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“For Pierce Law, this affiliation will provide a tremendous opportunity for both our students and faculty to expand our innovative approach to legal education and explore new avenues for scholarly research,” said John Hutson, president and dean of Franklin Pierce Law Center. “We will continue to build upon our long history of intellectual property leadership and maintain the international reputation associated with the name Franklin Pierce. In affiliating with a research university of UNH’s scope, Pierce Law faculty and students will join a wider community of scholars and enjoy significant." After final approval, the law school was expected to change its name to the University of New Hampshire School of Law. —preLaw staff
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Campbell Law and NC State partner
Campbell Law School is now offering a dual degree in public administration and law with North Carolina State University, also located in Raleigh, N.C. It is the state’s first JD/MPA from two separate institutions of higher learning, and one of the reasons that Campbell moved 28 miles north from Buies Creek to Raleigh in 2009. “This is a unique and efficient publicprivate partnership for the 21st century,” said Melissa Essary, dean of Campbell Law School. “We believe generations of future North Carolina leaders and legislators will be graduates of this dual degree program.” Students who complete the new program will be awarded both an MPA from NC State and a JD from Campbell Law. If pursued separately, it would take at
but with the new dual degree program, students can receive both degrees in four years. The dual degree program will begin in fall 2010.
U of Miami launches research, writing program
The University of Miami School of Law is launching an innovative research and writing program that will utilize technology and client simulation. Rosario Lozada Schrier, an associate law professor, will direct the program — entitled Legal Communication and Research Skills (L-comm) — starting this fall. The program will develop research skills through a client’s simulated problem, which will evolve from initial case assessments to litigation, pretrial pleadings and appeals.
Penn Law begins $30 million construction project
The University of Pennsylvania Law School is under construction with a major renovation of the student lounge, and construction of a new building, courtroom and auditorium. Law school officials say the $30 million project will be completed in January 2012. This summer, crews demolished Pepper Hall on Sansom Street — one of Penn Law’s four adjoining buildings — and began to erect a new building with a rooftop garden, state-of-the-art courtroom, 350-seat auditorium and dramatic new glass entrance. The new building will have three stories on its eastern edge, which touches Silverman Hall, and two stories with a roof deck on its western end. It will also be LEED certified — making it one of the first law schools in the country to be designated to meet the environmentally sound building standard. Michael Fitts, dean of the law school, said the new building completes a 10-year transformation of the campus.
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