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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.
BarBri bar exam prep options will soon include streamed, real-time lectures
Whether the July bar exam will actually take place as traditionally scheduled is unknown, but starting in May, anyone who wants to study for it has the option of watching livestreamed BarBri lectures with moderated questions and answers.
Afternoon Briefs: Reform group backs cost metric in law school rankings; California suspends jury trials

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…

Klobuchar’s law prof husband is hospitalized with COVID-19

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has announced that her law professor husband, John Bessler, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized in Virginia.

Klobuchar said in a…

What alternatives to the July bar exam are being considered in light of COVID-19?
Given that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit large gatherings for the foreseeable future, administration of the July 2020 bar exam seems unlikely, according to a working paper released Sunday by a group of legal academics. It calls for states to consider diploma privilege for 2020 law school graduates, as well as supervised practice.
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.
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.
ABA commission points out legal ed and licensure issues that built access-to-justice barriers
The costs of legal education and licensure should not act as a barrier for the quality and availability of legal services, and legal education should not be one size fits all, according to commentary released Wednesday by the ABA's Commission on the Future of Legal Education.
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.
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.

Ethics and civil procedure are most important knowledge areas for new lawyers, survey says

A survey of nearly 15,000 lawyers sought to determine what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed by newly licensed attorneys.

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