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US News’ ranking methodology is the cheese for law school rat race, report says

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings rely on categories including law school…

On-campus interviews in January? Top law schools consider delays amid law firm pressure

Columbia Law School has decided to push back on-campus interviews for summer associates until January 2021 amid pressure from law firms, according to a published report.

Several other law schools…

Several top law schools adopt pass-fail grading plans after going online
At least five top law schools have announced they are adopting pass-fail grading or giving students the pass-fail option.
As COVID-19 mandates virtual law classes, nonprofit creates list of volunteer online speakers
If you have any interest in being a guest law school speaker, now is the time, provided that you’re comfortable doing it online.
Lawyer suspended for boosting law school grades in Williams & Connolly application
The New Jersey Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer who falsified a law school transcript when he sought a job with Williams & Connolly.
US News releases its 2021 law school rankings
Once again, the top three law schools are at Yale University, Stanford University and Harvard University, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings, released Tuesday.
Amid coronavirus worries, how do law schools move online?

As more schools move JD instruction out of the traditional classroom setting, many are moving into uncharted territory.

Coronavirus and law schools: More universities shifting to online classes
An increasing number of universities with law schools—including those that have not reported active cases of coronavirus—are canceling their in-person classes and moving them online.
Coronavirus and law schools: Numerous schools canceling in-person classes
The concerns about the coronavirus have spread to law schools, with schools across the country canceling in-person classes or announcing full closures.
What comes next for ABA-accredited law schools with two-year pass rates below 75%?

Under the old version of Standard 316, which sets bar passage requirements for ABA-accredited law schools, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar entertained all sorts of exceptions—including having a 75% pass rate for all graduates over the five most recent calendar years, or at least three of those five years. It’s been said no law school has ever been out of compliance with it.

Tenured law professor who lied to IRS will return to teaching
A tenured bankruptcy and corporate finance law professor who lied to the Internal Revenue Service will keep his job at the University of Minnesota.
Texas university remains out of compliance with admissions standards, ABA legal ed section finds
The ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has found that the embattled Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law remains out of compliance with a key admissions standard. The section council has also asked the school to appear at its May meeting as it determines "whether to impose sanctions, including removal of approval."
Lawyer, author and founder of program for wrongfully convicted dies at 52
Laura Caldwell, a lawyer, author and founder of a project that supported the wrongfully convicted, died Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer.
Law school tech classes may not bring job opportunities, but they do help teach practice skills
Chicago-Kent College of Law students can learn about legal analytics. Students at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta have the opportunity to work in startup groups with MBA students, as well as graduate-level students from the Georgia Institute of Technology. And at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, students taking a class about representing people who experienced domestic violence hear stories from “virtual victim” avatars to learn about the listening process.
Want law profs to embrace technology? Show them how it improves their teaching

“In terms of how I decide to use technology, I ask myself if it will make me a better instructor. I never try to use technology just because I want to use technology. There’s got to be a pedagogical reason,” law professor April Gordon Dawson says.

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