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The Law Review Games by Miriam Cherry, Paul Secunda :: SSRN

The Law Review Games by Miriam Cherry, Paul Secunda :: SSRN | Legal Education | Scoop.it
A Parody in which The Hunger Games meet the law review submission process.
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2012 AALS Conference On Clinical Legal Education

Takeaways for Clinical Teaching and Assessment in a Changing Environment

 

April 30-May 3, 2012

Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Los Angeles, California

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For LSAT, Sharp Drop in Popularity for Second Year

For LSAT, Sharp Drop in Popularity for Second Year | Legal Education | Scoop.it
The Law School Admission Test was administered 16 percent fewer times than a year ago, the largest decline in more than a decade.
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Getting Beyond the Rhetoric: Findings from the ETL Survey on Curricular Initiatives | ETL Blog | Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers | Legal Education Reform and Innovation

Getting Beyond the Rhetoric: Findings from the ETL Survey on Curricular Initiatives | ETL Blog | Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers | Legal Education Reform and Innovation | Legal Education | Scoop.it

In previous posts we described our recent law school survey. It was designed to elicit information on the variety of things law schools may be doing in an array of areas. Chief among them is curriculum, and every responding law school reported some kind of new initiative in this area.* Not all, however, pursued the same initiatives. We asked about 11 different kinds of initiatives, and the chart below shows the seven for which at least one-half of the responding schools reported activity (the other four are: initiatives involving individual first year classes – 48%; addition of new certificate programs – 47%; revision of existing clinics – 39%; and revision of existing certificate programs – 22%).

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Conference on Law and Leadership, Elon University School of Law

Conference on Law and Leadership, Elon University School of Law | Legal Education | Scoop.it

The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, United States Supreme Court Justice (ret.), and David Gergen, Professor and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, will lead a discussion across the profession about the role of lawyers in navigating complex times.  April 13-14, 2012.  Greensboro, NC.

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Graduates target another 20 law schools, alleging fraud

Graduates target another 20 law schools, alleging fraud | Legal Education | Scoop.it

The plaintiffs' attorneys, who have already launched class actions targeting 14 law schools, announced on March 14 that they were suing an additional 20 schools in 10 states, including American University and Pepperdine.

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Judge skeptical of both sides in law school jobs data litigation

Judge skeptical of both sides in law school jobs data litigation | Legal Education | Scoop.it

Are prospective law students savvy, college-educated consumers or naive twenty-somethings easily taken in by rosy employment projections?

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US News law school rankings released

US News law school rankings released | Legal Education | Scoop.it

Includes separate lists for part-time programs, clinical training, health care law, dispute resolution, environmental law, intellectual property, international law, legal writing, tax, and trial advocacy.

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New York Law School Announces Winner of Future Ed Competition to Uncover the Best Ideas for Legal Education | All things related to educational technology

New York Law School Announces Winner of Future Ed Competition to Uncover the Best Ideas for Legal Education | All things related to educational technology | Legal Education | Scoop.it
New York Law School Announces Winner of Future Ed Competition to Uncover the Best Ideas for Legal Education - New...
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Obama at Harvard Law School diversity protest in 1991 (video) - Washington Post (blog)

Obama at Harvard Law School diversity protest in 1991 (video) - Washington Post (blog) | Legal Education | Scoop.it
ABC News (blog)Obama at Harvard Law School diversity protest in 1991 (video)Washington Post (blog)Bell, who Obama called “the Rosa Parks of legal education,” died last year.
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Value of Variety / Relecting on Our Teaching -- Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning will present its summer conference on June 25-26, 2012, at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. The theme for June 25 is the Value of Variety. June 26 is a day for Reflecting on Our Teaching. Participants can register for either or both days.

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New York Law School's "Victory" Was a Defeat for Law Schools-- And Why the ABA Transparency Rules Will Fail

When the fraud lawsuit against New York Law School was dismissed last week, the school proclaimed vindication.  It was anything but that.

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University of St. Thomas Law 'unranked' by U.S. News after reporting inflated employment data

University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis advised U.S. News that it overreported the number and proportion of its 2010 graduates who had jobs at graduation. School officials have now reported that the correct at-graduation placement rate for 2010 graduates was 32.9 percent, compared to the incorrect 80.6 percent rate that was originally reported to U.S. News. This value is used in the overall rankings and has a weight of 4 percent.

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Thomas Cooley tops for IP curricula

Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers the largest number of courses in intellectual property, according to The Mitchell Report on Intellectual Property Curricula, an independent report by researchers at William Mitchell Law School.

 

Cardozo School of Law, Whittier College and Chicago-Kent follow Cooley with William Mitchell in fifth place in the study. The study measured curricula at 205 ABA-accredited law schools and 17 non-ABA accredited schools.

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TaxProf Blog: ABA Releases Statements on Law School Rankings ...

Neither the American Bar Association nor its Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar endorses, cooperates with, or provides data to any law school ranking system. Several organizations rank or rate law schools; ...
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The Legal Whiteboard: Counter-Intuition in the Legal Academy (and Life)

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TaxProf Blog: University of St. Thomas Reported Inflated Placement Data to U.S. News

St. Thomas reported an 80.6% employed at graduation rate, which counts 4% in the U.S. New methodology. (University of Minnesota reported a 79.6% employed at graduation rate.) St. Thomas now admits that the correct figure was 32.9%.

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Brian Leiter's Law School Reports: Four Changes to the Status Quo in Legal Education That Might Be Worth Something

Some changes are obvious and we've been remarking on them for years (e.g., better oversight of employment reporting by schools), and some are beyond the power of law schools to affect (e.g., federally guaranteed student loans, which insure a market for even non-marketable law degrees). But here are ones law schools could affect, and are at least worth considering, though there are serious obstacles (and objections) to each....

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The Law School Critique in Historical Perspective by A. Benjamin Spencer :: SSRN

The Law School Critique in Historical Perspective by A. Benjamin Spencer :: SSRN | Legal Education | Scoop.it

Contemporary critiques of legal education abound. This arises from what can be described as a perfect storm: the confluence of softness in the legal employment market, the skyrocketing costs of law school, and the unwillingness of clients and law firms to continue subsidizing the further training of lawyers who failed to learn how to practice in law school. As legal jobs become more scarce and salaries stagnate, the value proposition of law school rightly is being questioned from all directions. Although numerous valid criticisms have been put forth, some seem to be untethered from a full appreciation for how the current model of legal education developed. Indeed, a historical perspective on legal education is sorely missing from this debate, as many of the criticisms merely echo charges that have been lodged against legal education for well over a century, but do not draw lessons from how those former critiques ultimately failed to deliver fundamental change. This Article reviews the historical development of legal education in America, including the critiques and reforms made along the way, to see what insight we can gain that will inform our own efforts to make law schools better at preparing lawyers for practice.

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How to Not Impress a Law School Professor

How to Not Impress a Law School Professor | Legal Education | Scoop.it
Law students can annoy law school professors and create a bad impression by acting like a jerk.
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Do Elite Law Grads Disdain Longtime BigLaw Work? Stats Suggest Lower-Tier 'Strivers' Stick Around - News - ABA Journal

Updated: It’s more difficult for grads of lower-ranked schools to land a job in a large law firm, but those who do may outperform their elite counterparts by achieving partnerships in greater percentages.
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Comparative Histories of Professional Education: Osler, Langdell, and the Atelier by Richard Neumann :: SSRN

Comparative Histories of Professional Education: Osler, Langdell, and the Atelier by Richard Neumann :: SSRN | Legal Education | Scoop.it

Almost simultaneously in the late nineteenth century, medicine, law, and architecture entered the university as subjects of serious study. But they entered in different ways and on different terms. This article traces the parallel histories of the casebook classroom, the teaching hospital, and the architectural design studio. The comparison shows how and why legal education diverged from norms being established in the other two fields. The divergence left legal education stronger within universities than it otherwise might have been, but it also left it relatively insulated from its own profession and vulnerable to later discontent.

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NJ Spotlight | Who Decided to Give Away Rutgers-Camden?

NJ Spotlight | Who Decided to Give Away Rutgers-Camden? | Legal Education | Scoop.it

The advisory committee that made the recommendation isn't legally required to keep records, so the decision remains a mystery

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