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Friday, January 6, 2012

AALS Adds Four New Members

AALSNational Law Journal, AALS Adds Four New Members, Wins Kind Words From ABA President:

It's a banner year for the Association of American Law Schools, as far as new members are concerned. The AALS's House of Delegates during its annual meeting in Washington approved four law schools for membership, its largest yearly increase since the 1970s. ...

The House of Delegates on Jan. 5 approved the membership of the Drexel University Earl Mack School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, the St. Thomas School University of Law and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. AALS now counts 176 schools as members. ...

After welcoming its new members, ABA President William T. (Bill) Robinson III told the assembled group of law professors that he had prepared remarks, but decided instead to "speak from the heart. These are difficult times in legal education," Robinson said, referring to the tight legal job market, skyrocketing costs and criticism from The New York Times and elsewhere. "The attacks are not fair, in our opinion." ... The decision to attend law school is not necessarily about job security, Robinson said, but rather about opportunity. A law degree offers the "widest potential variety of career opportunity" compared to other advanced degree programs, he said. The ABA is committed to defending law schools from attacks on its ability to produce good lawyers, he said "Our law schools can stand up and measure up against any other graduate program in this country," he said.

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