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More schools, fewer students (access required)

The laws of supply and demand may apply to legal education after all. Eight years ago, over 100,000 students applied to law school nationally, but this year, in the face of relentlessly downbeat news about the employment prospects for lawyers, applications have cratered. Only about 67,000 applicants are expected—but the number of accredited law schools is higher than ever.

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Hospital’s effort to block suit fails (access required)

In its tort reform act of 2005, the South Carolina legislature created new procedural hurdles for patients to clear before they could file suit for medical malpractice. On May 7, the South Carolina Supreme Court declined an opportunity to erect an additional one. After Willie James Fee died in the care of Piedmont Medical Center in 2009, his estate brought a medical malpractice claim against the hospital, alleging that its failure to monitor and treat Fee for bedsores and sepsis contributed to his death.

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Student loans and blithe self-confidence prop up law school enrollments (access required)

The atmosphere in law school admissions offices these days is downright dreadful. Applications to law school are down 15 percent from this time last year, according to the Law School Admission Council, and down by a third from eight years ago. The projected number of law school applicants for fall of 2012 would be the lowest since 1996, when there were 21 fewer law schools nationally and 16 percent fewer seats to fill. If applications remain depressed nationally, it will raise acceptance rates or reduce the total number of seats at law schools—and maybe both. But experts say two factors are mitigating what would otherwise by an even steeper drop: federal student loan money, and students’ unerring faith in their own ability to beat the odds.

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Blogger’s comment wasn’t libel, then it was (access required)

In politics, it’s known as the non-apology apology. North Carolina political strategist Ed Rapp offered one in the wake of an accusation he posted on his blog about Brunswick County (N.C.) Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis. But it didn’t help: The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that Rapp couldn’t be sued for his initial mistake, but when he stuck to his guns in the apology, even knowing he was wrong, he committed libel per se.

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NFL star wins key ruling in endorsement suit (access required)

Controversial “tweets” caused North Carolina clothing company Hanesbrands last year to terminate its agreement with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall to endorse its Champion brand of athletic wear. Mendenhall is now suing Hanesbrands for breach of contract, and won a key ruling last week in federal court allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

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