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Law School Council to Stop Certifying LSAT Scores

The Law School Admission Council, which certifies LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA data submitted by law schools for ABA accreditation, announced last week that it intends to suspend that service. The organization’s letter cites consideration by the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar to allow use of the GRE exam instead of the LSAT for law school admission. “Our board believes that certifying LSAT scores when other scores are not certified could lead to more confusion for applicants and for law schools,” the council’s chair said. The ABA Journal has more.

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Belmont Law Professor to Chair ABA Jury Commission, Plea Bargaining Task Force

Lucian E. Dervan, associate professor of law and director of criminal justice studies at Belmont University College of Law, has accepted two new appointments with the American Bar Association, the school reports. First, he has been named chair of the ABA Commission on the American Jury. Early next year, the commission will issue a report examining the gradual disappearance of the jury trial in both civil and criminal cases. In addition, he has been named chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s new Plea Bargaining Task Force. Dervan served as chair of the section last year and created the task force to study trends in plea bargaining.

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