Law School News

(l-r) Assistant Dean for Admissions Barbara Ayars, Dean Rod Smolla, and Professor Stephen Friedman, associate dean for academic affairs, taking part in the celebration commemorating the opening of Widener University Delaware Law School on July 1, 2015.

Widener Split Takes Effect: There Are Two Law Schools Now

By Karen Sloan |

Widener University’s two law campuses began operating as separate schools this week, completing a split officials first announced in March.

Harvard Law School Library in Langdell Hall at night.

In This Alternative Universe, Harvard Law Ranks No. 1

By Karen Sloan |

Yale Law School has landed at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings for years, but Harvard Law School reigns supreme on an alternative list released by University of North Carolina School of Law Professor Alfred Brophy.

Teresa Manning.

Second Jury Sides With Iowa Law on Political-Bias Claims

By Karen Sloan |

For the second time, a federal jury in Iowa has rejected claims that officials at the University of Iowa College of Law discriminated against a former part-time legal writing instructor because of her conservative views.

Demonstrators celebrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments after the court announced its opinion in the  case Obergefell v Hodges, making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.  June 26, 2015.

Law Professors See 'Tremendous Historical Import' of Ruling

By Karen Sloan |

Law schools are out of session for the summer, but faculty members spent Friday parsing the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges and the three dissenting opinions. The case had generated a near record number of amicus briefs, many written or signed by law professors.

Michigan State Helps Lawyers, Students Harness Social Media

By Karen Sloan |

Attention law students and lawyers: Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, with a professional-looking photo? Do you use Twitter to make connections? If not, you need to up your social-media game, according to Daniel Linna Jr. of Michigan State University College of Law.

Female Deans Taking Charge

By Karen Sloan |

Since 1989, women who run law schools have dined together during an annual American Bar Association workshop for leaders in legal education. Tradition dictates that each attendee talk about her greatest success and failure during the year. They share support and ideas.

(l-r) Fordham University School of Law Professor Susan Scafidi, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and Fordham University Provost Stephen  Freedman announced Monday that the law school will offer an LL.M. and a separate master's degree for nonlawyers in fashion law.

Fordham Expands Fashion Law Studies With Degree Programs

By Karen Sloan |

Fordham University School of Law broke new ground in 2010 when it launched the first academic center devoted to fashion law. Now the school is following up with two first-of-their-kind degree programs in fashion law: an LL.M. for attorneys and a master of studies for nonlawyers.

University of Iowa College of Law.

Retrial Begins on Would-Be Law Prof’s Political Bias Claims

By Karen Sloan |

A former part-time legal writing instructor at the University of Iowa College of Law, who claims she was passed over for a faculty position because of her conservative political views, is back in court nearly three years after a jury first pondered her case.

University of North Carolina School of Law Van Hecke-Wettach Building portico at dusk.

State Senate Proposes Stripping $3M from UNC Law

By Karen Sloan |

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have once again set their sights on the University of North Carolina School of Law. The state Senate has voted, 30-19, to strip $3 million from the law school in Chapel Hill—more than 10 percent of its proposed $27.2 million budget for next fiscal year.

Dennis Archer.

ABA Task Force: Bring Law School Costs Down

By Karen Sloan |

Law schools should provide students with better debt counseling, report more information about their revenues and expenditures, and experiment with ways to make a law degree more affordable, an American Bar Association task force has recommended.

Alfred Mathewson, left, and Sergio Pareja, right.

Dean’s Job at New Mexico Law Called Too Big for One Person

By Karen Sloan |

The University of New Mexico School of Law has named co-deans to lead the school beginning on Aug. 1. Alfred Mathewson and Sergio Pareja are professors at the Albuquerque law school.

A woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Law Schools: Give Migrant Children Legal Representation

By Karen Sloan |

The U.S. government should guarantee legal representation to unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, end expedited processing of those children and families, and begin recognizing gang violence as a basis for asylum claims. Those are among recommendations Tuesday by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools following a study of efforts to represent asylum seekers from Central America.

West Virginia University College of Law.

West Virginia Law Devotes $2.6M Gift to Building Program

By Karen Sloan |

The West Virginia University College of Law has received a $2.6 million donation from the Barbara B. Highland Charitable Trust. The law school will put the money toward its $26 million campus renovation and expansion project.

Arizona Summit Defends Encouraging Grads to Delay Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

The dean of Arizona Summit Law School this week defended paying stipends to graduates who delay sitting for the bar examination to extend their test preparation.

Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

ABA Denies Accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Indiana Tech Law School will have to wait for the American Bar Association’s seal of approval. The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has denied the Fort Wayne law school’s bid for provisional accreditation.

Martin Brinkley makes remarks during UNC-Chapel Hill's announcement of Brinkley as the 14th dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. June 5, 2015.

Transactions Attorney Tapped as North Carolina Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

The University of North Carolina School of Law found its next leader outside academia. Martin Brinkley, a transactions partner in Raleigh law firm Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, will become dean on July 1.

University of Maryland School of Law.

Maryland Launches LLMs in Crisis Management, Cybersecurity

By Karen Sloan |

Floods in Texas and Oklahoma. Ebola in the United States. A terrorist attack or urban riots. Governments, hospitals, universities and businesses must plan for such crises. And, increasingly, they are turning to lawyers to devise response plans.

Darrel Pae, 3L law student at George Washington University Law School, interning at the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C.  February 14, 2014.

Plan to Allow Paid Law Student Externships Advances in ABA

By Karen Sloan |

An American Bar Association panel has taken a step toward allowing law students to draw both pay and academic credit for externships.

Concordia University Law School, Boise, Idaho.

Concordia Law Secures Provisional ABA Accreditation

By Karen Sloan |

Concordia University School of Law’s inaugural graduating class will be eligible to sit for the July bar examination in Idaho after all. The American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted over the weekend to provisionally accredit the Boise law school—clearing the way for its 11 expected graduates to take the test.

Lawsuit: Infilaw Paying Law Grads To Put Off Bar Exam

By Karen Sloan |

A former assistant director of financial aid at Arizona Summit Law School has sued the school, alleging it unlawfully fired her in 2013 after she refused to submit false state tax documents and complained of misleading information about student success.