Law School News

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.

Susan Champion, a fellow at Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project, appears in a still from the documentary film The Return.

Meet the Stanford Law Grad Behind the 'Three Strikes' Tribeca Documentary

By Karen Sloan |

A conversation with Stanford fellow Susan Champion, who worked with Michael Romano, co-founder and director of the Three Strikes Project, which is featured in a documentary called “The Return."

Syracuse University College of Law.

Syracuse Launches Online J.D. Program

By Karen Sloan |

As the latest law school to make a transition from lecture hall to laptop, Syracuse University College of Law plans to offer a so-called hybrid Juris Doctor program, in which students primarily attend class online.

Harvard Law School.

Harvard Law-Student Activists Demand Free Tuition

By Karen Sloan |

A group of student activists at Harvard Law School is calling for an end to tuition. Reclaim Harvard, which has been pushing for greater diversity and inclusion at the elite law school, argues that the cost of attendance unfairly impacts minority students because they typically have less family wealth.

Brigham Young University.

Inquiry Into BYU Law School's Expulsion of Ex-Mormons Proceeds

By Karen Sloan |

The American Bar Association is moving forward with an inquiry into whether the expulsion of ex-Mormons by Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School violates ABA accreditation standards.

Michael Waterstone.

Spring Hiring Means New Deans at Five Law Schools

By Karen Sloan |

As the academic year winds down, a new crop of law school deans is preparing to take over, with five campuses in recent weeks announcing appointments.

Janet Napolitano.

UC Law Schools Get $4.5M for Public Interest Fellowships

By Karen Sloan |

The University of California has established a $4.5 million annual public interest fellowship program open to students and recent graduates at four of its law schools. University President Janet Napolitano unveiled the program, called the University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellowships, Wednesday at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Merrick Garland.

In Clerkship Picks, Law Schools Want Garland to Share the Love

By Karen Sloan |

Law schools outside the Harvard-Yale-Stanford trifecta from which Merrick Garland hires his clerks want a piece of the action and would like to see federal judges in general be more inclusive in filling those coveted slots.

Robert Adler, law dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, center, running the 2016 Zion 100 ultra-marathon.

Utah Law Dean Runs 100-Mile Race for 100% Bar-Pass Program

By Karen Sloan |

More than 11 hours into his bid to complete a 100-mile ultramarathon on Friday, the rain began falling on Robert Adler, dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The weather worsened as night fell, leaving Adler, 60, and his fellow runners in the Zion 100 Ultramarathon slogging through an increasingly muddy trail in the dark.

<b>HAVANA SPRING:</b> At least six law schools have sent students to Cuba this semester.

Charting a Course for Cuba

By Karen Sloan |

At least six law school classes have gone to Havana so far this semester and more schools are planning visits now that the U.S. government has eased travel restrictions and renewed diplomatic relations.

President Barack Obama listens to a question from his former colleague Professor David Strauss, while speaking about his Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago.

Obama Returns to Chicago Law School, Warning of SCOTUS Crisis

By Roy Strom |

President Barack Obama, speaking at the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday, said that Senate Republicans’ refusal to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could create a “disaster” for the court.

George Mason's 'ASSLaw' and the Perils of Acronym Branding: Q&A

By Karen Sloan |

The Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University lasted a mere five days. On Tuesday, dean Henry Butler announced that the school will become the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, in hopes that the subtle name change would eliminate the unfortunate acronym created by the first moniker. The National Law Journal spoke with branding expert Phillip Davis about the naming brouhaha and what George Mason should do now that #ASSLaw has taken on a life of its own.

Monks looking at Justice Antonin Scalia's portrait, as the Justice's body lies in repose inside the Great Hall of the Supreme Court, on Friday, February 19, 2016.

George Mason Law School To Become Antonin Scalia School of Law

By Karen Sloan |

George Mason University School of Law will be renamed for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the request of an anonymous donor who gave $20 million to the school, university leaders announced Thursday.

Debt, Diversity and Job Prospects After Law School Are Focus of Research Grants

By Karen Sloan |

Access Group’s Center for Research and Policy Analysis is awarding $335,000 to examine law school admissions, costs and employment after graduation. The center, a division of nonprofit Access Group, which counts nearly 200 law schools as members, has given the money to three recipients: The American Bar Foundation; the University of South Carolina School of Law; and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.