Brooklyn Law School has announced it will pay some unemployed graduates 15 percent of their tuition costs.The program, called Bridge to Success, offers the payments to grads who haven’t found full-time jobs nine months after graduation, according to the New York Times and a press release.The program takes effect with students entering this year. To qualify, grads must take—but need not pass—the bar exam. They must also show they searched for full-time work with the help of the school’s job placement resources.Brooklyn Law School took another step to help law students last year when it lowered tuition by 15 percent. Other law schools that have cut tuition include the University of Iowa, Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and Pace University in Manhattan, the Times says. … [Read more...] about This law school will offer a partial tuition refund to grads who don’t find full-time jobs
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A racial slur admittedly used by the man for whom Roger Williams University’s law school was named has reportedly resulted in the departure of four members of the university’s board of trustees.Ralph Papitto, 80, a major donor who has chaired the board for 40 years, says he has never used the n-word before but it “slipped out” at the May 2 meeting during a discussion of the need for diversity at the university, according to the Providence Journal.He later resigned, but then three other board members who pressed for his departure apparently were themselves forced off the board of the Providence, R.I., school, according to the Journal and the Associated Press.“I apologized for that,” Papitto said today in an interview with a local radio station, after admitting to using the slur. “What else can I do? Kill myself?”(Hat tip: Kmareka.com.) … [Read more...] about Did Slur Shake Up Law School Board?
Amid a time of declining interest in law school, tuition cuts at some institutions may be turning the tide.Three law schools that cut tuition have seen first-year enrollment increase by 22 percent to 52 percent this fall, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. A fourth school tried another tack–a grant program for in-state students–and also boosted enrollment.There was a drawback for two of the schools, however–LSAT scores dropped slightly, the story says. The four schools are:–The University of Iowa College of Law, which cut tuition by 16.4 percent, so that in-state tuition is $21,965 and nonresident tuition is $39,500. The school has 141 entering students this year, up from 93 last year. The median LSAT dropped by one point, however, while the median grade point average increased to 3.64 from 3.59 last year.–The Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, which cut tuition from $41,400 to $33,792. Its entering class size increased by … [Read more...] about Increased enrollment follows tuition cuts at some law schools
If you want to earn a top salary as a lawyer, it’s a good idea to attend law school at Cornell, Columbia, New York University, the University of Chicago or Harvard.But if you want the best return on investment, Brigham Young University and the University of Texas at Austin are good law-school choices, the New York Times DealBook blog reports.At Brigham Young, tuition is only $12,000 for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while graduates seeking debt refinancing earn an average of $108,916. In-state tuition at the University of Texas is $34,000 a year, while graduates seeking debt refinancing earned an average of $105,254.The findings (PDF) are based on an analysis of more than 60,000 student loan refinancing applications from January 2014 to December 2016. The applicants, on average, had worked for three years after graduation. Student loan refinance company SoFi conducted the study.Here are the 10 law schools with the best graduate salaries relative to … [Read more...] about Which law schools offer the best and worst return on investment?
A former law student at Roger Williams University was being evaluated Tuesday night following an incident in which he allegedly sent threatening email to faculty and administrators at the university’s law school and then refused to leave his home.Kevin Pacheco, 36, emerged from his Dartmouth, Mass., home Tuesday night after police cut off the electric power following an eight-hour peaceful standoff, according to the Boston Globe and WLNE.A Providence Journal article includes a photo of weapons and ammunition confiscated by police.Pacheco is accused of sending email threats to school faculty in both Bristol, Mass., and Providence, R.I.“Pacheco is a former law school student who was last enrolled during the Fall 2012 semester,” the university said in a Tuesday written statement. “Until the e-mail received this morning, there had been no direct interaction with him in more than nine months.”Another Providence Journal article provides further details about the … [Read more...] about Former law student in police standoff after law school said he sent threatening email
The Roger Williams University School of Law is cutting tuition by about $7,600 and locking in the rate for three years for full-time, continuously enrolled students.The law school in Rhode Island announced the 18 percent tuition cut in a press release on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Associated Press covered the news.Tuition will be lowered from $41,400 to $33,792 for the 2014-15 school year. Current law students receiving financial aid have a choice: They can keep their aid package at current tuition rates, or they can waive financial aid and pay the new tuition.Other law schools announcing tuition cuts include the University of Iowa (16 percent), the University of Arizona (11 percent for in-state residents and 8 percent for out-of-state residents), the University of Cincinnati (30 percent for out-of-state residents), and Pennsylvania State (nearly 50 percent for in-state residents). … [Read more...] about Tuition is cut 18 percent at this law school
Linda Greenhouse, the retiring Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, asked graduates of a Rhode Island law school on Friday to help the legal profession “climb back from the abyss.”Speaking at commencement ceremonies for the Roger Williams University School of Law, Greenhouse warned graduates not to be parasites on society, the Providence Journal reports.Greenhouse said there are three kinds of lawyers: social engineers, parasites on society and enablers to law abuse and neglect. Her statement used a modified quote from the late civil-rights attorney Charles Hamilton Houston.An enabler, she said, is the kind of lawyer who writes legal memos stating that the military does not have to abide by the Fourth Amendment during wartime.Greenhouse told grads they should be social engineers who help improve conditions for all. Those who follow this heroic path can help “find and reclaim our deepest values,” she said.Greenhouse’s criticism of enablers took an … [Read more...] about Retiring NYT Legal Reporter Warns Law Grads Not to be Parasites
Northwestern University Law School is actively—and unapologetically—recruiting top-performing law students from lower-ranked schools, a practice that some deans claim is becoming commonplace at elite institutions.Each year, 150 or so of Northwestern’s 5,000 applicants turned down for first-year admission receive letters inviting them to apply again for “conditional acceptance” the following fall.“The acceptance would be contingent upon your achieving a certain GPA or class rank during your first year of law school elsewhere,” says the letter, which is signed by the school’s assistant dean of admissions.Deans of lower-tier law schools argue that such recruiting is predatory, allowing elite schools to poach their best students. Moreover, they claim the practice helps top schools boost revenues in their second- and third-year classes, while keeping up their LSAT and GPA averages—both significant components … [Read more...] about Transfers Bolster Elite Schools
Corrected: Loyola University Chicago’s law school is changing the name of its downtown building to the Philip H. Corboy Law Center.The school announced the name change today and the largest donation in the school’s history—made by Philip Corboy, the well-known Chicago personal injury lawyer, according to a press release.A previous newspaper report said the entire law school would be renamed, but that is incorrect, according to the law school’s communications director, Maeve Kiley. Citing the report, ABAJournal.com republished the incorrect information.Law school Dean David Yellen told the Chicago Tribune there were no strings attached to Corboy’s gift, which tops a $5 million donation made in 2006. The exact amount was not disclosed. Corboy is also donating his papers to Loyola.Corboy graduated first in his class from the law school in 1949, but he couldn’t find a job with any of the large law firms because he was “an Irish Catholic graduate … [Read more...] about Loyola Law School in Chicago to Rename Building After Big Donation by PI Lawyer (Corrected)
Immigration law isn’t necessarily a haven for unscrupulous practitioners. But it often seems that way, say lawyers in the field. Generally, state disciplinary agencies don’t track complaints and actions against lawyers on the basis of their fields of practice. “Like every other board of professional responsibility, most of our complaints are related to criminal or domestic relations matters,” says Krisann Hodges, disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. “Complaints against immigration lawyers aren’t leading the pack. But they’re not at the bottom, either.”What does stand out about the immigration law field is the cavalier way in which some practitioners interpret their ethical obligations to clients.“I once heard an immigration lawyer who had a reputation for unethical behavior say, ‘I’ve never had to worry about being sued because my screwups get deported,’ ” says … [Read more...] about Hot Zone: Immigration Law Raises a Unique Mix of Ethics Issues for Lawyers