Journalists provide the keys to understanding the most complex institutions in our society, including the courts.
Los Angeles (Vocus) February 27, 2010
The Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is now accepting applications for its fifth-annual Journalist Law School fellowship (JLS), to be held June 16-19 on Loyola Law’s Frank Gehry-designed downtown Los Angeles campus. Applications are due by Monday, March 22.
The fellowship condenses three years of law school into a long weekend filled with courses taught by Loyola Law faculty, practicing attorneys and jurists. Journalist fellows, who are competitively selected, receive a certificate of completion at the end of the four-day program. More than 130 reporters, editors and producers have completed the fellowship from a wide range of local, national and international news organizations.
Journalists with at least three years of experience who cover the law in some fashion are encouraged to apply. There is no cost to journalists; instruction, lodging and most meals are included in the fellowship. And the Journalist Law School will cover half of travel expenses up to $300. Complete details, including application information and a downloadable brochure, are available at http://www.lls.edu/cjp/jls. Questions about the program may be directed to Brian Costello, deputy director of communications, at 213-736-1444 (d).
Loyola’s Civil Justice Program started the JLS in 2006 as a way to help journalists navigate the complexities of the legal system and enhance their coverage of it. “Journalists provide the keys to understanding the most complex institutions in our society, including the courts,” said Professor John Nockleby, director of the JLS and Loyola’s Civil Justice Program. “If journalists have a deeper understanding of law and the legal system, they can help the public better understand – and critique – that system.”
The core faculty members -- Professors Nockleby, Laurie Levenson, Karl Manheim and Lauren Willis – will lecture on civil, criminal and constitutional law and other primary topics. Additional faculty will lead breakout sessions, which accepted fellows will suggest and select in advance. Past breakout sessions include: After the Crisis: Mortgages, Credit Cards & Payday Lending; Disability Rights Law; Dynamics of the Supreme Court; Election Law; Family Law & Children; Habeas Corpus & the Death Penalty; Intellectual Property; Juvenile Law, the Law of War; Laws of Demonstrations; Legal & Judicial Ethics; Racial Discrimination and News Coverage; the Rules Governing Admission of Evidence at Trial; and Terrorists & Noncombatants: Guantanamo & Due Process. Law as it relates to the economic crisis will be a featured topic at the 2010 JLS.
JLS lectures are supplemented by speaker events featuring a variety of lawyers, judges and veteran journalists. Previous speakers include Shirley Abrahamson, chief justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court; Harland Braun, who represented Robert Blake in his murder trial, Law Offices of Harland Braun; Linda Deutsch, AP legal reporter; Mark Geragos ’82, who represented Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson, Law Offices of Geragos & Geragos; George W. Greer, judge in the Terri Schiavo case, Sixth Judicial Circuit; Nora Manella, California Court of Appeal; and Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times editorial page editor.
What previous fellows have said about the JLS fellowship:
“This should probably be required of all journalists earlier in their careers.”
“It’s a program that delivers on its promise: teach journalists a better, more comprehensive understanding of the law.”
“I came to the program expecting a crash course in the law and, fortunately, I got that. I really felt I was being taught by the very best legal academic minds and it both humbled me and inspired me to re-dedicate myself to better journalistic endeavors down the road. The payoff: accurate reporting and thus a more well-informed society.”
“The professors at Loyola Law School know their stuff. I can’t think of any session where I questioned the level of knowledge held by the speaker – and, as a reporter, I am paid to be skeptical of people’s words.”
The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is a founding sponsor of the program.
About Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Located in downtown Los Angeles—a legal, financial and media capital—Loyola Law School is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students and cutting-edge programs. Committed to legal ethics and the public interest, it has produced top attorneys for nearly a century. Loyola was ranked 29th on the 2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings. The Princeton Review ranks Loyola fifth for “Best Classroom Experience” and sixth for “Best Environment for Minority Students.” National Jurist magazine ranks it second on its list of “Best Law Schools for Public Interest Law.” It is ranked ninth in the nation for minority enrollment by U.S. News & World Report.