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The program is designed to prepare students who have earned a degree from an American law school to become law professors.

The first class of students will begin next year with applications accepted this fall. Students will be entitled to a waiver of tuition and receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

Yale says the level of scholarship expected of entry-level law professors has risen dramatically, so law professors increasingly pursue doctorates in related disciplines such as economics, history, philosophy or political science. Yale says the natural next step is to create a doctorate in law program that can focus on the questions and practices of the law itself.

The program will give students a broad foundation in legal scholarship and provide them the support and specialized training they need to produce their own scholarship, Yale officials said.

Entry-level law professors are expected to have a substantial portfolio of legal writings.


Oglala Sioux asks feds to re-examine reservation deaths

SIOUX FALLS — Oglala Sioux tribal officials want federal authorities to reopen investigations into 16 more unresolved deaths and disappearances at a South Dakota reservation, including one dating back nearly 50 years, an attorney for the tribe said.

Tribal officials gave the list of names to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson during a meeting in Rapid City on Wednesday. The list adds to the 28 deaths on or around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that Mr. Johnson agreed to re-examine nearly a month ago. As with the first list, the majority of cases to be presented are from the 1970s, when the murder rate on the reservation was the highest in the nation and tension between the American Indian Movement and federal authorities was high.

But the new list broadens the scope of the requested investigations by several decades by including the 1964 death of Delbert T. Yellow Wolf, the oldest case presented for re-examination so far, and the 2010 death of Samantha One Horn. One person on the list is missing but has not been declared dead.

Mr. Johnson said last month that he does not want to get anyone’s hopes up that unresolved cases might be solved or prosecuted, but that he hopes that with the new attention on the cases, more people may come forward with new evidence or leads.

From wire dispatches and staff reports