January 9, 2008
CUNY School of Law yesterday received membership in the Association of American Law Schools at the organization’s annual meeting in New York City.
CUNY Law joins roughly 160 other law schools that have attained membership standing with AALS. “CUNY Law’s membership in the AALS, which is the society of learned legal scholars, is strong validation of our commitment to research and writing that advances social justice for communities in need,” Dean Michelle J. Anderson said.
To attain AALS membership standing, a school is subjected to rigorous review of all aspects of its program, including admissions, academics, finances and other matters, according to AALS executives.
The AALS is a resource for the improvement of the quality of legal education by networking law school faculty, professional staff and deans to information and resources. It is heralded as a learned society of scholars.
It is the principal representative of legal education to the federal government, other national higher education organizations, learned societies and international law schools.
The news about the AALS designation comes in the wake of a number of recent accomplishments at the Law School:
- The Law School posted its highest-ever passage rate percentage on the New York State Bar Exam with 83 percent of students passing the July 2007 exam.
- CUNY Law has been asked, along with Georgetown, Harvard, and NYU, to participate in a three-year study to analyze and recommend changes in law school education. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Stanford Law School are organizing the panel, which met for the first time in December.
- In 2007, CUNY School of Law again ranked in the top 10 schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of law schools for the quality of its clinical practice program.
- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching lauded CUNY School of Law as a model for the integration of clinical education and traditional doctrinal training in its report on law school education, released earlier this year.
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