Law School News

Daniel Cracchiolo.

Arizona State Law Gets Its Biggest Chair Endowment To Date

By Karen Sloan |

The Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has received $2 million from the Steele Foundation—an Arizona-based charitable organization focused on education and health. The funds will endow a chair in civil and criminal law, named for foundation chairman and chief executive officer Daniel Cracchiolo. The Steele Foundation gift is the largest the law school has ever received for an endowed chair.

University of Arkansas law professor Howard Brill during a press conference on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Professor Brill has been appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson as the new Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.

In Law School Moves: A Politician, a Prof and a Prosecutor

By Karen Sloan |

The lines between law school, the bench and politics blurred a bit this week as schools announced a number of high-profile faculty visitors and one major appointment.

Q&A: New Law Students Get Their Brains Trained

By Karen Sloan |

Incoming students at Texas Tech University School of Law completed six hours of training intended to maximize their brain performance, improve their productivity, and help manage stress. It was the first time the Center for Brain Health had trained law students in a series of nine brain strategies. The National Law Journal spoke with law graduate Jill Hill, a clinician at the center, about the training and how it can benefit law students.

Practical-Skills Plan Divides Law School Association

By Karen Sloan |

Whether the State Bar of California’s plan to require new attorneys to complete at least 15-credits of practical skills courses in law school is unduly restrictive or a needed step to ensure they have some real-world competencies depends on whom you ask—even within the same organization.

<b>SAYING YES:</b> U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero sustained most of an expert panel's proposed reforms of the LSAT disabilities accommodation process.

Victory for Disability Advocates

By Karen Sloan |

In 2012, 22 named plaintiffs alleged the Law School Admission Council's accommodation procedures violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). On Aug. 7, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero issued the latest ruling in the litigation.

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

Law Graduates File Demand for Recognition from Texas A&M

By Karen Sloan |

A group of graduates of the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law have filed a class action against Texas A&M University School of Law, which acquired their alma mater in 2013, claiming it has disavowed them as alumni.

Dawn Clark Netsch, speaking during the “Legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens” symposium, hosted by the Northwestern Law Review, on May 12, 2011.

Pioneering Woman Professor Leaves $5M to Northwestern Law

By Karen Sloan |

The first full-time female faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law has bequeathed $5 million for scholarships and loan assistance for students and graduates going into public-interest law.

Magistrate Joe Spero

Magistrate Upholds LSAT Disability Accommodation Plan

By Karen Sloan |

A federal magistrate judge has largely upheld a set of procedures intended to make it easier for people who take the Law School Admission Test to receive disability accommodations.

Arizona Summit Law School Moves to Toss Ex-Employee’s Suit

By Karen Sloan |

Arizona Summit Law School wants a judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by a former assistant director of financial aid who claims retaliation and discrimination against the for-profit institution.

LSAT Exemption Plan Scrapped After One Year

By Karen Sloan |

One year after it decided to let some law schools select up to 10 percent of their incoming classes from among students who hadn't taken the LSAT, the American Bar Association's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted on July 31 to reverse course.

Dennis Archer.

ABA Delegates Endorse Transparency in Law School Loans

By Karen Sloan |

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging law schools to better inform students about their educational loans and how to repay that debt.

Barry Currier, ABA’s managing director for accreditation and legal education.

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.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Would Ease Mental Health Screening for New Lawyers

By Karen Sloan |

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Monday to discourage attorney-licensing authorities from investigating would-be lawyers’ mental health backgrounds during their character-and-fitness reviews.

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.