Among the thousands of schools listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan default data released last week, 23 were law schools, all of which have individual identification numbers for participating in Title IV aid.The institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit group that works to increase the public’s understanding of student debt, designed a sortable spreadsheet with the data. Shannon Serrato, the group’s communication manager, told the ABA Journal that if a college submits one program participation agreement for all of its schools, those schools would be under one Office of Postsecondary Education Identification (OPE ID) number, which is what the Department of Education uses to track student loan default data.There could be many more law schools with student loan default rates that aren’t included in the data, says Donald Lively, president of Arizona Summit School of Law.“Law schools that are part of a university have … [Read more...] about Is Department of Education data on student loan defaults an accurate reflection of law schools?
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Michigan State University College of Law and ThinkSmart are teaming up to teach law students about automation.In a Thursday press release, ThinkSmart announced that its ThinkSmart Automation Platform (TAP) would be integrated into a course to be taught at LegalRnD—The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law. Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, TAP will be part of the curriculum for a class on litigation where students will learn how to automate a legal process while utilizing data, economic theory and analysis to predict outcomes and enhance litigation strategies. Additionally, students will partner with members of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) to design and execute workflows. The class will also look at preventive law and how technology and improved processes can be used to avoid litigation and disputes.“We are thrilled to be working with the ThinkSmart team,” said Professor Dan Linna, director of … [Read more...] about ThinkSmart and Michigan State team up for class on legal process automation
Most law schools still hide critical information from applicants, according to a study of websites by the group Law School Transparency.The study (PDF) analyzed employment data for the class of 2010 provided on websites of ABA-approved law schools. Only 1 percent of the 197 law schools—in other words, two schools—disclosed how many grads were in full-time, long-term legal jobs. They are Michigan State University College of Law and Southwestern Law School.Only 26 percent even disclosed how many graduates worked in legal jobs. “Prospective law students still lack the information they need to make a meaningful decision about whether and where to earn a J.D.,” the report says.Other findings:• 27 percent (54 out of 197 schools) don’t provide any “evaluable information” on employment for the class of 2010. Twenty-two schools didn’t provide any employment data at all on their websites, and 32 “demonstrate a pattern of … [Read more...] about Only 26% of Law Schools Report Percentage of Grads with Legal Jobs, Study Finds
The ABA Journal is pleased to join Michigan State University College of Law and the Kauffman Foundation in presenting ReInvent Law NYC in February.ReInvent, a laboratory devoted to promoting technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the legal services industry, will be held Feb. 7, 2014, in New York City at the historic Cooper Union Great Hall.ReInvent Law events are presented in an engaging, fast-paced format. The conference is aimed at anyone interested in the future of law or the intersection of law, technology, and entrepreneurship. Lawyers, technology specialists, social media enthusiasts, bloggers, entrepreneurs, telecom experts, venture capitalists, academics, students and journalists should plan to attend.Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Reserve seats at www.ReInventLawNYC.com.“We are thrilled to announce the ABA Journal’s partnership with us to make ReInvent Law NYC a reality. The ABA Journal’s support will enable us to build upon the success … [Read more...] about ABA Journal partners with Michigan State University College of Law to present ReInvent Law NYC 2014
Hey, prospective legal eagles. Want to know what law school is really like?A new student blog at the Michigan State University College of Law may not provide all the answers. However, Kristen Flory, director of the school’s marketing and communications department, promoted the idea and apparently sees Spartan bLAWg as a plus factor for persuading applicants about the benefits of attending school there.About nine of the 18 law students who applied were accepted as bloggers and are now paid $250 to write at least two posts monthly, reports the Associated Press in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).Although posts are initially unedited before they go up, they may subsequently be revised. One blogger, 22-year-old Brett Manchel, was asked to edit a post that criticized East Lansing, compared to Ann Arbor.Censorship hasn’t been an issue, Flory tells the news agency, in part because the bloggers understand there is a relationship between the value of their law … [Read more...] about School-Sponsored MSU Student Blog Gives Applicants Snapshots of Law School Life