Bitter Factoids 16

Einstein once said, “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” We left the facts as they are.  The theory is up to you. 

6

Number of law firms that made Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in 2010.”

12

Ranking of the highest-placing law firm on the Fortune list, Bingham McCutchen, which ranked #30 on the same list in 2009.

60

Number of Bingham attorneys who attended either Duke (20 associates), Northwestern (13) or University of Virginia (27)—the three schools tied for U.S. News & World Report‘s 12th-place ranking—according to Bingham’s website.

23

Number of credits in Duke’s new, two-semester Law and Entrepreneurship LLM Program, which offers “a valuable foundation for graduates who plan to be involved with innovative business either as advisers or, as is increasingly common, as CEOs or other executives,” according to Duke News.

1,859

Total number of employees at Bingham, according to Fortune magazine.

2

Number of lateral hires that have joined Bingham in the last two months, according to Law Shuck’s Lateral Tracker, a new crowdsourcing application designed to track attorney movements between law firms.

52

Number of days per year partners are allowed to take off as part of English mega-firm Allen & Overy’s new flexible partnership track, according to Telegraph.  Partners are allowed work a minimum of a four day week or take up to 52 days extra leave a year for up to eight years as a way to better retain female partners who have families.

42

Percentage of Allen & Overy solicitors who are female, according to Telegraph.

16

Percentage of Allen & Overy partners who are female—a total count of 72 women out of 458 partners—according to Telegraph.

2,412

Current published rating of Boston College Law School 2L Charles Riordan, who was recently ranked by the United States Chess Federation as one of the top 100 players in the country, according to The Boston College Chronicle.

$999.99

Cost of the (the newest) most expensive iPhone application, a California bar exam preparation program called BarMax CA (app available here), which was designed to be a virtual competitor to BarBri, according to the Business Insider and TechCrunch.

50

Number of pounds of bar exam preparation books and materials that are squeezed into the BarMax CA iPhone app—along with 1,500 real multiple choice and essay practice questions—according to BarMax’s website.

$3,600

Cost of tuition for a BarBri California bar review course, according to BarBri’s website.  BarBri is currently embroiled in a class action lawsuit for allegedly engaging in price fixing with rival companies to prevent undercutting and keep prices sky high, according to Wikipedia

$750

Cost of the BarBri mobile optional upgrade as an iTunes app (available here), which allows you to “study anytime, anywhere with BARBRI mobile for the iPhone® or iPod touch®,” according to the BarBri website.

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3 Comments

  1. BL1Y

    January 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Programs like the one at Allen and Overy are bullshit.  If you’re a partner you should be expected to manage your own schedule.  If you only need to be there four days a week, then no one should complain you didn’t come in one day.  If you case load requires you to work seven days a week, then you simply can’t take advantage of the flex time program.

  2. Anonymous

    January 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    BarBri sucks.

  3. Anonymous

    January 24, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Bubba goes to the revival and listens to the preacher. After a while, the preacher asks anyone with needs to come forward and be prayed over. Bubba gets in line.
    When it’s his turn the preacher says, “Bubba, what you want me to pray about?”
    Bubba says, “Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing.”
    So the preacher puts one finger in Bubba’s ear and the other hand on top of his head and prays a while.
    After a few minutes, he removes his hands and says, “Bubba, how’s your hearing now?”
    Bubba says, “I don’t know preacher, it’s not until next Wednesday in Dallas.

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