Law School News

Drinking is a Problem for 1 in 3 Lawyers, Study Finds

By Karen Sloan |

More than a third of practicing attorneys in the United States are problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression, according to a new study conducted by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Michael Olivas.

Education Law Expert Tapped As University of Houston Interim President

By Karen Sloan |

Officials at the University of Houston have tapped Michael Olivas, a prominent expert on education and immigration law, as the interim president of the university's downtown campus. Olivas, a former president of the Association of American Law Schools, has taught at the University of Houston Law Center since 1982.

Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, IL.

DePaul Law Students Dump Trump (Tower)

By Karen Sloan |

Like the Iowans who caucused earlier this week, students at DePaul University College of Law have rejected Trump—Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, that is. The law school decided to move its annual Barrister's Ball from the Donald Trump-affiliated hotel and condominium building to another venue after students protested.

Haitian community members practice taking field measurements of water quality with NYU students and researchers in Haiti's North department.  April 26, 2015.

NYU and Columbia Law Schools Launch Human Rights Lab

By Karen Sloan |

Human Rights Watch is teaming up with two New York law schools to develop new techniques for investigating human rights issues.

Villanova University School of Law.

Villanova Law Dean Takes University President Job in Hawaii

By Karen Sloan |

A week after announcing a $25 million donation and name change, Villanova University's law school is losing its dean. John Gotanda, who has led the newly renamed Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law since 2011, was appointed Monday as the next president of Hawai'i Pacific University in Honolulu. He will take over on June 1.

Full-time Job Offers to Summer Associates at Highest Rate in Decade

By Karen Sloan |

An impressive 95 percent of law students who spent last summer clerking at a law firm received an offer to work full-time at the firm after graduation.

Matthew Parlow.

Sporty New Dean for Chapman Law School

By Karen Sloan |

The next dean of the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law has one foot in the legal academy and the other in the world of professional sports. University officials have tapped Matthew Parlow, an associate dean at Marquette University Law School, to replace outgoing law dean Tom Campbell.

Andrew Perlman.

Law School's New Job Program Isn't 'J.D.-Lite,' Dean Says

By Karen Sloan |

It’s not high-level lawyering, but it's a job. Suffolk University Law School has partnered with legal process outsourcing firm Integreon Inc. to launch a new program in which law and undergraduate students work part-time on document review and other tasks while on the school's Boston campus.

Brigham Young University.

Treatment of Ex-Mormons and Gays Spurs Complaint Against BYU

By Karen Sloan |

Brigham Young University has been hit with a complaint claiming that the law school's expulsion of ex-Mormons violates the American Bar Association's nondiscrimination rules. A group of university alumni called FreeBYU filed the complaint with the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar against Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School.

The University of Georgia School of Law's library.

Georgia Law School Gets $2M for 'Tuition-Plus' Scholarship

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Georgia School of Law has received $2 million to establish the Philip H. Alston Jr. Distinguished Law Fellows program that will provide full tuition and professional-development opportunities to a small number of exceptional students.

Snow covered a downtown Washington street on Sunday, Jan. 24.

D.C.-Area Law Schools Get Snow Day, G’town Uses Online Plan

By Karen Sloan |

Like all other law schools in Washington and Baltimore, Georgetown University Law Center remained closed on Monday as city workers scrambled to clear roads and restore public transportation in the aftermath of the year’s first blizzard. But the snow day wasn’t a ticket out of class for all Georgetown law students. About 25 percent of the law school’s approximately 100 scheduled classes met Monday with faculty and students connecting online rather than in the classroom.

<b>JUMP-START:</b> Ricky Tai expects to begin a job ahead of other grads.

Bellying Up To The Bar Exam Early

By Karen Sloan |

New York's novel pro bono program opens to out-of-state third-year law students.

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Librarian Sues South Texas College of Law for Racial Discrimination

By Karen Sloan |

A former law librarian at the South Texas College of Law has sued the school, claiming he faced racial discrimination on the job and was unlawfully terminated in 2014 after reporting the harassment.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaking at Harvard Law School on January 13, 2016.

Loretta Lynch to Law Students: ‘It’s Hard to Leave the Accepted Path’

By Karen Sloan |

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was at Harvard Law School to discuss criminal justice reform. But many of her remarks focused on her own career path, the importance of public interest legal work, and how law students can identify their interests and passions.

Villanova University School of Law.

Villanova Law Gets $25 Million and a New Name

By Karen Sloan |

Villanova University School of Law has landed a $25 million gift and a new name in honor of the alumni donor. University officials announced Wednesday that the school will now be known as the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Widger, the founder of investment management firm Brinker Capital, graduated from the Philadelphia law school in 1973 and serves on its board of consultors.

Texas A&M University acquired the Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2013.

Texas Wesleyan Law Grads Lose Diploma Fight with Texas A&M

By Karen Sloan |

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law graduates have lost a bid to force Texas A&M University School of Law&mdashwhich acquired their alma mater in 2013—to grant them new diplomas with the A&M name.

University of Arizona and Ocean University of China officials gathered at the student orientation for the first class of the dual degree program in fall 2015.

Two Law Schools Launch Degree Programs in China

By Karen Sloan |

Two U.S. law schools are expanding into China with new degrees—one of which is the first of its kind.

Duke University Law School in Durham, NC.

Duke Law School Pairs Up with Judicial Education Group

By Karen Sloan |

Duke Law School next year will begin co-hosting the Appellate Judges Education Institute’s annual summit, further sharpening its focus on the judiciary.

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier addresses the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court after arguments in the same-sex marriage cases, Obergefell v Hodges.  April 28, 2015.

Tennessee Wants Law Firm Billing Records Unsealed in Gay Marriage Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Lawyers for the state of Tennessee want a federal judge to unseal the billing records of Ropes & Gray and other law firms that successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

An immigrant woman having what appeared to be a panic attack is helped by other immigrants as desperate asylum-seekers of three accepted nationalities queue to enter FYROM/Macedonia from Greece, on December 4, 2015.  Macedonia enacted new border restrictions that limit accepted asylum seekers to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghanis.

Law Students Give Legal Aid to Syrian Refugees

By Karen Sloan |

Law students from around the country are assisting Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland—and gaining practical experience at the same time.

Justice Stephen Breyer, right, with professor Alan Morrison of George Washington Law school, left, speaking during the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Breyer Tells Law Profs, Judges: Go Travel the World (For Work)

By Karen Sloan |

A relaxed Justice Stephen Breyer was equal parts jurist and comedian on Thursday before a friendly law professor crowd, as the U.S. Supreme Court justice poked fun at himself, the profession, and the process of promoting his new book.

Men identified as victims of police torture under the command of retired Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, stand to be recognized by the Chicago City Council, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Chicago. The council approved a $5.5 million fund to compensate victims of police torture.

Chicago Law Students Aid Victims of Decades-Old Police Torture

By Karen Sloan |

Two Chicago law schools have played key roles in obtaining justice for those tortured during the tenure of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge. Students and professors at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law have helped dozens of victims who were tortured into confessions by Burge's cabal of detectives—a group that became known as "The Midnight Crew."