Legal Education

604 ABA Journal Legal Education articles.

Judge tosses Georgetown law grad’s suit over school job fair ban
A federal judge in Texas has tossed a $5 million lawsuit against Georgetown University’s law school by a graduate who claimed he was barred as an employer from a school hiring fair because of discrimination and retaliation.
No fall classes at Arizona Summit, school says, and a teach-out plan is being negotiated
Updated: Arizona Summit School of Law will not be holding classes this fall, and it’s negotiating a teach-out agreement with another law school, according to a statement released by the school Tuesday.
Law students less likely to get A’s from professors who are a different gender or race, study finds
An AccessLex Institute-funded research paper has found that first-year law students are 3 percent less likely to get A's or A-minuses in classes taught by someone of the opposite gender, and 10 percent less likely to earn A's or A-minuses when the class is taught by someone of a different race.
After withdrawal of law school admissions test rule revision, will fewer schools accept the GRE?

Law school deans expect that fewer schools than anticipated will now be accepting entrance exams besides the LSAT.  And while it seems clear that those schools planning to do so must submit validity studies, how school-specific do those studies need to be?

Plan to drop law school entry exam requirement withdrawn before ABA House vote
The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar withdrew a resolution before the ABA House of Delegates on Monday that called for cutting Standard 503, which requires an exam for law school admission, and beefing up Standard 501 to include the use of admission credentials and academic attrition when determining accreditation compliance.
Legal education council delays action on questionnaire guidance

As the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar awaits action on a proposal to eliminate an admissions test requirement for law schools, its council postponed…

Panel denies motion to consolidate suits against ABA by 3 InfiLaw schools
An American Bar Association motion to consolidate three federal actions filed by for-profit law schools owned by InfiLaw, all alleging due process violations regarding law school accreditation, was denied by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Legal education council to discuss admission standards, reorganization
While awaiting ABA House of Delegates action on two major legal education resolutions, the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will discuss guidance for admissions standards and reporting disclosures during the open session of its Friday meeting.
Presidents of Arizona Summit and Cooley Law are leaving their positions
Both Donald Lively, the president of InfiLaw’s for-profit Arizona Summit School of Law, and Don LeDuc, the president and dean of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, are leaving their positions.
More people are applying to law schools: Does the jobs data support increasing class sizes?
The pool of applicants is rising, but deans are chastened by a fragile job market for young lawyers.
While number of lawyer jobs have been decreasing, law school applications are up more than 8%
Law school applications have increased by more than 8 percent, and some schools are reportedly concerned about over over-enrollment.

“Because the demand was so strong, some schools are finding that they may have had higher yield rates than they had in prior years, and they may have larger classes than they aimed for,” Kellye Testy, president of the Law School Admissions Counsel, told She advises matching enrollment with employment opportunities for new lawyers.
Potential closure plan for Arizona Summit discussed while accreditation appeal is pending
Updated: If Arizona Summit School of Law, a for-profit InfiLaw campus, loses its ABA accreditation, students may have the option to finish their education at Arizona State University’s law school.
Ceiling leaks pause Colorado Bar Exam
Tuesday was a watershed day for some Colorado Bar Exam test-takers.
NCCU has taken ‘concrete steps’ toward admissions standards compliance, ABA says
North Carolina Central University School of Law, which in January was found to be out of compliance with an ABA accreditation standard regarding admissions, has now demonstrated compliance, according to a decision the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar posted to its website Monday.
Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh got mostly glowing evaluations from his law students
Law students who evaluated Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s classes gave mostly glowing evaluations to the future U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

One student at Georgetown was so impressed that the 2007 evaluation read: “I honestly believe I took a class that was instructed by a future Supreme Court justice." Others rated Kavanaugh as their best professor ever. Students said he was accessible outside of class, evenhanded, fair-minded, well-versed in the materials and smart. One noted his “great hair!”

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