Friday, March 7, 2014
A complete report. Interesting. Only 125 positions filled last year, though I expect that will be double the number filled this year. This means we can also revise the placement rate, based on the number of candidates from each school on the market last year.
1. Univeristy of Virginia (57%, 4 total)
1. Yale University (57%, 21 total)
3. University of Chicago (50%, 6 total)
4. Duke University (46%, 6 total)
5. New York University (42%, 13 total)
6. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (39%, 5 total)
7. Harvard University (32%, 18 total)
8. University of California, Berkeley (25%, 5 total)
8. University of California, Los Angeles (25%, 2 total)
10. Cornell University (21%, 3 total)
10. Northwestern University (21%, 3 total)
12. University of Texas, Austin (18%, 2 total)
13. Columbia University (17%, 3 total)
13. Georgetown University (17%, 3 total)
13. Stanford University (17%, 2 total)
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Blog Emperor Caron has the sordid details. Not all declines are created equal: some are due to dramatic drops in applicants, but some are surely due to a desire to preserve the numerical quality of the study body and thus rankings. The schools with increases in enrollment, also noted, are interesting.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
MOVING TO FRONT (originally posted Oct. 16, 2013)
These faculty haved accepted appointments with tenure that will begin in 2014:
*Howard Abrams (tax) from Emory University to the University of San Diego.
*Anthony Appiah (moral & political philosophy) from Princeton University (Philosophy) to New York University (joint with the Philosophy Department, Law School, and NYU-Abu Dhabi).
*Oren Bar-Gill (contracts, law & economics) from New York University to Harvard University.
*Steve Clowney (property, land use) from the University of Kentucky to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville .
*Michael Doran (tax) from Georgetown University back to the University of Virginia.
*Justin Driver (constitutional law) from the University of Texas, Austin to the University of Chicago.
*G. Mitu Gulati (contracts, corporate, law & economics, empirial legal studies) from Duke University to the University of Southern California.
*Darian Ibrahim (corporate) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison to the College of William & Mary.
*Cathleen Kaveny (law & religion, ethics) from the University of Notre Dame to Boston College.
*Kimberly Krawiec (corporate) from Duke University to the University of Southern California.
*Patricia McCoy (insurance law, consumer law, regulation of financial services) from the University of Connecticut to Boston College.
*Samuel Moyn (legal history) from Columbia University (History Dept) to Harvard University (Law School).
*Saule Omarove (banking law, financial regulation, corporate finance) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to Cornell University.
*Intisar A. Rabb (Islamic law) from New York University to Harvard University.
*Robert Rhee (corporate law & finance) from the University of Maryland to the University of Florida, Gainesville.
*Troy Rule (property, natural resources & energy law, land use, real estate) from the University of Missouri to Arizona State University.
*David Studdert (health law, empirical legal studies) from the University of Melbourne to Stanford University (joint with the Law School and the Medical School).
*Gerald Torres (environmental law, Federal Indian law, critical race theory) from the University of Texas, Austin to Cornell University.
I will move this to the front of the blog at various intervals during the year.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
What do you think? I'm sure everyone would have their preferred wording, but I assume everyone can locate their own view in one of the three options below, so don't get hung up on the precise wording--choose the option closest to your view of the case and its legacy. (The second and third options got chopped: the second should say "by requiring the plaintiff too prove too much" and the third should conclude "into public figures who can be defamed with impunity".)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Blog Emperor Caron reports on the brand new listing. Some shuffling about, but basically the same as in prior years (Columbia, Harvard, Chicago, Penn almost always in the top five; NYU, Northwestern almost always in the top six; Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Berkeley almost always in the top ten; etc.). Yale's typically weak performance is due to the fact that the NLJ 250 study does not capture graduates who go into clerkships, are doing PhDs, going into government service, joining elite litigation boutiques, and so on.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Loyola-Chicago law professor George Anastaplo passed away earlier this week. He was 88. He joined the Loyola faculty in 1981. In addition to his work as a faculty member, he may be best known for being denied admission to the Illinois Bar because he refused to answer when the Bar asked whether he was a member of the Communist party. He litigated the matter up to the Supreme Court where the Court ruled 5-4 that Illinois was within its rights to deny him membership.
Updated to clarify eliminate any implication that Anastaplo was affiliated with the Communist party and to include a link to an obituary.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Eric Talley (Berkeley) asked me to share this; it might shed some light on whether law schools are really equipped to offer the "experiential" learning that some are trying to mandate ill-advisedly.
To: Practitioners and Educators in Transactional/Business Law
From: Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE)
UC Berkeley School of Law
Re: Assessing skills/competencies for transactional attorneys
Date: 14 Feb. 2014
We write to ask two small (but important) favors of you that are directly related to law schools' pedagogical mission as well as the rapidly changing future of legal education.
As you may know, an ABA task force has recently proposed to establish minimum requirements within ABA-accredited law schools for "experiential" learning related to building practical skills and competencies. (Similar proposals are percolating up from state bar association task forces as well.) We believe this endeavor to be an intriguing and important invitation for law schools to re-imagine how they deliver legal education, and on this basis we are generally supportive. At the same time, a challenging question that the ABA and other task forces face is the question of what topics constitute "skills and competencies." Within business law, this challenge is perhaps greatest for attorneys whose practice is principally "transactional" in nature (in contrast to work that is oriented around litigation). It is unclear how much input transactionally-oriented business law practitioners (attorneys, other professionals, educators) have had on the process of drafting the proposed guidelines, or whether there has been much systematic analysis of what topics constitute important "skills" for entering transactional attorneys.
To address these gaps, we have developed an on-line survey instrument to help gauge what sorts of core competencies established professionals in transactional practice areas consider important. We hope the results of the survey will help both practitioners and legal educators assess (and if necessary, work to amend) the current proposed guidelines. Although largely directed to practicing attorneys, the survey is also open to other professionals who work closely with practicing attorneys in transactional practices (such as bankers, accountants, financial advisers, etc.).
Here are the two favors we ask of you:
(1) Please take a few moments yourself to fill out the survey. It will not take longer than 5-10 minutes of your time.
(2) Please ask your colleagues, partners, associates, co-workers, and other professional contacts to consider filling out the survey.
The more input we can get from experts in the area the better advice we'll both receive and be able to give.
The survey is available on-line, at
When complete, results of the survey will be made available on the website for the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE), at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/bclbe.htm.
Many thanks for considering this - we very much appreciate it.
Faculty Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Once again, we may be certain that actual evidence will have no effect on cyber-ranting, but it hopefully will have an effect on rational observers; among the preliminary results:
Graduates of the top 10 law schools who worked full-time earned median pay that was $73,500 more per year than graduates of Tier 4 schools. And among graduates of Tier 3 schools, grades made a big difference. In that group, those with the highest grade point averages had median pay that was $121,500 more than those with the lowest grades....
The 2012 respondents were largely happy with their decision to attend law school. Asked to rate their satisfaction with their decision to become a lawyer on a 1-to-5 scale, the average was 3.92. Asked whether law school was a good investment on a 1-to-7 scale, the average was 5.5. Asked whether would go to law school if they had it to do over again using a 1-to-7 scale, the average was 4.91.
The findings show a movement from private practice to business since the first wave of the study. The percentage of respondents working in the business sector was 27.7 percent in 2012, compared to only 8.4 percent in 2003. At the same time, the percentage of respondents in private practice was 44.1 percent in 2012, compared to 68.6 percent in 2003.
The median remaining educational debt for the survey respondents in 2012 was $50,000, compared to $70,000 in 2003. Nearly 48 percent had no debt remaining in 2012, compared to only about 16 percent in 2003.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Arthurs, former Dean of Osgoode and one of Canada's most eminent legal scholars, gives a talk well worth watching by anyone genuinely interested in what reform of legal education can and cannot do.
UPDATE: Steve Diamond (Santa Clara) comments, and also provides a link to the manuscript version of the talk.
Friday, February 7, 2014
...according to this story. I continue to hear, though, that there is no financial emergency at Albany, and that there are other sources of conflict between the Dean and some faculty. If someone from Albany would like to weigh in "for the record" (and with their name attached), I will be glad to post. Please send me an e-mail.