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2109 ABA Journal Law Students articles.

Decision about releasing July bar exam materials will come in May, NCBE says
The National Conference of Bar Examiners, which develops and produces the attorney licensing tests used by most U.S. jurisdictions, will announce in early May whether its tests will be released for the July bar exam.
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…

Suspension of federal student loan payments available during COVID-19 pandemic
During the COVID-19 national emergency, borrowers can suspend federal student loan payments for at least 60 days with 0% interest, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday.
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.
March LSAT canceled and National Conference of Bar Examiners monitoring July bar exam
In light of the coronavirus, the March Law School Admission Test has been canceled.
Afternoon Briefs: Defense bar calls for protection in prisons from coronavirus; cheese makers protect ‘halloumi’ trademark

Nation’s criminal defense bar calls for ‘prompt implementation’ of COVID-19 plans in detention facilities

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on Wednesday called for the “prompt implementation of comprehensive,…

New York removes mental health question from state bar application
Bar applicants in New York will no longer have to answer questions about mental health conditions or treatment history as a result of action by the state’s court system.
Top tips to secure legal tech investors in 2020
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Jerry Ting, the CEO and co-founder of Evisort, an artificial-intelligence-powered contract-analysis system based in San Mateo, California.
The 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting kicks off in Texas
The 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting opens in the Lone Star State this week, providing ABA members the opportunity to attend hundreds of legal programs and events; hear from recognized law experts; and meet with colleagues in their sections, divisions, committees and councils.
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.

Afternoon Briefs: Youths’ climate-change suit tossed; Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz join Trump legal team

9th Circuit tosses youths’ climate-change suit on standing grounds

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco dismissed Friday a climate-change lawsuit filed on behalf of…

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.

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.

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