Law School News

Uniform Bar Exam Gathers Steam as New York Signs Up

By Karen Sloan |

For nearly a decade, the biggest knock against the uniform bar exam was that no large jurisdictions had embraced it. Not anymore. New York state's adoption this month of the standardized examination further fuels the drive toward a national test that lets aspiring lawyers transfer scores among jurisdictions.

<b>FESTIVAL GOERS:</b> Diana Yu and Jonathan Yellin, from left, chat with professor David Morrison during a Tribeca Film Festival afterparty.

Students Earn Credits — Movie Credits, That Is

By Karen Sloan |

Cardozo clinic provides pro bono counsel to independent filmmakers who lack deep financial resources.

University of Maryland School of Law.

Maryland Law Fellowships Emphasize Business Experience

By Karen Sloan |

A new fellowship program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will send students and graduates in-house to learn about corporate clients’ needs and gain marketable experience.

Q&A: How Denver Law’s Pot Professorship Came to Pass

By Karen Sloan |

A pot law professorship? It’s not a joke. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is establishing what it believes is the first law school professorship in marijuana law and policy with a $45,000 gift from Vicente Sederberg, the self-described “marijuana law firm” in Denver.

William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.

Profs Call Off Tenure Suit Against William Mitchell Law

By Karen Sloan |

Two professors at William Mitchell College of Law have voluntarily dismissed their breach-of-contract lawsuit against the St. Paul school.

<b>ARGUMENTS DAY:</b> Students, faculty and adjunct lawyers in the University of Virginia clinic gathered at the Supreme Court in December for oral arguments in <i>Elonis v. United States</i>. “We’re steeped in prominent cases on the cutting edge of the law,” clinic student Joel Johnson said.

UVA Students Catch the Supreme Court's Attention

By Marcia Coyle |

UVA clinic participants have been involved in high court cases every term since 2006.

Law Schools: This is the Moment — for Clinics

In this special report, we highlight six law school clinics taking new approaches to student learning, breaking into new areas of the law or that have impressive track records of success.

<b>REAL WORLD:</b> Students confer in Labaton’s New York office.

Clinics Let Students Get Real

By Karen Sloan |

Clinics have been part of the curriculum on some campuses for more than four decades, but now law schools are adding them to give students more "real world" training.

Software Maker Settles ‘Barmageddon’ Class Action for $2.1M

By Karen Sloan |

Aspiring lawyers who sat for the July 2014 bar examination are eligible for $90 each from software company ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. under a class action settlement.

<b>BESPOKE LAW:</b> Ruth Paul and Ted Nguyen helped a clothing line solve its legal problems.

At Loyola L.A., a Fashion-Conscious Clinic

By Karen Sloan |

Students represent emerging companies in the Los Angeles area in all their legal needs.

<b>DIALOGUE:</b> The clinic in April hosted a two-day conference on youth and the police. It brought together academics, law enforcement officials, judges, law students and local high school students.

Chicago Students Police the Police

By Karen Sloan |

Clinic program combines litigation with policy and community work.

<b>UNDERCOVER:</b> “Housing discrimination cases are very hard to move forward,” said Dion Irish, left, of Boston’s office of Fair Housing and Equity. “For me, it felt therapeutic. It felt like kicking ­discrimination in the face,” graduate Regina Holloway, right, said of her role in the clinic.

Housing Clinic Exposes Underhanded Discrimination

By Karen Sloan |

Students pose as would-be renters to expose landlords who refuse leases unfairly.

<b>HIGH-LEVEL WORK:</b> Classes meet in Labaton Sucharow’s office. “It’s about critical thinking and analyzing issues,” student David Lichtstein said.

Securities Arbitration Clinic Opens Students' Eyes

By Karen Sloan |

They do the work of associates — meeting with clients, doing research and drafting agreements.

Melanie Leslie, left, and Andrew Perlman, right.

New Cardozo, Suffolk Law Deans Plan Smaller Classes

By Karen Sloan |

Two law schools have tapped faculty members as top administrators. Melanie Leslie will become dean of the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on July 1 as the school’s first female leader. And Suffolk University Law School has selected professor Andrew Perlman as its dean.

Hawaii Law Will Admit Students Who Haven’t Taken LSAT

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law is the latest to allow certain undergraduates to apply without taking the Law School Admission Test.

Tom Brady

‘Deflategate’ Class Seen as Lure for Potential Law Students

By Karen Sloan |

Michael McCann spent Monday in eager anticipation. The National Football League was expected to announce its decision in the “Deflategate” scandal at any minute, and the University of New Hampshire School of Law professor was preparing to offer commentary to Sports Illustrated, where he serves as a legal analyst.

Law School in Two Years? Most Grads Say Yes

By Karen Sloan |

President Barack Obama set legal educators buzzing in 2013, when he argued for reducing law school from three years to two during a town hall meeting at Binghamton University. It turns out that plenty of law graduates agree.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Anonymous Benefactor Gives $4.5M to Case Western Law

By Karen Sloan |

Case Western Reserve University School of Law has received its largest donation ever—$4.5 million from an anonymous donor.

Preet Bharara, right, and Mindy Kaling, left, at the Harvard Law School 2014 Commencement ceremony.  May 28, 2014.

Justices Scarce on The Commencement Scene This Year

By Karen Sloan |

Where is the legal star power on this year’s law school commencement circuit? It seems the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will sit out the 2015 graduation grind.

Harry Seigle.

$3M Gift Boosts ‘Faculty Excellence’ at Northwestern Law

By Karen Sloan |

Northwestern University School of Law has received $3 million from alumnus Harry Seigle to establish the Seigle Family Chair of Law and create an endowed fund to “support faculty excellence,” administrators have announced.

Law Prof’s Assault, Workplace Claims Cleared for Trial

By Karen Sloan |

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit brought by a professor at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law against the university and a colleague to move forward.

West Virginia University College of Law.

Changes at the Top at West Virginia, New Mexico Law

By Karen Sloan |

West Virginia University College of Law promoted Greg Bowman to dean on Friday, after he had served as interim dean for nearly a year. Meanwhile, the University of New Mexico announced that School of Law dean David Herring would step down on July 1 after two years on the job.

Law Graduates' Job Rate Rises

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Pennsylvania Law School sent 91 percent of 2014 graduates into full-time jobs that require bar passage and weren't funded by the school itself — more than any other school in the country.

Charts: Where the Jobs Are

Here is the latest American Bar Association jobs data that shows which schools had the most graduates in clerkships, large law firms, and government and public interest jobs.

Jennifer Gordon

Northwestern University School of Law Levy-Meyer Hall entrance.

Northwestern Extends Loan Repayment Aid to Private Sector

By Karen Sloan |

Programs to help graduates in low-paying public interest jobs repay their student loans are common at law schools. Northwestern University School of Law will become the first with a dedicated program providing such help to graduates in modestly salaried private sector jobs.

Law School Grads’ Jobs Rate Rises—But There’s a Catch

By Karen Sloan |

A higher percentage of 2014 law school graduates landed jobs compared to their predecessors the year before, according to employment figures released Wednesday by the American Bar Association.

Protestors walk through smoke Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. A line of police behind riot shields hurled smoke grenades and fired pepper balls at dozens of protesters to enforce a citywide curfew.

Law School Finals Delayed Amid Baltimore Protests

By Karen Sloan |

Students at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law will be allowed to delay one final exam if they provide legal support for protesters in Baltimore.

Chart: Law Graduate Job Placement 2014

The University of Pennsylvania Law School had the highest percentage of graduates in full-time, bar passage-required jobs not financed by the school itself—more than 91 percent.

Feds, State Defend LSAT Disability Accommodations Plan

By Karen Sloan |

The U.S. Department of Justice has urged a federal court to approve extensive reforms to the process for evaluating whether people who want to take the Law School Admission Test are disabled and require accommodations to make the test fairer.

Henry Butler, left, and Katherine Boozang, right.

New Law Deans Appointed at George Mason, Seton Hall

By Karen Sloan |

Two law professors have been promoted to dean. Henry Butler will assume leadership of the George Mason University School of Law, while Kathleen Boozang will assume those duties at Seton Hall University School of Law.