T-14 or not T-14? Is That Even the Question?

T-14 or not T-14? Is That Even the Question?

People go to great lengths to get into elite law schools, but is it worth it? On this week’s episode, Jelena and Branden sit down with Evan Parker, Ph.D. to answer that very question.

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People go to great lengths to get into elite law schools, but is it worth it? On this week’s episode, Jelena and Branden sit down with Evan Parker, Ph.D., founding partner of Parker Analytics to answer that very question.

But the answer—and there is indeed an answer—is really only the starting point of a deeper conversation about hiring practices in the legal field, including how things are changing, how they ought to change further, and how future lawyers can use Dr. Parker’s hard-won insights to increase their chances of landing a great law firm job.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. How law firms decide whom to hire, as well as how to use that information to your advantage as an applicant
  2. How diversity at a law firm results in increased profitability
  3. Why law firms hire data scientists like Dr. Parker
  4. What steps law firms do and don’t take to correct their hiring practices
  5. Which characteristics in a law firm hiree are predictive of success, and which aren’t
  6. What Malcolm Gladwell thinks about the LSAT

Thanks to Dr. Evan Parker for joining us to share his knowledge and expertise!

Links and Further Resources from This Episode:

Dr. Parker’s Firm, Parker Analytics, LLC: https://www.parkeranalytics.us/

Dr. Parker’s Appearance on Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” Podcast: http://bit.ly/3tfl47L

Dr. Parker’s Appearance on the “Modern Lawyer” Podcast: http://bit.ly/3vjjaF0

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


Evan Parker

Evan Parker

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