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Developing an Identity: Zachariah DeMeola created a holistic way for law students to find where they fit into the profession

“When I was a kid, I didn’t understand the system. I kind of ambled my way through. It’s a major reason for my motivation to improve the legal system, including legal education, and help others navigate it,” says Zachariah DeMeola of LSAC.

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.

Law prof stirs controversy with tweet calling Scalia ‘basically a klansman’

Updated: A professor at the Emory University School of Law is under fire after he tweeted that the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was “basically a klansman.”

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.

AI program earned passing bar exam scores on evidence and torts; can it work in court?

Artificial intelligence programs are making inroads in the legal field, showing proficiency in two sections of a practice bar exam and getting used for the first time in traffic court.

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.

Relax with our favorite long reads of 2022

Feel like curling up next to the fireplace with a good read? ABA Journal Managing Editor Kevin Davis has curated a selection of our favorite feature stories that ran in the magazine and online in 2022.

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.

Why the Jan. 6 committee highlights actions of 3 lawyers and an ex-law prof in DOJ referrals against Trump

Updated: Three lawyers and a law professor figure prominently in criminal referrals of former President Donald Trump issued Monday by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack.

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.

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