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Peace Wager: ND Law Expert Assists with Negotiations in Colombia

Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the country’s principal leftist guerrillas had come to a standstill yet again. One of the longest and bloodiest civil wars in modern history hung in the balance. A month earlier, the rebels had killed 11 soldiers at an army camp. The government retaliated, killing more than 20 guerrillas, who ended their unilateral ceasefire.

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Maximizing your potential as a lawyer

By Brendan Barber, 1L

Law school is about more than score and rankings. It is a community of individuals that will define you for life. When considering various law schools, I encourage you to examine the numbers, such as employment rates, tuition costs, and alumni geographic distributions. However, your ultimate decision should be based on fit.…

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The Loyal Alumni Network

By Claudia Tran, 2L

You always hear about the generosity and kindness of Notre Dame alumni, but you never really know it for yourself until it changes your life. As a first-year law student, the beginning is both overwhelming and exciting. The very first day of law school is the day you realize that all your dreams are finally attainable. My dream was to be a sports-law attorney and thanks to the support and help of Notre Dame alumni, last summer my dream came true.…

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Faculty Mourn the Loss of a Great U.S. Supreme Court Justice

“It would be difficult to overstate Justice Scalia’s impact on the law. His jurisprudence touched nearly every area of the Constitution, and he has profoundly influenced the way that lawyers think about questions of statutory and constitutional interpretation.

Tonight, however, those of us who knew the Justice mourn the loss of a mentor and friend. His brilliance and wit not only lit up a pen; they lit up a room. He was larger than life, and it is difficult to imagine life without him in it.…

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Demystifying Scholarships

Beyond the actual process of applying and admissions, the most popular area for questions from our prospective students – especially the admitted students! – is scholarship and financial aid opportunities. The manner in which you will finance your legal education is very important. Our staff has tried to answer some of the most popular questions on our Financial Aid FAQ

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Welcome Home! (And a Great Legal Career)

Dalton Patterson, ’15 J.D.

In July of 2015, I was at Notre Dame Law School doing some last-minute studying for the Illinois Bar Exam. I had returned home to Washington, D.C., for most of the summer, so I had not been back to NDLS since graduation in May. As I was trying to memorize the rules for adverse possession for perhaps the millionth time, I was approached by my first-year Constitutional law professor who warmly said “Welcome home.” I could not have agreed more.…

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Law Professor Attends White House Colombia Meeting Today, Applauds Continued U.S. Aid

President Barack Obama is hosting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House Thursday (Feb. 4) to discuss U.S. aid in Colombia’s historic peace deal. Notre Dame Law Professor Douglass Cassel, who played a crucial role in helping to negotiate the Colombian peace deal, will be in attendance at the White House event, followed by a small dinner with Santos tonight.

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ND Law Professors and Constitutional Law Scholars Discuss Constitutional Interpretation at London Roundtable

The Notre Dame Law School Program on Constitutional Structure is hosting a roundtable discussion on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Notre Dame London Law Centre. The roundtable will bring leading American constitutional law scholars with counterparts from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand for a thought-provoking discussion on Comparative Perspectives in Constitutional Interpretation.   

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Top 10 Things to Do in South Bend

By Lauren Fleck, assistant director of admissions

My husband and I moved to South Bend nearly three years ago after he received a promotion at work. I’ll spare you the gory details, but we learned about our move to South Bend on the very day movers were supposed to arrive to at our St. Louis apartment and pack all of our belongings for West Virginia. We boarded a plane for South Bend that very afternoon while rerouting the movers. As a habitual planner this was far outside of my comfort zone. I started in the Office of Admissions at Notre Dame Law School just a month after relocating to South Bend. As a native of St. Louis and a displaced Cardinals fan now living in Cubs country, I was surprised at how quickly we acclimated to our new life in South Bend.…

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Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego to Host Sports and Business Panel

The Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego will host a sports and business panel discussion at PETCO Park, Thursday, Feb. 4. The talk, moderated by Tracy A. Warren, ’99 J.D., former national and local sports television broadcaster and current shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, will feature four Notre Dame alumni who will offer insights into building a successful career within the billion-dollar sports industry.…

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Notre Dame Law School Faculty Submit Friends-of-the-Court Briefs to U.S. Supreme Court

This month, three Notre Dame Law School faculty have submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving design patent, religious liberty and national security.

On behalf of the families of the 241 U.S. servicemen killed in the 1983 truck-bombing attack on a Marine barracks in Beirut, Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law, with six other law professors who teach and publish in the field of national security law, filed a friends-of-the-court brief in Bank Markazi v. Peterson. At issue is $1.75 billion in blocked Iranian assets currently held in a trust account in New York. Gurulé’s brief argues the funds should be handed over to the victims’ families.…

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Using your travel stipend

Visiting South Bend and experiencing the beautiful Notre Dame campus is one of the best ways to see the unique qualities of the Law School and determine if we are the best fit for your legal education. To that end, we are happy to provide our admitted students with stipends to assist them in their travels. Here we will offer a few guidelines and suggestions on how best to use your stipend so that your travel experience is as smooth as possible.…

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Real practice experience at NDLS

Lauren Nottoli, 2L

Choosing a law school can be a very difficult decision, and it is definitely a very important one. There are a lot of factors to consider, and sometimes you don’t know what factors can be most important. In my opinion, one of the most critical things to consider is the availability of practical experience you can get before you even graduate law school.…

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NDLS Alumnus Cordell Carter to be Honored at White House as “Champion of Change”

Addressing the critical need to expand computer science across the nation’s K-12 classrooms and prepare more American students to take on jobs of the future, President Barack Obama will recognize a distinguished group of individuals as “White House Champions of Change for Computer Science Education,” including one Notre Dame lawyer.

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Program on Church, State & Society Announces Summer Fellowship Opportunity

The Notre Dame Law School's Program on Church, State & Society is excited to announce that the Program will award up to two Summer Fellowships, in the amount of $10,000 each, for the summer of 2016 to students working for a religious institution in a legal capacity.

This is an outstanding opportunity for any Notre Dame law student to get exposure in the area of religious law and explore the many legal career options available that combine church, state and society

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Mark McKenna Files Amicus Brief in Apple v. Samsung

Mark P. McKenna, professor of law and associate dean for faculty development in the University of Notre Dame Law School, is among the leaders of a group of 37 law professors who filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Apple v. Samsung case, in which Samsung has appealed its patent loss to Apple in a lower federal circuit court dispute over the copying of iPhone technology.

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