Legal Education

902 ABA Journal Legal Education articles.

No Country for Rural Lawyers: Small-town attorneys still find it hard to thrive

Solving the rural attorney shortage won’t be easy, given that few law graduates appear willing to set up shop in rural America. The situation is only expected to worsen in the near future, given that many lawyers in less-populated counties are approaching retirement age and no younger attorneys have moved in to replace them.

Finance law prof gets probation for not paying taxes after being accused of embezzling millions of dollars
A bankruptcy and corporate finance law professor, who recently pleaded down his federal wire and mail fraud charges to a failure to pay taxes misdemeanor, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation.
Afternoon Briefs: Bill would allow law school to ax segregationist’s name; Cipollone said to be material witness

Florida legislation puts naming rights in universities’ hands

Thanks to pending legislation, Florida State University College of Law may soon rename B.K. Roberts Hall, which recognizes a former state supreme…

Afternoon Briefs: Kim Kardashian West finishes year of legal studies; guilty plea for man’s viral ice cream video

Kim Kardashian West completes first year of legal studies

Kim Kardashian West says she has completed her first year of legal studies in a four-year apprenticeship program that can…

Reinventing the staid field of legal academic writing
Legal academic publishing isn't synonymous with innovation. The mere mention of it can, for some, bring up repressed memories of the most banal and stuffy aspects of law school. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to change that.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer can’t avoid pro bono appointment, AG Barr wants Apple to unlock gunman’s iPhones

Lawyer appointed to pro bono case can’t avoid representation, federal judge rules

A Connecticut lawyer appointed as pro bono counsel in a prisoner’s civil rights case doesn’t qualify for an…

New York Times defamed me with clickbait headline, Harvard Law prof alleges in lawsuit
Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School, has filed a lawsuit that says the New York Times defamed him with a sensationalized clickbait headline that read: “A Harvard Professor Doubles Down: If You Take Epstein’s Money, Do It in Secret.”
3 law students launch food pantry to help feed hungry classmates
Three law students at the University of Hawaii’s law school are launching a food pantry to help classmates who are going hungry.
California may offer more opportunities for JDs taught entirely online

If people are open to attending a non-ABA-accredited law school, they may soon have a lot more online choices in California—thanks to a recent rule change by the State Bar of California allowing state-accredited law schools to teach JD programs entirely over the internet.

Under teach-out plan, Thomas Jefferson law school has ABA accreditation for 3 more years
A teach-out plan for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, allowing limited accreditation until the end of the spring 2023 term, has been approved by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Tech company accused of bar-exam grading glitch has no liability in test-takers’ suit, 11th Circuit says
Law grads who were wrongly told that they failed the Georgia bar exam can’t recover damages against the software company they accused of producing the incorrect scores, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Law grad wins discharge of his student debt in opinion criticizing ‘punitive standards’
In what is being described as a “stunning” decision, a bankruptcy judge has ruled that a 2004 graduate of Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School may erase more than $220,000 in student loan debt.
A better bar exam? Law profs weigh in on whether test accurately measures skills required for law practice

Some lawyers say that little has changed with bar exams nationwide, and there are still concerns about whether the test accurately evaluates skills needed to practice law. Others have argued that today’s technology could handle many methods of bar exam testing than seemed impossible in 1980.

BigLaw firm defends its commitment to diversity after Al Sharpton’s criticism
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is defending its diversity efforts after the Revs. Al Sharpton and Dale D. Dennis II criticized the law firm for having few racial minorities in its Wilmington, Delaware, office.
Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein threatened with jail for courtroom phone use; Supreme Court closes for weather

Judge threatens to jail Harvey Weinstein after he uses cellphone in court

On Tuesday, a Manhattan judge threatened to jail former film producer Harvey Weinstein for using his cellphone in…

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