Law Schools At Campbell, Unc Experience Enrollment Decline

Court: Disability rights extend to law school exam

At Duke University and N.C. Central University , enrollment stayed flat, with NCCU being the only of the areas law schools to see a higher enrollment in the past two years than between 2010 and 2012. Nationwide, the 202 ABA-approved J.D. programs reported that 39,675 full-time and part-time students began their law school studies in the fall of 2013, a decrease of 11 percent from the fall of 2012 and a 24 percent decrease from the historic high 1L enrollment of 52,488 in the fall of 2010. Jason deBruyn covers Health Care, Higher Education, Nonprofits and Sports Business. <br>visit

The school made the announcement on Wednesday, which also includes a rate freeze for three years. There will also be a zero rate increase for students who are continuously enrolled full-time at the school. The school noted that with the guarantee and the tuition cut, students could save some $30,000 on a degree from the school. In November, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law announced that it would cut tuition by $20,000 for its in-state students. <br>visit

Law Schools Slowly Reducing Tuition

The state law, which applies to California test-takers, was supported by disability-rights groups who said flagging discourages disabled applicants from asking for accommodations, which law schools might use to downgrade their scores. A Sacramento County judge issued an injunction against enforcement of the state law in February 2013, saying the state doesn't ban flagging by companies that give the medical school entrance exam or the Scholastic Aptitude Test for college admissions. But the Third District Court of Appeal allowed the law to remain in effect while the state appealed, and issued a ruling Monday that overturned the judge's order. The state is entitled to set different standards for different professions' admissions tests, Justice Andrea Hoch said in the 3-0 ruling. She said the American Bar Association has found that the practice discourages qualified students from becoming lawyers. The central issue in the case is whether California violates freedom of speech by restricting the council's communications with law schools. That depends, Hoch said, on whether the practice of flagging test scores conveys accurate information about the effect of accommodations or amounts to unfair discrimination. That question has not yet been resolved and should go to trial, she said. <br>visit

UO School of Law plans Portland expansion

The top ten "most devout Catholic law schools," according to the report, are Ave Maria School of Law, University of St. Thomas (Minn.), St John's University (N.Y.), Catholic University of America, Fordham University, Boston College School of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Gonzaga University, Loyola University Chicago, and Saint Louis University. The report indicates that Ave Maria was an easy choice for the number one spot on the list, noting that some law schools on the list "are stark about the relationship" to religion on campus. Two Masses are held daily at the school's chapel. Most of the student body and faculty are Catholic. There are crucifixes in classrooms, and classes begin with prayers. [Dean] Milhizer believes the emphasis on religion provides a richer study of the law. "We're teaching law as a vocation, not as an exercise to gain power or exert will," he said. While many institutions of higher education may be nominally religious, not all are of the same caliber in terms of the religious experience on campus. The report highlights this anomaly which is found even among law schools: "There are some schools that are seemingly religious, but the faculty, staff or students are actually hostile to any discussion of religion; whereas there are schools that don't wear their religion on their sleeve at all, or are even public, where religious identity is embraced," said Marie Failinger, professor of law and the former longtime editor of the Journal of Law and Religion at Hamline University School of Law. Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society. The Cardinal Newman Society is promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. We would be grateful for your contribution . Have an idea for a story? Please be sure to send us news tips ! <br>visit

Ave Maria, Catholic Univ. of America 'Best Law Schools for the Devout'

Starting in fall 2015, 25 to 30 students from the University of Oregon School of Law will be given the chance to complete their final year of law school at the White Stag building in downtown Portland. School officials said Tuesday the program will provide students with the chance to study in the Oregon city with the highest concentration of legal professionals, allowing those who want to live in Portland after graduation to network and easily attend job interviews. For the school, having a full-time student and faculty presence should help it bolster ties with Portland's legal community and the alumni who flock to the state's most populous city after graduation. "The biggest benefit to the school is that it benefits our students," said Mohsen Manesh, a contract and business law professor who is moving from Eugene to Portland next year as part of the effort. "It's going to expand curricular and professional opportunities, and that alone is more than enough reason to do it." The UO School of Law was founded in Portland in 1884 and remained in the city for about 30 years before moving to the main campus in Eugene. Recently, the school has maintained space in the White Stag building in Old Town near the Willamette River. A few classes are held there, and offices are used by those who plan Portland-area legal conferences and help law students find jobs. The program still needs American Bar Association approval to start in September 2015. <br>visit

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