- University of Illinois Law School Inflates Scores- According to The Chicago Tribune the dean of admissions at the law school of the University of Illinois has gone on leave due to allegations that he inflated test scores and grade-point averages to help the school’s rankings. An investigation is underway to determine the validity of these allegations. Meanwhile, the University of Illinois may have to give up its #23 ranking position in the latest U. S. News and World Report rankings.
- Just What We Need: A New Law School- The National Jurist announced that in 2012 attorney John Patrick Dolan plans to open a new law school in the Palm Springs Region. The new school will be called California Desert Trial Academy College of Law and will enroll 25-30 students for its first class, with the hope of quadrupling that number in 5 years. The exciting news: it will only cost $12,000 a year to start. Palm Springs, anyone?
- How to Find the Right Firm for You- Above the Law turns to Lateral Link’s Frank Kimbal, an expert recruiter and former hiring partner, to learn about the best way to find a law firm that fits your needs. Although all firms will have their strengths and weaknesses, it is important to remember to take everything you hear with a grain of salt; no firm is perfect (and if it says it is, it is probably lying).
- Externship Numbers Skyrocket-The National Jurist announced that law schools have raised the number of externship opportunities for law school students by 45% in the last 10 years. These opportunities give law students a chance to see different areas of law, and learn about what fields they might be interested in. In the past 10 years, the number of externship positions has increased from 5, 274 to 14,394 at 48% of law schools.
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