National Jurist - November 2012 - (Page 6)
It was a GOOD month for …
▲ RObbeRs, after Shon Hopwood, a man convicted of robbing banks in Nebraska, began his second year of law school at the University of Washington School of Law. Hopwood, who spent 10 years in federal prison for robbing five banks, also was awarded a full scholarship through the Gates Scholarship Program. In addition to becoming a lawyer, he is a published author after writing a personal memoir called “Law Man,” which was published by Crown Publishing in August. ▲ secOnD chances, after Mario Ancic, a former Croatian tennis star who was a semifinalist in the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, started classes at Columbia Law School. Ancic, once No. 7 in the
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the Good & the bad
world, battled chronic back pain and shoulder problems as a tennis star and was forced to retire at the age of 26. He got his law degree in Croatia and is now pursuing an LL.M. ▲ GettInG heaRD, after a recent law graduate and a current student spoke at the Democratic Na t io na l C o n v e nt io n . Sandra Fluke, who graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in the spring, got a primetime speaking slot and spoke about reproductive rights. University of Oregon School of Law Sandra Fluke second-year student Eric Harris spoke on behalf of the disabled community. Harris, who uses a wheelchair, was asked to deliver a speech at the convention after completing an externship with the DNC during the summer. ▲ GettInG a jOb, after it was reported that 96.5 percent of 2012 summer associates at the nation’s largest firms received full-time employment offers. The American Lawyer reported that the offer rate in 2012 was almost identical to last year’s, when 1,234 of 1,280 summer associates were offered jobs. The number of law students who spent their summer at a major firm was up slightly.
▲ nOn-Ivy LeaGueRs, after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas compared judging law students based on their law school and their upbringing to discrimination against minorities and women. Thomas made the comment in a speech at University of Florida, where he spoke candidly with students about life philosophy. He said when picking Justice Thomas a clerk, he likes to consider nonIvy League students.
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It was a baD month for …
▼ shOwInG Off tO Get a GIRL, after a law student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills, Mich.-campus told a female friend two men who called him a “terrorist” had assaulted him. He and the girl then filed a police report. But after several inconsistencies in his story, the law student fessed up and said he made up the story to get attention from his female friend. He now faces charges for filing a false report. ▼ stayInG pOLItIcaLLy ObjectIve, after an assistant dean at the University of Miami School of Law, in violation of the school’s handbook, encouraged students to vote to retain three Florida judges. William VanderWyden, assistant dean for professional development, sent the email to the entire student body because he said it is what lawyers must do. Watchdog.org learned about the email after school and community members raised concerns that it may have violated portions of the school’s faculty handbook on political advocacy and advertising. VanderWyden has since sent an apology. ▼ GRaspInG ReaLIty, after a survey by Blueprint LSAT Preparation found that 27 percent of prospective law students think it is harder to get into law school even though applications have dropped almost 25 percent in two years. The reality is that LSAT scores are dropping at most law schools.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of National Jurist - November 2012
National Jurist - November 2012
Average starting salary drops at largest firms
Enrollment down at law schools
The good and the bad
Employment Insider: Best firms for quality of life and diversity
Book Excerpt: “Don’t Go to Law School (Unless)”
Best moot court programs
Villanova and Illinois: Moving past scandals
Schools with most librarians per student
Study Advice: How to prepare for exams
Most diverse law schools
Diversity under attack
Best law schools in the world
The American LL.M. advantage
Guide to LL.M. programs
Employment Advice: Writing convincing cover letters
National Jurist - November 2012