- In her Yale Law School Admissions Blog, Dean Asha Rangappa highlights YLS’s incomparable success when it comes to legal academia. While Rangappa points out that the “vast majority” of Yale law grads do practice law, YLS produces more law professors on leading law faculties than any other school in the country—and by a huge margin. Plus, as Rangappa notes, YLS offers every student “special perks” that can prepare them for a teaching career, from close interactions with faculty to access to the Law Teaching Series.
- Richmond University School of Law has appointed Wendy Collins Perdue as its new dean, the Blog of Legal Times reports. Perdue has served as Associate Dean of Georgetown University Law Center since 1998, and is an expert in civil procedure and conflict of laws. Perdue appreciates Richmond’s “longstanding emphasis on practical skills, but wants to do even more to ensure it produces graduates who are strong leaders and can collaborate with others.”
- When is the best time to take the LSAT? Most Strongly Supported breaks down the options. Either June or October seem to be your best bets, since these earlier dates will allow you to apply to law school early and take full advantage of rolling admissions. With this logic, perhaps June is best, since you’re then giving yourself leeway to retake the test in October in case something goes wrong. However, some will not have enough preparation time to take the test in June, and will find October to be more feasible. And this, really, is the most important factor, since “the best date is the date that allows you to be most prepared.”
- As reported by The National Law Journal, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law has begun an institute expanding on the university’s already existing studies of Jewish and Israeli Law, financed by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. Two programs will take place at the institute: the Jewish Law program and the Israeli Law, Economy and Society program. Plus, “in addition to supporting research and new programming, the institute is expected to offer courses in Israeli history and constitutional law and host a campus-wide conference on Israel as a high-tech nation.”
- Whether acting from moral or economic motivations, two New York law schools are reducing their class sizes for next year, New York Lawyer reports. Albany Law School will reduce their incoming class from 250 to 240 students, while Touro Law Center will admit 270 students, down from 280 students in 2010. Touro plans to continue this 10-student reduction for 2012 and 2013, as well. While most law schools have had a decrease in applications this year, they still “remain at historically high levels,” and most are maintaining or even increasing class sizes.
- The University of Chicago Law School is revamping its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), “making it the most generous program of its kind,” according to the school’s Web site. The program will now allow any grad who stays in public interest for ten years to attend law school for free. The school has also increased the salary cap to $80,000, based on an actual drawn salary and not a calculated income, which is used by many other schools. With this generous salary cap and a new inclusion of grads with judicial clerkships, a much larger number of students can now take advantage of the LRAP.
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