May 31, 2013
Miller Named Dean at ArizonaUniversity of Arizona law school interim dean Marc Miller has been named the law school's permanent dean.
May 30, 2013
U of Kansas Law to Reduce Entering Class SizeThis is likely the wave of the future: Kansas will enroll about 120 this fall compared to 140 in the two classes ahead (and 175 in this year's graduating class). Kansas has had good employment outcomes for its students, and this move will likely benefit future graduating classes.
May 29, 2013
Bodie on Henderson's increasingly cataclysmic prophecies
We have often linked and commented approvingly and with appreciation to Bill Henderson's analyses of changes and trends in the legal market, but I have also begun to wonder about some of Professor Henderson's prognostications of late.
UPDATE: Professor Henderson replies here.
Career paths: from teaching law to acupuncture
UPDATE: A reader writes: "I'm a long-time reader of your blogs, and a first-time correspondent. In light of your link to the story of Clare Dalton's transition into acupuncture, I thought you might like to read about Ken Klee's alternative healing ministry. I don't know of any other law professors interested in the mysterious arts of 'energy healing,' but I am willing to bet that Professor Klee is the only court-appointed bankruptcy examiner with a thriving side practice."
May 27, 2013
Rookie hiring summary courtesy of UCI's Sarah Lawsky...
...here. As a percentage of candidates on the market, here's how the schools fared in terms of tenure-track placement of their alumni (Lawsky's numbers are a bit different, at least in part due to a failure to count tenure-stream jobs in non-US law schools; I list only schools that had at least five candidates on the market):
1. University of Chicago (58%)
2. University of Virginia (57%)
3. Yale University (49%)
4. Duke University (39%)
4. New York University (39%)
6. University of Michigan (31%)
7. Harvard University (30%)
8. University of California, Los Angeles (25%)
9. Cornell University (21%)
9. Northwestern University (21%)
11. University of Texas, Austin (18%)
12. Georgetown University (17%)
13. Stanford University (15%)
13. University of California, Berkeley (15%)
15. Columbia University (11%)
The Stanford and Columbia performances seem anomalously low--maybe due to underreporting, and maybe due to a fluke this year.
Professor Lawsky's numbers, even allowing for the limits of self-reporting, also clearly show the steep drop-off in hiring this year, on the order of almost one-third fewer hires than in recent years.
UPDATE: Professor Lawsky's percentage chart, but just for US tenure-track hires.