Thursday, September 01, 2005

Finding homes for displaced law students

In the face of the continuing deterioration of the situation in New Orleans, it is heartening that so many law schools are stepping forward generously with offers to accommodate students at Tulane and Loyola-New Orleans. The associate deans, lawprof, and law library director listservs have been filled with talk today about how we can help. The American Association of Law Schools is maintaining a list of law schools that are offering to admit students from the New Orleans schools. Most are also offering to waive tuition for students who have paid tuition to their home school.

In the meantime, Tulane has an emergency web site here, hosted by Emory, as well as a blog here. Loyola has a blog here.

What else can the legal education community do? Professor Timothy S. Hall of the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, suggests: "Perhaps someone might suggest to the major casebook publishers that they provide casebooks to these students free of charge, since many will have purchased their books for their home institution's classes only to have them destroyed, or to find that they will have to buy a different book at their new law schools."

What about the Louisiana students studying civil law? Can something be arranged with some of the Canadian schools to offer them admission? I regret that I don't know much of anything about the similarities and differences between the Louisiana and Quebec versions of civil law.

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