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.
GW Law Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Programs
The Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice programs at George Washington University School of Law has been nationally recognized with an E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.
Empirical Research in Clinical Legal Education
Four authors—Colleen Shanahan (Columbia Law), Jeffrey Selbin (UC Berkeley Law), Alyx Mark (Wesleyan University/American Bar Foundation), and Anna Carpenter (University of Utah Law)—report findings from a large dataset of legal cases that shed light on the teaching-service promise of law school clinics.
ABA JOURNAL — Concerns about starting your first job after law school are justified. It is terrifying. For many, the first year as an associate will be your first professional job. Little has prepared you for the difficult, confusing and stressful first year ahead. Many summer associate positions fail to provide a realistic picture.Read More about Tips for first-year law firm associates
BLOOMBERG LAW — Gibson Dunn & Crutcher should set an ethical standard for representing fossil fuel companies, a student law group said Wednesday, citing the firm’s work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The firm’s work has caused “immense harm to the climate and marginalized communities, particularly indigenous communities.”Read More about Law students protest Gibson Dunn & Crutcher law firm for work on Dakota Access Pipeline
ABA JOURNAL — Rhode Island has followed California’s lead in lowering the bar exam cut score to make the test easier to pass. The Rhode Island Supreme Court lowered the score needed to pass the bar exam from 276 to 270 and made the change retroactive to the February 2021 exam.Read More about Several states consider lower bar exam pass scores