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  • Nova Scotia hears Christian law school stance

    12/16/2014 11:40:22 AM PST · by aimhigh · 2 replies
    BayToday ^ | 12/16/2014 | Canadian Press
    Brian Casey told Nova Scotia Supreme Court that the provincial regulator overstepped its bounds when it decided in April it would ban graduates from Trinity Western University from the province's bar admission program unless the school dropped a requirement that students abstain from sex outside heterosexual marriage. The requirement, spelled out in a pledge that all students sign, has been criticized as discriminatory against gays and lesbians. Casey said the court should overturn the law society's regulation on the grounds that it infringes on the future students' charter rights of freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of association...
  • NOT A PARODY: Columbia Law School allows students to postpone exams over Michael Brown/Eric Garner

    12/08/2014 7:28:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12/08/2014 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams. Here is the text of a message from interim dean Robert Scott to the law school community: The grand juriesÂ’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally. For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events...
  • Law Schools Peer Into The Abyss

    07/10/2014 10:46:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 10, 2014 | George Leef
    Not so long ago, law school was a growth industry, with new schools being created and enrollments going ever higher. No more. There has been a dramatic turn-around over the last ten years. Enrollments of first-year students are back where they were 40 years ago. According to the Law School Admissions Council, in 2004, more than 100,000 students applied for law school, but in 2013, just 59,000 did. Some law schools have had to lay off faculty members and administrators. Four independent law schools have recently had their bonds downgraded to “junk” status by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, reflecting...
  • Homosexual Behavior Policy Leads To Denial Of Christian University Law School Accreditation

    06/16/2014 7:07:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/16/2014 | Morgan Lee
    Lawyers from the Law Society of British Columbia voted to prevent the British Columbia Trinity Western University from conferring law degrees due to the school's Community Covenant Agreement which requires that students "voluntarily abstain" from "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman." According to the National Post, despite early results which suggested an overwhelmingly victory of 3210 to 968, the decision is not binding and only expresses the sentiments of those in the Law Society. Thirty-one benchers are still responsible for offering the final verdict on the law school, which is set to...
  • Politically-based faculty discrimination, a test case

    02/14/2014 7:01:29 PM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/13/2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the case of Wagner v. Jones. Our friend Peter Berkowitz discussed the case in a Wall Street Journal op-ed (it’s behind a pay wall). Teresa Wagner accuses the University of Iowa College of Law of violating her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by refusing to hire her for its legal analysis, writing, and research program due to her strong pro-life views and activism. Her accusation is strongly supported by a comparison of her qualifications for the position and those of the two individuals selected by the law school. Wagner...
  • The Law School Crisis: the economic recession has caused a significant dips in demand for lawyers

    08/08/2013 12:38:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2013 | Ben Taylor
    You've seen the law school rants. You've heard about dropping attendance. You've read the frightening stories about criminally low-paying legal jobs for recent law graduates who are already $100K in debt. Certainly, some of the teeth-gnashing is well-founded. As a combined result of the global economic recession, new do-it-yourself legal services, and an over-saturated market of lawyers, the legal profession was due for a downturn. But does this mean that law school is dead? Should bright, legally minded college graduates automatically cross law school off their list? The answer: not necessarily. Most of these doomsday stories start with intriguing data,...
  • Yeshiva University Disagrees with Carter Honoring

    04/12/2013 3:30:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 4/12/2013, 12:12 AM | Eliran Aharon
    An official with Yeshiva University told Arutz Sheva’s New York correspondent on Thursday that the university disagrees with the decision of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law to honor former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with the International Advocate for Peace Award. The official told Arutz Sheva that faculty at the university expressed discontent by the decision to give an award to Carter. “The decision has caused an uproar, and rightly so, but it is a decision by students and the administration cannot interfere with such decisions nor can it cancel them,” he said. Students who opposed the decision to...
  • Law School Graduates Continue to Face Brutal Entry-Level Market

    04/02/2013 1:12:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Law School Transparency ^ | Apr 01, 2013 | LST
    The Class of 2012 outcome data shed considerable light on how difficult the job market remains for law school graduates. These graduates fared 1% better than last year’s graduates in lawyer jobs: 56.2% of 2012 graduates were be employed in full-time, long-term lawyer jobs. Exclude jobs funded by the law schools from this figure and it is 55.1%. A devastating 27.7% were either underemployed (short-term or part-time job, or non-professional) or not employed
  • Entrepreneurial Education Solutions Required

    02/01/2013 11:21:58 AM PST · by eagleye85
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 1, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a preeminent think-tank in Washington, D.C. What you may not know about him is that he finished his three degrees via correspondence before he landed a job as a Syracuse University professor. “I possess a 10K-B.A., which I got way back in 1994,” writes Brooks for the New York Times. “And it was the most important intellectual and career move I ever made.” The 10K-B.A. is a Bachelor’s degree that costs approximately $10,000. “I took classes by mail from the University of Washington, the University of Wyoming, and other...
  • Why Not to Go to Law School

    01/28/2013 2:51:47 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 12 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | January 28, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Is a college degree really worth the expense? A recent study, authored by Richard Vedder, Jonathan Robe, and Christopher Denhart, “used employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate that the number of college graduates is growing at a rate disproportionate to the number of jobs requiring a college degree,” reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. “They question whether America spends too much on higher education, and ask whether society can afford to subsidize higher education for graduates who end up in jobs they could have landed without going to college.” “The study, from the Center for...
  • Law School Enrollments are Plummeting. What Happens Next?

    01/19/2013 7:53:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/19/2013 | by Megan McArdle
    "I couldn't do this if I didn't have tenure." That's what law professor Paul Campos told me, sitting at a table in Brasserie Beck after a Cato panel on law schools. By "this", he meant "crtiticize law schools for their graduation rates", something he's been doing, vociferously, since 2011. In an interview with me a few months ago, Campos laid out the dire math facing current law students: I found that half of our graduates, like more than half of graduates nationally, weren't getting real legal jobs at all, and the majority of those who did get jobs weren't making...
  • A Message to Aspiring Lawyers: Caveat Emptor (New jobs annually: 21,800. No. of graduates: 44,000)

    01/06/2013 7:42:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/04/2013 | Chris Fletcher
    There is a crisis in law-school education, but don't expect the institutions to tell potential applicants about it. In short, there are far too many graduates for the number of jobs available, and the majority of those who get jobs are not being paid nearly enough to service their debt. Nationally there are twice as many graduates as there are jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the economy will provide 21,880 new jobs for lawyers annually between 2010 and 2020; law schools since 2010, however, have produced more than 44,000 graduates each year. Yet schools continue to enroll...
  • Law School Tuition Is About To Jump To The Most Outrageous Levels Yet

    10/12/2012 11:28:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/12/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Jobs in the legal industry are extremely difficult to come by.And law schools across the country are admitting fewer and fewer students to cope with the shrinking job market.But it's about to get even worse, according to legal blogger Matt Leichter who recently projected major tuition across the board.By the 2021-2022 school year, Cornell Law School students can expect to shell out $79,800 and Yale Law School scholars aren't much better off, with an expected tuition of $76,300, according to charts Leichter posted at The Law School Tuition Bubble.Check out just how much tuition is expected to leap at some...
  • Why The 'Law School Bubble' Is Worse Than The Mortgage Crisis

    10/02/2012 1:45:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/13/2012 | Erin Fuchs
    Paul Campos acknowledges a certain "tension" between his dual roles as law professor and author of the blog "Inside the Law School Scam." "Of course I feel conflicted," Campos told Business Insider. "I should emphasize that when I started as a law professor [in 1990] it cost literally $3,000 to go to law school." My, how things have changed. Tuition at University of Colorado where Campos teaches has climbed to $32,000 a year. Costs have risen even higher at elite universities, while the job outlook for most law school grads remains bleak. Campos – whose book "Don't Go To Law...
  • Former Univ. of Chicago law school dean: Obama was never offered tenure

    09/12/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    A longtime professor and one-time dean of the University of Chicago Law School told The Daily Caller that Barack Obama was never offered tenure, despite the assertions of a New York Times reporter who covers the president and the first family. “Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; [Obama] turned them down,” wrote Times White House Correspondent Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” in a July 30, 2008 profile of the president’s twelve years as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. And yet, according to longtime University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, Obama was never actually...
  • Racial Preferences Backfire Legally

    08/23/2012 10:42:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Racial preferences embraced by supposedly elite law schools may actually be forcing blacks out of the legal profession. “There are fewer African-American students than anyone would prefer with the entering credentials necessary for admission on a color-blind basis to the most elite law schools,” Anthony Caso of the Chapman University School of Law wrote in an amicus brief he compiled for three members of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission. “But there are many more who would do well at mid-tier schools—if they were only attending those schools.” Caso assembled an amicus brief in support of Abigail Noel Fisher in...
  • Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Diversity Mania in Higher Ed

    05/21/2012 2:17:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 21, 2012 | David French
    I have no idea whether Barack Obama’s recently discovered bio and Elizabeth Warren’s periodic (and selective) ethnic box-checking represent mistakes, misrepresentations, or some combination of the two, but I do have first-hand experience with the powerful academic incentive to make one’s background as exotic as humanly possible. As perhaps the only regular Corner poster who’s also a veteran of an Ivy League law school admissions committee (at Cornell, where I taught for two years), I’m unfortunately completely inadequate for the task of communicating to readers how critically important “diversity” is to admissions and promotions in academe. Simply put, once you...
  • Paying Students To Quit Law School

    11/21/2011 6:17:51 PM PST · by Altariel · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | November 18, 2011 | Akhil Reed Amar and Ian Ayres
    A crisis is threatening legal education. In constant dollars, tuition at private law schools nearly tripled over the last quarter century. Many a graduate faces a six-figure debt and can’t find a job paying enough to service that debt. Especially troubling are allegations that some schools admit students they know are unlikely to repay their loans—leaving taxpayers (who guarantee some of these loans) holding the bag. Some of these problems are not unique to law schools—they apply to much of American higher education. But law schools are engaged in a specific program of instruction, with a specific goal—passing the bar—as...
  • Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!

    07/16/2011 12:54:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2011 | DAVID SEGAL
    WITH apologies to show business, there’s no business like the business of law school. The basic rules of a market economy — even golden oldies, like a link between supply and demand — just don’t apply. Legal diplomas have such allure that law schools have been able to jack up tuition four times faster than the soaring cost of college. And many law schools have added students to their incoming classes — a step that, for them, means almost pure profits — even during the worst recession in the legal profession’s history. It is one of the academy’s open secrets:...
  • Is Law School a Losing Game?

    01/09/2011 7:14:23 AM PST · by Tom Rounder · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 9,2011 | Steve Bartin
    “Enron-type accounting standards have become the norm,” says William Henderson of Indiana University, one of many exasperated law professors who are asking the American Bar Association to overhaul the way law schools assess themselves. “Every time I look at this data, I feel dirty.”
  • Is Law School a Losing Game? (Yes!)

    01/09/2011 5:40:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2011 | DAVID SEGAL
    ... To judge from data that law schools collect, and which is published in the closely parsed U.S. News and World Report annual rankings, the prospects of young doctors of jurisprudence are downright rosy. In reality, and based on every other source of information, Mr. Wallerstein and a generation of J.D.’s face the grimmest job market in decades. Since 2008, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished, according to a Northwestern Law study. Associates have been laid off, partners nudged out the door and recruitment programs have been scaled back or eliminated. And with corporations scrutinizing...
  • Getting Schooled in Law Loans (The ABA is now persuading College Students NOT to go to law school)

    01/04/2011 10:10:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/03/2011 | Stephanie Landsman
    The American Bar Association has officially issued a warning on its website. The ABA is now making the case to persuade college students not to go to law school. According to the association, over the past 25 years law school tuition has consistently risen two times faster than inflation. The average private law student borrows about $92,500 for law school, while law students who attend public schools take out loans for $71,400. These numbers do not include any debt law students may still have from their time as undergraduates. Before the recession, the ABA cites statistics that show an average...
  • Gingrich: Ave Maria to help Catholic-based legal system replace left, secular judicial branch

    11/22/2010 2:59:22 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 63 replies
    Naples Daily News ^ | 11/19/2010 | KELLY FARRELL
    NAPLES — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke of the importance Ave Maria School of Law will have in replacing the current liberal, secular legal system during the law school’s 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Naples Ritz Carlton Beach Resort on Friday night. The potential 2012 presidential hopeful converted to Roman Catholicism in 2009, which is the same year the law school relocated from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Naples. The law school’s students would be prepared to write the laws, defend the laws and defeat the left, Gingrich said. The modern, secular law, he said, can be...
  • Brooklyn Law School furious over steamy photo shoot

    11/13/2010 9:05:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2010 | KEVIN FASICK and DAN MANGAN
    There oughta be a law -- against being this naughty. Brooklyn Law School officials rented Diesel its library expecting a tasteful photo shoot for a jeans ad -- but what they got was a steamy display of writhing young models in skimpy lingerie grinding against books and computers. "It's gross. I work on those computers every day!" fumed a female student, referring to a shot showing two bra- and panty-clad women climbing over the machines toward an open-mouthed man. "Ugh. The library fantasies are now relentless."
  • What President Obama Didn't Learn at Harvard (He should've gone to Business School, not Law School)

    11/04/2010 7:40:48 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/04/2010 | Robert Morrison
    If President Obama had gone to Harvard Business School, instead of Harvard Law School, he might have learned this amazing lesson about American enterprise. It comes from Jill Jonnes' excellent history, "Eiffel's Tower." The greatest problem in building the Eiffel's "Tour de Trois Cent Metres" for the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition was the elevators. They would have to work safely and efficiently to handle the massive crowds expected to descend upon the City of Lights. Gustave Eiffel, being French, wanted to choose a French elevator manufacturer. But he was operating against an unforgiving deadline, and only the Yankees had the...
  • Will Litigate For Food

    09/20/2010 5:48:38 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    A USA Today piece by Mary Beth Marklein recently noted that a new category of campus protest is making the rounds of schools these days, according to Donald Downs in mindingthecampus.com. Apparently “a new generation of law students and graduates is rising in protest over the failure of law schools to give them honest accountings of the job market and their professional prospects.” Marklein wrote: “Law schools, once viewed as a guaranteed path to a high-paying career, are coming under fire as disillusioned graduates find a tighter job market than they say they were led to expect . . ....
  • Does it Pay to Go to Law School ?

    07/25/2010 7:27:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 7+ views
    The Frugal Law Student was wondering earlier this year if law school is really worth the extra cost it takes to go: Given the economic crisis that is going on, the difficulty new lawyers are having getting jobs, and the soaring cost of law school, I’m doing a little analysis to see if law school is worth it for many prospective students. A lot of people go into graduate or professional school believing the debt and time spent will pay off in a more rewarding/higher paying career. While this may be happen for some, it’s by no means a...
  • Teens Charged in Phoebe Prince Bullying Case Get Death Threats

    04/16/2010 8:43:09 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 40 replies · 1,351+ views
    People Magazine ^ | Friday April 16, 2010 07:30 AM EDT | By Judy Rakowsky
    A defense lawyer is calling for calm after death threats have been made against teenagers charged in the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied by schoolmates. "Not to minimize what happened to Phoebe Prince in any way, but translating this into death threats and public harassment has got to stop," says Colin Keefe, who represents Sharon Chanon Velazquez, accused of tormenting Prince, who hanged herself on Jan. 14. "It's gotten way out of control," adds Keefe, who says Velazquez has been driven temporarily from her home.
  • Letter Writing Campaign For Phoebe

    04/12/2010 6:08:54 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 7 replies · 268+ views
    Mind Of Niuhuru | April 12 2010 | Niuhuru
    Why don't we start a letter writing campaign to the court to encourage them to give solid, real sentences to these monsters and not give them a slap on the wrist? By doing that we'll ensure that justice is done.
  • Attorney wants Phoebe Prince’s medical records (Mass. bullying case)

    04/11/2010 8:52:46 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 89 replies · 1,646+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 04/10/10 | Marie Szaniszlo
    The attorney for one of six South Hadley High School students accused of bullying Phoebe Prince in the months leading up to her suicide is asking for highly personal information about her, a move decried by a former prosecutor and victims advocates as “unconscionable.” In a six-page motion filed in Northampton Superior Court, Terrence M. Dunphy, the lawyer for Austin Renaud, asks for the names of any physicians, psychologists or rape counselors Prince saw; any medical and psychological records viewed by the prosecutor; details of any prior allegations of rape or abuse by Prince; and a statement as to whether...
  • VIDEO: Is the President of the United States a Fraud?

    04/04/2010 8:02:34 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 25 replies · 2,235+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/4/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    This video presents an overview and summary of the new information indicating that Barack Obama made fraudulent claims concerning his educational and work history. The information reported and confirmed by several sources is explosive and raises the issue, 'Who is Barack Obama? Is he who he says he is? And if not, why? Who is behind the push to make a Marxist the President of the United States?' More information is known concerning this story, a portion of which will be revealed in tomorrow's column. Some of the information is so explosive that it may be impossible at the present...
  • Chicago Law Prof on Obama: “The Professors Hated Him because he was Lazy, Unqualified

    03/31/2010 7:45:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 56 replies · 2,808+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 31, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    The highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law spoke out on Barack Obama saying, “Professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings.” Doug Ross reported this and more: I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months back, and he did not have many nice things to say about “Barry.” Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn’t even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put...
  • Video - Chief Justice John Roberts Remarks - (in full)

    03/10/2010 6:23:36 PM PST · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 778+ views
    Cspan ^ | 3-9-10
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts addressed students at the University of Alabama Law School. Following his remarks he responded to questions from audience members. In response to a student, Justice Roberts said the Senate's confirmation process for federal judges is “broken down ” and stated that President Obama's State of the Union speech degenerated “into a political pep rally.” VIDEO - Chief Justice John Roberts The SOTU issue is at the 44:57 mark
  • No Longer Their Golden Ticket (law school)

    01/19/2010 5:25:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies · 1,707+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2010 | Alex Williams
    ... “The Deep End” was conceived in 2007, that halcyon era of $160,000 starting salaries and full employment even for law grads who had scored in the 150s on their LSAT’s. Those days are over. As the profession lurches through its worst slump in decades, with jobs and bonuses cut and internal pressures to perform rising, associates do not just feel as if they are diving into the deep end, but rather, drowning. Lawyers who entered the field as recently as a few years ago could reasonably expect a life of comfort, security and social esteem. Many are now faced...
  • (MA) State college presidents endorse public law school plan

    01/13/2010 2:19:01 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 13, 2010
    The presidents of the nine Massachusetts state colleges today called on the state Board of Higher Education to approve a UMass proposal to create the Commonwealth’s first public law school. A public law school would create an “affordable pathway that allows for and encourages the pursuit of public service careers in the law,” the presidents said in a letter to Board of Higher education chairman Charles Desmond and higher education Commissioner Richard Freeland. Under the UMass plan, the school would be part of UMass-Dartmouth. The nearby private Southern New England School of Law is donating its campus and assets to...
  • Don't go to law school!

    01/05/2010 10:28:46 PM PST · by NJ sux · 12 replies · 1,237+ views
    Don't go to law school (and if enrolled, drop out)
  • End Affirmative Action, End the Black Upper Class: The Case of Law

    11/24/2009 12:45:52 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 14 replies · 1,280+ views
    It was with great interest that I read Christopher Donovan’s TOO article on politically incorrect comments at a blog for the lawyerly elite. The field of law prides itself on being a meritocracy. Being made up of educated Westerners, it is also very liberal on racial issues. It’s hard to be both. The two main academic factors considered in law school admissions are GPA and more importantly, the prospect’s score on the LSAT. Grades aren’t a very good indicator of skill since students choose their own majors, which of course vary in difficulty. That leaves the LSAT as the main...
  • Boston College Jesuit Law School in Disarray Over Prof's Defense of Marriage

    09/25/2009 7:45:37 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 45 replies · 2,039+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 09/24/2009 | n/a
    On September 15, 2009, StandForMarriageMaine.com released a television ad which featured Scott Fitzgibbon, a professor at Boston College Law School, arguing in defense of marriage between one man and one woman.  He encouraged Maine voters to vote "yes" on an upcoming ballot referendum which aims to overturn state legislation which legalized homosexual "marriage" last May.Complaints from fellow faculty members at Boston College, a Jesuit-affiliated school, soon began piling up. Merely one day after the ad aired, Boston College Law Dean John Garvey issued a letter to the BC law community, writing, "Several of you have contacted my office to express...
  • Another View: Lock the Law School Doors

    09/03/2009 9:53:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 928+ views
    NYT ^ | 09/02/09
    Another View: Lock the Law School Doors September 2, 2009, 10:00 am Dan Slater, a former litigator, argues that there are too many places at too many law schools, especially with the current hiring slump at law firms. This summer, in the staid world of legal education, where curriculum is uniform and scholars are trained in the art of like-mindedness, one dean hatched a contrary plan. In a memo to incoming students, Patricia D. White, the dean of University of Miami School of Law, surmised: “Perhaps many of you are looking to law school as a safe harbor in which...
  • Prelaw Is No Prep for the LSAT

    09/01/2009 12:43:02 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 30 replies · 1,751+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 9-1-2009 | Jonathan Adler
    Using 1994-1995 and 2002-2003 data, Nieswiadomy (1998, 2006) found that economics majors scored well on the LSAT. These results are frequently posted on university web sites by Economics and other departments. This note, which updates the prior studies using current 2007-2008 data for the 2008-2009 class of students entering law school, finds that Economics majors still perform at or near the top of all majors taking the test. Economics majors (LSAT score of 157.4) are tied for first (with Philosophy) of the 12 largest disciplines (those with more than 1,900 students entering law school). Economics is tied for second (with...
  • No 'Professor' Obama at U. of C. (Flashback, Lied on Resume)

    07/29/2009 11:39:26 AM PDT · by mnehring · 90 replies · 4,010+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 2008
    WASHINGTON -- The University of Chicago released a statement Thursday saying Sen. Barack Obama "served as a professor" in the law school -- but that is a title Obama, who taught courses there part-time, never held, a spokesman for the school confirmed on Friday. "He did not hold the title of professor of law," said Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, an assistant dean for communications and lecturer in law at the school. The U. of C. statement was posted on the school's Web site two days after the Clinton campaign issued a memo headlined: "Just Embellished Words: Senator Obama's Record of Exaggerations...
  • Villanova law school dean linked to prostitution raid

    07/06/2009 12:10:37 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 18 replies · 1,800+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 7/6/2009 | Staff
    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say the dean of Villanova University's law school was involved in a prostitution investigation before resigning last week. State police say Mark Sargent was seen leaving a suspected house of prostitution in suburban Philadelphia just before a raid Nov. 25. He was not charged. Instead, police say Sargent was one of two customers who provided information to authorities prosecuting the case. The owner of the Kennett Township home recently pleaded no contest to promoting prostitution; two co-defendants pleaded guilty to the charge.
  • University of Illinois jobs-for-entry scheme (unqualified student accepted to UI law school)

    06/25/2009 9:39:01 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 13 replies · 574+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 June 2009 | Jodi S. Cohen, Tara Malone and Robert Becker
    What does it cost to get an unqualified student into the University of Illinois law school? Five jobs for graduating law students, suggest internal e-mails released Thursday. The documents show for the first time efforts to seek favors -- in this case, jobs -- for admissions, the most troubling evidence yet of how Illinois' entrenched system of patronage crept into the state's most prestigious public university. They also detail the law school's system for handling "Special Admits," students backed by the politically connected, expanding the scope of a scandal prompted by a Chicago Tribune investigation. In one e-mail exchange, University...
  • Study Offers a New Test of Potential Lawyers

    03/11/2009 6:41:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 712+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 10, 2009 | Jonathan D. Glater
    Just what makes a good lawyer? In trying to answer that question, professors at the University of California, Berkeley, have come up with a test that they say is better at predicting success in the field than the widely used Law School Admission Test. The LSAT, as the half-day exam is known, does not claim to predict much beyond a student’s performance in law school. But critics contend that it does not evaluate how good a lawyer someone will be and tests for the wrong things. They also say it keeps many black and Hispanic students — who tend to...
  • Law Dean Biased in Hiring, Lawsuit Alleges

    01/24/2009 9:52:09 AM PST · by PLK · 5 replies · 323+ views
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 1/23/09 | Olivia Moran
    A UI College of Law employee filed a federal lawsuit against the dean of the school this week, asserting she was rejected for a position because of her political affiliation. Teresa Wagner, a Republican who works part-time at the law school writing center, names UI College of Law Dean Carolyn Jones in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The remainder of the article is available free and in its entirety at the URL above.
  • Obama names Elena Kagan as Solicitor General [Radical Feminists Delirious at O's picks]

    01/17/2009 9:42:08 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 918+ views
    Obama names Elena Kagan as Solicitor General President-elect Obama has named Elena Kagan, Harvard Law School dean, as Solicitor General. Kagan will be the first woman to serve permanently in this important post, which is tasked with conducting "all litigation on behalf of the United States in the Supreme Court, and to supervise the handling of litigation in the federal appellate courts. Kagan previously served in the White House during the Clinton administration, as Associate Counsel to the President, Deputy Assistant the the President for Domestic Policy, and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. (Emphasis mine) In an email...
  • California: Law School Lure: No Tuition (at a state school)

    12/25/2008 5:49:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,049+ views
    A law school opening next fall in Southern California is offering a big incentive to top students who might be thinking twice about the cost of a legal education during the recession: free tuition for three years. The offer is part of a strategy by Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned constitutional law scholar and dean of the new school at the University of California, Irvine, to attract Ivy League-caliber students to the first new public law school in the state in 40 years. The law school hopes to offer full scholarships to all 60 members of its inaugural class in 2009....
  • A Preference for Truth

    12/12/2008 8:54:27 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 229+ views
    The noblest-sounding justification for racial preferences—that they lift up their beneficiaries—may soon be exposed as fraudulent. A group of law professors and economists examining the effect of law school admissions preferences on students’ bar-exam passage rates is suing the State Bar of California to obtain data for their study. The proposed research could deal a death blow to the quota regime by proving that affirmative action actually damages a student’s chances of becoming a lawyer. Predictably, the race industry has mobilized to crush the project.
  • 1990 at Harvard Law School -- Barack Obama says he benefited from affirmative action

    11/20/2008 1:05:51 AM PST · by dennisw · 28 replies · 1,217+ views
    Harvard Law School Record ^ | November 16, 1990 | Barack Hussein Obama
      I'd also like to add one personal note, in response to the letter from Mr. Jim Chen which was published in the October 26 issue of the RECORD, and which articulated broad objections to the Review's general affirmative action policy. I respect Mr. Chen's personal concern over the possible stigmatizing effects of affirmative action, and do not question the depth or sincerity of his feelings. I must say, however, that as someone who has undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career, and as someone who may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action policy when I...
  • OBAMA: Harvard Law Class Photos Missing

    10/29/2008 10:31:36 AM PDT · by Fort McCain · 154 replies · 5,616+ views
    Harvard University Library ^ | 29 Oct. 2008 | self
    A search of the Harvard University Library digital image collection appears to reveal that group pictures of graduate students from 1988 through 2003 are missing from the collection. Obama was in the graduating class of 1991. Link to search results:http://via.lib.harvard.edu/via/deliver/executeQuery?_collection=via&searchHistoryNumber=8&searchtype=reissue#sort However, Obama is shown in this picture, of the Harvard Law Review for 1990-91. He's in the center. This is the only record in the database the comes up using the string "Obama".