January 24, 2013
The legal historian Mark Weiner......has both a blog and a new book. (He's also, I should note, a friend and former student, but he is always a pleasure to read, so I'm sure many readers will enjoy his site.)
McConnaughay to Peking U School of Transnational LawPhilip J. McConnaughay, dean of Penn State Dickinson School of Law, will become the next dean of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Jeffrey Lehman is the school's current chancellor and founding dean.
January 23, 2013
ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education...
...is soliciting comments. You can read the comments received so far here. I haven't read them all, but of those I did read, the comments from Frank Wu, Dean at Hastings, sounds the right themes, while the one from Scott Fruehwald, formerly a legal writing instructor at Hofstra, is notable for its infatuation with gimmicky educational theories, and will presumably be ignored. I trust readers of this blog will submit comments; I plan to do so shortly.
January 22, 2013
Greater diversity in institutions offering legal education...
...a subject we've touched on before is, it seems to me, compatible with tenure and academic freedom, contrary to Stephen Diamond (Santa Clara). I think he is also mistaken in his characterization of Brian Tamanaha's critique--Tamanaha is correct, in my view, to view access to education, including legal education, as an issue of social justice, and correct to note that the high cost of legal education has major ramifications for what kind of legal work graduates perform.
UPDATE: Professor Diamond tells me that Tamanaha argues against tenure as part of accreditation standards, which is a mistake. Tenure and academic freedom should be decopuled from issues about the length of law school and the teaching vs. research models of higher education.
ANOTHER UPDATE (1/22/13): Professor Diamond has temporarily disabled his blog, due to an influx of threatening and inappropriate comments. The "scam" blogs are increasingly coming to resemble Autoadmit.
"Law porn"It's now a scholarly topic!
January 21, 2013
"Why Tolerate Religion" on the radio in ChicagoHere (hit "click play" at the center top if you'd like to listen).
January 19, 2013
Rodriguez & Estreicher NY Times Op-ed in support of two-year law degreeMost readers will have seen this, but just in case. What do readers think? Signed comments only: full name and valid e-mail address required.
January 17, 2013
Yale Law School's New Fake "PhD in Law" Program...
...got only 82 applicants, which is surprising. I would have expected higher demand for a three-year paid Fellowship for aspiring law teachers! (The linked article, bizarrely, thinks this is an impressive tally, yet I can't imagine any other "PhD program" at Yale has so few applicants. On why the program is a fake qua PhD program, see the earlier discussion.)
Cato Gets in on Law School Bashing
Sorry for being a day late on this; the first comment is also funny.
UPDATE: And in other breaking news, a failed legal academic who refers to legal education tout court as a "scam" complains when someone points out that it is absurd to say getting a law degree is worthless. One can't make this kind of stuff up, as they say.
Rivera from CUNY to NY Court of AppealsAndrew Cuomo named CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals earlier this week.
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