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Harvard Law, Moving to Diversify Applicant Pool, Will Accept GRE Scores - The New York Times

Harvard Law School, moving to open its doors to a larger, more diverse pool of applicants, said on Wednesday that it would accept the graduate record examination, known as the GRE, for the admission of students entering its fall 2018 class.

The law school, whose alumni include senators, chief executives, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Barack Obama, is the second accredited law school in the United States to accept the GRE for admission. It follows the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, which made the change a year ago.

At the time, Arizona’s decision provoked a heated debate in the legal profession, which has long supported the Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, over whether that test should be relied on as a single valid predictor of law school success.

Since Arizona’s move, around 150 law school deans, including Martha Minow of Harvard Law, have expressed support for the change. Now Harvard Law is taking the same step. The school said it would start a pilot program in the fall, when students begin submitting applications for the three-year juris doctor program that begins in 2018.

The change “will encourage more students in the United States and internationally from a greater degree of disciplines to apply,” said Jessica Soban, assistant dean and chief admissions officer. Applicants who want to can still submit LSAT scores.
Harvard  law_schools  diversity  applicants  standardized_testing  HLS  pilot_programs 
march 2017 by jerryking
Law Firm Imposes Ban on Hiring Ivy League Graduates - Law Blog - WSJ
Jul 15, 2015 LAWYERS & LAW FIRMS
Law Firm Imposes Ban on Hiring Ivy League Graduates
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law  law_schools  Ivy_League  new_graduates 
july 2015 by jerryking
How Ubernomics can transform Canada’s legal diseconomy - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jul. 10, 2015

Technologists from other industries hope Ubernomics is a generalizable business model. This month, the MaRS Discovery District launched LegalX, an industry cluster aimed at promoting local entrepreneurship, driving industry efficiency and pioneering new business models. One of its first startups is a service called LawScout. Like Uber, it offers a simple digital platform aimed at connecting small businesses with local lawyers on a fixed-rate basis. Beagle, another product launched at the event, performs rapid contract analysis using a sophisticated algorithm, while providing a platform for social media-inspired collaboration among decision-making teams....Ubernomics is not a panacea for the legal sector. Rather than disrupt it, it will transform. Big firms are here to stay if they embrace innovation. Digital technologies promise more efficient work flows and higher productivity. The shortcomings of the consensus-driven decision-making structure, exemplified by the fall of Heenan Blaikie, suggests more strategic thinking, stronger leadership and a heavier investment in R&D is needed to make legal work more efficient and cost effective......We live in an absurd legal diseconomy. There is an ever-widening gap between supply and unmet demand. Following the Ontario government's tuition deregulation in 1998, University of Toronto law led the charge, raising tuition by 320 per cent under dean Ron Daniels. Other law schools followed suit and continue to do so. This year, U of T law is unashamed to charge incoming students more than $30,000 a year. Not to be left out, the Law Society of Upper Canada recently doubled its licensing fees. The legal academy is aggravating the access to justice crisis by imposing ever-higher rents on the most vulnerable entrants to the profession. A false and parasitic empiricism has evidently burrowed itself in the minds of our country's greatest legal thinkers.

Ubernomics is not a panacea for the legal sector. Rather than disrupt it, it will transform. Big firms are here to stay if they embrace innovation. Digital technologies promise more efficient work flows and higher productivity. The shortcomings of the consensus-driven decision-making structure, exemplified by the fall of Heenan Blaikie, suggests more strategic thinking, stronger leadership and a heavier investment in R&D is needed to make legal work more efficient and cost effective.........
Businesses like fixed-cost projections. The billable-hour model introduces a lot of uncertainty into the equation. Software such as LawScout is unlikely to undermine the legal industry’s biggest players, but it signals that an economic culture shift lies ahead.
arbitrage  billing  contracts  digital_disruption  disruption  fees_&_commissions  invoicing  law  law_firms  law_schools  lawtech  legal  sharing_economy  start_ups  Uber  unmet_demand  uToronto 
july 2015 by jerryking
To support Canadian startups, offer pro bono legal clinics - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
pro_bono  free  law  patents  patent_law  law_schools  start_ups  innovation 
june 2015 by jerryking
Doctoroffs to Give University of Chicago Law School $5 Million -
October 2, 2013 | NYT | By PETER LATTMAN

The University of Chicago Law School is expected to announce on Wednesday a $5 million gift to create a business leadership program.

The gift, from Daniel L. Doctoroff, chief executive of the financial data and media company Bloomberg L.P., and his wife, Alisa Doctoroff, president of the UJA-Federation of New York, will create a program that combines law and business classes at the university....“Throughout my career in government, in business, as an investor and C.E.O., I’ve worked with hundreds of lawyers across dozens of fields,” Mr. Doctoroff said. “Time after time, I’ve seen the value of lawyers who have fundamental business and financial skills, no matter their field of specialty.”
Bloomberg  Daniel_Doctoroff  law_schools  philanthropy  UJA  uChicago 
october 2013 by jerryking
Book Review: For Discrimination -
August 30, 2013 | WSJ | By STUART TAYLOR JR.

Book Review: 'For Discrimination' by Randall Kennedy
A scholar deftly presents the case against affirmative action—and explains why he supports it anyway.
book_reviews  books  affirmative_action  law_schools 
september 2013 by jerryking
Debating, Yet Again, the Worth of Law School -
July 18, 2013, 11:44 am 10 Comments
Debating, Yet Again, the Worth of Law School
law_schools  law_students 
july 2013 by jerryking
101 Things I Learned in Law School (R): Matthew Frederick, Vibeke Norgaard Martin: Books
Gift ideas for Jason: cash for Stanley Kaplan; Reginald Lewis's book, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law.”
The Adam Smith Blog, Justice Scalia’s New Book on Advocacy:
April 29, 1996 Notes from a Small World pg. 87 The New Yorker
Winning Legally: How to Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk
by Constance E. Bagley
Source: Harvard Business Press Books
204 pages. Publication date: Dec 12, 2005.
books  gift_ideas  law_schools  law_students  Amazon  Jason_Isaacs 
june 2013 by jerryking
Harvard Law School Can Learn From MOOCs -
Harvard Law School Can Learn From MOOCs
Apr 11, 2013 Bloomberg By Raja Bobbili & Daniel Doktori
law_schools  MOOCs  Harvard  law_students  HLS 
april 2013 by jerryking
Practicing Law Should Not Mean Living in Bankruptcy -
Published: January 17, 2013
law_schools  lawyers  reform 
january 2013 by jerryking
Role Models
May 26, 1990 | The Economist pg. 46 |

The school claims to be recruiting hard: the trouble is that there are few black lawyers who want to do teaching jobs. It is only fairly recently that large numbers of blacks have attended the better law schools, and the brightest of them tend to become practising lawyers. A degree from a law school opens many doors, and a career in teaching is less likely to appeal to black graduates, relatively few of whom come from wealthy families.

The law school's contention that it is looking but not finding is not accepted by Mr Bell and his allies. It is looking for the wrong son of people, they answer: the school should look beyond “Gucci" candidates from an elite law school.

But Harvard is not alone in finding it to recruit black teachers. An American Council on Education survey, released last summer, indicated that eight out often colleges were making some sort of effort to hire more teachers from minority groups. Their effort is unlikely to lead to much in the way of results. The problem is simple: the demand is great but the supply of qualified blacks and Hispanics is limited.

Asians are another story. Although there are six times as many blacks as Asians in the United States, Asians got mine as as blacks in 1988. Relatively few black Americans go to college and only about a third of the students who do go are working in fields that are likely to lead to a graduate school of arts or sciences.

The push for a diverse faculty rests on the notion that black students, at all levels, need role models: teachers who are also black. This may be a tenable argument for schoolchildren: black children need to know that blacks can excel (and girls, of all colours, need to see that women can become doctors and astronauts). But the argument cannot be sustained at university level, where it may well lead to tokenism and lowering of standards. And role models, after all, come in all colours.
academia  African-Americans  children  Colleges_&_Universities  Derrick_Bell  diversity  Harvard  HLS  law_schools  professors  role_models  talent_pipelines  tokenism  women 
august 2012 by jerryking
Romney Merged Law and Business at Harvard -

When Harvard started its so-called J.D.-M.B.A. program in 1969, there were just a handful like it. Others have cropped up since, but Harvard’s has what may be the most successful alumni roster, particularly in finance....Students must be admitted separately to the business and law schools before applying for the program. That is a feat in itself, because the two student bodies are quite different.

The law school takes younger students, often straight out of college, putting more emphasis on academic credentials, while the business school usually wants work and leadership experience. Business students are often described as being more gregarious and at ease with numbers, law students as more intellectual and facile with words.
HBS  Mitt_Romney  business_schools  law_schools  alumni  Silver_Lake  J.D.-M.B.A. 
july 2012 by jerryking
Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 11 Notes Essay
May 11, 2012 | Blake Masters

Where does the U.S. have the biggest comparative advantage in exports? Probably in agriculture. Looking into agricultural technology is counterintuitive for tech investors, since agriculture is often about as far removed from technology as possible. But that’s a good sign. It turns out that there is some very promising agritech development underway. Agritech may turn out to be a valuable secret that one might miss by not thinking about how people are talking (or not talking) about the economy.
Peter_Thiel  Stanford  law_schools  agriculture  farming  comparative_advantage 
june 2012 by jerryking
10 Things Law Schools Won't Tell You -
JUNE 6, 2012, 1:09 P.M. ET

10 Things Law Schools Won't Tell You
We reveal why the Juris Doctor isn't what it used to be.
june 2012 by jerryking
The Bad News Law Schools -
February 20, 2012, 9:00 pm
The Bad News Law Schools
law_schools  Stanley_Fish  bad_news 
february 2012 by jerryking
John McGinnis and Russell Mangas: First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Law Schools -
JANUARY 17, 2012

First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Law Schools
Allowing undergraduate law majors to take the bar exam would increase the number of attorneys and lower legal fees.

Colleges_&_Universities  law_schools  oversupply 
january 2012 by jerryking
Derrick Bell Dead at 80: Sad Loss of a Leading Legal Scholar
By: The Root Staff | Posted: October 6, 2011

A Pittsburgh native, Bell distinguished himself early in his law career through his work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund during the civil rights era. Recruited by Thurgood Marshall, Bell oversaw 300 school-desegregation cases, according to The HistoryMakers. He also served as deputy director of the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was known as a pioneer of the study of "critical race theory," which explores racism in laws and legal institutions.

According to his bio at The HistoryMakers:

In 1971, Bell became the first African American to become a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. There, he established a course in civil rights law and wrote Race, Racism and American Law, which today is a standard textbook in law schools around the country. Leaving Harvard, Bell became the first African American dean of the University of Oregon Law School, and in 1985, he resigned in protest after the university directed him not to hire an Asian American candidate for a faculty position. Returning to Harvard Law School, Bell would again resign in protest in 1992 over the school's failure to hire and offer tenure to minority women.
obituaries  lawyers  law_schools  African-Americans  Thurgood_Marshall  Derrick_Bell  HLS  scholars 
october 2011 by jerryking
Law Schools' Course Emphasis Shifts From Textbooks to Skill Sets -
JULY 11, 2011 | | By PATRICK G. LEE. Law Schools Get
Practical. With the Tight Job Market, Course Emphasis Shifts From
Textbooks to Skill Sets.
law_schools  curriculum 
july 2011 by jerryking
Notes from a small world
Apr 29/May 6, 1996 | The New Yorker. Vol. 72, Iss. 10; pg. 87, 1
pgs | Patricia J. Williams. Harvard Law School graduated ten black
women in 1975, the most in its long history. Williams discusses these
ten women and examines how these first beneficiaries of affirmative
action feel now.
ProQuest  Harvard  law_schools  law_students  lawyers  African-Americans  women  affirmative_action  Ivy_League  elitism  HLS 
march 2011 by jerryking
A Well-Traveled Path From Ivy League to Supreme Court -
September 6, 2010 | | By ADAM LIPTAK. About half
of the law clerks who have served the justices since Chief Justice John
G. Roberts Jr. joined the court in 2005 attended two law schools —
Harvard and Yale. Another quarter attended just four others — Virginia,
Stanford, Chicago and Columbia.
U.S._Supreme_Court  law_schools  elitism  Ivy_League  law_students  judges 
september 2010 by jerryking
Kagan’s Climb Is Marked by Confidence and Canniness - Biography -
May 10, 2010 | New York Times | This article is by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Katharine Q. Seelye and Lisa W. Foderaro.
Elena_Kagan  nominees  U.S._Supreme_Court  profile  law  law_schools  judges 
may 2010 by jerryking
Creating a Shorter Path to a J.D./M.B.A. -
MAY 20, 2009 | Wall Street Journal by DIANA MIDDLETON. For julius.
law_schools  ufsc  MBAs  J.D.-M.B.A. 
march 2010 by jerryking

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