May 19, 2006
Top Producers of New Law Teachers 2003-2006
Utilizing the data that Larry Solum has compiled for three years on where newly hired law teachers earned their first degree (here and here and here), I've compiled a list of the top 15 producers of new law teachers during this time period. (Note: Solum's listings aren't comprehensive, as some appointments do not get reported to him. I've no reason to think this favors one school as against any other.) Next to the name of each school appears the number of graduates who took tenure-track jobs in the last three years; and following that number is the number of students in a typical class (rounded to the nearest 50) based on recent ABA Guides to U.S. Law Schools. t of them earned their law degrees 3-8 years ago.) Because the numbers that enter law teaching are so small, and because the sample size here (just three years), is also small, it's hard to know whether per capita measures are informative, or just confusing. (The reality of hiring, too, is that it helps to have a lot of graduates of your school in law teaching: institutional loyalty and all that.) Yet surely it is relevant when comparing, e.g., Harvard and Yale, that Harvard is two-and-a-half-times the size of Yale, yet Yale places almost as many graduates in teaching as Harvard. So while the first ranking below is based on total number of graduates placed in law teaching jobs during this period, the second ranking is based on a crude per capita figure (crude because we don't know precisely the number of graduates from which those entering law teaching were drawn). (Remember: because the totals for most schools are small, another year's data could change the results significantly.)
Note that Solum's data, and my aggregation of it here, do not control for quality of the school at which graduates are hired, or for the number of graduates who earned other degrees from other institutions prior to securing a post in law teaching. (This is important, e.g., in the case of Kansas, perhaps the most surprising performer on the list.) I will be publishing soon an updated version of an earlier study of placement in law teaching, which will control for quality, looking at tenure-track faculty at the top 50 schools (by U.S. News measures) and the top 40 schools by academic measures (like reputation, citations, etc.).
Top Producers of New Law Teachers, 2003-2006
By Total Number
1. Harvard University (77) (550)
2. Yale University (67) (200)
3. Columbia University (28) (400)
4. New York University (22) (400)
5. Stanford University (21) (150)
5. University of Chicago (21) (200)
7. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (15) (350)
7. University of Virginia (15) (350)
9. University of California, Berkeley (11) (250)
9. University of Pennsylvania (11) (250)
11. Georgetown University (10) (600)
12. Duke University (8) (200)
12. University of Texas, Austin (8) (450)
14. University of California, Los Angeles (6) (250)
15. Cornell University (4) (200)
15. Northwestern University (4) (200)
15. University of Kansas (4) (150)
By Per Capita Number
1. Yale University (.34)
2. Harvard University (.14)
2. Stanford University (.14)
4. University of Chicago (.11)
5. Columbia University (.07)
6. New York University (.06)
7. Duke University (.04)
7. University of California, Berkeley (.04)
7. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (.04)
7. University of Pennsylvania (.04)
7. University of Virginia (.04)
12. University of Kansas (.03)
13. Cornell University (.02)
13. Northwestern University (.02)
13. Georgetown University (.02)
13. University of California, Los Angeles (.02)
13. University of Texas, Austin (.02)
UPDATE: A couple of readers point out that a better measure than the per capita one would be the ratio of hires to those who applied for law teaching jobs. Unfortunately, I know of no way to efficiently gather that data. Of course, only if an interest in law teaching is unevenly distributed among students at top schools (I would guess, e.g., that the interest is higher among students at Yale, Harvard, and Chicago than at other top law schools) should we expect this to yield very different results.
ANOTHER: For the benefit of the slow, the "per capita" figures are (obviously, I would have thought) rounded. Given that we don't know the actual number of graduates in the relevant pools, and given that the number getting teaching jobs are small, even the rounded figures may reflect a misleading amount of precision.
May 18, 2006
Chicago Makes Bid for McAdams, Malani
The University of Chicago Law School has offers outstanding to Richard McAdams (criminal law and procedure, law & social norms) at the University of Illinois and Anup Malani (health law, corporate law, law and economics) at the University of Virginia.
UPDATE (5/19): Malani has accepted the Chicago offer.
May 17, 2006
Schachter, Brodie from Wisconsin to Stanford
Jane Schachter and Juliet Brodie, both at the University of Wisconsin Law School, have accepted the senior offers from Stanford Law School.
On Ann Althouse
This philosophy graduate student is not, it appears, a fan of her blog.
May 16, 2006
Solum's Entry-Level Hiring Report
Your last chance to contribute until the end of summer is now. We'll be using this data to supplement data my RA collected about tenure-track faculty at the top fifty law schools during 2005-06, in order to see which schools place the most graduates at the best schools. The top five (in order) won't be a surprise: Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Columbia. More soon! But please help Professor Solum complete his study of new tenure-track faculty for 06-07.
May 12, 2006
A Fairness Issue in How Law Schools Award Merit Aid
Brian Tamanaha (St. John's) raises an interesting and very real issue:
The economic value of a law degree for graduates from elite law schools, and for top students from non-elite law schools, would seem to handily justify the [tuition] price. A law degree for these favored individuals is a ticket to $130,000+ starting salaries in corporate law firms, with the prospect of much more down the line.
But what about the overwhelming majority of law graduates (all those not in the favored categories above) for whom a law degree offers a far lower earning potential? There is a large separation in the practicing bar, superbly documented in Heinz, et. al., Urban Lawyers (Chicago 2005). Corporate lawyers are doing well, but, while tuition keeps going up, salaries for the rest of the lawyers out there have decreased in real terms.
This brings me to the fairness issue. A peculiar system has developed in many non-elite institutions, in which the students most likely to make the least money end up subsidizing the legal education of the students most likely to make the most money.
The way "merit" scholarships work, students with high LSAT scores--which law schools covet in the effort to shape their profile for the purposes of U.S. News rankings--get large discounts (with some paying no tuition at all). It is not the case, of course, that high LSAT students always rank at the top of the first year class, or that the lower LSAT students end up at the bottom half of the class. But when it does happen (often enough), the result is that the lowest ranked students pay full price, while the highest ranked students pay much less. And the lowest ranked students get the worst paying jobs (and sometimes no job), while the highest ranked students get the best paying jobs....
Elite schools are off the hook on this, because they don't have the same dynamic, but any law school outside the top twenty will have some version of it.
Is this fair? Comments are open at Tamanaha's original post.
O'Rourke Named Dean at BU
Maureen O'Rourke (intellectual property), Interim Dean at Boston University School of Law, has been named Dean. The university press release is here. (The reference at the end to my law school ranking is, shall we say, a bit misleading...but so it goes in press releases!) O'Rourke was a finalist in our Dean Search, and was extremely impressive. I've no doubt BU has made an excellent appointment.
May 11, 2006
St. Mary's Juarez to be the New Dean at Denver
Here is the university's announcement (not yet on-line):
Jose Roberto (Beto) Juarez Jr. will join the University on July 1st as dean of the Sturm College of Law. An accomplished scholar, lawyer and administrator, he is currently a law professor at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. Beto has been at St. Mary's since 1990, where he has served as associate dean for academic and student affairs. In that role, he administered academic programs, developed the law school's budget and was responsible for student affairs. He also supervised the law school staff and chaired the bar examination committee. A well known scholar, Beto has published extensively and presented his work throughout the United States and Mexico. With a host of new faculty members added during the past few years, a new building, the wonderful naming gift from Donald and Susan Sturm and the development of the Nanda Center for International Law supported by a generous gift from Doug and Mary Scrivner, the Sturm College of Law is poised for a major leap forward in quality and stature. Beto Juarez is the right person to lead the college to realization of that goal.
May 10, 2006
Sager Named New Dean of University of Texas School of Law
It gives me great pleasure to announce that my esteemed colleague and friend Lawrence Sager (constitutional law, jurisprudence), who joined us in 2002 from NYU, has been named the new Dean of the Law School here at UT Austin. The university press release is here.
Most readers will probably know some bits of his scholarly work (constitutional law folks will probably know lots of it), but only those who have been his colleague--at UCLA, NYU, or UT, or during his visiting stints at Harvard, Princeton, Michigan, or BU--will also know that he is one of the most remarkably eloquent and penetrating interlocutors and discussants of scholarly ideas in the American legal academy. We are fortunate to have someone of his intellectual caliber at the helm of the Law School.
I should note, since I was a member of the Dean Search Committee, that we also had an extraordinary slate of candidates, each of whom educated us about our institution, and each of whom will no doubt be an outstanding Dean. I and my colleagues are grateful to each of them for entering our Dean search, especially knowing about the strong internal competition.