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2013 Fisher Lecture to Focus on Health Reform

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Health policy expert Sara Rosenbaum will deliver the 2013 John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine at the West Virginia University College of Law on Thursday, April 11, at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception will follow the lecture.

Matini Named Editor of WV Law Review

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —Imad Matini has been named the editor-in- chief of The West Virginia Law Review for 2013-2014. Matini is a second-year law student in the joint JD/MBA program at the West Virginia University College of Law and College of Business and Economics. He was elected to his new position by his peers.

Founded in 1894, The West Virginia Law Review is the fourth oldest law review in the country. It is a professional, student-governed legal journal that publishes articles of interest to legal scholars, students, legislators and members of the practicing Bar.

Matini said that the legal community should expect big things from The West Virginia Law Review.

Texas Tech Wins WVU Law Energy Moot Court Competition

2013 FSU Team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —Law students from Texas Tech had the winning argument at the third annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University College of Law on Saturday. Florida State was the runner-up in the three-day competition that included 24 teams from 15 universities.

Watch the finals webcast

WVU College of Law rises in U.S. News & World Report top 100 rankings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —The West Virginia University College of Law is again a top 100 law school according to  U.S. News & World Report. In its 2014 Best Graduate Schools guide, the magazine ranks the College of Law #91—up 10 spots from last year to its highest ranking yet —out of 148 Top Schools of Law.

“We are very excited about our U.S. News rankings and the national recognition it gives us,” said  Joyce McConnell, Dean of the College of Law. “It points to the hard work being done by the faculty and staff to ensure a top-flight legal education for our students and it reflects the high level of support we receive from our alumni, university leadership, and the law community.”

U.S. News & World Report collects a number of statistics to compile its annual rankings, including peer assessment, employment rate, and faculty resources.

This  U.S. News ranking comes at a time when McConnell, who has been dean since 2008, is overseeing an ambitious $25 million building and renovation project at the law school. She is also implementing a new five-point strategic plan to:

• Engage law students in a rigorous academic environment to become practice-ready lawyers and leaders;
• Excel in interdisciplinary research, curricular innovation, and technology for the profession;
• Foster justice, diversity, and an inclusive culture;
• Advance global engagement; and
• Enhance the well-being and quality of life of the people of the state, the country and the world through innovation, representation, and service.

While acknowledging the value of graduate school rankings like  U.S. News & World Report, McConnell points out that they are just one factor prospective students should consider when researching law schools.

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