AALS Selects UC Irvine School of Law as Co-host of the Journal of Legal Education

Northeastern University School of Law honored for nine years of service to the journal 

AALS is pleased to announce University of California, Irvine School of Law as a new co-host law school for the Journal of Legal Education (JLE). The school joins American University Washington College of Law to provide editorial leadership for the publication.

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“The Journal of Legal Education plays a critical role in helping advance excellence in legal education, by publishing issues that describe and assess key trends and changes in legal education and the legal profession, while serving as the leading peer-reviewed outlet for emerging areas of scholarship and teaching,” said Austen Parrish, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “As the journal enters its 75th year, it’s a privilege for UCI Law to be able to join the long list of host schools that have stewarded the journal and provided editorial leadership. Professor Swethaa Ballakrishnen and I are very much looking forward to working with our colleagues at American University.”

Published since 1948 by AALS, the academic journal fosters a rich interchange of ideas by publishing articles on issues confronting law school faculty and leadership, including curriculum development, innovations, the pipeline to the legal profession, teaching methods, and legal scholarship.

After more than nine years of service, Northeastern University School of Law’s term as a partner school is ending this summer.

“AALS would like to thank the faculty and staff of Northeastern University School of Law for their excellent co-leadership of the Journal of Legal Education over the past nine years,” said AALS Executive Director Judith Areen. “We especially thank long-time editor Jeremy Paul, who has led the effort to improve the quality of articles and broaden the topics covered in the journal, as well as to expand its reach.”

“Promoting creative and rigorous law teaching and research is more important today that at any time in my career,” said Jeremy Paul, professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law. “It has been an honor to benefit from steadfast support and a shared sense of mission with AALS, productive collaboration with colleagues at American University and [prior co-host] University of Washington, and inspired leadership from co-editors Margaret Woo and Sonia Rolland. It has been a team effort including faculty, librarians, and staff from day one here at Northeastern Law and we are proud to have had the opportunity to be part of the JLE’s longstanding service to our profession.”

Over the last few years, the Journal of Legal Education has published symposium issues on a range of topics including the changes brought about by COVID-19, the use of pop culture and visual images in the classroom, and the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.

The JLE is printed and made available without cost to full-time faculty at member schools, courtesy of West Academic Publishing. The journal’s website serves as a searchable repository for current and past issues with more than 380,000 article downloads from 217 countries since 2015.