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Judge weighs improvement at poor schools

A Superior Court judge charged with holding North Carolina officials responsible for giving every child a sound education began reviewing new test results on Wednesday that show a minority of public school students are performing at levels that would put them on track for college and a successful career.

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Masters of the courtroom (access required)

A new program at Duke University School of Law aims to pull judges from the bench and toss them into the classroom. But to populate the program with jurists, Duke will have to battle two persistent dilemmas: time and money. In an economic climate so dire that state courts can’t afford to fill some vacancies, can judges muster the time and funds to drop their day-to-day work, fly to North Carolina and devote 3.5 weeks to earning a master’s of judicial studies? Duke will do its best to scrounge up scholarship dollars for the 10 to 15 students it hopes to enroll in its first class, set to begin in May 2012, said Duke School of Law Dean David Levi. The tuition for the two-year program: $16,972.

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ABA ponders ‘Truth in Law School Education’ (access required)

Law schools need to be more transparent about the costs and employment data they give to applicants, and it's time to make that happen. So says American Bar Association President Steve Zack (pictured), who recently told a group of educators that the ABA is considering whether to increase the types of information that schools are required to disclose to consumers.

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Weighing the value of LL.M. (access required)

LL.M. = Lawyers Losing Money. That's a running joke in the online legal world these days, where bloggers and practitioners puzzle over whether a master of laws degree yields valuable returns for recipients or simply plunges them into another year's worth of law school debt. It's not an easy question to answer. On one hand, the demand is certainly there. The number of LL.M.s granted by American Bar Association-approved schools grew by 65 percent between 1999 and 2009, according to a September article in the National Law Journal. North Carolina schools are trending upwards, too.

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