preLaw - Winter 2011 - 6
THE GOOD & THE BAD
GOOD MONTH FOR… ▲ A hyperbole, when a third-year Boston College law student sent an open letter to his school’s newspaper asking for his tuition back. The student cited a lackluster job market as well as massive student loan debt among his reasons to want to leave law school without a law degree and receive a refund. “This will help BC Law go up in the rankings, since you will not have to report my unemployment at graduation to U.S. News,” the student wrote.
▲ Hard work, after Alice Lingo, who was
can be used not just for a specific class, but for instructors anywhere.”
Two Californiaaccredited law schools in legal fight
The Southern California Institute of Law filed suit in October against TCS Education System, claiming that the company is unlawfully affiliated with Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. The lawsuit claims that TCS used confidential information that it obtained in talks with Southern California in order to enter into a business agreement with Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. TCS is a Chicagobased nonprofit corporation that manages colleges and elementary schools with the goal of better financial management, technology innovations and improved accreditation prospects. Last year, Southern California and TCS were in affiliation talks when the school turned over items such as its marketing plan, salary information and its state bar registration filings. A merger never occurred, however, and Southern California learned shortly thereafter that TCS would partner with its sole competitor. The Southern California Institute of Law and Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law are the only two law schools in the area that offer part-time evening programs. Neither is accredited by the American Bar Association or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, but students are eligible to take the state bar exam. In the suit, Southern California noted that TCS “misappropriated plaintiff’s most guarded secrets and information in violation of a binding confidentiality agreement and secretly used the information to affiliate with the plaintiff’s sole competitor in the region. Armed with the stolen information, the defendants recently announced their ‘deal,’ which is calculated to kill off competition in the region, destroy the plaintiff’s business and increase the cost of tuition.”
▲ Talented students from Ohio State
laid off last year from a $160,000 job at a large law firm, started posting fliers on New York’s Upper West Side seeking work as a housekeeper. “Lawyer Turned Cleaning Lady!” her sign read. “Recently laid off attorney looking for work until she finds a job. And honestly, haven’t you always wanted to see a lawyer clean a toilet?” Lingo is a 2007 graduate of Fordham University law school.
▲ Technology, after Harvard Law School
University Moritz College of Law, after the law school received a $600,000 boost from 12 of the largest law firms in Columbus in support of their Leadership Scholarship Initiative. The grant funding will aid current and incoming students, along with allowing the firms to maintain a close connection to Ohio State — which extends the law school’s outreach into the legal profession.
▲ Students and professors at Barry University Dwayne O. Andrews School of Law, after the Florida Bar Association awarded the school with a $100,000 grant to jumpstart its new Juvenile Life Without Parole Defense Resource Center. Students and professors will work together to tackle public policy, as well as review individual cases.
Professor Jonathan Zittrain introduced a digital casebook for his torts class. “Existing casebooks are pretty big. They are pretty expensive. And they stagnate,” said Laura Miyakawa, the project manager for the casebook in Atlantic Monthly. “What we’ve been trying to do is create an online casebook that’s free, remixable and that
A BAD MONTH FOR… ▼ Ted Brassfield, a recent graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law— Bloomington, after President Obama sidestepped his question at a town hall meeting televised by CNBC. Brassfield explained that he’s drowning in law school debt and doesn’t have the means to contemplate getting married or starting a family. “I was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away,” Brassfield told Obama. “What I really want to know is: Is the American dream dead for me?” The President told Brassfield and the audience that the world still admires the U.S., but he
did not provide any concrete examples of how things will improve.
▼ Potential Pace Law School evening pro-
gram students, after Dean Michelle Simon announced that the law school was cutting the part-time evening program due to a variety of demographic and economic factors. Though, students who entered the program this fall will receive full support from Pace over the next four years.