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From Mock Trial to Real World Court, GGU Center Preps Litigators

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Teaching future lawyers a strategy that they can adapt to a variety of cases is Wes Porter’s mission as director of the Golden Gate University School of Law’s litigation center. Although the San Francisco law school has emphasized litigation for decades, the center that began when Porter started six years ago brings under one umbrella a coordinated panorama of doctrinal courses, extracurricular programs and real-world training to prepare future trial lawyers for the courtroom.

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New Columbia Dean Takes Helm Amid Sea Change for Legal Education

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Gillian Lester, Columbia Law School’s 15th dean, arrives as law schools nationwide grapple with sliding enrollment and an over saturated job market. Equipped with first-hand experience in academic leadership — she was formerly the acting dean at University of California-Berkeley Law — she will help Columbia flourish “at a time of great challenge and opportunity,” the university’s president said.

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Law School Enrollment Slide Slows Amid Improving U.S. Economy

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The first-year class at U.S. law schools last fall shrank the least since numbers began dropping three years ago, amid improving U.S. economic growth and speculation that waning enrollment combined with retiring baby boomers would lead to a shortage of attorneys. Altogether, 37,924 students began working toward juris doctorate degrees at the 204 institutions accredited by the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the government-designated regulator for law schools. That marked a 4.4 percent drop from the previous year and a 28 percent slide since the historic high of 52,488 in 2010.

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Law Schools Scrutinize Bar Exam After Record Drop in Scores

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The largest drop in bar exam scores in almost 40 years has virtually everyone involved asking whether it occurred because of the test or the test-takers. A group of law school deans has asked the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which administers the test, to turn over its data for an independent expert examination. The 83-year-old not-for-profit is conducting its own review in the meantime, but has so far found nothing to indicate the exam, given in July, was flawed.

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At UC-Davis, Undocumented Students Get Free Legal Help From Clinic

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A partnership at the University of California-Davis between a student center and the law school’s immigration clinic, one that’s the first of its kind in the University of California system, will provide free legal services to undocumented students and their families. The law school is simultaneously developing an initiative for its immigration clinic to provide such services to schools in the University of California system that don’t offer law degrees.

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