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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.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 24, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

McConnaughay to Peking U School of Transnational Law

Philip J. McConnaughay, dean of Penn State Dickinson School of Law, will become the next dean of Peking University‚Äôs School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.  Jeffrey Lehman is the school's current chancellor and founding dean.

Posted by Dan Filler on January 24, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

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.


Posted by Brian Leiter on January 23, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 22, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"Law porn"

It's now a scholarly topic!

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 22, 2013 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

January 21, 2013

"Why Tolerate Religion" on the radio in Chicago

Here (hit "click play" at the center top if you'd like to listen).

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 21, 2013 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

January 19, 2013

Rodriguez & Estreicher NY Times Op-ed in support of two-year law degree

Most readers will have seen this, but just in case.  What do readers think?  Signed comments only:  full name and valid e-mail address required.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 19, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink | Comments (2)

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.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 17, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 17, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Rivera from CUNY to NY Court of Appeals

Andrew Cuomo named CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals earlier this week.

Posted by Dan Filler on January 17, 2013 | Permalink