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Law School News—Penn, New York Law, Georgetown, + More

Vivia Chen

March 14, 2013

 A quick look at what's happening at law schools around the country:

Thumbs UpDown © Lev Dolgatsjov - Fotolia.com-11. Another compelling reason to go to Penn. You already know that the University of Pennsylvania Law School is the favorite child of Big Law for hiring. Now, Penn has added another draw: This fall, second- and third-year students can spend a semester at The Wharton School and earn a Wharton certificate in management. The program consists of four main subject areas: finance and accounting; leadership and organization design; strategic decision making; and competitive advantage. (The National Law Journal)

Of all the attempts to make law school more relevant (specialty clinics and third year abroad, among others), I must say this one seems the most impressive and substantive. Honestly, I don't know why other schools aren't jumping on the bandwagon.

2. Another compelling reason not to go to New York Law School. The New York Law School brand just keeps dropping. In the past we've chronicled how disgruntled alums are suing NYLS for publishing allegedly fraudulent employment data about graduates, and how costly the school is.

Now, the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report has dropped NYLS's ranking into no-man's-land: It has fallen below 145th place, meaning that it's now unranked. (Other law schools that have dropped into this category include The John Marshall Law School; Southwestern Law School; the University of Toledo College of Law; and Willamette University College of Law.) (NLJ)

3. Law schools still playing games with job data. The Law School Transparency organization is still on the tail of ABA–accredited law schools to provide more accurate employment data about graduates. And law schools are still far from full compliance. In fact, half of the 199 schools aren't in compliance.

The good news: Almost a quarter of the schools earned a perfect score, "meaning that Law School Transparency found no problems with their ABA–mandated jobs data and that they had voluntarily provided additional data in 10 specific areas." (NLJ)

4. Can Georgetown afford to sneeze at a $7 million donation? A Texas millionaire is suing Georgetown University Law Center to get back the $7.5 million he donated. The reason? Scott Ginsburg alleges that the school reneged about naming a fitness center after him following his conviction for insider trading.

His complaint says: "The possibility of Georgetown finally honoring its obligations was hinted at, implied, suggested, and postponed by its representatives' comments, but always kept alive."

My advice to Georgetown: Just name the stupid gym after Ginsburg. What's the big deal? It's not like he's asking that the ethics center bear his name. (NLJ)

5. Law profs jerks? How shocking. Paul Caron over at TaxProf Blog asks: Are assholes more successful in academia? The answer is so obvious that this almost seems like a trick question. I mean, jerks are generally successful in all fields, so why should academia be any different?


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I like the blurb about the Georgetown Gym. Something being "hinted at" Isn't grounds for a lawsuit. Either both parties signed an agreement or they didn't. It takes a special kind of person to donate money to a school for the sole purpose of having a building named after him.

That was a terrible defense of New York Law School. I also like how your list that "goes on" included two people.

According to your logic, I'm sure the class at Harvard (which is well over 500) have many more students that are unhappy with their jobs than Hofstra.

For years, Hofstra Law has had a combined JD/MBA four -year program.

New York Law School has dozens of thousands of successful alumni, managing partners of top law firms such as Bryan Cave, Smith Gambrell Russel, (the list goes on). Each year they continue to place candidiates at big firms and top jobs. However with more students enrolled, comes more students who are dissapointed in their job search. With law school class sizes under 200 students; there is less chance of some being unhappy, than with a class size of 500. The professors are incredible at New York Law School, however there may be some students who are not as top tier as others.

That Wharton Certificate is pure genius! It addresses the concern that most law students complain about as do those hiring law students--"law school doesn't give you any real skills". I would have totally taken advantage of that when I was in law school. I'm also an adjunct professor and know that my students would take advantage of a similar program if given the opportunity.

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