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The Law Deans: Margaret Raymond, University of Wisconsin Law School
Adam Banner - Saturday, September 30, 2017

The University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison calls its hallmark approach to legal education "law in action." According to Dean Margaret Raymond, "law in action" refers to a focus on the way law affects people and their communities. That may mean applying legal education to real-world scenarios, it may mean an experiential approach to legal education, or it may mean a consideration for how to apply the rule of law in counseling an individual client. In other words, "law in action" goes beyond learning the rules of the legal profession and extends to practical application and consideration of the unique effects of law on individuals and on society as a whole. Read More

The Law Deans: Garry Jenkins, University of Minnesota Law School
Adam Banner - Monday, September 18, 2017

The University of Minnesota Law School offers one of the largest clinical education programs in the nation, emphasizing its prioritization of experiential learning in legal education. The law school boasts 24 clinics, 11 concentrations, and more than 200 combined degree options. Real-world practice and experience is emphasized, with more than half of all law students participating in at least one live-client clinical course, and with law students providing more than 18,000 hours of pro bono legal service each year. Read More

The Law Deans: Mark C. Gordon, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Adam Banner - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an autonomous non-profit institution affiliated with Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more than 100 years, Mitchell Hamline has prided itself on being a "forward-thinking" practiced-based law school program, and its part-time on-campus/online hybrid J.D. program is the first and only program of its kind at an ABA-approved law school. Read More

The Law Deans: Andrew M. Perlman, Suffolk University Law School
Adam Banner - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, is a premier law school on the forefront of legal education. Law students at Suffolk receive an education that emphasizes real-world practice and experiential learning. Suffolk Law's U.S. News rankings demonstrate the school's success in areas including legal writing, legal technology, dispute resolution, and experiential learning. Clinics, pro bono opportunities, and externships give Suffolk Law students hands-on experience in the practice and application of the law. Read More

The Law Deans: Jeremy R. Paul, Northeastern University School of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One of the continuing themes as we interview law school deans around the nation is the idea that the legal profession is continually changing and evolving, and that the nature of legal education must likewise adapt to meet the needs of future lawyers and the public they serve. Northeastern University School of Law in Boston is a law school that fully embraces the idea of change and innovation. According  to its website, NUSL "seek[s] to amend traditional notions of what law can achieve." Its experiential Cooperative Legal Education Program allows law students to graduate with almost a full year of full-time legal work experience. Read More

The Law Deans: Timothy Fisher, UConn School of Law
Adam Banner - Saturday, June 10, 2017

Founded in 1921 as the Hartford College of Law, the UConn School of Law has become one of the leading law schools in the nation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, UConn Law is considered one of the most beautiful law schools in the United States, and it boasts the largest law library in the world, listed as one of the 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the world by Best Masters Programs. However, the school's facilities are only part of the allure. UConn School of Law offers a rich legal education. Opportunities include public service, first-year skills program, simulation courses, practice-based learning, individual and international externships, and 16 clinical programs. These clinical programs include the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, the Center for Energy and Environmental Law, the Center for Children's Advocacy, Criminal Clinics, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic, Mediation Clinic, U.S. Attorney's Clinic, State's Attorney Field Placement, and more. Read More

The Law Deans: Vincent D. Rougeau, Boston College Law School
Adam Banner - Friday, May 26, 2017

Boston College Law School is recognized as a leading law school, being named among the top 30 law schools by US News. Established in 1929, BC Law was the first graduate program of Boston College. Since that time, it has grown to be widely recognized for providing a solid legal education that prepares lawyers for both the theory and practice of law. Experiential learning opportunities such as clinics, externships, advocacy programs, simulations, and public interest opportunities are available to provide hands-on, real-world learning experiences. Boston College Law boasts the Center for Experiential Learning, the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, the Curtin Center for Public Interest Law, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice among its centers and initiatives available for law students. Read More

The Law Deans: Michael T. Cahill, Rutgers Law School
Adam Banner - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

With two campuses in Newark and Camden, New Jersey, the unified Rutgers Law School is located in among the richest legal markets in the nation. New Jersey is one of the ten largest legal markets in the nation, and nearby Philadelphia and New York are two of the five largest markets. This provides law students with myriad educational and professional opportunities and real-world experience to help them thrive as practicing lawyers. Rutgers Law recognizes the evolving legal landscape and works diligently to revolutionize legal education to not only adapt to changing needs, but to create innovative solutions for equipping law students for the future of their profession. Read More

The Law Deans: Maureen A. O'Rourke, Boston University School of Law
Adam Banner - Saturday, May 20, 2017

Founded in 1872, Boston University School of Law was one of the nation's first law schools at a time when most attorneys learned the trade through apprenticeship, rather than formal legal education. From its inception, Boston University School of Law has offered diversity, accepting women and people of all races and religions at a time when other schools excluded students based on race and gender. In the 1960's, the law school became one of the first in the nation to actively recruit women as students, and today, the female student population is approximately 50 percent of law school classes. Read More

The Law Deans: Eric Mitnick, Ph.D, UMass Law
Adam Banner - Saturday, May 13, 2017

The only public law school in Massachusetts, UMass Law prides itself on offering a legal education that is "excellent, affordable, and accessible." The law school provides flexible opportunities for earning a Juris Doctor or combination degree in law and business or public policy, with full- and part-time options available. UMass Law provides students with real-world practice opportunities through Read More


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