Legal Education Blog

This blog addresses pre-law, law school and post-law school particularly bar passage. It addresses diversity and social justice issues in legal education and the law

Prof. Vernellia Randall has a law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Washington. Professor Randall is Professor Emeritus at the University of Dayton, School of Law, where she taught for more than 25 years; running a highly successful academic support program for nearly a decade. She has published articles on learning in law school and is a nationally recognized expert in academic support

Encourage continuing legal education on diversity and inclusion, House urges

The ABA’s House of Delegates easily adopted a resolution Monday afternoon encouraging programs on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession as part of mandatory or minimum continuing legal education requirements.

However, the problem is most law schools have no specific education for law students on diversity, inclusion and  its role in the practice of law.

 

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/encourage_continuing_legal_education_on_diversity_and_inclusion_house_urges

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You Can outperform your LSAT score and Pass the Bar the first time!

This editorial "Law school up to Bar?" asserts that " Student success on the bar exam is a major indication of the quality of a legal education".
 
It perpetuate the myth that passing the bar is about the quality of school attended. Wrong. All legal education is essentially the same quality - one or two exams a semester; No instruction on how to pass the exam; professors who essentially all graduated from a first or second tier school; the same casebooks, etc. The quality of education does not explain the difference.
 
What does?
 
Existing test taking ability. Students in top tier schools have demonstrated test- taking skills and the failure of legal education does not affect their performance. Most students who are third or fourth tier schools, have lower LSAT performance - that is demonstrate problems with standardized test-taking. Unfortunately, law schools do very little to change the students test taking ability.
 
Test-taking ability can be changed. I know this because I trained students for 20 years who had lower than average LSAT (poor test-taking skills) who out perform their LSAT both in their performance in law school and their performance on the bar exam.
 
Make no mistake test-taking ability is a learned skilled that can be changed. But the path to changing is NOT through taking a traditional LSAT course or Bar passage course (although that is helpful). We will write about this in another posting
 
http://marquettewire.org/3942200/opinion/law-school-up-to-bar/
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More than 25% of law students have had psychiatric and substance-use disorders; are they hiding it?

This is nothing new.

25 years ago, when I first started teaching there was a significant study that showed that law students had more diagnosable mental health issues than either medical students or graduate students. Further, the study determined that unlike their graduate counterpart most law students mental health issues were directly related to law school. For many, the stresses that occur in law school can seem unmanageable if one is not adequately prepared for the demands of law school. This is not an intellectual issue. Law school is not hard because the material is inherently difficult. Law school is hard because there is so much at stake and, only 1 or two exams a semester, and no specific instructions on how to do well. How to study effectively, how to write law school exams are not taught. Furthermore, few schools have pre-matriculation summer bridge activities. I f you are admitted to a school that has one - attend. Otherwise, participate in quality summer bridge activities. You would not go to school in a foreign country and expect to do well without learning the language and the culture. Don't risk your mental health or your academic performance because you failed to fully understand the law school language and culture.

For the recent Study in the ABAJournal see: http://www.abajournal.com/mobile/article/more_than_25_of_law_students_have_had_psychiatric_and_substance_use_disorde

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ABA LawStudent Division Launches New Online Site

The American Bar Association LawStudent Division has launched ABA for LawStudents, a new Web site designed to better serve its lawstudent community. The site, abaforlawstudents.com, which went live in November 2015, features information about student member benefits, including free membership for students in ABA-accredited schools; free membership to five ABA practice specialty groups; free six-month access to study aids from Quimbee; discounts on ABA events and books; and consumer discounts through ABA Advantage.

The site also features Before the Bar, a new blog that brings together information and news from the ABA alongside contributions from law school educators, lawstudents, attorneys, judges and legal marketing professionals. The blog welcomes contributions from new writers as it works to help students succeed in law school, pass the bar exam, find a job after they graduate and continue to develop as lawyers. It will be the home of future digital editions of Student Lawyer magazine.

A key part of the site is the Law School Podcast, a collaboration with Legal Talk Network. Podcast hosts Fabiani Duarte, chair of the LawStudent Division, and Madison Burke, 12th Circuit Governor on the division’s Board of Governors, have addressed topics ranging from student loans to Public Service Loan Forgiveness to the bar exam, with guests such as ABA president Paulette Brown, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and BARBRI founder Richard Conviser.

ABA for LawStudents offers additional information for lawstudents: a calendar of events targeted toward students; details on its four competitions (Arbitration, Negotiation, NAAC and Client Counseling); leadership opportunities through its Board of Governors, representatives, national directors and liaisons; news on grants, scholarships, internships, fellowships and competitions; and information on succeeding in the legal profession from the ABA’s practice specialty groups.

“There’s no other resource in one place where you can get guidance and all the necessary tools you need to be a successful lawyer,” Brown said. “You don’t have to join five other organizations to get everything you need. You can get everything you need right here.”

For more information on the ABA LawStudent Division, visit http://abaforlawstudents.com. 

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A Consumer Guide for the Social Justice-Minded Law Student

So you want to be a lawyer?  Making the commitment to attend law school is often a tough decision. And choosing the right law school for you is even more difficult. What makes a law school great?  What makes the significant financial commitment worth the investment? What can you do with a law degree?  And will a law degree help you change the world?  Choosing the right law school is an intensely personal decision. It should align with your own values.  If you are interested in public service, these considerations must be a central part of the calculus in choosing the right law school for you.

 

http://consumerguide.saltlaw.org/

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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship is officially open, with an application postmarked deadline of March 2, 2016.

All applications with attachments must be scanned and received on or before the postmarked deadline.

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No mail applications will be considered.

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See link: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/diversity_pipeline.html

 

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Pace Law School Named To List As A Best Public Service School

Pace Law has been named one of the best schools for public service, according to a recent report by National Jurist magazine In the study, National Jurist recognized twenty of the top law schools for their excellence in three fields of public service: government, public defendant/prosecutors and public interest. Pace was one of 20 schools listed in the public interest discipline

http://whiteplains.dailyvoice.com/schools/pace-law-school-named-to-list-as-a-best-public-service-school/619742/

 

 

 

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This Law School Will Pay You To Take The GRE To Save Its U.S. News Rank From The Dreaded LSAT

Wake Forest has teamed up with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and two other law schools to see if the GRE would work as an alternative to the LSAT for law school admissions, and the school needs assistance from both current students and recent graduates for some experimentation. 

 

 

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/01/this-law-school-will-pay-you-to-take-the-gre-to-save-its-u-s-news-rank-from-the-dreaded-lsat/

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Culture through CLEO — CLEO Pilot program aims to increase diversity among law students

CLIC recruits and trains 20 law school applicants from diverse backgrounds and sends sets of five students to four states across the country Hayes said the idea behind CLIC is that students are more likely to succeed when they are introduced into a new environment with peers who can help act as a support network.​http://www.uiargonaut.com/2016...
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Law students defend asylum-seekers from deportation

http://www.mndaily.com/news/campus/2016/01/28/law-students-defend-asylum-seekers-deportation
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A Law Student's Toolkit

​http://www.forbes.com/sites/whynot/2016/01/27/a-law-students-toolkit/#641cda737363 Professor Ayresn prepared a series of about 30 youtube videos which try to teach the essential legal concepts that will help you excel in law school and beyond.
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What Every Harvard Law School Student Should Know About Deciding What Kind of Law to Practice

​Good Advice for all law students on deciding what kind of law to practice:(1) You are not alone(2) Take a variety of courses(3) Assess Your Skill Set(4) Consider what drew you to law school(5) Think about What Fascinates(6) Imagine Your Dream Job(7) Cast a wide net for opportunities(8) Do Not Let Classroom Performance dictate your options(9) Breat...
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