The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges across the board for law schools, but student affairs professionals are dealing with particular challenges as they communicate with incoming first-year students. To gain some insight into what these students should know as we approach an uncertain fall semester, I recently hosted a webinar with three student affairs professionals: Stephanie Carlos, assistant dean for student affairs at University of San Francisco School of Law; Bayrex Martí, assistant dean for student affairs at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law; and Ethan Rosenzweig, associate dean for enrollment management and student services at Emory University School of Law.
We live in a changing society, and technological advancements such as artificial intelligence and automation are creating challenges, but also exciting opportunities, for law schools. How are these trends shaping law schools’ approaches to serving their students?
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) has evolved over the years, but it has remained the gold standard in legal education since it was introduced over 70 years ago. Accepted by every law school in the country, over 100,000 people take it every year, and 99.6% of the people who entered law school last year used the LSAT in their applications.
“The conventional law student is kind of a myth.” That’s Charlie, a law school student who believes empathy is the most valuable skill to develop when pursuing a degree in law. Charlie’s story is one of five featured in the Law School Admission Council’s BE IndiVISIBLE campaign. Being “indivisible” means ...
Lawyers are leaders, and many people in leadership roles have a legal education. Until relatively recently, though, most law programs did not specifically include leadership development as part of their curriculum. But it’s important to note that even though they may not have been called out as such, many aspects of leadership have always been part of legal education.
This spring will mark the 11th anniversary of the Law School Admission Council offering the LSAT—India, a version of the Law School Admission Test designed specifically for high school students in India who want to study law there.
With the growing need for “legal engineers” who can harness technology, automation, data analytics, and more to augment their core knowledge of the law, a small but rising number of law schools are taking notice—and action.