Law School News

(l-r) Jerome and Phyllis Rappaport at their home in Lincoln, MA, with Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau.

Law and Policy Center Moving to Boston College

By Karen Sloan |

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy—established in 2007 at Suffolk University Law School—has found a new home at Boston College Law School.

In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, employee Lara Herzog trims away leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary.

How's This for Higher Education?

By Karen Sloan |

Vanderbilt University Law School will offer a marijuana law and policy seminar next semester. It is one of a growing number of law school classes focused on marijuana.

Oklahoma City University School of Law in downtown Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Law Completes Its Move Downtown

By Karen Sloan |

When students at the Oklahoma City University School of Law return from their winter break in January, it will be to new yet historic digs.

Brian Tamanaha.

Law School Enrollment Continues Historic Decline

By Karen Sloan |

Law school enrollment fell for the fourth straight year in 2014, according to figures released on Tuesday by the American Bar Association.

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

SMU Law Prof's Comments Prompt Harassment Policy Review

By Karen Sloan |

A complaint by a student at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law that her professor in 2010 referred to her as a “bitch” and “hired bimbo” spurred a federal investigation into the university’s handling of complaints involving sexual harassment, sexual violence and other Title IX violations.

Cisco Vice President Howard Charney, right, with his wife Alida, left.

Grad’s $10M Gift is Santa Clara Law’s Largest on Record

By Karen Sloan |

Santa Clara University School of Law has received $10 million from alumnus and Cisco Systems Inc. senior vice president Howard Charney and his wife, Alida.

Kate Sweeny.

Study Gauges the Stress of Waiting for Bar Exam Results

By Karen Sloan |

Any lawyer can tell you that awaiting the results of the bar examination is stressful. Now there is a study to prove it.

Annette Clark.

ABA OKs First Outpost of Legal Academia in Alaska

By Karen Sloan |

Seattle University School of Law’s long-discussed satellite campus in Alaska will open in fall 2015.

Christopher Cotropia.

Study: Women Law Professors Cited More Often

By Karen Sloan |

For years, evidence that scholarly research produced by women is cited less frequently than that written by men has fed concern about bias and women’s ability to advance within the academy. Fresh research concludes that the opposite is true in legal academia.

Harvard Law School Library in Langdell Hall.

Harvard Law Students Join Drive to Delay Final Exams

By Karen Sloan |

The push to delay law school final examinations in light of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases has spread to Harvard Law School, as administrators at Georgetown University Law Center said students could seek delays on a case-by-case basis.

Parham Williams.

Duncan School of Law Wins Provisional ABA Accreditation

By Karen Sloan |

Three years and one lawsuit later, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law has won provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Columbia Law School.

Minority Push to Delay Finals Spreads to Georgetown Law

By Karen Sloan |

Students from at least two law schools are pushing administrators to postpone final exams in light of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers for killing black men.

Charleston School of Law.

InfiLaw’s Acquisition of Charleston Law Hits Snag at ABA

By Karen Sloan |

The proposed sale of the Charleston School of Law to the venture capital-backed InfiLaw chain of law schools remains in limbo.

Protest at Harvard Law School in support of Michael Brown, the black teenager that was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  December 1, 2014.

Law Students Call For Justice

By Karen Sloan |

Law students across the country have mobilized in the wake of Brown's murder and subsequent police killings of minorities. They have called for the federal government to prosecute police officer Darren Wilson — a possibility that Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. alluded to during a Dec. 1 speech at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Kevin Johnson.

California Campuses To Aid Undocumented Students

By Karen Sloan |

Undocumented students at six of the University of California’s 10 campuses will soon have access to free legal help under a new program spearheaded by the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Concordia University Law School, Boise, Idaho.

Law School’s 3Ls Ineligible To Take July Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

The inaugural class of students at the Concordia University School of Law likely won’t be able to sit for the July 2015 bar exam because the new school has not yet been accredited by the American Bar Association.

Protest at Harvard Law School in support of Michael Brown, the black teenager that was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  December 1, 2014.

Law Students Protest, Rally, Chant Over Ferguson

By Karen Sloan |

A group of University of Pennsylvania law students spent 4 1/2 minutes lying silently on the floor in the entrance of a campus building on Tuesday to represent the hours Michael Brown’s body lay uncovered on a Ferguson, Mo., street after he was killed by a police officer in August.

Barry Freundel.

Georgetown 3L Claims Adjunct Professor Recorded Her Naked

By Karen Sloan |

A third-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center has accused a rabbi and adjunct law professor of using a class assignment involving a traditional Jewish ritual to secretly record her naked.

Teresa Wagner

Law School Asks High Court to Hear Ex-Instructor's Case

By Karen Sloan |

The case of the part-time instructor at the University of Iowa College of Law who claims she was passed over for a faculty job due to her conservative views could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

(l-r)  California Innocence Project Director Justin Brooks, Michael Hanline, and Innocence Project director of litigation Alex Simpson

Clinic Helps Free Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 36 Years

By Karen Sloan |

Michael Hanline is poised to spend his first Thanksgiving outside of prison in 36 years. The longest-serving California inmate found to have been wrongfully convicted, Hanline was released on Nov. 24 after prosecutors owned up to numerous problems with the 1978 murder case against him.

Melanie Wilson

Indiana Tech and Tennessee Name New Law Deans

By Karen Sloan |

Melanie Wilson, now associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Kansas School of Law, and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s associate dean of faculty Charles Cercone assume new deanships in 2015.

The AT&T Building in Charleston, SC, which houses part of the Charleston School of Law

Law School President Quits After Just 8 Days

By Karen Sloan |

The newly appointed president of the Charleston School of Law has resigned after eight days, apparently as a result of infighting among the school’s three owners and uncertainty over its potential sale.