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Dean, University of Miami
School of Law
Patricia White remains a formidable force
in the world of legal education. In 2011,
she was named by the
legal blogger Brian
Leiter (sixth on this list)
as one of nine transformative law deans in the
first decade of this century.
White founded Legal
Corps, a unique fellowship program that places
Miami Law graduates in
non-profit and public sector organizations
nationwide. She's also a founding member
of LawWithoutWalls, an academic program that brings together the world's best
legal thinkers to create ideas that will influence how law is taught and practiced in
the rapidly evolving technological environment. She was sixth on the 2012 list.
School; Professor, University of
California Irvine School of Law.
A critic of legal
Bryant Garth has
offered some stinging
rebukes to the people
who contend this is
a disastrous time for
In 2012, he
argued in a research
paper that the legal
situation was not as gloomy as many
asserted and blamed critics for embellishing the situation. Garth ranked seventh on
the 2012 list.
This past year, he co-wrote a paper,
" Bu ye r s' Re m o r s e ? A n Em p i r i c a l
Assessment of the Desirability of a Legal
Career," which looked to see if lawyers
who began their careers in the year 2000
after graduating from non-elite law schools
were bummed that they did so.
The conclusion: They were not.
According to the paper: "The evidence
indicates that law graduates beyond the
most elite were able to pay down their
debt at the same rate or better than most
elite law graduates. In addition, after seven
years of practice the great majority of these
lawyers were still satisfied with their decision to become lawyers."
DaviD yellen Dean,
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
Not many deans offer an insider's view
of today's law schools as David Yellen
does. In an
article for The
called the "The
"So why are
we, and so many
Candidly, it has
a lot to do with
rankings. No one likes to see their median
LSATs and GPAs decline, and we worry
that if they do, we may fall in the rankings. With rapidly declining applications,
most of us are experiencing drops in the
average credentials of our students."
Yellen, who has expertise in criminal law, also served as a member of the
executive committee of the Association of
American Law Schools Section on the Law
School Dean, the ABA Task Force on the
Future of Legal Education and the ABA
New Deans' Workshop Committee. He's a
newcomer to the list.
the faculty of
Washington and Lee
University School of Law
It was 10th on the 2012 list for creating an
innovative third-year experiential curriculum and placed on
this list for continuing that work. The
curriculum is considered by many to
describes it this way:
" The third year
allows students to explore topics more
deeply and engage in the most professionally relevant work of their law school
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careers. It affords them the unique opportunity to cultivate the skills essential for
professional success while working closely
with permanent faculty as well as practicing attorneys on a diverse range of legal
topics, encountering the law as they will as
practitioners: through their client's problems."
Southwestern Law School
Catherine Carpenter continues to be a
national leader on law school curriculums
and accreditation and
that again puts her on
the list of the Most
Influential. She ranked
ninth on the 2012 list.
Sh e h a s s e r v e d
i n s e ve r a l l e a d e r ship posts within
the ABA's Section of
Legal Education and
Admissions to the
Bar and is the recent
past chair of the section's Accreditation
Committee. She spearheaded the ABA's
comprehensive and influential "A Survey
of Law School Curricula."
University of St. Thomas School
of Law - Minneapolis
Jerry Organ continues to lead the
when it comes to
law school scholarship retention rates.
Thanks, in part, to
his efforts, those
rates are required
to be on law school
Some schools had shockingly low retentions, so students - believing they had a
full ride if they performed well academically - suddenly found themselves responsible for their own tuitions. They ended up
angry - and in debt.
Organ, who ranked 20th on the 2012
list, has been involved in helping move
forward the ABA's effort to gather employment outcome information as a member
of the Questionnaire Committee.
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