“I don’t think you can just rely on traditional curriculum to do it. You’re going to have to pick up some additional strategies to get these kids across the finish line, ” says Judge J. Rich Leonard, a former U.S. district court bankruptcy judge and current law school dean at Campbell.The first-time pass rate for Campbell in July 2017 was 83.33, compared to 70 percent in July 2016. Based on information from states that release law schools’ individual bar exam pass rates, at least eight schools saw first-time pass increases of 10 points or greater between the July 2016 and July 2017 bar exams.At some of these schools, including Campbell, cut lines for LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs were lower for the class that took the bar for the first time in July 2017, compared to the first-time test taker class in the July 2016 bar.At Mercer University School of Law in Georgia, its July 2017 pass rate for first-time test takers was 82.4 percent—up from 67.7 … [Read more...] about How did some law schools increase first-time pass rates by at least 10 points in July 2017?
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The only person believed to be the founding dean of two law schools has died at the age of 75.F. Leary Davis Jr. died Thursday from leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Greensboro News & Record reports.Davis was named dean of the law school at Campbell University in 1975 and at Elon University in 2005. He retired from Elon in 2009. Both schools had reports on his death here and here.When Davis was asked to become founding dean at Campbell, there was an undersupply of lawyers, particularly in North Carolina which was “by far last in the nation in lawyers per capita,” according to an obituary.Prior to joining Campbell, Davis was in private practice in Zebulon and Raleigh in North Carolina. He had also served as an assistant prosecutor, according to this tribute in the Campbell Law Review.In 2010, Davis served as acting executive director of Karamah, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. … [Read more...] about F. Leary Davis, founding dean of two law schools, dies at age 75
J. Rich Leonard, the dean of North Carolina’s Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, wants to help recent graduates prepare for the July 2017 bar exam, but he’s run out of discretionary funds for the endeavour. So he’s turned to the Internet and hopes that a crowdfunding campaign will raise at least $40,000 before the campaign ends on July 26.He got the idea at a dean’s conference, which offered a workshop about crowdfunding in academic settings, Leonard told the Triangle Business Journal. The law school is using useed.net for the fundraising.So far the campaign has raised $15,070, according to the website, and Leonard expects to give Campbell alums studying for the bar between $400 and $500 each. In the past two years, the school stipend has been $200 per student.“Through your generous contribution students are able to buy groceries, keep their bills up to date, or enable them to have enough gas in their car to get to the bar exam and … [Read more...] about Law school turns to crowdfunding for bar stipends
Most law schools have bar exam pass rates that correlate to their students’ scores on the Law School Admission Test.But some outperform expectations. The National Jurist (reg. req.) developed a mathematical model to determine which schools most exceeded expectations for bar pass rates in 2009 and 2010, compared to statewide averages. The top 10 law schools on the list were:1) Louisiana State University2) Campbell University3) Stanford University4) Wake Forest University5) University of California at Berkeley6) University of Southern California8) North Carolina Central University8) Widener University (Pennsylvania)9) University of Washington10) Nova Southeastern UniversitySome of the schools at the top had advantages, the National Jurist says. Louisiana has a unique bar exam based on civil code, making it easier for in-state graduates to pass the exam. State law predominates on North Carolina’s bar exam as well, giving an edge to schools in that state. Stanford and other … [Read more...] about These Schools Exceed Expectations for Bar Pass Rates
A 30-page paper published online Sunday by a law professor at the University of North Carolina contains a lot of data and analysis.But the results can be boiled down to a Top 10 list of “most underrated” law schools, with Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at the top of the list, reports Bloomberg.The Social Science Research Network provides an abstract and a link to the article by Professor Alfred Brophy of the University of North Carolina School of Law. It relies on Law School Admission Test scores, law review citations and graduates’ employment outcomes in reaching its conclusions.“What this ranking does is reveal how careful students need to be, especially in looking at employment outcomes,” Brophy says. “The job market is so incredibly competitive coming out of law school, you want to make sure you are going to the best school and getting the best value for your money.”The other four school in the top five are … [Read more...] about What is the most underrated law school? The answer may surprise you
Under a bill being considered by the Virginia legislature, registered sex offenders would be required to face a public hearing before entering a public school,House Bill 1366, which was approved unanimously by a subcommittee Monday, would require offenders to pay for a newspaper ad publicizing a personal court hearing at which anyone could appear and testify against them, WAVY.com reports.Delegate Jeff Campbell, the bill’s sponsor, says the measure is motivated by safety concerns.But the American Civil Liberties Union says the bill goes too far.“The public hearing is simply an invitation for an angry mob to gather at a school and get in the way of a parent’s right to be involved in the education of his or her child,” ACLU of Virginia’s Executive Director Claire Gastanaga said.Gastanaga said there is no proof that such restrictions are effective. She also voiced concern over the costs of such an ad.But Campbell said the bill would give parents a say in who … [Read more...] about Virginia bill would require court hearing before sex offenders can visit schools
A pilot study of law graduates from seven law schools quantifies the decline in satisfaction with the decision to go to law school.The pilot study (PDF) found that only 38 percent of recent grads said they had a “good job” waiting for them at graduation, and only 20 percent of recent grads strongly agreed law school was worth the cost.The study, conducted with Gallup by the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis, surveyed more than 7,000 law grads from seven law schools in the southeast. The Access Group consists of nearly 200 law schools.The study found that the percentage of law grads who reported they had a “good job” at graduation was highest for those who graduated in the 1960s, and declined in the decades that followed.Seventy percent of law grads between 1960 and 1969 said they had a good job waiting for them at graduation, compared to 66 percent of those who graduated between 1970 and 1979, 64 percent of those who graduated between 1980 … [Read more...] about Was law school worth it? Only 20% of recent grads strongly agree, pilot study says
Academic reputation isn’t everything.According to TaxProf Blog, some law schools are ranked significantly higher on the U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings than their academic reputations would suggest, while other schools are performing worse than expected.In a Tuesday blog post, Paul Caron, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, listed 53 law schools that are overperforming and underperforming their overall rankings. Florida International University College of Law showed the greatest level of overperformance, which meant that its overall rank far exceeded its academic reputation. The school ranked 105th overall, despite ranking 159th in academic reputation.Caron explained in a separate blog post that a school that significantly overperforms its reputational ranking is one that is doing well in other statistical indicators used in the rankings, including admissions selectivity, alumni giving, financial and faculty resources and graduation and retention … [Read more...] about Is your law school outperforming its US News academic reputation ranking? Or falling short of it?
Students at Villanova University School of Law apparently study the hardest, putting in an average of 7.5 hours a day, according to a survey by the Princeton Review.TaxProf Blog developed the list from data published by the Princeton Review in its report, Best 172 Law Schools. The top five law schools for studying are:1) Villanova (7.5 hours)2) Loyola-Chicago (6.6 hours)3) Campbell (5.7 hours)4) Baylor (5.57 hours)5) Cornell (5.5 hours)The law schools where students report studying the fewest hours per day are Yale and Illinois, where study time averages only 1.5 hours per day, according to the findings.TaxProf Blog cautions that the schools didn’t release their response rates to the survey, so it’s unclear how many students at each school determined the average. Princeton ranked law schools in 11 different categories based on surveys of more than 18,000 students and data from administrators.Other findings: Law students are most competitive at Baylor, report the best … [Read more...] about Students Study Hardest at Villanova Law School, Survey Finds
The University of Texas at Austin has jumped one spot in the new law school rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, but the symbolic significance is great.UT has broken into the top 14, known as the T14, which has had the same 14 schools since 1990 when U.S. News introduced its more comprehensive rankings, U.S. News reports. UT is now tied with Georgetown for 14th place. Other schools making significant climbs in the rankings include the University of Maryland, jumping from 48th place to 42nd, and the University of California at Davis, moving from 28th place to 23rd.Yale has retained its top spot in the law school rankings. The top five are the same as last year:1) Yale Law School2) Harvard Law School3) Stanford Law School4) Columbia Law School5) University of Chicago Law SchoolAbove the Law cites a Constitutional Daily blog post another big change in the rankings: U.S. News is now ranking the top three-fourths of the law schools, rather than ranking the top 100, and … [Read more...] about Yale Law School Tops US News Rankings; University of Texas Makes Top 14