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Law School Enrollment Drops Drastically, Returns to Pre-COVID Levels: ABA  

Law school enrollment dropped dramatically in 2022 after a noticeable uptick through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to newly published data from the American Bar Association (ABA). After two years of enrollment growth, the data shows first-year law students at ABA-accredited schools plummeted 11%, returning the rate to its approximate pre-pandemic level, according to the ABA report.


Civil Rights Division Turns 65, Celebrates Amid Continued Tensions  

In the wake of a heated runoff election in Georgia, continued civil unrest and wholesale changes to reproductive rights in the U.S., the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division celebrated the work it has done with respect to voting rights, equality and other hot-button issues facing the nation, at a Tuesday, Dec. 6 meeting in Washington, D.C.


Planned LSAT Rule Changes Leave Door Open for Schools to Choose  

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) accreditation arm voted to eliminate the standardized testing requirement for law school admissions and the likelihood that it will formally take effect in the near future has increased dramatically. There are still a few hurdles to jump before any changes are officially enacted, though.


Meningitis, Honor Killings and MH17 Among November Top Verdicts

From meningitis to MH17, here are some notable verdicts from November.


Midterms Yield Mixed Bag for Hot-button Marijuana, Abortion Laws  

The 2022 midterm elections featured a number of hotly contested congressional and gubernatorial races, but also included state-specific propositions and referenda with potentially massive legal implications.


Nukes, National Security and the Law: ABA Conference Topics  

Economics, nuclear weapons and climate change are among the many topics expected to be covered during the upcoming annual national security law summit taking place later this month in Washington, D.C.


October's Top Verdicts Include Country Rap King and Faulty Engines

Progressive Law Practice has identified five of the most notable verdicts from the month of October. 


Minority Law Grads Finding Work at Much Lower Clip: NALP Data  

Newly published data from the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) indicates Black, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander law school graduates are finding employment at a lower rate than their white classmates.


Biden Pot Pardon, Classification Plan Could Have Wide-reaching Implications  

President Joe Biden took a major step toward the normalization of marijuana use and sale as he announced the pardon of anyone federally convicted of simple possession of the substance. The announcement signaled a potentially massive shift in policy as the nation heads toward an expectedly contentious midterm election season.


U.S. Lawyers Laud and Applaud WFH: Survey

A new national survey of legal professionals shows an overwhelming majority of lawyers are permitted to work from home, with a substantial number reporting no measurable decrease in productivity while doing so.


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