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How can lawyers meet their ethical obligation to be competent in technology?

If 40 states have implemented an ethical duty of competence in technology, why aren’t lawyers completely technologically competent? That’s a question posed to the audience at the ABA Techshow on Thursday.

Another law school dinged on accreditation standard regarding diversity of faculty and staff

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

Which law schools are choosiest? Washington University is in top five, while Yale is mostly No. 1

Yale Law School is No. 1 based data showing that it is the choosiest law school in terms of acceptance rate and median LSAT scores for fall 2022. But it falls to No. 2 in a tie with two other schools based on the median undergraduate grade-point average.

Legal Ed data shows decrease in first-time bar pass rates

Data released Friday shows a two percentage point drop in bar pass rates for first-time test takers in 2022 compared to 2021.

US uses ‘compromise and settlement’ to erase law grad’s $329K debt; would it work on grander scale?

The U.S. Education Department used its “compromise and settlement” authority to cancel the woman’s debt after receiving a call from a New Yorker reporter who wrote about her plight.

Legal Ed will resubmit proposed elimination of admissions-test standard and consider increasing distance ed credits

The council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on Friday voted in favor of resubmitting to the House of Delegates a proposal to eliminate a requirement that accredited law schools use an admissions test like the LSAT or GRE. Additionally, the council approved a suggestion to allow up to 50% of a law school’s credits offered online, without special permission.

Former Stanford law dean was among bond guarantors for FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried

Two people associated with Stanford University have been revealed as the mystery sureties who helped guaranty the $250 million recognizance bond for FTX Trading founder Samuel Bankman-Fried, the son of law professors at the school.

Court dismisses part of UIC law prof’s civil rights lawsuit

Updated: A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a claim brought by Jason Kilborn, the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law professor who used abbreviated racial and gender slurs in a 2020 essay exam question, that he had been unfairly retaliated against for engaging in protected speech. However, the court also allowed some of his defamation claims to go forward.

Magistrate judge recommends ethics probe of Northwestern law prof, who sees ‘crock of nonsense’

A professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law is firing back after a federal magistrate judge said he should be referred to disciplinary authorities for his “shameful” conduct in a probate dispute with his mentally ill sister.

Want to be a Supreme Court clerk? It helps to graduate from these law schools and colleges

More than two-thirds of law clerks for U.S. Supreme Court justices come from just five law schools, according to a study covering the period between 1980 and 2020.

Citing lack of lawyers, public defenders in this state ask to let law grads work before bar admission

A Florida proposal to allow court appearances for law school graduates, up to one year before bar admission, has been made by the state’s public defenders organization.

Law school named in honor of Black attorney in what may be second time in history

The Florida St. Thomas University College of Law recently announced that it would be adding Benjamin L. Crump to its title in recognition of the Black civil rights lawyer.

ABA Legal Ed Section seeks council nominations

The council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will have six at-large seats available, including one for a public member.

How the US influenced the creation of Nazi race laws under Hitler

Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers in the 1930s fashioned race laws that were designed to degrade and deprive Jewish people of all rights. At the same time, American laws often enshrined white supremacy and discriminated against non-whites, and Black Americans in particular were treated as second-class citizens.

Admissions test requirement for ABA-accredited law schools will remain in place for now

A proposed revision to a law school accreditation standard that removes an entrance exam requirement was rejected Monday by the ABA House of Delegates, at the organization’s midyear meeting in New Orleans.

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