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National Jurist, preLaw magazines name Wake Forest among best law schools for public interest

The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have named Wake Forest among the nation’s best law schools for public interest.

“Sometimes people look at public interest or pro bono work as an extracurricular activity,” said Dean Blake Morant  in the article. “We saw this as a very important part of the education of the student. Giving back is about being a true lawyer.”

The magazines gave Wake Forest a “B” letter grade among the 96 schools that made the “Best Public Interest Law Schools” list. Law schools make the rankings if they meet three main criteria: have one or more public interest clinics; have one or more faculty committees/administrators that oversee public interest; and have a loan repayment assistance program. By definition, a school that does not have all three would receive a grade below B-.

They then weighted the schools using three main categories: cost of legal education, placement and curriculum. All of the categories reflect the same areas that Equal Justice Works recommends students consider when investigating law schools.