Valparaiso University School of Law

Mastering the law without a J.D.

July 2, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The move by two Indiana law schools to follow a national trend and offer master’s degrees to non-lawyers has many practicing lawyers asking where the graduates of these programs will fit into the legal profession.
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Valparaiso law school welcomes new dean

July 1, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Andrea Lyon, the first woman to lead the Valparaiso University Law School, began her tenure July 1 as the dean.
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Valparaiso Law renames Professionalism Series to honor late dean Louis Bartelt

June 16, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Valparaiso University Law School is recognizing longtime faculty member and former dean Louis F. Bartelt Jr. by renaming the school’s Professionalism Series in his honor.
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Law graduates return home to address Class of 2014

May 6, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Alumni of Indiana law schools will be congratulating the new classes of attorneys and offering words of advice during upcoming Class of 2014 commencement ceremonies aross the state.
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Former editors say Law Review experience invaluable

April 9, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Outside academic institutions, law reviews are seen in a different, sometimes less flattering, light. The common complaints about publications include concerns that students are editing the articles, getting a piece published can take months, and the end product has little relevance to the practicing bar.
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Law school ranking rumble

March 26, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Law school deans protest U.S. News & World Report's "best" schools list but say they cannot ignore it because they don't want their schools to fall in the rankings.
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Dean's Desk: Are we satisfied with the color of the legal profession?

March 26, 2014
Ivan Bodensteiner
Ivan Bodensteiner writes about why it is difficult to achieve racial equity within law schools and the profession.
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Indiana law schools slip from top 25 in annual rankings

March 11, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The annual ranking that law schools love to hate was released March 11, and it may stir more emotions than usual in Indiana since none of the state’s law school placed in the top 25.
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ABA: Valpo Law enrollment surges; McKinney, ND down; Maurer ticks up

March 5, 2014
Dave Stafford
First-year law school enrollment jumped 28 percent this academic year at Valparaiso University Law School, according to data from the American Bar Association.
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Renowned defense expert to lead Valparaiso Law School

November 20, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Valparaiso University has tapped a capital defense attorney and academic clinician to lead the law school, underscoring the growing importance of hands-on training in legal education.
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Valparaiso University Law School taps capital defense expert as new dean

November 11, 2013
IL Staff
Andrea D. Lyon, associate dean for clinical programs at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, will join the Valparaiso University Law School as dean on June 2, 2014. She has experience both teaching and practicing law, and is a national expert in criminal defense.
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IU McKinney to offer degree for non-attorneys next year

October 25, 2013
Professionals who want to better understand the law, but not practice it, will be able to earn a Master of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law beginning next year, the school announced Thursday.
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Law School Briefs - 10/23/13

October 23, 2013
IL Staff
Read the latest news from Indiana's law schools, including Indiana University Maurer School of Law's participation in a new mediation study.
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Bodensteiner: Too many lawyers? The problem may be one of ‘allocation’

August 28, 2013
Ivan Bodensteiner
Valparaiso University Law School Interim Dean Ivan Bodensteiner argues that there may not be too many lawyers, but the problem may be one of how those resources are allocated.
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Law School Briefs - 6/5/13

June 5, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from Indiana's law schools.
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Committee begins search for new dean of Valparaiso Law School

May 23, 2013
IL Staff
The process of finding a new dean for the Valparaiso Law School has begun. Law professor Rosalie Levinson is chairing the search committee, and the national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained to assist.
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Law students provide vital help to immigrants

April 24, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Law professors involved with immigration clinics agree that a change in the national immigration law could create more work for the clinics, especially if undocumented workers currently in the country had a path to citizenship.
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Law school applications drop over last 2 years

April 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Applications to three of the four Indiana law schools are in free fall as prospective students think twice about taking on mountains of debt at a time when job prospects are dim.
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Law School Briefs -4/24/13

April 24, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Read about news from Indiana's law schools.
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Law School Briefs - 4/10/13

April 10, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from Indiana's law schools.
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Law School Briefs - 3/27/13

March 27, 2013
IL Staff
Read news about Indiana's law schools, including events happening at the schools.
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Former dean named interim dean at Valparaiso University Law School

March 19, 2013
IL Staff
A nationally recognized authority on constitutional law and civil rights has taken the leadership position at Valparaiso University Law School.
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Conison taking helm of young law school

March 13, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Jay Conison had been planning to step down as dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, but his decision to lead another law school was an unexpected opportunity and one that will keep him focused on changing legal education.
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2 Indiana law schools in top 25 of annual ranking

March 12, 2013
IL Staff
Using a new methodology that takes into account the number of graduates who found jobs in the legal profession, U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday its latest ranking of law schools.
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Valparaiso dean leaving for Charlotte law school

February 21, 2013
Jennifer Nelson
Jay Conison, dean of Valparaiso University Law School since 1998, has been named as the new dean of Charlotte School of Law, effective April 15.
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  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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