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Wake Forest Law once again ranked among top law schools by U.S. News

Wake Forest University School of Law has been placed once again among the top 50 law schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings released March 29, 2022.

Up four spots from last year, the law school ranked No. 37 tied with Boston College (MA), Fordham University (NY), University of California–Davis, University of California–Irvine, and University of Utah (Quinney). While the school consistently ranks among the top-tier law schools, this is the second rise in the rankings in the last two years.

The Legal Writing Program at Wake Forest Law was also ranked No. 6 tied with Georgetown University (D.C.), Seattle University (WA), and University of Denver–Strum (CO).

The rankings from U.S. News & World Report weigh student metrics such as GPA and LSAT scores of an incoming class, as well as employment, bar passage rate, and student debt after graduation for graduating students. In addition to Wake Forest Law’s rigorous academic program, small class sizes, and a focus on providing a personalized education, the school also works hard to prepare students to achieve the best possible career outcomes upon graduation. This approach to educating the whole individual in a manner that is consistent with the University’s motto of pro humanitate is what sets the law school apart.

“I want to thank you all for everything that you do, and I look forward to continuing to build on our impressive reputation,” said Wake Forest School of Law Dean Jane Aiken in a message to the Wake Forest Law community about the new ranking.

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Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) to step down after 2018-2019 academic year

Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) announced today that she will step down as Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law at the end of the next academic year, effective June 30, 2019. Continue reading »

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Reshaping the legal profession for the millennial generation

Chris Salemme (JD ‘17) wrote the following story, “Reshaping the legal profession for the millennial generation,” which was originally published in the North State Journal on April 18, 2018.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses gun violence at National Forum of Black Public Administrators

Wake Forest University Associate Provost Kami Chavis, professor of law and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, participated in a panel discussion at the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. The panel and roundtable at the event, which continued through April 22, were focused on strategies to reduce gun violence. Continue reading »

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‘Celebrating Earth Week: Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy with the Trump Administration’ panel discussion set for Wednesday, April 18

As part of Earth Week, the Wake Forest School of Law will host a moderated panel discussion about environmental and natural resources law and policy under the Trump Administration entitled, “Celebrating Earth Week: Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy with the Trump Administration,” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Room 1312, Worrell Professional Center. The program, which is free and open to the public, is supported in part by the Office of the Provost and in collaboration with the Center for Energy, the Environment and Sustainability (CEES). Continue reading »

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Pro Bono Project Expungement Clinics inform community members about new N.C. laws

Some 175 Winston-Salem area residents learned more about recent changes in the laws in North Carolina regarding expungements at a Wake Forest School of Law Expungement Clinic information session held in partnership with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Minister’s Conference of Winston-Salem on Feb. 24, 2018, according to organizers. Continue reading »

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Help Wake Forest School of Law feed the hungry while keeping its ‘Legal Feeding Frenzy’ winning streak

Wake Forest School of Law is looking for donations to keep up its winning streak as the largest law school contributor to the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer’s DivisionLegal Food Frenzy (LFF)” fundraiser. The annual food drive held in conjunction with continues through March 31, 2018. Participants are encouraged to donate monetarily online or drop off food items in boxes located in the Law School Commons. Continue reading »

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Elder Law Clinic co-sponsors ‘Aging Re-Imagined Symposium 2.0′ at Wake Forest University on March 3-4

Wake Forest School of Law is co-sponsoring Wake Forest University’s  “Aging Re-Imagined Symposium 2.0,” on March 3-4, 2018, in the Bridger Field House. The event addresses aging themes of meaning, mind, mobility and mortality. Professor Kate Mewhinney, director of the Elder Law Clinic, is leading the law school’s involvement in the symposium.

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Prison Letters Project provides North Carolina inmates access to legal information

The Wake Forest School of Law Library is the only publicly accessible law library between Raleigh and the Tennessee border.  Not only does this void in law libraries mean that the general public does not have wide access to up-to-date legal information, it also means that those individuals incarcerated in the North Carolina prison system do not either.

The catch is though, even without access to prison libraries, inmates have a constitutional right to access to the courts, which includes access to legal information. Thus the emergence of the Wake Forest School of Law Prison Letter Project — a project that is coupling the provision of inmates’ rights with the pro humanitate mission of Wake Forest University. Continue reading »

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Elder Law Clinic awarded 2018 nonprofit voter engagement grant

The Elder Law Clinic has been awarded a 2018 voter engagement grant as part of North Carolina’s Nonprofit Voter Engagement Program. The program is hosted by a statewide voting rights organization, Democracy North Carolina, and its national partner, Nonprofit VOTE. Continue reading »