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Arizona Summit Law School Survives Another Lawsuit -- for Now

It was a two-fer at embattled Arizona Summit Law School.

Two former professors sued the law school for breach of their employment contracts, but a federal appeals court affirmed the dismissal of their case. It was the second win this year for the school, which has been embroiled in litigation with both faculty and students.

The complaints expose, however, an ugly underbelly at the struggling law school. It is one of three for-profit law schools run by InfiLaw Systems, which is reportedly trying to unload them in the midst of controversy.

Chemerinsky Named Law Dean at Berkeley: What Are His Priorities?

Constitutional law expert and educator Erwin Chemerinsky will be the new dean at UC Berkeley School of Law, taking on economic challenges that have impacted law schools everywhere and hoping to leave behind a sexual harassment controversy that had tarnished the storied educational institution.

Chermerinsky, who is currently dean of UC Irvine School of Law, brings with him the experience of launching that law school nine years ago. He is a career educator, having taught at several law schools, including Duke and USC, and having published 10 books and hundreds of law review articles.

"We must do all we can to serve our students and prepare them to practice law at the highest level of the profession," he said in a press release. "Berkeley should aspire to be one of the top five law schools in the country, by any and every measure."

Best Time to Get Married During Law School

From the annals of law school posts, we perused dozens of student missives about when is the best time to get married during law school.

The consensus answer was to do it during a winter break or early summer, but definitely not before finals or taking the bar exam. Of course, a few said there is no good time during law school to get married.

And then there were some gems, which say more about how prospective lawyers think than anything about the romance of a white wedding.

Law School Closures Mounting

All good things must come to an end, and so do some bad things -- even law schools.

Since the economy began to push down law school enrollments about seven years ago, the impact has trickled down in a series of law school changes and closures. While the pressure has helped some educators find new ways to attract and retain students, others have looked for solutions in all the wrong places.

Lowering admission standards, misleading students, and otherwise reneging on the law school promise, the dross has dropped out. Here's a list of the good, the bad and the ugly in law school changes and closures:

Why It's Important to Make Friends in Law School

Making friends in law school is sort of like how kids made alliances in the Hunger Games.

If you don't know the story, the kids were pitted against each other in a life-or-death game. To win, only one could survive but it was a good strategy to make alliances with other competitors along the way.

That's law school, right? Except that everybody lives at the end of...well, at least the end of the first semester, hopefully.

Law Student Caught Using Invisible Ink to Cheat

It's hard to know the difference between right and wrong sometimes, especially when you're taking a law school exam.

But using invisible ink to cheat? That's just wrong. And how do you even do that? Talk about blurring the line between the answers...

According to authorities in England, cheating has become a serious problem in higher education. One law student smuggled notes into an exam by writing them on her textbook in invisible ink. Then she used a tiny black light on her pen to see them during the test.

"Is it just a minor thing? No, it is a serious problem," Lord Mike Storey told a parliamentary committee. "What about the number who are not caught?"

Law Prof Suffered PTSD From Student Harassment, Lawsuit Claims

Like a bad year for wine, 2015 was not a good year for Appalachian School of Law.

Enrollment dropped to 32 first-year students that year. It was bad enough for a law school with barely 100 students, but it was even worse because of one student.

The student allegedly raped a staff member, bullied a student who committed suicide, and harassed a professor so severely that she quit. These problems, now the subject of a federal lawsuit, have not gotten better with age.

Tiffany Trump Goes to Washington

Tiffany Trump, the first member of the reigning First Family to go to law school, will be close to home when she starts at Georgetown University next fall.

She will attend classes at the Washington, D.C. campus, which is about a mile and a half from the White House. It will be convenient and fitting for the President's daughter, who will be able to enjoy the comforts of home while going through the challenges of law school.

When the family gets together for Thanksgiving or other occasions, there will also be the tactic acknowledgment that she is "the smart one" because no one else in the family has earned a graduate degree.

"She was always a great student and a very popular person no matter where she went," Donald Trump said last year of his youngest daughter and only child with Marla Maples.

Harvard Law School Opens Deferred Admission Globally

Want to take a break between college and law school to travel? How about a stint in the Peace Corps? Chase a dream in Hollywood?

All of these opportunities are available -- and encouraged -- through Harvard Law School's new junior deferral program. No, the law school will not pay for your travel plans or land you a role in the movies. But it will admit you early with the understanding that you take two years to pursue other goals.

"This program is allowing people to pursue their passions in ways that may not be available if they didn't already have their pathway to law school set," said Jessica Soban, associate dean of admissions and strategic initiatives.

In the UK, Law School Becomes Optional in 2020

If James Bond were a law school, he would be 'shaken, if not stirred' by Britain's regulators right about now.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has ruled that law school will no longer be necessary to become a solicitor in 2020. Instead, prospective practitioners will need to pass a competency-based exam.

For students of the law, it is a reason to toast because it should save them the high cost of legal education. For law schools, it is a major wake-up call.

"The exam will not spell the end of traditional legal education in the UK -- no doubt many aspiring solicitors will opt for some form of traditional legal study," says Mark Cohen for Forbes.