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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Breaking News: Harvard Law School Hires Every Law Professor in the U.S.

Courtesy of those funny students at HLS:

Harvard Law School's communications office announced today that HLS has hired every law professor in the country, solidifying its position as the preeminent law school in America.

Dean Elena Kagan said that she got the idea from recent additions to the faculty. "As soon as we'd hire one professor from, say, Columbia or Chicago," said Kagan, "he or she would suggest another prize we should grab. We hired two, then three, then finally realized we were only delaying the inevitable."

"Plus," added Kagan, "our U.S. News ranking was being held back by our student-teacher ratio." Harvard's student-teacher ratio, formerly 11:1, currently stands at 1:17....

Harvard completed its monopoly yesterday by hiring the final holdout, William van Alstyne, from William and Mary. Van Alstyne, who had moved to William and Mary from Duke after William and Mary agreed to hire his wife, was swayed after Harvard agreed to hire his wife, three children, 6-year-old grandchild, and his dog, Oliver Wendell Bones, who will all teach legal research and writing.

While most other law schools have folded, Virginia announced plans to continue operations, handing over teaching roles to its 80-strong softball coaching staff. Reactions from the Virginia student body on the difference will be printed in the Record the next time a Virginia student attends a class....

Yale Law School objected to Kagan's claims, observing that their faculty remained intact. Kagan dismissed the allegations, noting that no one actually teaches law at Yale.

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