■ UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HASTINGS COLLEGE OF LAW reported a 1 percent student loan default rate, tying for lowest in the nation among stand-alone law schools. The average for all institutions of higher education is more than 11 percent. Arizona Summit Law School and Vermont Law School also reported 1 percent default rates. ■ PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW received an $8 million donation to fund the school’s global justice program. Laure Sudreau, a 1997 graduate, made the donation, the largest single endowment in the law school’s history. Sudreau received a law degree in France before earning her J.D. at Pepperdine. ■ WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW has joined a short list of law schools that will accept the GRE in place of the LSAT. The school will accept the GRE starting in Fall 2018. Washington University uses a holistic approach in its admissions process by taking into consideration a number of factors that could go into the making of a successful lawyer. ■ UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT MOANA WILLIAM S. RICHARDSON SCHOOL OF LAW has announced that it will accept the GRE as an alternative to the LSAT on a one-year trial basis. The decision was made after a validation study of the GRE showed that GRE scores were better predictors of first-year law school grades than were undergraduate grade point averages, according to a press release. ■ SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW HOUSTON recorded its 127th national advocacy championship win at the 10th annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. South Texas topped every major award category in the competition. The school has won more championships than any other law school. ■ FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW and four other law schools announced they would accept 35 law students from the University of Puerto Rico, which has been shuttered since Hurricane Maria struck the island. The move allows them to complete coursework for the fall semester. Other schools accepting Puerto Rican students include University at Buffalo Law School, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, University of Missouri School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. ■ CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY, CLEVELAND- MARSHALL COLLEGE OF LAW announced the launch of a new Global Space Law Center to expand its space policy initiatives. It is the first law school research center in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the study of the law of outer space. The center will help train the next generation of space lawyers, promote the development of laws and policies that foster peaceful use of outer space, and help facilitate growth of the space industry. ■ HARVARD LAW SCHOOL kicked off its bicentennial celebration with the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to slaves owned by the family whose endowment helped finance the institution. The plaque reads, “In honor of the enslaved whose labor created wealth that made possible the founding of Harvard Law School. May we pursue the highest ideals of law and justice in their memory.” Harvard Law was established in 1817 through a bequest from the estate of Isaac Royall Jr. ■ DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW graduates taking the test for the first time achieved a 90.74 percent pass rate on the July 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, exceeding the state average by almost 10 points. This was the 11th time in the past 12 years that Duquesne surged ahead of the statewide average. ■ Architectural Digest listed UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE SCHOOL OF LAW’S new building as one of the three ugliest law school buildings in the U.S. The John and Frances Angelos Law Center opened in 2013 and is one of the most environmentally conscious university buildings in use. But its exterior got it placed on the list. The other “ugly” buildings are the Boyd Law Building at The University of Iowa College of Law and the School of Law building at University of Maine. ■ The Health Rights Clinic at UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW is employing the Boal Forum Theatre method to teach law students to spot ethical issues and inappropriate client counseling. The method, named after Augusto Boal, a Brazilian director, writer and politician, is based on transforming the traditional theater experience into a democratic, collaborative production between actors and audience.
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