AALS selects UC Irvine School of Law as co-host of the Journal of Legal Education

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

Washington, DC (June 5, 2023) – The Association of American Law Schools (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.

“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’swebsite (http://jle.aals.org) serves as a searchable repository for current and past issues with more than 380,000 article downloads from 217 countries since 2015.

About AALS
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 176 law schools and 19 fee-paid law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve its many communities–local, national and international.

About the University of California, Irvine School of Law
The University of California, Irvine School of Law is a visionary law school that provides an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, prioritizes public service and demonstrates a commitment to equity within the legal profession. UCI Law students have completed more than 148,000 hours of pro bono work since 2009. Nearly half of all UCI Law’s J.D. graduates are people of color. At UCI Law, we are driven to improve our local, national and global communities by grappling with critical issues as scholars, as practitioners and as teachers who are preparing the next generation of leaders. The collaborative and interdisciplinary community at UCI Law includes extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, engaged alumni and enthusiastic supporters. Connect with us on Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, and sign up for our monthly newsletter for the latest news and events at UCI Law.