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Can a chatbot earn a JD? This one averaged C-plus on law school exams

An artificial intelligence tool called ChatGPT averaged a C-plus on exams at the University of Minnesota Law School, according to four law professors who gave it a try.

US News extends rankings survey deadline; which law schools will file?

Updated: The ABA Journal asked all ABA-accredited law schools whether they planned to submit the survey. Out of the 117 schools that responded, 30 said they would not, and 23 were undecided.

Weekly Briefs: Man pleads guilty in cold-case murder of law librarian; near-total abortion ban upheld in Idaho

A man convicted as a minor in 1964 for killing and raping a teen girl in Germany has pleaded guilty to the 1973 murder of a Stanford law librarian.

Weekly Briefs: Judge slashes $24M award for Unite the Right victims; judge accused of offering sex for early trial

Judge slashes $24M punitive award in Unite the Right trial

U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon of the Western District of Virginia has slashed an award of $24 million in…

Sotomayor says she felt ‘sense of despair’ in previous SCOTUS term

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a video appearance Wednesday she felt a “sense of despair” because of the direction taken by the U.S. Supreme Court in the previous term.

Berkeley Law dean thinks school is on ‘strong legal ground’ after student groups ban Zionist speakers

Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, said he will cooperate in an investigation spurred by a ban on Zionist speakers by several student groups.

US News changes its rankings system amid boycotts by most top law schools

U.S. News & World Report is changing its law school rankings system after several law deans announced that they would refuse to provide data to the publication because of their concerns about metrics that emphasize reputation and disincentivize support for public-interest careers.

Top 10 news stories of 2022

Every year, we like to take a look back at the news events and stories that most resonated with our online readers. This year, the financial state of the legal industry dominated the list, accompanied by disciplinary cases, law school rankings and the bar exam.

Law school class of 2022 may be ‘most diverse entering class in history,’ LSAC says

Relying on data from ABA Standard 509 Information Reports released Monday, the Law School Admission Council has found that for the incoming law school class of 2022, 36.6% identify as people of color.

There are fewer JD students this year and increases in non-JD programs, new ABA data says

There is a slight decrease in JD enrollment for the fall 2022 term, according to data released Monday by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Hofstra University law school gets criticism from ABA about faculty diversity

The Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law is noncompliant with an accreditation standard that requires law schools to demonstrate “concrete action” by showing a commitment to having a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff, according to an ABA notice posted Wednesday.

Law school is investigated for Judge Judy’s female-only scholarship program

New York Law School is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for a scholarship program for women funded by Judge Judy Sheindlin, according to a report.

3 law schools dinged for low bar pass rates

Updated: On Tuesday, the ABA posted notice that the Ave Maria School of Law, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Vermont Law School are out of compliance with Standard 316, which requires a bar passage rate of at least 75% within a two-year time period.

Last T14 law school announces stance on US News rankings; which two are staying in?

The final holdout among top 14-ranked law schools has announced it will no longer participate in rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

2 federal appeals judges boycotting Yale Law clerks see progress in campus tolerance for conservative views

Two conservative federal appeals judges who previously announced plans to boycott Yale Law School clerks said they are seeing progress in tolerance for differing viewpoints at a university event Wednesday.

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