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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Monday, October 20, 2014

How long after the hiring convention before teaching candidates hear from schools?

See last fall's discussion, which is still relevant.  Budgetary uncertainties last year did lead to more callbacks being extended beyond the two-week window it seemed to me, and that may be true again this year. 

October 20, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Friday, October 17, 2014

An oldie (but goodie!): Leiter v. Shapiro on Bloggingheads TV...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More than two dozen Harvard Law faculty object to University's new procedures on sexual harassment...

...for multiple violations of due process and fairness in proceedings, among other things.  Signatories include David Shapiro, Duncan Kennedy, former Dean Robert Clark, Bruce Hay, Martha Field, Robert Mnookin, Lucie White, and Janet Halley, among others.

October 15, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Good luck to those heading to DC to interview for law teaching positions!

Here's a couple of words of advice I typically share with Chicago candidates, but others might appreciate:

First, although this can be stressful, it should also be fun:  lots of law faculty will want to talk about you and your ideas over the next couple of days!   You will form intellectual and professional relationships even from interviews that don't lead to callbacks.  Enjoy the scholarly dialogue and learn from it.

Second, remember that every hiring committee is a black box:  you don't know its internal priorities and squabbles, its biases and agendas.  So don't waste time speculating about how you did (candidates, in my experience, are uneven judges of their performance, in both directions), and remember you are bound to bomb an interview, but life will go on.  Forget about it.

Third, bear in mind that hiring committees come to the hiring convention with different charges from their home schools.  Some will be authorized to offer some callbacks even before the weekend is out; others will have to report back to the rest of the committee at home before doing anything.  Don't draw inferences from silence, or from the fact that someone you know got a callback before the weekend was over--even when hiring committees are allowed to make some quick callback offers, it's almost always the case that the full hiring committee back home will make decisions about other callbacks at a later date.

Best of luck to all the job seekers out there!

October 15, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Judge Posner's dissent in the Wisconsin Voter ID case

A good read.

October 14, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Schools with the best law professors?

This looks to me rock solid, scientifically impeccable.  What else would one expect from the Princeton Review?

October 14, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, October 13, 2014

In Memoriam: David Siegel

Emeritus Professor David Siegel of Albany Law School passed away last week.  He was 82.  Siegel joined the Albany faculty in 1972 and retired in 2007.

October 13, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Friday, October 10, 2014

Signs of the times, cont.: Elon Law cuts tuition, creates 2 1/2 year degree for all students

Story here.

October 10, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why do hiring schools look for "signals" from other hiring schools?

Barry Friedman (NYU) writes with an excellent set of questions and observations:

Here’s a thought worth maybe tooting on your blog.  It never ceases to catch my attention how much school hiring is driven by signals from other schools.  School X will interview candidate Y and love him/her, or will love him/her on paper, but will never move forward for an interview absent a strong signal from some number of schools they consider competitive.  Yet, in this tight market, those signals get fewer – especially at the call back and offer stage.  It has the effect I think of killing candidates that otherwise would get interviews or offers.   Yet, paradoxically, if schools had confidence in their internal assessments (and it is not like this is one person deciding; it is an entire faculty or faculty committee) this sort of market provides a real opportunity to steal that person you loved without a fight. 

So why do schools do this?  I think in most cases it is because they lack confidence in their own judgments.  But what do readers think?  I would prefer signed comments, but you must, in any case, include a valid e-mail address, which will not appear.

October 8, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (9)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lateral hires with tenure, 2014-15


These are appointments with tenure that will begin in 2015; I will move this to the front at various intervals during the year:

*Elizabeth Garrett (legislation, administrative law) from the University of Southern California to Cornell University (to become President).

*Gillian Lester (employment law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (as Dean in January 2015).

*Andrei Marmor (legal philosophy) from the University of Southern California to Cornell University (but may not be starting until 2016).

*Dylan Penningroth (legal history) from Northwestern University (History Dept.) and American Bar Foundation to the University of California, Berkeley.

*Eric Talley (corporate law, law & economics) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University (in January 2015).

October 7, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Monday, October 6, 2014

Signs of the times, cont.: Cooley Law issues "Notice of Intent to Close"...

...its Ann Arbor campus (Cooley has several other campuses, however).

October 6, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, October 3, 2014

Another sign of the times: Roger Williams continues with tuition reduction and three-year tuition guarantee

RWU's news release here.

October 3, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leiter & Skeel at the Veritas Forum at Northwestern...

Signs of the times: tuition rising at Berkeley

Not surprising, the UC professional schools are all now de facto private.

October 2, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

USC's Beth Garrett to be next President of Cornell

Story here.  Her husband, the legal philosopher Andrei Marmor, who is a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Southern California, will take up a similar position at Cornell.

(Thanks to Rick Hasen for the pointer.)

September 30, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

In Memoriam: William Quirk

Professor William Quirk, a senior member of the University of South Carolina Law faculty, died last week.  He was 80.  Quirk joined the USC Law faculty in 1970 and was the law school's most senior active faculty member.

September 30, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three Chicago law schools prevail in lawsuits brought by graduates

Story here.

September 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Invention of Low Value Speech"

Andy Koppelman (Northwestern) has a nice discussion of recent scholarship by our Bigelow Genevieve Lakier.

UPDATE:  I just learned that Lakier's paper will appear in the Harvard Law Review!  Congratulations to Prof. Lakier!

September 29, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, September 26, 2014

Troubles at Buffalo: Dean resigns amidst a lawsuit and other allegations

News story here.

September 26, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, September 25, 2014

More on Thomas Jefferson and the prospect of law schools closing

"The Circumstances of Civility"

This topic has become timely again with the Salaita affair at Illinois, and various public addresses, including by the Berkeley Chancellor, about the topic.  And for a different take, try this.

(And Happy New Year to those celebrating!)

September 25, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New AALS website...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.

September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, September 22, 2014

The scheduling of interviews at the AALS "meat market"

Schools vary in their procedures for scheduling interviews with candidates at the "meat market," but a typical pattern is this:  after an initial cull of candidates in the first AALS distribution, schools begin doing "due diligence," which typically means talking to references and reading work by the candidates.  Appointments committees usually only meet once a week.  At each meeting, the Committee will take a decision on some of the candidates they've been reviewing, and then contact them to schedule interviews.  The same thing will happen the following week and so on, until all the spots are filled.  For schools that do a lot of 'due diligence,' the process of scheduling 15 or 20 candidates to see could easily take four weeks.   It's important for candidates to realize that this is how many schools proceed, so the fact that an anonymous person on some blog reports they have an interview at school X does not mean you, a hopeful candidate, will not get an interview with school X.  School X may have only just begun, and may be scheduling interviews for weeks to come.

September 22, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School misses bond payment, seeks restructuring of debts


Story here.  TJLS is a free-standing law school in San Diego, facing two better-established competitors in the local market, California Western and University of San Diego.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron reports bad news for TJLS from one of the ratings agencies (not that they have much credibility, but....).

September 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink