- It seems that your LSAT score may still be of significance even once you’re attending law school. As Above the Law reports, law firm K&L Gates requests an applicant’s LSAT score along with the rest of the job application. Perhaps underlying this move is the constant grade reform going on at law schools. As Elie Mystal writes, “it seems like law schools having been going out of their way to make their grading systems completely unintelligible.” While it’s still important for an employer to base decisions on interviews, recommendations, etc., the need for a somewhat objective factor is crucial as well, and that seems to be where the LSAT comes in.
- Law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has set up a five-year training program at Harvard Law School for its mid-level associates, the WSJ law blog reports. Every associate, inside and outside the U.S., will participate from the end of their third year through their seventh year. The program will train the associates in business issues as well as legal issues, such as finance, negotiation, economics, and accounting.
- Federal Judge Deanell Reece Tacha will be the new Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law starting in June, as reported by Above the Law. Tacha has served on the Tenth Circuit for over 25 years and served as Chief Judge from 2001 through 2007. She also held various positions in the faculty and administration of the University of Kansas School of Law, including Associate Dean. Judge Tacha will replace former Dean and D.C. Circuit Judge Kenneth Starr, who now serves as President of Baylor University.
- UCLA Today recently highlighted its Street Law Program, a law clinic in which third-year law students teach law to high school students. The law students not only become role models to the teenagers, but the program benefits them as teachers as well, since “by the end of the semester, the law students have hands-on experience working with unfamiliar communities and explaining complex legal rules to people who aren’t lawyers—vital skills for dealing with future clients.”
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law will offer an LL.M. degree in the rule of law in Rome next fall through a program called Prolaw, as reported by New York Lawyer. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help with funding for the program, which will train mostly non-U.S. attorneys “to address legal and judicial matters in developing countries.” Expected enrollment will be from 15 to 20 students in the first year, eventually expanding to 30 students over time.
- According to Above the Law, Stanford Law School is significantly raising its tuition just because it can. While the rest of the university will undergo a 3.5% tuition hike for the next academic year, Stanford Law is raising its tuition by 5.75%. The school isn’t basing this decision on the value of a law degree, but instead is taking into account how much its competitors are charging. And as the school is well aware, “Stanford can still promise high-paying jobs and prestigious clerkships to just about every graduate who wants one. And other schools that can’t say those things are charging more money. So Stanford can charge more, because the business of legal education is business.”
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