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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Today's AALS Annual Meeting Highlights

AALSToday's highlights at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York:

Plenary Session:  Rank Amateurs?  New Alternatives to the U.S. News Law School Ranking (9:00 a..m. - 10:15 a.m.):
Over the last three decades, the highly influential ranking of law schools by U.S. News & World Report has spawned many proponents and detractors. A number of recent attempts have been made to provide different kinds of comparisons of law schools, including The National Law Journal’s Go-To Law Schools and other employment-related lists, as well as other student-oriented rankings this year from Above the Law and National Jurist. Our panelists will discuss whether these rankings provide useful perspectives for prospective law students and others, and how they could be improved. Ample time will be set aside for panelists to answer questions from the audience.

  • Charles G. Cannon (UC-Irvine) (moderator)
  • Katrina Dewey (Lawdragon) (speaker)
  • Dimitra Kessenides (Bloomberg BNA) (speaker)
  • Robert Morse (U.S. News & World Report) (speaker)
  • Elie Mystal (Above the Law) (speaker)
  • Karen Sloan (National Law Journal) (speaker)

Plenary Session:  Crystal Ball:  What Does the Future Have in Store? (2:00 - 3:15 p.m.):
For the past few years, legal education has been under constant attack for being too expensive and for not preparing graduates for the changing legal profession. As a result, applications have plummeted and prospective benefactors including alumni are questioning the value of their support for our institutions. The panelists will share their views on how we can create positive messages as we reach out to prospective donors and applicants alike.

  • Erwin Chemerinsky (UC-Irvine) (speaker)
  • Austen L. Parrish (Indiana) (speaker)
  • Julia A. Yaffee (Santa Clara) (moderator) 

Wall Street Journal, Law 2014: Paring Back at U.S. Law Schools Continues:

It’s been some tough sledding for law schools in recent years, as enrollment plummets and recent graduates scramble to land legal jobs.

This week legal educators are gathering in New York to discuss those topics and more at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. On the docket: the myriad challenges law schools face, and the steps some are taking to adjust — including experiments with how law is taught, and who teaches it.

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