Law Schools

Top students still not interested in a JD

June 19, 2017
IL Staff
A few months before law schools around the country begin a new academic year, the number of people applying for admission has slipped, with the greatest decline coming from applicants posting the highest LSAT scores.
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Experts say Court of Appeals ruling leaves death penalty in limbo

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
Legal experts from Indiana’s law schools said the decision casts uncertainty on the death penalty going forward, though they said by no means is the court’s ruling a moratorium on future executions.
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McKinney grad named to rural affairs USDA post

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has been named to a U.S. Department of Agriculture post overseeing rural issues. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday that Anne Hazlett will lead the USDA's rural development agencies.
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ABA looks again at bar passage

June 7, 2017
IL Staff
Although the House of Delegates rejected the proposal in February, the American Bar Association is still taking steps to tighten the bar passage requirements for law schools.
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Indiana Tech’s closing of law school leaves  unanswered questions

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As the law school's last class graduates, its website has been taken down andstudents begin to transfer to other programs.
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Student loans cause confusion, affect career choices for new lawyers

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
It was shortly after his 2012 graduation from George Washington University Law School when the realization hit Michael Lux hard: He had a ton of student loan debt to begin paying back to the federal government.
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137 successful on February Indiana Bar Exam

May 31, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s newest attorneys received advice from judges and took several oaths during an admission ceremony held May 17 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.
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New lawyers advised to remember the oath during their careers

May 17, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana’s newest lawyers were admitted to practice Wednesday at an Indianapolis ceremony where they were advised to “think like a lawyer” and remember the oath they have taken to support and defend the Constitution.
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57 percent of 2016 Indiana law graduates have full-time JD-required jobs

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A little more than half of the 2016 graduates of Indiana law schools have full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage is required, according to American Bar Association employment statistics.
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Character better predictor of lawyering success, panel says

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although Rebecca Love Kourlis sees more collaboration than in the past, she said the gap between the skills the legal profession needs in today’s market and the attorneys law schools are producing is not only widening but will be difficult for legal education to overcome.
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IU McKinney to host ‘Salute to Justice Rucker’

May 15, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will celebrate now-retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker’s legacy in the Indiana judiciary during a special program at the law school next week.
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Last class graduates from Indiana Tech Law School

May 15, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Waiting for graduation ceremonies to begin Saturday morning, Philip Davis summed up his place in the university’s history — at age 60, he is the oldest student who has ever graduated and ever will graduate from Indiana Tech Law School.
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Trump moves to get more conservatives on federal bench

May 9, 2017
IL Staff
The Trump administration Monday named 10 judges and other law professionals it plans to nominate for key posts as President Donald Trump works to place more conservatives on the nation’s federal courts.
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Attorneys say flunking the bar hurts badly, but does not spell doom

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As a young man, just graduated from law school with a wife, a baby and a mortgage, Tim Malloy suddenly had to figure out a Plan B after he failed the Illinois Bar Exam.
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February bar exam results may indicate ‘new normal’

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The February 2017 bar exam results brought a fresh round of disappointment to the Indiana legal community and a renewed conversation about why the scores keep dropping.
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Education panel says character matters more than scores

May 1, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Bar Association annual meeting and judicial conference started its first round of discussions by talking about a continuing source of anxiety in the legal profession – law school.
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Law school dean placed on leave sues university

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The dean of the University of Cincinnati's law school is suing the university, saying she was illegally placed on administrative leave.
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Indiana Lawyer wins 2 journalism awards

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Lawyer took home two Society of Professional Journalists Indiana Professional Chapter awards Friday.
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Indiana judge co-chairs ABA program aiming to increase diversity in judicial chambers

April 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
Law student Diego Wu’s dream job is working as a law clerk in a judge’s chambers, but he never dreamed of what judges told him they look for when they evaluate candidates for those typically one- to two-year positions.
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February 2017 bar exam results released

April 17, 2017
IL Staff
The February results for the Indiana Bar Exam have dropped to a historic low with the overall pass rate at 48 percent in 2017.
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Indy-area attorneys hosting re-entry job fair

April 7, 2017
IL Staff
Members of Indianapolis’ legal community are offering assistance today to help recently incarcerated people find the jobs and resources they’ll need to build their future.
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Dean's Desk: Guarding Legal Services Corp. from Trump budget cuts

April 5, 2017
Andrea D. Lyon
While Legal Services Corp. has been demonized in various ways over the years as troublemakers or leftist political actors, studies tell us that providing access to basic services produces economic benefits for state and local governments.
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Memorial service planned for late IU McKinney dean William Harvey

March 28, 2017
IL Staff
William Harvey, former dean and professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will be remembered at a special memorial service in his honor.
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Notre Dame, McKinney up, Maurer down in US News rankings

March 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.
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IU Maurer BLSA in running for national award

March 10, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Black Law Student Association chapter at Indiana University Maurer School of Law is hoping its success in the Midwest carries over to the 49th Annual Convention of the National Black Law Students Association.
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