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Harvard Law School has announced a pilot program under which Harvard undergraduates may apply and gain acceptance during their junior year, provided they agree to work for two years in between graduation and beginning their legal studies.
The University of San Francisco School of Law has tapped John Trasviņa to be its next top administrator, effective on June 17. Trasviņa is assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
It's graduation time, which means legal luminaries are making the commencement speaker rounds. As of Thursday, no law schools had claimed the services of any of the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, who usually can be counted upon for at least a couple of commencement addresses. Still, schools snagged some pretty big names to impart wisdom and encouragement to the soon-to-be lawyers.
Brooklyn Law School is poised to become the first in the New York metropolitan area to offer an accelerated, two-year J.D. The school's board of trustees on May 7 approved the so-called "Brooklyn 2-3-4" program effective in 2014.
The University of New Mexico School of Law has announced that David Herring will be its next dean. Herring is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as dean from 1998 to 2005. He will assume his new job on July 1.
Susan Westerberg Prager, a leading figure in legal education who once served as dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, will assume the top administrative position at Southwestern Law School next fall.
The committee updating the American Bar Association's law school accreditation standards hopes to wrap up its initial review by the end of 2013, but the group remains nowhere near a consensus regarding job protections for law facultyperhaps the most controversial item on its agenda.
The lack of consensus about what ails law schools and how to fix them was on display Wednesday during a daylong conference hosted by the American Bar Association's Task Force on the Future of Education.
The University of Tulsa College of Law is launching a family advocacy clinic with a $1 million donation. The endowment came from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, itself started by former car rental industry executive Bill Lobeck and his wife Kathy Taylor, a trustee of the university, attorney and former mayor of Tulsa.
The Santa Clara University School of Law has named Lisa Kloppenberg as its next dean. She was dean of the University of Dayton School of Law from 2001 to 2011 and has since served on the faculty there.
The American Bar Association breaks down the types of jobs law school graduates have landed and whether they are full-time, long-term or short-term positions, and identifies the three states where graduates of each law school were most likely to find work.