2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Legal Writing & Intellectual Property Law Programs at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Among the Best in the Nation

(PRWEB) March 12, 2013

Two programs at The John Marshall Law School have climbed in the legal specialty rankings of 2014 U.S. News & World Reports Best Graduate Schools published on March 12, 2013.

The Legal Writing Program is ranked second in the nation. It was ranked sixth in 2013. The Intellectual Property Law Program is now ranked 12th, a jump from 17th place.

At John Marshall, the Lawyering Skills Program (commonly called legal writing) is one of the most rigorous research/writing programs in the country, designed to immerse students in the art of legal writing and research over four semesters.

I am pleased that our peers have recognized the strength of our Lawyering Skills program at John Marshall, said Professor Anthony Niedwiecki, director of the Lawyering Skills Program.

I believe that the high ranking is a result of the steps we have taken to better reflect current legal practice. We recently surveyed our alumni and employers to see which skills they want our graduates to have, he said. In response to the results of the survey, we have revamped our program to better reflect what lawyers do in practice. Overall, we have been ahead of other law schools in producing practice-ready graduates.

Niedwiecki also said the leadership roles of John Marshall faculty are being recognized in rankings by the legal writing community. Many of our professors are accomplished leaders in our field with several serving on the boards or as officers of all of the major legal writing organizations, he noted.

John Marshalls Intellectual Property (IP) Program is ranked 12th in the nation. The IP Program, one of the oldest in the country, offers more than 30 specialized IP courses, making it one of the most extensive sets of IP offerings anywhere. The program draws students from around the country and across the globe. It has partnered with IP lawyers in the Peoples Republic of China for 20 years.

This great news shows that my colleagues in the IP community recognize the strength of our program, said Professor Doris Estelle Long, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law. We have a great deal of synergy at John Marshall, from our innovative courses with their focus on real-world, practice-ready training to our online journal, Review of Intellectual Property Law, to our Chinese IP Resource Center and our cross-curricular offerings with our Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law.

I believe it says much about how we prepare our students for their legal careers in intellectual property law, Long said. With our new innovative programs now offered as part of the law schools eDegrees online option, we look forward to continuing to be on the leading edge of intellectual property education, she added.

To learn more about our outstanding law programs, visit http://www.jmls.edu.

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicagos legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Reports Americas Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshalls Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.

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Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) September 20, 2012

Florida is one of 10 states with the strongest and most-promising real-estate market in the slow, but steady, U.S. recovery.

According to data published by 24/7 Wall St. on NBCNews.com, the peninsula ranks seventh on the list. It is followed by South Carolina, Hawaii and Montana. At the top of the list is Arizona, which saw an amazing 16.6-percent increase in home prices in 12 months. The median price of a home in Arizona came in at $ 248,229.

The Grand Canyon State is followed by Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Colorado and North Dakota.

While Florida saw home prices drop by nearly half as the economic events of 2008 unfolded, they already have rebounded and are continuing to improve. And the best is yet to come. Data provided by CoreLogic points to the most robust part of the recovery occurring within the next five years. The data is based on the period from July 2011 to July 2012, the latest month for which statistics are available.

In Florida, that one-year period yielded a 6.6-percent increase in the price of an existing single-family home. The median price of a home stands at a respectable $ 236,000.

In South Florida, the news is even better. Waterfront Properties and Club Communities has seen dramatic improvements in home prices and a pervasiveness of consumer confidence. Those two phenomena, mixed with todays historically low interest rates on mortgages, are a major contributing factor to the boost of the single-family-home market.

RealtyTrac is reporting that, in 2017, Florida officially will have returned to its pre-2008 status because of consistent, although modest, increases in home prices. The average increase during that period is 4.2 percent.

The numbers handed down by all three real-estate-analysis firms undoubtedly are promising for the buyer. The time never been more opportune to invest in Florida real estate, especially in northern Palm Beach County. The area is flush with homes for sale in North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, as well as waterfront property in Hobe Sound and Stuart.

When it comes to the market of luxury real estate in Palm Beach County, the numbers are flourishing. Waterfront Properties sales agents are excelling in listing BallenIsles homes for sale, as the private community has named the company its preferred Realtor. BallenIsles offers amenity-laden properties with scenic views of its three professional golf courses.

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Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) July 27, 2012

The real-estate Web site Zillow’s reported the town of Jupiters median-home-value increased 5.4 percent, and the city of Palm Beach Gardens median-home-value increased 5.1 percent during the second quarter of 2012.

Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens are the primary territories of Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, and the company has witnessed the market improvements that occurred in the Spring continue through the summer. Its agents and brokers have hundreds of listings on the market and have closed more than 80 deals in June and July.

Zillow also reported a 6.4-percent increase in home values in the South Florida counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade in the second quarter of 2012, and said the positive bump in numbers is expected to continue through 2013.

An economics professor at Florida International University had one word for the good news: dramatic.

The increases in the worth of single-family homes in the region put South Florida in second place, behind Scottsdale, Ariz., out of 150 metropolitan areas included in the Zillow Home Value Index. Scottsdales values leaped 12 percent in the second quarter and are expected to remain high, also, through 2013.

The numbers alarmed analysts at Zillow, who said home values in both South Florida and Scottsdale bottomed out in 2011, making a rapid and robust recovery in 2012.

The median value of a single-family home, which includes condominiums and townhomes, in Palm Beach County was $ 145,000, according to Zillow, a 3-percent rise from the first quarter and the sixth straight month that home values have improved. Breaking the numbers down further, Zillow reported Jupiters median-home value at $ 226,000 and Palm Beach Gardens median-home value at $ 226,300.

The local market is mirroring and has exceeded by two months the national market, which has experienced home-value increases for four consecutive months. Stan Humprhies, Zillows chief economist, said the latest index and positive numbers prove the real-estate market has hit bottom and has nowhere to go but up.

The healthier the real-estate market, the healthier the community, analysts say, and the values of homes for sale in Jupiter and real estate in Palm Beach Gardens are proof.

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