Law School Never Taught Me To Be An Entrepreneur

One law school’s credit rating drops to junk-bond status

Brooklyn Law students enroll in a business course on entrepreneurship online taught at Stanford for free. And, every toddler knows how to hold a mobile phone, or order pizza from his dads iPad. The year 1996 was simply one starting point of change. My colleagues and I have been privileged to address many other legislative and regulatory issues including cyber business, healthcare, and energy all in helping level the playing field for free and fair competition. Simply put, those of us who work as lawyer/lobbyists have been there to answer the entrepreneurs battle cry: There is a better way! We worked to open competition, enable technological deployment and expand entrepreneurs horizons. Still, no one taught us how to work with an entrepreneur. I, for one, had to learn it all myself along the way. But, even my on-the-job training did not result in my learning to be an entrepreneur. I do not think it can be taught. <br>visit

The so-called "Merry Christmas Law" is backed by social conservatives who feel that seasonal religious festivities have come under attack because of political correctness. It also covers the Jewish celebration of Hanukah, which ended earlier this month. "We hope to see fewer school districts being naughty and more districts being nice," said conservative activist Jonathan Saenz, president of a group called Texas Values. The measure, passed nearly unanimously by the Texas legislature this year, allows students and district staff to "offer traditional greetings regarding celebrations, including 'Merry Christmas,' 'Happy Hanukkah' and 'Happy Holidays'." It also allows teachers and students to sing Christmas songs, erect Christmas trees, holiday decorations and nativity scenes, as long as they do not include a "message that encourages adherence to a particular religion's belief." Supporters said some schools have dropped Christmas celebrations in favor of things such as non-religious winter festivities out of regard for the feeling of students who are not Christian. <br>visit

Texas law safeguards Christmas cheer in schools

The result is a growing gap in credit quality between law schools, report TaxProf Blog and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (sub. req.) The report notes that the number of first-year students is now at levels last seen during the late 1990s, when there were about 20 fewer law schools. S&P rates 123 of the nations ABA-accredited law schools, including five stand-alone schools not affiliated with a larger university. Credit quality for those five schools has been deteriorating, along with the credit profiles of universities with lower credit ratings that had previously relied on law schools for extra cash, according to the report (PDF). We believe the credit profiles of law schools has diverged, the report says, with the strong becoming stronger or remaining stable while the weak are becoming weaker. One stand-alone school, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, saw its credit rating to junk bond status in October, the Law Blog says. The school now has a B + rating with a negative outlook. The ratings for the five stand-alones are: New York Law School (A-/Negative) Brooklyn Law School (BBB+/Negative) Albany Law School (BBB/Stable) Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan (BBB/Negative) Thomas Jefferson School of Law (B+/Negative) The report also notes weak law school demand, in terms of applications or enrollment, at Widener University, Pa.; Regent University, Va.; University of Puerto Rico; Pace University, N.Y.; Western New England University, Mass.; Suffolk University, Mass.; and Nova Southeastern University, Fla. Prior coverage: <br>visit

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