Boston College Law dean Vincent Rougeau to serve as AALS President-elect

17 January 2020

BOSTON COLLEGE NEWS — Boston College Law School Dean Vincent D. Rougeau is poised to become president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools. Rougeau, a nationally recognized leader in legal education who completed a three-year term on the AALS Executive Committee in 2018, will join two other prior BC Law Deans who served as AALS….

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University of Alabama Law professor Meghan Boone wins 2020 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition

17 January 2020

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LAW — The Association of American Law Schools has chosen Assistant Professor Meghan M. Boone as one of two recipients of the 2020 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition for law school faculty members in the field for five years or fewer.

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AALS Survey: Law classes of 2019 contributed more than $111 million worth of pro bono legal services

17 January 2020

LEGALNEWS.COM — For the fourth consecutive year, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) measured how much law schools contribute to the delivery of much-needed legal services through clinics, other experiential courses, and pro bono activities of graduating law students.

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AALS survey: Law school clinics and pro bono projects help underserved communities across the country

27 December 2019

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….

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Proposed spending bill allows use of 529 savings plan to pay for student loans

27 December 2019

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….

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Report: Rural communities see deficit in access to higher education

27 December 2019

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….

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Congressional budget contains additional funding for higher education and scientific research

27 December 2019

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Congressional budget deal includes meaningful increases in funding for higher education and scientific research, ignoring deep slashes proposed by the Trump administration. The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a budget bill that would increase spending on higher education programs and scientific research, while ignoring the deep cuts proposed by the Trump….

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National Center for Education Statistics projects slower growth of graduate programs

27 December 2019

INSIDE HIGHER ED — The explosion of new master’s degree programs in recent years hasn’t corresponded with a surge in students, analysis by the research and technology services company EAB suggests. The National Center for Education Statistics has lowered its expectations for master’s degree growth every year for the past five years. The projected 10-year annual growth….

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Colleges offer programs and services addressing the stress of exams

27 December 2019

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Final exams and papers can compound end-of-semester anxiety. Colleges are increasingly offering students coping mechanisms and enhanced mental health services at this time of the year.

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U.S. Senate approves additional funds for Legal Services Corporation

27 December 2019

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION — The Senate passed today by a vote of 81-11 appropriations legislation that includes $440 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). This represents an increase of $25 million over LSC’s appropriation of $415 million last year. It is the largest appropriation in actual dollars in LSC’s history. The House of Representatives passed the same….

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