Law Firms Adjust To New Landscape Shaped By The Pandemic

November 23, 2021

BUSINESS WEST — They call it the ‘Zoom room.’ And for obvious reasons. It’s the office of a retired partner with the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin that’s been converted into a small conference room equipped with a 60-inch screen for, or mostly for, Zoom meetings with clients that involve at least a few of….

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Akin Gump Announces Vernon E. Jordan Fellowship with Howard University School of Law, $1 Million Donation for Jordan Law Library

November 23, 2021

HOWARD NEWSROOM — Akin Gump announced today the launch of the Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Fellowship, which will offer a paid internship for two third-year Howard University law students – one in the Fall semester, and one in the Spring – to work with the firm’s public law and policy practice in Washington. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Howard University School of Law alumnus, civil rights icon and longtime Akin….

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Technical problems again plague remote bar examinees, who blame software provider

November 23, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — Following various technical issues candidates faced with the remote October 2020 bar exam, the July 2021 online administration had problems as well, according to some test-takers. They reject software provider ExamSoft’s assertion that the complications were related to hardware. According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, 30 jurisdictions had remotely administered exams in….

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California bar adjusts scores and offers waived test fees following technical glitches

November 23, 2021

REUTERS — The State Bar of California has taken the unusual step of adjusting the scores of 2,429 test takers who encountered tech problems during the online July 2021 bar exam. And it’s giving nearly 1,300 of them who failed another try at no extra cost. Bar officials said Friday that examinees who faced computer crashes or….

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Remote learning and student burnout possible explanations for bar pass rate drop

November 23, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — Bar exam pass rates dropped in July 2021, and some fear another decrease for 2022 graduates nationally because most candidates will have experienced at least half their legal education during the pandemic. Related problems mentioned by academics include getting used to online learning, isolation, anxiety and exhaustion.“They have had the largest pandemic impact….

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Podcast: Legal experts discuss arguments for and against diploma privilege for law practice licensing

November 23, 2021

BLOOMBERG LAW — In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, five U.S. jurisdictions opted to suspend their July 2020 bar exams. Instead, these jurisdictions granted licensure to new attorneys through “diploma privilege.” That’s the practice of admitting new attorneys to the state bar, and allowing them to practice law, contingent on their graduation from an ABA-accredited….

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Podcast: Pitt Law professor Michael Madison discusses innovation and the Future Law Project

November 23, 2021

ANCHOR BY SPOTIFY — Legal education is experiencing explosive applications; a call for innovation & adaptation; demand for increased diversification of the profession; & cries for social justice impact & protection of the Rule of Law. Host Patty Roberts, Dean of St. Mary’s University School of Law, will explore the opinions of legal education leaders regarding….

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Podcast: California Western Law dean Sean Scott discusses her path to leadership and the challenges of the pandemic

November 23, 2021

ANCHOR BY SPOTIFY — Legal education is experiencing explosive applications; a call for innovation & adaptation; demand for increased diversification of the profession; & cries for social justice impact & protection of the Rule of Law. Host Patty Roberts, Dean of St. Mary’s University School of Law, will explore the opinions of legal education leaders regarding….

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GRE testing organization ETS establishes Legal Education Advisory Council

November 23, 2021

ETS — As ETS continues to pursue its vision of expanding and creating new pathways to and through legal education that prioritize fairness and equity, the organization has announced today the establishment of the Legal Education Advisory Council (LEAC) to help deliver on this vision. As the pathway from considering law school attendance to obtaining legal employment….

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Advice for prospective law students on amending law school applications

November 23, 2021

U.S NEWS & WORLD REPORT — All law schools accept addenda, even when they are not an official part of the application. A well-written addendum supports your case for admission by providing missing context to answer questions that your application might raise. A poorly written addendum, however, can do more harm than good.

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