In honor of Law Week, today's special report takes a closer look at legal education and how the job market is faring for recent graduates.

  • Biographies of current Justices of the US Supreme Court

    John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

  • Ferruolo makes smooth transition to dean of USD School of Law

    Stephen Ferruolo's biggest adjustment to academic life has been getting his colleagues used to his work schedule.

  • Smith preparing to leave Cal Western in great shape

    Steven Smith is set to retire as dean of California Western School of Law in August, but he's had precious little time to reflect on his 16-year tenure at the helm.

  • Hasl continuing to add to TJSL's offerings

    In his 31 years as a law school dean, Rudy Hasl has seen it all. The current obstacles facing legal education, including declining law school applications and an attack on the value of a law degree, are no different than any other, he said.

  • Q&A: USD School of Law’s Scott Morris

    Scott Morris, assistant director of employer outreach and communication in the career services department at University of San Diego School of Law, offered these insights on the current job market for law school graduates.

  • Professors sue to stop ancient bones transfer

    Two skeletons that rested undisturbed on a San Diego cliff top for nearly 10,000 years are at the center of a modern court battle.

  • Law school programs offer model for reducing prison population, cutting costs of incarceration

    The cost of incarcerating California prisoners nearly doubled in the past decade, reaching more than $47,000 per inmate per year for fiscal year 2008-2009. Last year the state began returning low-level offenders to their home counties, under a program known as realignment, in an attempt to reduce the state’s prison spending.

  • Politicizing judicial independence and liberty

    Editor’s note: Gov. Rick Perry recently proposed for a Constitutional Amendment to set term limits on Supreme Court justices (for 18 years, staggered every 2 years). We asked a local expert on constitutional law if Supreme Court justices should be given term limits, and if not, what are the problems with such a proposal.

  • Local law schools seek to arm students with real world experience

    Law schools can’t employ students, but San Diego schools of law have developed programs and clinics to ensure their graduates have the practical skills and experience that give them a competitive edge in an evolving and increasingly demanding legal field. Some programs are teaching students how to create policy while others offer the opportunity to learn while providing pro bono legal services to startup tech companies, small businesses or nonprofits that might not otherwise have the resources to hire an attorney.

  • House OKs student loan bill, ignores veto threat

    WASHINGTON — Republicans defied a veto threat and the House voted Friday to prevent federal loan costs from doubling for millions of college students. The vote gave the GOP a momentary election-year triumph on a bill that has become enmeshed in partisan battles over the economy, women's issues and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • Good work if you can get it:

    The job market for new law school graduates may be seeing small gains, but the competition is fierce, according to local legal professionals. It’s not enough to graduate from law school and pass the state bar exam. The few entry-level positions available at local law firms are being filled by those with the best connections and the highest grade-point averages from top-ranked law schools.

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law programs grow to serve more San Diegans

    Law Week is an ideal time to reflect on the many benefits a law school can bring to a community. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law in the revitalized East Village district of downtown San Diego, we continue to expand our academic programming to serve the needs of our more than 1,000 students from across the nation, as well as the needs of underserved members of the San Diego community.

  • Cal Western names new dean

    Niels Schaumann has been named the new president and dean of California Western School of Law, the school announced Wednesday.

  • UCSD panel debates issues in health care law

    U.S. lawmakers are taking the wrong approach to health care reform, according to Dr. Nick Yphantides, the chief medical officer for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

  • Ganci turns persistence into law career

    Eric Ganci does not like to be told he can't do something. The Chicago native first was turned away from music school. But he persisted, was finally admitted and eventually became a band director.

  • Attorney turns passion for sustainable living into successful career

    San Diego attorney Sophie Akins practices what she preaches.

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