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ABA website updates data on law school admissions, tuition and other matters

Information about fall 2019 admissions and other matters reported by American Bar Association-approved law schools to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is now publicly available.

The information is required to be made public under Standard 509 of the Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools The spreadsheets, explanatory information and the ABA’s database of Standard 509 reports, as they are known, are available at www.abarequireddisclosures.org. Some of this information has been collected and summarized on the section’s website in its Statistics section.

The material is collected by the section, which requires law schools each year to disclose data in several categories, covering admissions, tuition and living costs, financial aid, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes, bar passage and other areas. The data can be easily searched and sorted, allowing for school-by-school comparisons and analysis and should be useful to prospective law students, pre-law advisors, media outlets and others who study and write about legal education.

Employment and bar passage outcomes are collected and reported separately. Updated bar passage data for 2019 bar examination outcomes should be available in March 2020. Employment outcomes, reporting employment for the class of 2019 as of 10 months following graduation, should be available in April 2020.


Man who committed crime to return to prison gets his wish 

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A Kalamazoo-area man who told his lawyer that he wanted to rob an Upper Peninsula business so he could return to prison could be locked up for the rest of his life.
Mark Wilson, 59, of Portage was sentenced Monday to at least 25 years in prison, a sentence that was enhanced because of past convictions. It means he won’t be eligible for parole until he’s in his 80s.

“Somewhere along the road, your honor, I just seemed to have lost the ability to function normally with society,” Wilson told a Delta County judge. “I would like to say to the people that I apologize in the most sincere manner for my behavior” last July.

The Daily Press reports that Wilson gave a note to a Hardee’s employee in Escanaba, indicating that he was robbing the restaurant. Police said he then stayed in the restroom until officers arrived.
Defense attorney Tim Cain said Wilson told him that he committed the crime to return to prison, the newspaper reported.

“In discussing it, (Wilson) tells me he’s happy enough with 25 to 40,” Cain said, referring to 40 years, his maximum sentence.

Wilson’s record shows convictions in Kalamazoo, Genesee and Delta counties, starting in 1983.

“When you go back to prison, a place where you’re abundantly familiar with, do your best to be a model citizen within those confines because that will be your world for many years to come,” Judge John Economopoulos said. “Your opportunity at redemption, your opportunity at solace and finding your own wisdom on respect to your path will best be found within the prison system — make the best of it.”


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