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Valparaiso Law School Suspends Admissions

Rumors of the demise of Valparaiso University School of Law have been slightly exaggerated.

According to reports, the law school is closing its doors. That's true, but not right now.

The law school is closing its doors only to new admissions. So it's not over -- yet.

Law School Wants to Stop ABA From Disclosing Accreditation Warning

Beleaguered Thomas M. Cooley Law School has been fighting to defend its reputation for a long time.

With the American Bar Association, the battle started a decade ago. Now, according to reports, the end may be near.

Jacob Gersham, a legal reporter for the Wall Street Journal, says Cooley Law School wants a temporary restraining order to stop the ABA from publishing an "accreditation warning."

Alcohol Not Cool in Law School

When it comes to alcohol in law school, times have changed.

A few years ago, critics raged against university administrators who banned alcohol at student functions. But like tobacco use, it is not so cool to drink in law school anymore.

It only took a few hazing incidents, sexual assaults, and deaths to change everything. For Florida State University, one alcohol-related tragedy was enough.

One Law School Drags Down Statewide Bar Pass Rate

There is a death spiral in the cosmos, when a black hole consumes a nearby star.

The black hole literally sucks the light out of existence. Law school can be like that, especially after three years and your eyes have gone dim from late-night reading.

But one law school is being blamed for bringing down an entire state. Charleston Law School tanked the South Carolina bar exam, pulling down the statewide pass rate to an increasingly dark place.

New TX Law School Serves At-Risk Students: How'd They Do on the Bar?

The University of North Texas Dallas College of Law tries to help students with lower admission credentials. The college should be applauded, but the bar pass rate was 20 percent lower than the state average. Specifically, 59 percent of its recent graduates passed the bar.

The law school's pass rate continues the debate about whether law schools should lower admission requirements.

Michigan State University has launched an initiative to index and track (a.k.a. rank) law schools based on innovation. And if you're thinking that MSU is just trying to find a way to rank highly among prospective law students on some meaningless list that they can use for advertising purposes, then you're probably right.

The 2017 Law School Innovation Index only indexed 38 law schools. It used specific metrics to explore whether law schools were teaching real world, practical lawyering and law business operations skills, alongside the traditional law school courses. Basically, the index is geared at looking at whether law schools have adapted to the new legal market where new lawyers are opening up solo shops more than ever before, and are expected to know how to practice right out of school.

ABA Considers Eliminating Admission Tests

Free range chickens are a good thing, right?

Free from fences, they wander around with plenty of access to fresh vegetation, sunshine, and room to exercise. On the other hand, fences are also meant to keep predators out.

So what is this proposal to take down admissions tests for law schools?

Without fail, every year, sometimes a few times per year, surveys get done, and schools will be ranked on various characteristics to help prospective students make a decision on where to apply and what schools to attend. But this year the rankings might be a bit more difficult to decipher.

Recently, The Princeton Review released their 2018 law school rankings, which go beyond just what law school is the best. Law schools were ranked on many factors, including best career prospect, best classroom experience, and more. However, as noted by AboveTheLaw, the results are potentially severely flawed because they are based on student responses to surveys and data provided from the schools themselves.

Suffolk Law Offers Legal Innovation Certificate

Suffolk University Law School is offering a certificate in legal innovation and technology.

The good news is that it is an online course. The bad news is that it cost almost $16,000 for the certificate.

But since the program targets working professionals -- lawyers and nonlawyers -- they may be able to afford it without going into debt. And if you want to take just one course in the program, it's a relative bargain at $3,000.

The Hazing of Roy Moore as a 1L

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, like any political candidate, has his opponents, but this post isn't about his politics. The harrowing tale of his hazing as a 1L and throughout law school is an all too real reminder of why hazing is just wrong, despite how even the coolest lawyer blogs are joining the pile on.

Unfortunately, the story of his hazing effectively confirmed that the pejorative nickname given to Moore by some jerk of a professor was well deserved, according to his peers. Moore was nicknamed "fruit salad" by his professor after extensive in class questioning via the Socratic method whereby the professor concluded that Moore was "all mixed up" like a "fruit salad." You might not like Moore, but that's just mean, and not very professorial.

Times may have been different back then, but the details provided by Moore's peers are telling of an overly lax attitude toward professorial hazing.