Law School News

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.

Explore the Data Behind the Go-To Law Schools

We've ranked the top 50 law schools by percentage of 2014 juris doctors who took jobs at the largest 250 firms by lawyer head count as identified in The National Law Journal's annual survey of the nation's 350 largest law firms.

University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

In Texas, One Go-To Law School Dominates the Rest

By Karen Sloan |

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. So, apparently, is the University of Texas School of Law’s influence on the state’s law firms.

Howard University School of Law.

Howard Law Punches Above its Weight Class in Placing Grads

By Karen Sloan |

The 50 law schools that send the most graduates into associate jobs at the country’s largest law firms have something in common—each stands among the Top 100 law schools in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. With one notable exception: Howard University School of Law.

Brooklyn Law School.

Go-To Law Schools: Half a Percentage Point Makes the Difference

By Karen Sloan |

Ten law schools came tantalizingly close to landing on The National Law Journal’s Go-To Law Schools list for 2015, which ranks the schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2014 graduates into associate jobs at the largest law firms in the country.

University of Iowa College of Law.

Law School Without the LSAT in Iowa, Buffalo

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Iowa College of Law and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School will henceforth accept high-performing undergraduates who have not taken the Law School Admission Test.

Hastings College of the Law campus.

UC Hastings Capitalizing on Increasingly Trendy Site

By Karen Sloan |

The University of California Hastings College of the Law hopes to replace its aging academic center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with a new building—and to leverage the campus’ proximity to the city’s growing technology hub.

Theodore Ruger.

Penn Law Finds its New Dean Close to Home

By Karen Sloan |

The next dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School will be a familiar face. Long-time faculty member Theodore Ruger will assume the post on July 1, university leaders announced on Tuesday.

Judge: ABA Needn’t Track Disabled Law Students

By Karen Sloan |

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an attorney who claimed the American Bar Association’s failure to collect and disseminate data about law students with disabilities violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Lower Tier Leads in Diversity

By Karen Sloan |

The percentage of African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in law school increased between 2010 and 2013, but those gains came almost exclusively at less prestigious law schools with lower admission standards, according to new research.

William Mitchell College of Law, left, and Hamline University School of Law, right.

Law Schools Merging in Minnesota Amid Enrollment Declines

By Karen Sloan |

Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law announced Friday that they would merge, in what appears a survival bid for two St. Paul institutions that have seen sharp enrollment declines.

Law School Diversity Improves—But Only at the Bottom

By Karen Sloan |

The percentage of African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in law school increased between 2010 and 2013, but those gains came almost exclusively at less prestigious law schools with lower admission standards, according to new research.

Eric Stover.

Berkeley Law Human Rights Center Wins $1M MacArthur Grant

By Karen Sloan |

The University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s Human Rights Center has been awarded $1 million by the MacArthur Foundation.

(Clockwise, from top left) Mark Sargent, Lawrence Mitchell, Ronald Murphy, John Dwyer, John Patrick Shannon, Donald Marvin Jones, Barry Freundel, and John Attanasio.

This is Not the Attention Law Schools Want

By Zoe Tillman |

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law this week found itself on a list no law school wants to be on. Differing in size, location and prominence, these schools weathered the unwanted public attention that comes after a professor or administrator gets tied up in a sex scandal.

Ken Gormley.

Legal Academics’ Path to Judiciary Isn’t Always Smooth

By Karen Sloan |

It’s not often that state governors look to legal educators to fill vacancies on their highest courts, but a handful of academics have made the leap in recent years or are poised to do so.

Iowa Supreme Court building in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mandatory Legal-Assistance Fee for Lawyers? Not in Iowa

By Karen Sloan |

Lawyers in Iowa won’t have to pony up $100 per year to help finance legal assistance programs after all. The Iowa Supreme Court has decided to look for other ways to support civil legal services for low-income Iowans.