Veronica Macias wants to pay it forward

The moment Veronica Macias (J.D. ’21) saw Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” sign a contract relinquishing her voice to the devious Ursula, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. As she got older, working in her parents’ Mexican restaurant showed her that attorneys could be problem solvers. This drove her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia State. As an undergraduate, she worked in filing at a law firm to get glimpse of life as an attorney. She fell in love with downtown Atlanta and the vibrancy of Georgia State University, and decided to stay for law school. Now, in her second year, she is the national representative for the regional Hispanic Bar Association, president of the Latinx and Caribbean Law Students Association and plans to pursue a career in corporate litigation. Here, she talks about the importance of giving back and why she loves Georgia State Law.

What made you want to stay at Georgia State for law school?
As an undergraduate, I was fortunate to walk by the building every day and I thought it was beautiful. I was in the Prelaw Club and we had a lot of opportunities to come into the building. We got to practice for our Mock Trial in the ceremonial courtroom. That experience was great for me. I knew this is where I wanted to be.

What has been your favorite class?
I looked forward to going to Professor Donaldson’s Contracts class every day. It was like a free stand-up comedy routine. He turned the class into a game show and the last man standing got bragging rights. Another professor I’m thankful for is Professor Rowberry. He’s an all-around great guy. He took 30 minutes at the beginning of one class to give us a history of property law in England, which is where we get a lot of our laws from. Macias (center), pictured with Ana María Martinez (left) and Judge Dax Lopez (left), was awarded the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association Student of the Year Award in 2019. Tell me about your internship/externship experience. […]

Bennett University Admission 2020 Opens for 5 Years BBA LLB (Hons) Program

Bennett University has started the admission process for 5 Years BBA LLB (Hons) program . This course is offered under the School Of Law, Bennett University, Greater Noida. The details of the admission process can be found on the University’s website i.e. bennett.edu.in.

To apply for admission candidates have to visit the application page on the website and follow the application process.

The School of Law intends to establish a centre to imbibe the best practices of national and international law schools in terms of curriculum, pedagogy, innovation in teaching methods, ethics. It also intends to add new interfaces addressing emerging issues.

Bennet University was established in the year 2016 by Times of India Group. Since then, the 5 Years BBA LLB (Hons) program is helping the students to become accomplished professionals and understanding the interface of business & law simultaneously.

The University has also entered into an academic partnership with the Cornell Law School, USA for an intensive exchange of best practices, mutual visit of professors for Bennett students. This program offers students a unique curriculum. It includes subjects like Financial Management, International Business Management, Internet Law, Environmental Law, Gender Justice & Feminist perspective of Law, Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, etc.

Admission scholarships are also offered by the University. This includes fee waiver of up to 100% on tuition fee based on merit on a first come first serve basis. The scholarships are based on the best of the scores in one of the qualifying examinations. The qualifying exam means 10+2 CBSE Board exam or CLAT scores or LSAT -India percentile score.

In the last academic session, more than 50% of the students were admitted with academic scholarships.

Another unique feature of admission scholarship at Bennett University is that the same continues for the entire duration of the program provided the student meets the laid down academic criteria consistently every year.

The internship opportunity offered to the graduate of BBA LLB (Hons) class is one of the best. The past trends have shown tremendous statistics with the opportunity of practice with leading Corporate, Law Firms, Association & Bodies, NGO, Private Lawyers participating in the drive. […]

U of T Faculty of Law launches Black Future Lawyers program

Joshua Lokko knew from a very early age that he wanted to study the law.

“I liked to read – and my mom said I liked to argue,” he says.

Lokko is the first in his family to attend law school. When he arrived in Toronto from London, Ont. to study law and business administration at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management, he soon learned he was one of only six Black-identified students in his law class of nearly 200.

“Over the course of the last couple of years, we got involved in the [law] school and the school reached out to us. Together we collaborated to figure out how we could solve this problem of low Black representation,” says Lokko, who serves as the president of the national Black Law Students’ Association of Canada.

Those discussions ultimately led to the creation of the new Black Future Lawyers (BFL) program, which will engage and support Black-identified undergraduate students interested in studying law, as well as current Black law students. BFL will offer opportunities to participate in special events, conferences and lectures, as well as mentorship and job shadowing. The initiative was inspired by the U of T Faculty of Medicine’s Black Student Application Program .

U of T Law will celebrate the launch of the program, leaders and volunteers on Jan. 15 .

“Black Future Lawyers evolved from taking Medicine’s model and thinking about how it could be applied to law school,” says Lokko, adding the program is a collaboration between the U of T Black Law Students’ Association, Black law alumni and U of T Law.

BFL aims to engage Black-identified undergraduate students, helping demystify the pathways to law while also helping students see themselves and be successful in the profession, Lokko says.

Next year, U of T Law will open its Black student application stream. Applicants must meet the standard academic requirements for admission, but they will also be offered the opportunity to provide an additional personal statement and at least three reviewers from the Black community will read their application.“Black students often under-emphasize, or don’t include, Black-related extra-curricular […]

Destination USA: Choose your law programme carefully

Continuing our discussion on professional master’s programmes, today we will talk about law programmes at US universities. International students have various options to pursue master’s programmes in law in the United States.

The Master of Laws (LLM) is a popular law degree appropriate for international students. The degree is offered with a variety of specialties and students are generally allowed to design the programme on their own.

Another option is the Master of Comparative Law (MCL), also called Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ). Since the US legal system is different from those of other countries, this programme acquaints international students with common law as practiced in the United States.

Programmes in international law or international business law are also of interest to foreign students. While pursuing master’s programmes in law, international students can observe the US legal system, including courts and government agencies.

Almost all master’s programs in law last one year and generally admit students only for the fall semester. Entrance requirements include a first degree in law, a strong academic background, letters of reference, a statement of purpose and/or writing samples, and a high level of English proficiency as demonstrated by TOEFL or IELTS. The first degree in law could be a Juris Doctor (JD) from a US law school or a first law degree (JD, LLB or the equivalent) from a foreign law school.Most graduate law programmes do not require standardised admissions tests.

It is important for readers to understand that the first professional law degree in the US is the juris doctor (JD). JD programmes are of three years duration, and are pursued after four years of undergraduate (bachelor’s programme) study in any major.

Admission requirements for the programme include fluency in English, good undergraduate academic record, and a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). JD programmes do not usually focus on a single concentration, but a student may opt for courses that emphasise particular subject areas, such as taxation or international law.

The JD degree prepares its candidates for the practice of law in the United States. However, to practice in the United States, graduates must also pass […]

Law Schools Weigh In With Collective ‘Meh’ On New US News Rankings

When Professor Orin Kerr publicly lodged his concerns about the latest US News effort to quantify the law school experience by ranking the 1L core curriculum areas , we thought his reticence to join the latest USNWR initiative was both entirely sound and likely to be entirely overlooked by the rest of the academic mutual appreciation society. But it turns out the academic community might be as fed up with wildly proliferating rankings as the rest of us.

Kaplan Test Prep actually took the liberty of polling law schools on yet another proposed new US News effort, the scholarly impact rankings , which would be separate from existing rankings — obviously because why not have more numbers? — and “analyze each law school’s scholarly impact based on a number of accepted indicators that measure its faculty’s productivity and impact using citations, publications and other bibliometric measures.”

While that’s not exactly the same ranking that Professor Kerr discussed earlier in the week, the issues involved overlap because central to Kerr’s complaint was the idea that he could only judge a rival school’s program based on the scholarship of the faculty which may have no informative value to a prospective law student because the most published Crim professor isn’t necessarily the most effective Crim educator. With this scholarship ranking, US News is doubling down on the idea that law review submissions can tell undergrads something about a law school education.

So Kaplan asked schools what they think about these rankings. The results weren’t pretty: This year, U.S. News & World Report is introducing a new and separate ranking, called its “scholarly impact” ranking. The intent is to analyze each law school’s scholarly impact based on a number of accepted indicators that measure its faculty’s productivity and impact using citations, publications and other bibliometric measures. Do you plan to participate in this additional ranking? (101 law schools answered this question)
Yes: 24%
No: 7%
Not sure: 69% While there weren’t a lot of no votes, the fact that nearly 70 percent of schools couldn’t be bothered to muster a strong feeling about the effort isn’t […]

Ranking The 10 Law Schools On The Rise That Probably Aren’t On The Rise

There’s nothing wrong with ranking the 10 Best Cat GIFs On The Internet, but once someone starts ranking something as serious as the quality of law schools, there’s a moral obligation not to recklessly steer grads wrong. People are depending on these rankings to make a massive professional and financial decision.

So you can’t go out and write something like: A number of excellent law schools consistently graduating classes with high bar passage rates as well as significant employment outcomes exist outside the T14. And then list schools with 50 percent employment scores. Spoiler: Someone wrote that and then listed schools with 50 percent employment scores.

We’re the first to cast a side eye upon U.S. News & World Report for throwing dubiously useful rankings at earnest undergrads trying to cut through the hype and figure out where to go to law school, but at least there’s a methodology to USNWR’s madness. We may not agree with counting library books to determine the best law school in the land, but at least the unnecessary rankings they introduce are backed by something .

After pointing out that New England Law Boston’s dean will be leaving with a retirement package of over $5.3 million despite guiding the school to absolutely nowhere in the rankings, a tipster pointed me to a publication, the College Gazette, promising readers that New England Law is “on the rise.” Since I’ve already seen Star Wars, I know how disappointing a “Rise” can be, but that didn’t prepare me for the ramshackle mess of this article.

“ 10 Prominent Law Schools On the Rise ” is a mess from the headline because if a law school is already prominent… where is it rising to? But it boldly leaps from there to a misleading point about how you don’t need to go to a T14 to be successful — which is true — without noting that when it lists New York Law School that institution is not, in fact, Vanderbilt. What qualifies as a law school on the rise? One, the school has to have demonstrated significant achievement as well as excellent […]

The Syllabus: More on law schools, and some thoughts from the Elon Law dean

When I looked in on law schools right before the holidays, I took the glass-half-full approach concerning the six in North Carolina: Applications were down, first-year classes were smaller than the year before but overall enrollment is up. The post-recession years haven’t been all that kind to N.C. law schools — one of them (Charlotte) even closed — but things seems to have stabilized.

Last week, the Chronicle of Higher Ed published an interesting piece called " The Law School Crash " (subscription probably required). Benjamin Barton, a University of Tennessee law professor, takes a mostly the-glass-is-half-empty-and-cracked look at law schools over the past decade. At a lot of law schools, he writes, applications, enrollment and revenues are down. Budgets have been cut and prices have been raised. Law schools employ fewer professors and staff members, and students are graduating with even more debt. It’s a sobering picture.

About halfway through, Barton poses a question: Why aren’t more law schools trying different things to stand out from the herd? He offers up as a brief case study Washington and Lee School of Law in my native Virginia, about two and a half hours north of Greensboro. About a decade ago, W&L replaced its traditional final-year curriculum with externships, practicums, clinics and other offerings designed to give its law students some practical experience in the legal field.

W&L’s change seemed well-received until, apparently because of some unrelated factors, the law school’s U.S. News ranking started to fall. The rankings slide led to cascading problems with enrollment and budgets, and W&L has since modified its curriculum. Barton called the school’s retreat "astounding and a little sad" and predicted that other law schools would be loathe to buck the status quo.

If you know your N.C. law schools, you’ll probably remember that one of them recently went all in on what it calls " a groundbreaking new model for legal education " — a 2.5-year program (instead of the standard three) with a big emphasis on practical experience. The fall 2015 class was the first admitted under this revamped approach. I wrote about the changes here […]

‘New legislations will increase demand for cyber lawyers’

From the beginning of civilisation, law has been an important discipline. With time, the profession’s various aspects crystallised into verticals. The twentieth century was all about the consolidation of these verticals. The century also saw the greatest game-changer since the discovery of fire – the advent of the internet. No other event has impacted the way people think, believe or do commerce, on this scale. Its wide adoption prompted an examination of the legal policy and regulatory nuances pertaining to the internet. That’s where the discipline known as cyber law originated.

The internet was born in 1969 but it was only in the 1990’s when it came to be adopted on a global scale. This presented challenges that questioned basic jurisprudence. It demanded a new and separate legal discipline.

Today, that discipline is more than two-and-a-half decades old, but is constantly evolving as new technologies and technological paradigms confront us in our daily lives. Need for cyber laws

There is no one global cyber law in place and there’s a lack of norms of behaviours in cyber space. That’s why countries have started coming up with their own distinctive legislations, cyber-legal regimes, on things like e-commerce and the internet in general.

India was inspired by the January 1997 United Nations General Assembly resolution asking member nations to come up with national laws to promote e-commerce. India’s Information Technology Bill was enacted into law in 2000. The Information Technology Act 2000 is India’s cyber law, the mother legislation pertaining to everything digital. If you’re using any of the seven raw materials in your daily life – computers, computer systems, computer networks, resources, communications devices, data and information in electronic form – you are covered by the law. Courses

While the discipline has been evolving very rapidly, the educational system hasn’t kept up. Some institutions have introduced specific modules in a semester. In a normal curriculum of the law programme in India, among the many semester subjects offered, one tends to be on law and technology, or cyber law or the IT Act. This is covered in one semester of a three-year or five-year […]

CLAT-2020 on May 10: Apply by March 31

Consortium of National Law Universities, has invited applications for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), the national level entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 National Law Universities across the country.

The 5 year Integrated under graduate Honours Programmes offered at the different Universities include BA.LL.B (Hons); BSc.LL.B (Hons), B.Com.LL.B (Hons), BBA.LL.B (Hons) and BSW.LL.B (Hons). The Post Graduate Law programme offered is the one year LL.M.

All National Law Universities (NLUs) offer, B.A.LL.B (Hons) while only few offer the other UG Programmes.

NLUs: The National Law Universities coming under the purview of CLAT 2020 are the following. The UG courses offered by them other than BA.LL.B (if any) are given against the name of the University. LL.M is offered at all National Law Universities except those at Aurangabad and Haryana

(i)National Law School of India University, Bangalore (ii) The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (iii) NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (iv) National Law Institute University, Bhopal (v) National Law University, Jodhpur, Jodhpur- B.B.A LL.B.(Hons.) (vi) Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (vii) Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar- BCom/BBA/BSc/BSW LL.B. (Hons.) (viii) Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow (ix) Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (x) Chanakya National Law University, Patna- BBA LLB (Hons) (xi) National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (xii) National Law University Odisha, Cuttack- BBA LLB (Hons) (xiii) National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (xiv) National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati (xv) Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (xvi)Tamil Nadu National Law School, Thiruchirappally: B.Com LLB (Hons) (vii) Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (xviii) Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (xix) Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla HP)- BBA LLB (Hons) (xx) Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad (xi) MP Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh (xxii)Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Sonipat, Haryana

Eligibility: There is no upper age limit for admission to the UG and PG Programmes.

For admission to the UG Programmes, applicant should have passed 10+2 or an equivalent examination with minimum of 45% marks or its equivalent grade in […]

‘Slap A Number On It, Who Cares?’: The US News Law School Ranking Story

(Image via Getty) It’s hard to believe, but U.S. News & World Report used to be a publication that delivered domestic news and a world report. But almost no one remembers USNWR for that role. For most people, the only time the USNWR even crosses their mind is when they’re scanning the latest rankings release of the best colleges, business schools, med schools, or, obviously, law schools. The percentage of Americans who believe the “R” in USNWR stands for “rankings” is certainly non-zero and probably enough to keep them in the Democratic primary until at least Super Tuesday.

The rankings game is so essential to the USNWR business model that they’ve started throwing rankings on everything, knowing that the public has a bottomless appetite for their proto-listicles. They started breaking down schools by specialties to give folks more numbers, even if they provided a prospective student with dubious informative value. They’re ranking law schools by “Legal Writing” programs! It’s a subject so tangential that most schools don’t even grade it! Imagine some 0L choosing a school to be the best Bluebooking unemployed attorney in America.

Alas, the current specialties aren’t enough and USNWR wants to rank even more subjects: On the one hand, these more accurately track the areas of law graduates end up in than ranking “International Law.” On the other hand, ranking 1L courses as specialties may finally have crossed the line into the absurd.

Professor Orin Kerr of UC Berkeley certainly thinks this has gone too far. After noting that USNWR creates its existing specialty rankings by asking professors in that area to rank programs at other institutions on a 5 point scale, Kerr explains that he would have no clue how to meaningfully rank Criminal Law programs: Going after core subjects may have heightened the lunacy, but the ranking never had a great way of gauging which schools provide the best, say, “Dispute Resolution” education based on a 54 percent response rate from professors starfucking their conference hall idols from afar.

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