Law School News

Union Trust Building, home to the American Bar Association at 740 15th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.

ABA Rejects Pay-for-Externs Proposal, LSAT Exemption

By Karen Sloan |

Law students won’t be allowed to receive both pay and academic credit for externships this year after all.

ABA Tackles Law School Debt

By Karen Sloan |

Law schools don’t prepare graduates for the financial realities they’ll face when their student loans come due, an American Bar Association task force has concluded after a year spent examining legal education costs. Next week, the House of Delegates will take up a proposal to fix that.

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade will be the next dean of the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. Wade is retiring from the court after nine years.

Tennessee Justice Named Law Dean At Lincoln University

By Karen Sloan |

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade will be the next dean of Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law.

James Leipold.

Job Placements Up For Smaller Class of Law School Grads

By Karen Sloan |

The law school class of 2014 enjoyed slightly better success on the entry-level job market than its did predecessor, according to employment figures released on Thursday by NALP, the National Association for Law Placement.

<b>TARNISHED:</b> Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch in the movie version of the first book.

Atticus' Teachable Moment

By Karen Sloan |

Atticus Finch — unimpeachable lawyer and civil rights champion, or unapologetic racist? Readers have struggled to reconcile these two versions of fiction's most iconic attorney since the July 14 publication of Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman," set some 20 years after the events of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

<b>'WATCHMAN':</b> Harper Lee's novel on sale in Washington.

Law Professors React to The 'Shocking' News About Atticus Finch

Law profs compare and contrast "Mockingbird" Atticus and "Watchman" Atticus.

Maureen O'Rourke.

BU Law, Alumni Boost Public-Interest Fellowships

By Karen Sloan |

Boston University School of Law is bolstering its graduate public-interest fellowship program with a $2 million influx of funding.

University of Baltimore School of Law, housed in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center.

Schools Collaborate on Baltimore Legal Practice Incubator

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law are launching an incubator to help recent graduates launch solo practices while serving low-income clients.

Prelaw Students Sweating Over Earning Good Grades

By Karen Sloan |

Prospective law students are far more concerned about getting good grades than fitting in on campus, according to a poll of people studying for the Law School Admission Test.

Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Indiana Tech Law Offers Free Ride for All Students

By Karen Sloan |

Indiana Tech Law School will provide free tuition to every student next year, administrators have announced. The move follows the school’s failure to secure provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in June.

Emory University School of Law.

$1 Million Gift for Religious-Freedom Project at Emory Law

By Karen Sloan |

An anonymous donor has given $1 million to Emory University School of Law. The money will fund a four-year project on religious freedom, which will be run out of the school’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Officer Dave Northway of the Tallahassee Police Department, provides an update on the investigation into the murder of Florida State University Law Professor Daniel Markel, July 17, 2015.

Reward Spike at First Anniversary of Law Prof’s Slaying

By Karen Sloan |

A year has passed since the shooting death of Dan Markel, a prominent professor at Florida State University College of Law, and the Tallahassee Police Department has yet to make an arrest or disclose any suspects.

University of Illinois College of Law.

New Trial Ordered in Alleged Stalking at Illinois Law

By Karen Sloan |

A former student at the University of Illinois College of Law will get another chance to prove in court that he did not stalk a classmate and should be allowed back on campus.

Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?

By Karen Sloan |

Legal educators are cautiously optimistic that the 2015-16 academic year will mark the low point for law school enrollment, and that the number of applicants next year will start to recover from a five-year slide.

Maxine Ellend celebrates her 98th birthday with her nephew, Max Steinkopf, while holding a photo of her late husband Herbert.

Alumnus' Widow Gives Rutgers Law $1M for Scholarships

By Karen Sloan |

The widow of a lawyer who graduated from the Rutgers School of Law–Newark has given the law school $1 million for student scholarships.

Kenmore Square.

Boston Law Schools Launch Joint Practice Incubator

By Karen Sloan |

Three Boston law schools are teaming up to launch a practice incubator that will serve low- and modest-income clients.

Barack Obama.

NYU Law Unveils Clemency Pro Bono Law Office

By Karen Sloan |

New York University School of Law is launching a yearlong pro bono law office that will help federal prisoners seek clemency.

Fired Prof’s Lawsuit Against University of DC Law Survives

By Karen Sloan |

A professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law who was denied tenure then fired in 2013 may move forward with his breach-of-contract claim against the university, a federal judge has ruled.

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.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Indiana Law Freezes Tuition, With Three-Year Guarantee

By Karen Sloan |

Indiana University Maurer School of Law–Bloomington is freezing and locking in tuition.

Rutgers Camden Law School donor James Maida, right, with his wife Sharon Maida, and student recipient Josh Bauers, left, on July 2, 2015 in Lavellete, NJ.

Rutgers Law Given $1M to Promote Public-Interest Jobs

By Karen Sloan |

Students at Rutgers University’s two law campuses will have new opportunities to pursue public-interest positions because of a $1 million alumnus donation.

Dean Susan Poser of the University of Nebraska College of Law.

California’s Practical-Skills Plan Alarms Out-of-State Deans

By Karen Sloan |

The State Bar of California is pushing forward with a proposal to require candidates for admission to the profession to have completed 15 credit hours of practical training, over objections from deans around the country.

Vikram Amar.

New Dean at Illinois Law Negotiated His Salary Down

By Karen Sloan |

Vikram David Amar, an associate dean of the University of California, Davis School of Law, is poised to become the next dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.

Veteran Conley Monk, left, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Yale graduate Jennifer McTiernan.

Yale Helps PTSD Sufferers

Students in Yale Law School's then-new Veterans Benefits Clinic were conducting client intake in 2010 when they met a Vietnam War veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who had left the military with an "other-than-honorable" discharge. Since then, Yale students have encountered enough Vietnam vets with PTSD to warrant a closer look at the problem.

<b>MILITARY MONDAYS:</b> A veteran confers with counselors at a Starbucks in Virginia.

Law Clinics Answer the Call

By Karen Sloan |

The number of law school clinics and pro bono projects addressing veterans' unmet legal needs has exploded.

Jack Weiss.

LSU Law Dean Steps Aside, Citing Faculty Dissent

By Karen Sloan |

Jack Weiss, dean and chancellor of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, has announced plans to step down effective on Aug. 1. He has led the law school since 2007, but cited clashes with the faculty as his reason for vacating the post.