Making a Difference
Public service is a core value in legal education and the legal profession. AALS provides the latest public interest related news and information in American law schools.
Baylor Law Legal Mapmaker Program
Baylor University Law School has developed a new collaborative program, Legal Mapmaker, that addresses the access-to-justice problem for low- and middle-income Americans who have basic legal needs, but cannot afford the services of an attorney.
Fifty Ways to Promote Teaching and Learning
Gerald Hess, Professor Emeritus at Gonzaga University School of Law, Michael Hunter Schwartz, Dean of University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and Nancy Levit, Professor of Law at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, focus on the efforts law schools and professors can make to improve instruction and student learning in the classroom.
THE NATIONAL JURIST — For the fourth consecutive year, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) measured how much law schools contribute to the delivery of legal services through clinics, other experiential courses and pro bono activities of graduating law students. Independent Sector, a nonprofit organization coalition, estimates the value of volunteer time to be $25.43 an….Read More about AALS survey: Law school clinics and pro bono projects help underserved communities across the country
INSIDE HIGHER ED — Proposed spending bill would let people use 529 savings plans to pay down student loans. Critics say the move would mostly benefit those with enough resources to contribute to a plan. President Trump is expected to sign a spending bill that includes this provision Friday. The amendment would let those with 529 spending plans use the money….Read More about Proposed spending bill allows use of 529 savings plan to pay for student loans
INSIDE HIGHER ED — New report examines access to postsecondary opportunities by ZIP code, questions the impact of free college and says for-profit institutions fill gaps between public colleges. The new report and interactive map created by the Jain Family Institute depicts how institutions of higher education are more concentrated in urban hubs and the eastern….Read More about Report: Rural communities see deficit in access to higher education