New York, NY (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
The legal affairs news and information company Lawdragon is proud to announce its release of a watershed survey of lawyer and student satisfaction with their law schools and careers. The Law School Report is headed by Margot Slade, the former editor of Consumer Reports, who brings more than 25 years experience to the challenges of providing better information to aspiring law students.
Results of the survey will be released in September along with a website featuring editorial coverage of legal education.
“Margot Slade will ensure that Lawdragon becomes the trusted, go-to source for news and information about legal education,” said Katrina Dewey, Lawdragon founder and CEO. “She’s an experienced journalist and there is no better thinker in the ratings field."
Slade said one of her goals is to help prospective law students base their choice of schools on meaningful criteria, such as which ones have the best employment rates in the states where those students want to work.
“Our nation’s future lawyers need to understand there is no one best law school for everyone,” Slade said. “We will provide applicants with the information and tools to determine which schools are optimal for them.”
Lawdragon founded its Law School Report in response to the crisis in legal education, a topic that has drawn increasing national attention. A student who obtained a J.D. degree in 2012 had an 85 percent chance of having debt nearing $100,000 and a 27 percent likelihood of not being employed as a lawyer. Only 55 percent of that year’s graduates obtained jobs as lawyers in a profession that has seen entry-level salaries plummet in the past several years.
The company is currently conducting the largest survey ever of lawyer satisfaction with their careers and education. All law school graduates and law students are encouraged to take the three-minute survey to improve legal education in the U.S.:
Slade bring 25 years of experience as a top editor, newsroom manager, reporter and ratings specialist to her role creating quality content on legal education. Her expertise in content development and branding online and in print come from The New York Times, Consumer Reports, Bloomberg News, The Daily Voice and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
At The New York Times, Slade led news teams and departments, serving as National Desk News Editor; Education Life Editor, establishing Campus Life and its stringer network; and as Legal Affairs Editor, covering law and the business of law. As Consumer Reports Editor-in-Chief, she oversaw the leading consumer guide to purchases of goods and services – from cars and hospitals to healthcare and cell phone plans. She led the restructuring and redesign of all print content so that it was readily available and accessible across digital platforms. At the same time, her editorial team won more than a dozen national magazine awards.
Lawdragon is a fast-growing new media company that offers a unique platform for lawyers to reach consumers. In addition to attorney guides such as the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and the upcoming Law School Report, the website provides free legal news and features as well as a searchable database of legal professionals that includes online profiles of attorneys and firms. Attorneys can add their professional listing for free and upgrade to a premium profile to better showcase their practices. Visitors can view these listings for free when searching for lawyers, and they can also choose to evaluate listed professionals.