Law School News

DePaul University College of Law dean Jennifer Rosato Perea.

New Law Deans Named at DePaul, Widener, Wyoming

By Karen Sloan |

Three law schools have named deans in the past week.

<b>CORNELIUS RANGE:</b> He founded a group for first-generation law students at Columbia.

First in Their Families

By Karen Sloan |

Cornelius Range began First Generation Profession­als, a support group for first-generation students like himself, at Columbia Law School. A growing number of law schools offer programs designed to help students whose parents lack college degrees.

Council Challenges Proposed LSAT Disability Accommodations

An expert panel’s proposals for liberalizing disability accommodations for the Law School Admission Test would undermine the exam’s integrity, the organization that administers the test has argued in court papers.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Alumnus Baier Pledges $20M for Indiana Law Facilities

By Karen Sloan |

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington will rename its building to honor Lowell Baier, who has pledged $20 million from his estate to his alma mater.

Georgetown University Law Center hosts National Security Crisis Simulation Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Crisis Simulation Puts Law Students in the Hot Seat

By Karen Sloan |

A missing nuclear warhead. An outbreak of Ebola. A suspected terrorist with a bulging backpack walking a New York City street. Those are a few of the national security scenarios students from a dozen law schools could face in Washington beginning on Friday as a two-day simulation places them in the role of the nation’s top decision-makers during a crisis.

Study: Law Faculties Short on White Christians, Republicans

By Karen Sloan |

The demographic groups most underrepresented on law faculties include white Christians and Republicans, according to research by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren.

DePaul University College of Law.

$5 Million Gift Bolsters DePaul Health Law Program

By Karen Sloan |

DePaul University College of Law has received a $5 million donation from the Jaharis Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by alumnus and businessman Michael Jaharis.

Richard Ottinger Hall at Pace Law School.

Private Pace to Charge Some Law Students Public-Rate Tuition

By Karen Sloan |

Pace Law School hopes to lure applicants from around the country with a unique offer: Attend the private school in White Plains, N.Y., for the same amount they would pay at a home-state public law school.

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day the Court issued its decisions in key cases regarding the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition 8.  June 26, 2013.

Law Students Tell Justices How Same-Sex Marriage Bans Harm Careers

By Marcia Coyle |

Ten LGBT student organizations, including six from law schools at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, UCLA and New York University, tell the Supreme Court that same-sex marriage nonrecognition laws impose special harms on their members as they try to begin new careers in a highly mobile nation.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Jesuit Law Schools Address Immigration Flood

By Karen Sloan |

Thirteen law schools housed at Jesuit universities will collaborate to help unaccompanied children and immigrant families from Central America seek refuge in the United States.

Small LSAT Spike Doesn’t Mean Law School Slump Is Over

By Karen Sloan |

More people took the Law School Admission Test in February than during the same month last year—4.4 percent more, to be exact. But people who track admission trends warned not to read too much into those numbers.

<b>ANGELI RIOS:</b> She decried a “cumbersome” disability screening process.

Next Round in LSAT Disability Fight

By Karen Sloan |

If an aspiring law student passed an earlier standardized test with an accommodation for a disability, does that merit similar treatment for the Law School Admission Test? Or must he prove again that he needs extra time or a separate testing room?

Carl Levin.

Carl Levin Takes Teaching Post at Wayne State Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Carl Levin has found a new gig following 36 years in the U.S. Senate: law professor.

Keller Hall, home of the University of Dayton School of Law.

New Law Deans Inbound in Cincinnati, Dayton

By Karen Sloan |

Two Ohio law schools have new deans on tap.

University of Iowa College of Law.

Justices OK Retrial for Law Prof's Political Bias Case

By Karen Sloan |

A part-time legal writing instructor at the University of Iowa College of Law who alleges she was passed over for a faculty position because of her conservative political views will get a second chance to prove her case.

Study: Law Grads’ Earning Advantage Seems Recession-Proof

By Karen Sloan |

There’s no use trying to time enrollment in law school so you’ll graduate into a strong job market—the four-year lag is simply too long to allow an accurate economic forecast, new academic research suggests.

Yale Law School.

Yale Remains Atop US News’ List of the Best Law Schools

By Karen Sloan |

Yale Law School remained the best law school in the United States, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, while Stanford Law School moved up one spot to tie Harvard Law School at No. 2.

UC Irvine School of Law.

UC Irvine Debuts at No. 30 on US News List—Missing Goal

By Karen Sloan |

The University of California, Irvine School of Law opened in 2009 with big ambitions—founding dean Erwin Chemerinsky aimed to debut among the Top 20 on the U.S. News and World Report ranking of law schools once it became eligible. He missed—U.C. Irvine snagged the No. 30 spot in the rankings released Tuesday.

Practice Ready? Law Students and Practitioners Disagree

By Karen Sloan |

More than 70 percent of the third-year law students surveyed by bar exam prep company BARBRI believed they “possesses sufficient practice skills.” By contrast, just 56 percent of lawyers who work with new graduates believed most third-year students were prepared to practice

University of Chicago Law School Laird Bell Law Quadrangle.

K&E Foundation Gives $5.5M to Chicago Law’s Corporate Lab

By Karen Sloan |

The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation has donated nearly $5.5 million to support the University of Chicago Law School’s Corporate Lab, which prepares students for corporate law careers and promotes research in that area.

Eastern facade of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Carey Foundation Gives $10M to Penn Law-Wharton Program

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received $10 million from the W.P. Carey Foundation to endow the joint J.D.-MBA program it runs with the Wharton School.

Summer-Associate Hiring Increases for Fifth Straight Year

By Karen Sloan |

Next summer’s law firm summer-associates class is likely to be the largest since 2009, data from the National Association for Law Placement show.

Doha, Qatar.

Northwestern Law To Help Run JD Program in Qatar

By Karen Sloan |

Administrators from Northwestern University School of Law will help to establish the first U.S.-style law school in the Middle East.

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