North Texas minimizes LSAT; Oregon prof rant goes viral

It was a GOOD week for…

Creative admissions criteria, after The University of North Texas College of Law, a new school, announced it would weigh desire to attend law school and life experiences heavier than most schools, and it would weight LSAT scores and grade point averages less. “We want to train lawyers that want to be lawyers for the right reasons,” said Judge Royal Furgeson, founder of the law school said. "We have to understand there are so many other traits that determine success in life than how you do on a test, and that’s what we’re trying to find.” In addition to the differing approach in selecting admitted students, the school plans to emphasize practical skills and will utilize a system of frequent assessments instead of relying solely on a single final examination for a final grade. The law school’s inaugural class will begin this fall.

It was a BAD week for …

Professional decorum, after Vanessa Knowles, a student at London University, decided to trade semi-nude photos of herself for her law school books. Knowles set up an Amazon wish list and convinced fans to trade photographs for textbooks and other supplies she needs for law school. “My fans have paid for every one of my 100 textbooks, and I encourage them to buy me gifts from an Amazon wish list,” she said. Knowles hopes to work as an intellectual property attorney upon graduation.

Getting unwanted attention, after one University of Oregon Law School professor’s rant regarding his salary went viral. Rob Illig, a professor at the University of Oregon took to social media after several fellow professors at the University of Oregon proposed forgoing planned salary raises and use the money to contribute to fellowships for unemployed law school graduates instead. Illig believes that he has already sacrificed enough for students. “The UO and its students are lucky to have me and all the other wonderful university faculty and staff who have sacrificed to be here,” he wrote. “In my former life, I was an M&A lawyer at a large New York law firm where I was all but certain to be earning more than $1 million annually. No one can tell me I’m not on the student’s side.” The administration later quashed the proposal.

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