The University of Buffalo Law School has it all: A "newly appointed director of global strategic initiatives," an accelerated JD program for students from outside the United States, and, yes, taking New York law to the world! One would think UB will need to raise money for this new global initiative.
Oh, wait! The University of Buffalo Law School is launching a new fund raising campaign! The campaign's theme is "Our Time is Now." The kick-off is Friday, April 26, so there is still time to attend. Here's a fun down -- I mean run down -- of the festivities: "Festivities included in the ceremonies include: UB cheerleaders doing backflips and other acrobatics at 6:30 p.m.; collective cheers from the crowd spelling out the reason for the law school’s campaign at 6:35 p.m.; unveiling of an illuminated campaign sign showing money already raised for the campaign at 6:45 p.m.; and a firing of confetti cannons and a mass-audience waving of pom poms at the finale at 6:49 p.m." Maybe the collective cheer could be "D-E-B-T-R-E-L-I-E-F!" or "L-A-W-J-O-B-S-N-O-W!"
Money Quote: "For the sake of all North Dakotans, who depend on the graduates of their law school to staff courtrooms and serve residents’ legal needs throughout the state, funding for the $12 million project must be assured."
Why must it be assured? "The American Bar Association accredits law schools, and the association has made itself clear: In 2007, the ABA’s site visit report called the law school’s building ‘less than adequate,’ ‘cramped’ and ‘substandard,’” the State Bar Association of North Dakota reports. The team stated that a major addition to and renovation of the law school was ‘crucial to the success and future of the school.’ That’s accreditation-speak for 'Do it, or else.'"
April 24 (Bloomberg) -- On today's "Off The Charts," Bloomberg's chief markets correspondent Scarlet Fu examines the soaring costs of legal school tuition, growing nearly 10 percent per year since 1985 as average salaries have recently declined. She reports on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."
Since dream jobs in national security and foreign policy are difficult and difficult to come by, a discussion as to whether law school is a viable option...and Ms. Brooks' (a law professor) answer is "maybe" with caveats.