Issues News From the School of Law

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The University of South Carolina School of Law is in the process of moving into its new home. This move will include brand new classrooms and state of the art technology. In addition to the move, the School of Law is celebrating its 150th anniversary. To mark this important milestone, the School will host a series of thought-provoking programs and events, including a symposium in honor of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estates Law Journal’s 150th anniversary.

In conjunction with the move, the School of Law announced that the Konduros Fisherman Fund has donated $1 million to the University. The gift will be used to support various initiatives, such as a program that pairs South Carolina attorneys with local residents seeking pro bono services.

Willamette University College of Law is preparing future attorneys to meet the challenges of a changing world. Its interdisciplinary approach to legal education provides a unique educational experience for students. Using innovative curriculum and resources, the college prepares graduates to be leaders.

On August 17, the school welcomed 217 incoming first-year law students to its campus. The class is one of the most academically talented groups in the history of the school. Students come from all over the country, and some are even from outside of the U.S. These students will be joined by faculty and peer mentors from 14 locations throughout the Midlands.

A recent addition to the law school is a children’s law training center. Professor Josh Gupta-Kagan will direct the center, which will offer immersive learning simulations. The center will also feature a first-class training space for students.

The university is also expanding its reach to more students by launching a new 3+3 Direct Admission Program, which will allow Portland State University students to earn their law degree while attending school at the college. Applicants to the program are due soon.

Willamette University is also a partner in an initiative aimed at protecting child sex abuse images on the internet. Through a grant, the Center for Constitutional Rights will provide students with training and mentoring on preventing and resolving child sex abuse cases.

Additionally, the School of Law has launched its Signature Strengths Initiative, which includes a group of faculty that have been recognized for their contributions to the legal community. The Signature Strengths Initiative is a key part of the school’s historically progressive approach to legal education. Among the faculty members who have been recognized are Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Dobbins, who will be awarded a Law Faculty Member of the Year award.

The College of Law is also adding a Health Law Certificate to its curriculum. Students will learn about issues affecting health care in an evolving and changing environment. Also, the College of Law will expand its clinical offerings through its Veterans Legal Clinic.

Finally, the School of Law will celebrate its 150th anniversary by welcoming Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Adrienne C. Nelson as a keynote speaker at its Spring 2021 commencement ceremony.