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.
ABA JOURNAL — The bar passage rate for first-time test-takers has increased by nearly 5 percentage points, according to data released Monday by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. First-time test-takers who graduate from an ABA-accredited law school in 2019 have an aggregate pass rate of 79.64%, compared to 74.83% for 2018….Read More about Law schools see increase in bar pass rates for graduates
AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION — President Trump on Monday called for $5.6 billion in cuts to the Department of Education’s budget for FY 2021, a move that would weaken critical higher education programs that support low- and middle-income students and families.Read More about White House budget proposes cuts to student aid and research grants
INSIDE HIGHER ED — Any deal to update the law governing federal student aid would have to overcome concerns about the highly charged new rule U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to release on what colleges are required do about allegations of sexual assault or harassment on campuses. That was the message from an aide….Read More about U.S. Department of Education Title IX changes may complicate Higher Education Act reauthorization efforts