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March 14, 2019
Haley Taylor Schlitz was accepted at five law schools but opted to enroll at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, in part so she can still live at home with her parents.
February 28, 2019
Prosecutors said Ho Ka Terence Yung used the internet to terrorize a Georgetown alumni interviewer who did not recommend him for admission. Yung received a full scholarship to the University of Texas School of Law and was interning at the Office of the Texas Attorney General as he was cyberstalking his victim, prosecutors said.
February 27, 2019
The Law School Admission Council and Khan Academy say their nine-month-old free online LSAT prep program is getting heavy use among minority groups that are underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession.
February 21, 2019
The American Bar Association's Council of the Section of Legal Education could finally enact a much discussed change to its bar pass standard for law schools when it meets Feb. 22, but opposition to the measure remains strong.
January 28, 2019
While the American Bar Association's House of Delegates rejected a proposal to tighten the bar pass standard for law schools, the arm of the organization that oversees legal education could still enact the change.
January 22, 2019
The arm of the American Bar Association that oversees legal education is once again trying to strengthen its bar pass requirements for law schools. But diversity advocates are pushing back, just as they did in 2017 when they successfully defeated the same proposal.
January 15, 2019
The University of Cincinnati College of Law has developed a two-day program where minority and women law students step into the roles of associates advising clients.
December 14, 2018
Nationwide, first-year law student enrollment is up 3 percent, fueling hope that legal education's fortunes are turning around after an eight-year slump.
December 13, 2018
NALP has ditched a guideline that firms give law students 28 days to accept a summer associate offer, as well as one prohibiting law firms from recruiting law students in their first semester. The overhaul is intended to spur innovation in entry-level legal recruiting.
December 07, 2018
Law student activists combating mandatory arbitration in Big Law have notched another win, but it's uncertain whether the firm will abolish the policy for partners.
October 29, 2018
George Mason's Ilya Somin discusses the death threats Cesar Sayoc Jr. made against him online last year after Somin gave an interview on Fox News supporting immigration.
October 25, 2018
Ho Ka Terence Yung faces up to five years in prison for online harassment against a Georgetown University Law Center alum who interviewed him for admission and determined that the candidate had performed poorly.
October 19, 2018
Taking a prep course heightens a person's reasoning abilities, even on tasks completely unrelated to the law school entrance exam, according to new research.
October 08, 2018
A Texas-based group called Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences argues the diversity policies of the schools' law reviews violate federal anti-discrimination laws.
September 26, 2018
The American Bar Association and the U.S. Department of Education were in court Wednesday, but a federal judge did not issue a ruling on whether or not ABA employees qualify for public service loan forgiveness.
September 25, 2018
The American Bar Association says a pro bono project that represents detained immigrants in Texas is facing problems after the U.S. Department of Education said ABA employees don't qualify for public service loan forgiveness.
September 21, 2018
If Yale Law professor Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld really did counsel students that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prefers female clerks with conventional good looks, then the professors failed in their role to look out for students' best interests, academics said.
September 17, 2018
Upticks in the average MBE scores in July 2017 and 2016 had fueled hopes of a recovery in bar exam pass rates, but the latest figure indicate otherwise.
September 13, 2018
New research shows that having to pay more for law school doesn't deter applicants and new students. In fact, the opposite is true.
August 16, 2018
John Anthony Castro alleged that Georgetown University Law Center discriminated and retaliated against him when it barred him from a 2015 recruiting event for tax LL.M students. He was excluded from the same event as a student for allegedly lying about attending West Point.
July 31, 2018
The ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar plans to dissolve its accreditation and standards review committees in a bid the streamline law school accreditation and save money.
July 30, 2018
At the same time, the Law School Admission Council is increasing the number of LSAT test dates from six to 10 and will move to a computerized version of the exam in the spring of 2019.
July 23, 2018
The American Bar Association hopes that lowering its costs for membership, adding free CLE and curating content to members' individual interests will convince more lawyers to sign up, reversing an ongoing revenue slide.
July 11, 2018
Starting pay for public defenders, local prosecutors and public interest attorneys hovers around $50,000, and pay increases have been slow in recent years, according to a new survey from the National Association for Law Placement.
June 25, 2018
The school let the public choose the names of two osprey chicks hatched on campus, and voters kept with a legal theme.
May 30, 2018
It's summer! Catch up on the best legal films and documentaries from the past nine months that you were too busy to watch.
May 15, 2018
Supporters say allowing J.D. students to take up to one-third of their credits online, including some during their first year, is validation that distance education can work in law schools.
May 14, 2018
Despite the proposed change, most law schools will continue to use the LSAT in admissions even if the ABA's House of Delegates in August signs off on eliminating the LSAT's required use, experts said.
April 25, 2018
The law class of 2017 overall fared better in the entry-level job market, but national figures obscure the extreme stratification of employment success for grads from individual schools. Our 10 charts break down all the latest hiring data, showing the schools that excelled—and those that lagged behind.
April 18, 2018
Experts worry that provisions within the pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act will exacerbate legal education's diversity challenges and put a J.D. out of reach of low-income students.
April 17, 2018
Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, says "there is a lot of silence from people who should be speaking out about this."
April 12, 2018
Law schools have yet to embrace significant structural change despite years of financial and market pressures, said educators at the Summit on the Future of Legal Education and Entry to the Profession in Miami.
April 09, 2018
Legal academics appear split on an ABA proposal, saying the move would invite experimentation or imperil vulnerable students.
April 06, 2018
The percent of applicants with LSAT scores of 160 or higher is up more than 21 percent over last year, a welcome development for legal educators who have struggled to attract strong candidates in recent years.
April 02, 2018
Texas Tech law students were better able to synthesize cases and apply legal concepts broadly after undergoing "brain training" during orientation.
March 29, 2018
Baylor University School of Law posted the highest ultimate bar pass rate—all 109 of its 2015 grads who took the bar passed over the span of two years. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law had the lowest ultimate bar pass rate in 2015, at just under 57 percent.
March 08, 2018
Good things come to those who wait, but waiting is a drag, right? We’ve got a preview for you of Law.com’s annual Go-To Law Schools report, which ranks the 50 law schools with the highest percentage of recent graduates to snag associate jobs at the nation’s largest 100 law firms.
March 07, 2018
Here's a taste of Law.com’s annual Go-To Law Schools report, which ranks the 50 law schools with the highest percentage of recent graduates to snag associate jobs at the nation’s largest 100 law firms. Look for the full report on Friday.
February 15, 2018
The lawyer organization's move comes amid an $11 million budget reduction for fiscal year 2018 and a $7.7 million operating deficit in 2017.
January 18, 2018
A new study concludes that law students who use laptops in class do as well as those don't use computers—as long as professors put the kibosh on Facebook and the like.
December 12, 2017
We collected the stories of four unlikely SCOTUS clerks to provide a glimpse of how hard work, happenstance and well-placed mentors can pave a nontraditional path to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's what they had to say.
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