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Laird Bell Law Quadrangle at the University of Chicago Law School.

Chicago Law School Jumps to No. 1 in Full-Time Jobs After Graduation

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Chicago Law School had a strong year on the employment front. It sent a higher percentage of 2015 graduates into full-time legal jobs than any other law school—nearly 91 percent according to The National Law Journal's analysis of the latest employment data from the American Bar Association.

Slain Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel.

Fla. Police Arrest Man in Killing of Law Professor Dan Markel

By Karen Sloan |

Police in Florida have charged a man in the killing of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel, who was shot in the driveway of his Tallahassee home on July 18, 2014. Tallahassee police announced early Thursday that Sigfredo Garcia, 34, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and cocaine possession. The Tallahassee Police Department did not release any motive for the homicide. A press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Media cameras outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the immigration case United States v. Texas.  April 18, 2016.

'Oyez Project' New Home Will Keep Supreme Court Audio Free to Public

By Tony Mauro |

After months of uncertainty about its future, the Oyez Project, a free repository of more than 10,000 hours of U.S. Supreme Court oral-argument audio and other court resources, has found a new home. The project's founder, Jerry Goldman, who is retiring soon, told The National Law Journal on Tuesday that a newly minted arrangement with Cornell University's Legal Information Institute and Justia, the online publisher of legal information, will keep Oyez alive.

Law Grad Employment Rates Up, But Class Size Is Smaller

By Karen Sloan |

The latest law school graduate employment data from the American Bar Association show mixed results for the class of 2015.

Antonin Scalia.

'Antonin Scalia Law School' Name Change is Official Now

By Marcia Coyle |

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia on Tuesday unanimously approved George Mason University's plan to rename its law school after the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Antonin Scalia.

Future Scalia Clerks Find New Homes With Other Justices

By Tony Mauro |

At least three of the four law clerks hired by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for the next term will work for other justices. Scalia's four current-term clerks were reassigned to other justices soon after Scalia died on Feb. 13, with two going to work for Justice Clarence Thomas and two for Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

George Mason Law Faculty Declares Support for School's 'Scalia' Name Change

By Karen Sloan |

The faculty of George Mason University School of Law on Thursday struck back against campus critics who oppose the school’s renaming in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Diane Wood, of the Seventh Circuit, left, in conversation with Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, right, and John Paul Stevens, not pictured, at the Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference of the 7th Circuit. The 65th Annual 7th Circuit Bar Association Banquet was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

Kagan: Law Professors Shouldn't All Cater to Judges

By Tony Mauro |

For all the legal academics who want to write about 18th century Bulgaria, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has your back. In remarks in Chicago on May 2, Kagan pushed back at Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s infamous putdown of law reviews as filled with useless writings.

Daniel Schwarcz.

Paper: Law Students Benefit from Feedback Before Exams

By Karen Sloan |

Giving law students feedback on their classroom performance before final exams boosts their grades in other classes, according to a new draft paper by University of Minnesota Law School professor Daniel Schwarcz and law student Dion Farganis.

David Udell, Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice.

Access to Justice Best in D.C. and Massachusetts, Worst in Mississippi and Wyoming

By Karen Sloan |

The District of Columbia and Massachusetts rank the highest when it comes to access to justice, while Mississippi and Wyoming are at the bottom, according to the National Center for Access to Justice’s latest state-by-state ranking.

Loretta Lynch.

Biden, Lynch Top Lineup of Law School Commencement Speakers

By Karen Sloan |

Syracuse University College of Law looks to have snagged the biggest name on the law school commencement speaker circuit this year, with Vice President Joe Biden scheduled to speak at the school’s May 13 graduation ceremony.

Marc Miller.

Opposition to Arizona Law School’s Use of GRE Fizzles

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will remain a member of the Law School Admission Council—for now. The council, which administers the Law School Admission Test, informed Arizona law dean Marc Miller by letter Saturday that the Tucson law school will be allowed to remain in its membership ranks “for the time being.”

<b>MINDFUL:</b> American University and other schools give emotional support to students.

Law Schools Tackle Mental Health

By Karen Sloan |

Legal educators are starting to recognize they must do more to help students navigate those often stressful three years and better assist those struggling with mental health and substance-abuse issues — of which law students suffer at uncommonly high rates.

Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow (October 2015)

Letter to the Editor: Harvard Law's Martha Minow

An April 19 NLJ article, “Harvard Law Student Activists Demand Free Tuition,” included an observation that “cutting the budget to eliminate tuition would … result in the loss of key programs, such as the law school’s clinics.” This observation was attributed to a Harvard Law School spokesman, whose comment leaves the misimpression that our clinical programs might be singled out for elimination in the budgetary cuts that would follow any dramatic reduction in revenue.

With Ph.D. Hiring Trend, Who'll Help Law Students Find the Courthouse?

By Lynn M. LoPucki |

OPINION: ABA wants practical instruction, but more faculty lack "real-world" experience.

2012 Duke University School of Law graduate Adam Tabor.

Stereotypes and Stigmas Threaten Bar Admission

By Adam Tabor |

Law graduates with mental health diagnoses must undergo "character and fitness" evaluations.

<b>OUTSPOKEN:</b> “I wanted to be honest about the stresses of the legal profession and give [students] some practical tips for dealing with it,” said Brian Clarke, a professor at Charlotte School of Law.

Professors' Candor About Problems Aids Students

By Brian Clarke |

Being up-front about mental health struggles helps undercut secrecy and shame sufferers may feel.

2017 J.D. candidate Kimberly Elmazi, of Texas Tech University School of Law.

Law School Helps Students Stay Emotionally Fit

By Karen Sloan |

Texas Tech's mental health program includes mandatory meetings for all first years.

Yale Law School.

Yale Law Students Lobby for Better Services

By Karen Sloan |

The Mental Health Alliance campus group has shed light on problems, resulting in more therapists.

Marc Miller.

149 Deans Back Arizona Law School's Use of GRE Scores

By Karen Sloan |

Deans from a majority of the country’s law schools are urging the Law School Admission Council not to eject the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law from its membership for using both the LSAT and the GRE in admissions—a new initiative the school unveiled in February.

Cornell Law School professor Michael Dorf holds a mock confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.  Professor Dorf played the role of Garland, while the students acted as the Senators.

Imagining Merrick Garland's Confirmation Hearing

By Tony Mauro |

A confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is still highly hypothetical. Cornell Law School professor Michael Dorf stages one with his students—and Dorf himself playing the role of Garland. The result: a remarkably plausible preview of how Garland might answer pointed questions from U.S senators if and when an actual confirmation hearing takes place.

Return of the Jedi.

Darth Vader-Loving Cass Sunstein Talks Star Wars and the Constitution

By Karen Sloan |

Learn about constitutional law, we will. Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein is best known for his influential scholarship on constitutional law and behavioral economics as well as his three-year stint as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Obama. But his latest project has him venturing beyond the ivory tower into a subculture far, far away: Star Wars.

Fewer Law Grads Drive Employment Rates Up Slightly

By Karen Sloan |

For the second year in a row, the employment rate for new law graduates grew slightly, but the uptick was a result of law schools nationwide producing fewer attorneys. In fact, the actual number of graduates in full-time law jobs within 10 months of leaving campus declined year-over-year, according to new figures from the American Bar Association.

University of Arizona Law School’s Use of GRE Scores Creates LSAT Trouble

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s recent decision to accept GRE scores in lieu of Law School Admission Test scores from applicants could cost the school its membership in the Law School Admission Council.

Suffolk University Law School Sargent Hall, in Boston, MA.

Law Student Convicted of Laptop Larceny Loses Appeal Amid Tampering Charges

By Karen Sloan |

A former Suffolk University law student charged with tampering a courthouse file related to his conviction for stealing a laptop from a campus locker has lost an appeal in Massachusetts.

Antonin Scalia.

New Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason Draws Fire

By Karen Sloan |

Opposition is mounting to George Mason University’s plans to rename its law school for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Charles Koch Foundation Gives SMU $3.5M to Establish Criminal Justice Center

By Karen Sloan |

A $3.5 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation will help fund a new criminal justice reform program at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.