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May 15, 2015

Charleston law school the first, but likely not the last

Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina, is on the verge of becoming the first law school to shutter its doors since law school applications began to plummet in 2011, but experts in legal academia say it’s very unlikely to be the last. As law school applications swelled in the early part of the […]

Sep 2, 2014

New rules for schools

Law schools are sizing up recent changes to American Bar Association accreditation standards Recent changes to the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation rules should mean minor adjustments for most of North Carolina’s law schools, if first impressions of several school leaders are correct. On Aug. 11 in Boston — after six years of comprehensive […]

Jul 16, 2014

New law grads getting more jobs, study says

Here’s a bit of sorely-needed good news for law students taking this month’s bar exam: the class of law school graduates from 2013 is finding more jobs and making more money than its recent predecessors, according to recently released statistics from the National Association for Law Placement. “The total number of jobs obtained by this […]

Sep 7, 2012

Examining the law school/football connection

Now that college football season is underway, we thought we’d try an interesting experiment: What if college football teams were ranked on the basis of how highly placed their law schools are in the U.S. News & World Report rankings?

Apr 8, 2011

Senator urges more transparency on law school employment data

A high-profile voice has joined the call for the American Bar Association to change its rules for how law schools report employment and salary data to prospective students - a push for transparency that North Carolina educators welcome, especially given the increasing recognition that schools nationwide are fudging statistics to elevate their rankings. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sent a letter t[...]

Apr 8, 2011

NC Central law in top 10 for accepted students who enroll

North Carolina Central University School of Law has been named one of the nation's 10 "most popular" law schools in a ranking released by U.S. News & World Report last week. The listing is based on an analysis of admission yield - the percentage of students accepted by a school who choose to enroll. In the rankings compiled for 2010, Central's law school placed ninth, with a yield of 49.6 perc[...]

Apr 8, 2011

Inflated expectations collide with deflated reality

N.C. Central University law dean Raymond Pierce says you’ll be hard-pressed to find an educator who doesn’t support law school transparency. “I hear very little resistance because deans and faculty are close to students on this issue,” Pierce said. “They want to accommodate them on transparency because those are our clients – our students, our […]

Apr 6, 2011

February bar exam pass rate up 3% over 2010

The ranks of North Carolina's attorneys swelled by 254 this month as the results of the mid-year bar exam given in February were announced. A total of 426 would-be N.C. lawyers took the test, with 59.6 percent passing, an increase over last year's passing rate of 56.3 percent on the mid-year exam. As is often the case, the first-timers did better, with repeat takers having a lesser chance of succe[...]

Apr 1, 2011

Non-Lawyer to Lawyer: Dog-lending at Yale Law? Not a top-tier idea

Pretty much everyone knows I'm a dog girl. Not the I-love-all-canines-so-much-I'm-going-to-adopt-10-million-of-them type of woman, but I'm definitely of the mind that my Labradors are members of the family. I guard them as fiercely as I do any human being I love.

Dec 23, 2010

Elon clinic aims to help refugees and asylees stay here

This year, more than 2,700 refugees arrived in North Carolina seeking a new start in life. On New Year's Day, those in the Triad will find a new agency to help them do it. The Elon University School of Law has established the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, which will provide free legal services to refugees and those seeking asylum in the state. Its doors open Jan. 1. According to Greensboro [...]

Dec 3, 2010

Doctors, lawyers find common ground helping elderly

Experts say wariness of medical-malpractice claims and a discomfort that arises from occupations with different bodies of training has historically led physicians and attorneys to operate on separate playing fields. "There's been a mutual suspicion of the other profession," said Dr. Stephen Kramer (pictured), professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical[...]

Nov 5, 2010

Want prosperity? Add value for your clients

By MARC GUSTAFSON, Special to Lawyers Weekly For most of us, the last few years of legal practice have been a little shakier than we would have hoped for. We’ve all seen the figures, but they are worth repeating. According to the Law Shucks website, over 15,000 people have been laid off by large law […]

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