509), April 2011

Testimony for ABA Hearing on Consumer Information, December 2010

Speaking Engagements

Young Lawyers Division Standard 316 Debate

January 30, 2017

Kyle McEntee and David Frakt debated two law professors about the revisions the ABA made to Standard 316. They addressed the ABA Young Lawyers Division in advance of the ABA House of Delegates vote on the standard.

National Public Radio, Charlotte Talks

January 25, 2017, Charlotte, NC

Kyle McEntee joined several guests on Mike Collins' live show on WFAE (an NPR affiliate) to discuss Charlotte School of Law's struggles.

Campbell Law School

September 7, 2016, Raleigh, NC

Kyle McEntee presented to the law school faculty about LST's history and initiatives, followed by a Q&A.

Women In The Law Roundtable at Elon Law about Women Lawyers in the Media

September 6, 2016, Greensboro, NC

Kyle McEntee and Olympia Duhart moderated a roundtable discussion for LST's new mini-series on women in the legal profession. Participants included an Elon Law faculty member, pop culture expert, several practicing attorneys, and a justice for the North Carolina State Supreme Court. The event was recorded and will be released in late 2016 alongside an NPR-style episode about the theme.

Legal Hackers 2016 International Summit

July 16, 2016, New York, NY

Kyle McEntee talks about how the internet democratizes power and influence through a brief history of successful LST projects.

PreLaw Advisors National Council (PLANC) Quadrennial Conference

June 9, 2016, Chicago, IL

Kyle McEntee presented to an audience of prelaw advisors and law school admissions representatives about the available consumer information, perils of the U.S. News rankings, and resources provided by LST.

National Conference of Bar Examiners

April 15, 2016, Washington D.C.

Kyle McEntee and David Frakt, the chair of LST's national advisory council, presented the findings of the 2015 State of Legal Education to an audience of more than 450, which included state bar examiners from 53 jurisdictions and state supreme court justices from 35 states.

BronxNet

March 8, 2016, New York City, NY

Kyle McEntee appeared live on the local Bronx station to discuss the Uniform Bar Exam, Thomas Jefferson School of Law lawsuit over deceptive employment statistics, and LST's role in the legal profession.

National Public Radio, Radio Times

November 20, 2015, Philadelphia, PA

Kyle McEntee appeared live on Radio Times for an hour to discuss LST's investigation into law school admissions and retention practices with Jordan Weissman (Slate) and Roger Dennis (Dean, Drexel Law; Member, Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education).

Admissions Straight Talk

November 11, 2015

Kyle McEntee joined host Linda Abraham to discuss law schools.

California Public Radio, Wagner and Winick on the Law

November 7, 2015, Monterey, CA

Kyle McEntee appeared live on the program for nearly two hours to discuss LST's 2015 State of Legal Education report.

Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference

October 2, 2015, Denver, CO

Kyle McEntee participated on a panel of external influencers of legal education to discuss how to change law schools from the outside.

2015 NAPLA Annual Conference

June 16, 2015, New York, NY

Kyle McEntee presented to a crowd of prelaw advisors and law school admissions staffers on employment data and various tools for making law school application decisions.

Should Law Schools Drop the LSAT Requirement? HuffPost Live Segment

March 10, 2015, New York, NY

Kyle McEntee appeared live on HuffPost Live to discuss the new ABA accreditation requirement that allows law schools to admit up to 10% of the class without an LSAT score.

Minnesota Public Radio, The Daily Circuit

February 18, 2015, Minneapolis, MN

During an hour-long call-in show, Kyle McEntee and Eric Janus (dean at William Mitchell College of Law) discussed law school economics, how and why things have changed, and where things are going.

NAPLA Boston Connect

February 6, 2015, Boston, MA

Kyle McEntee made a presentation, "Understanding Consumer Information," which explained employment and cost information to pre-law advisers, as well as how to use LST's web tools. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.

North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors

January 22, 2015, Cary, NC

Kyle McEntee presented to the bar association board, staff, and members on how the LST Reports can unbind law schools and prospective law students from the toxic influence of the U.S. News rankings on decision-making.

ABA Task Force on Legal Education Financing

August 9, 2014, Boston, MA

Kyle McEntee addressed the Task Force for 75 minutes with a speech followed by a Q&A on student loan reform, the impact of student debt on individual lives, and real debt and cost statistics.

OpenGov Hub

June 19, 2014, Washington, D.C.

Kyle McEntee spoke at a luncheon to transparency advocates on how LST increased access to information and improved the quality of that information.

Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisers

June 17, 2014, Baltimore, MD

Kyle McEntee explained employment and cost information to pre-law advisers, as well as how to use LST's web tools. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.

Above the Law Attorney@Blog Conference

May 13, 2014, New York, NY

Kyle McEntee participated in a panel, "Technology as an Agent of Change," where he discussed how LST used technology to build its credibility and compel change. He was joined by Elie Mystal (Above the Law), Karen Sloan (National Law Journal), and Josh Peck (Duane Morris).

Tennessee State Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

October 29, 2013, Nashville, TN

Kyle McEntee was an invited guest of the committee chair to discuss problems with legal education. The two other guests were Dean Douglas Blaze (Tennessee) and Dean Peter Letsou (Memphis).

ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education

August 10, 2013, San Francisco, CA

Kyle McEntee presented to the Task Force with comments about how it can improve its working paper, specifically focusing on urgency, the importance of reestablishing trust in legal education, and methods for improving the quality of post-graduation jobs data.

United States Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference

May 2, 2013, Fort Worth, TX

Kyle McEntee participated on a panel, "The Future of Legal Education," with Judge Royal Furgeson (future law dean at University of North Texas), Dean Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College of Law), Dean Maria Lopez (Loyola – New Orleans School of Law), and Debby Merritt (law professor at Ohio State). Over 500 guests were in attendance, including judges from the Fifth Circuit and its feeder courts.

Western Association of Pre-Law Advisers

April 13, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Kyle McEntee made a presentation, "Understanding Consumer Information," which explained employment and cost information to pre-law advisers, as well as how to use LST's web tools. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.

Utah Law School

April 12, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Kyle McEntee presented to students, staff, and professors about LST's history and legal education reform. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.

Villanova Law School

March 26, 2013, Villanova, PA

Kyle McEntee presented to the law school faculty about LST's history and initiatives, followed by a Q&A.

ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education

February 9, 2013, Dallas, TX

Derek Tokaz presented three suggestions for the Task Force to consider in drafting its report.

ABA Section of Legal Education Council Meeting

December 1, 2012, Denver, CO

In an unprepared speech, Kyle McEntee addresses the council about the successes of the ABA and the opportunities it can still capitalize upon in protecting students and holding law schools accountable.

Symposium on the Law School in the New Legal Environment, Washington University School of Law

October 26, 2012, St. Louis, MO

Kyle McEntee was a featured panelist on "Affordability and Access to Legal Education in the New Legal Environment." He was joined by Dean Steve Willborn, (LSAC Chair, and former Nebraska Law dean), Chris Chapman (CEO, Access Group), Debby Merritt (law Professor at Ohio State), and Jerry Organ (law professor at University of St. Thomas). The panel was followed by a Q&A.

National Public Radio, Radio Boston

July 12, 2012

During a 30 minute call-in show, Kyle McEntee and Dean Vincent Rougeau (Boston College) discussed the future of legal education. After the host asked questions, callers were invited to ask questions about the topic.

Minnesota Public Radio, The Daily Circuit

April 19, 2012

During an hour-long call-in show, Kyle McEntee and Aaron Taylor (law professor at St. Louis University) discussed whether or when law school is worth it. After the host asked questions, callers were invited to ask questions pertaining to legal education reform and the law school cost-benefit analysis.

Global Legal Education Forum, Harvard Law School

March 25, 2012, Cambridge, MA

Kyle McEntee was on the featured panel of the three-day conference, "Are Law Schools in Crisis?" He was joined by David Segal (Reporter, New York Times), Dean Bryant Garth (Southwestern Law School, Co-Editor Journal of Legal Education), and Lauren Robel (President of AALS, Provost of Indiana University, former Indiana law dean). The panel unpacked the crisis in legal education with a view towards proposing concrete initiatives for identified issues. The panel was followed by a Q&A.

ABA Standards Review Committee

November 11, 2011, Chicago, IL

Kimber Russell presents on behalf of LST to the committee on the importance of revising Standard 509's prohibition of deceptive disclosure, increasing law school oversight, and mandating certain disclosures.

Center for American Progress

October 19, 2011, Washington, D.C.

Kyle McEntee participated in a private convening of advocates who represent the interests of students on higher education policy issues to discuss ways to make student advocacy efforts as effective as possible.

CNN, Sunday Morning with T.J. Holmes

September 4, 2011, Atlanta, GA

In a live television interview, Kyle McEntee explains why law schools are facing criticism about their job placement figures and how LST seeks to stop the unethical practices.

ABA Journal Roundtable

January 24, 2011

Kyle McEntee participated in a podcast roundtable. He was joined by Dean David Yellen (Loyola – Chicago Law, chair of the Standard 509 subcommittee), Anna Stolley Persky (lawyer and journalist), and Kimber Russell (lawyer and blogger). They discussed the criticisms facing law schools, from the quality of education to the way schools recruit new members of the legal profession.

ABA Questionnaire Committee Hearing

November 8, 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The committee chair, Dean Art Gaudio (Western New England School of Law), invited testimony, written and oral, from LST. Kyle McEntee presented to the committee on the shortcomings of the current questionnaire, an annual accreditation requirement. Specifically, he outlined why the ABA was complicit with law schools' deceptive recruiting tactics and shared LST's proposal for the data the ABA ought to be collecting. He fielded questions from members.

Tennessee Judicial Conference

June 24, 2010, Nashville, TN

During a program called "The Changing Face of the Bar," Patrick Lynch presented the problems LST identified regarding deceptive recruiting tactics at U.S. law schools. Following his presentation, he participated in a panel discussion with Dean Joe Loser (Nashville School of Law), Dean Jeff Kinsler (Belmont University School of Law), Assistant Dean Julie Sandine (Vanderbilt Law), Justice William Koch (Tennessee Supreme Court), and Judge Randy Kennedy (Seventh Circuit Court of Tennessee). Lawyers and judges from around the state were in attendance.

ABA Journal Roundtable

June 7, 2010

Kyle McEntee participated in a podcast roundtable called "How Law Schools Can Help Next Gen Lawyers Take Gamble Out of Hefty Tuition." He was joined by Dean Donald Polden (Santa Clara Law, chair of the ABA Standards Review Committee) and Dean David Van Zandt (Northwestern University Law School). They discussed deceptive recruiting tactics, the ABA's role in ensuring a fairer entry to the profession, the job market, and the cost of law school.