October 31, 2016
Indiana Tech Law School to close...
...despite recently getting conditional accreditation. But given the enrollment figures and lack of demand, this is not a surprising development.
Enrollment trends, 2010 to 2016
Blog Emperor Caron has been tracking them at various schools. At almost all the schools covered, enrollment is down substantially since 2010 and, even so, the numerical credentials of the enrolled students are also down.
October 27, 2016
2 of 10 law schools randomly audited by ABA...
...were found to be well below the required compliance level with ABA rules regarding the reporting of employment data. Two others were slightly below the required compliance level of 95%.
October 26, 2016
How long after the "meat market" (the FRC) before a candidate hears from schools about callbacks?
Conventional wisdom that I've endorsed before is that job seekers get most of their callback interviews within the two weeks after the FRC. "Most" here means that after those two weeks, a candidate who got four or five callbacks in the first two weeks might pick up one more, and might even pick it up rather late in the process. This is based on anecdotal evidence involving Chicago candidates over the last eight years, so I'd be curious to hear from others who have noticed other patterns. Submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear. Thanks.
October 24, 2016
In Memoriam: Jack Greenberg (1924-2016)
The famed civil rights lawyer and longtime Columbia professor passed away earlier this month. There is an informative memorial notice here.
(Thanks to Edward Hoffman for the pointer.)
More about Phil Neal...
October 20, 2016
Not much change in number of schools interviewing at FRC from 2015 to 2016
According to Professor Lawsky, there were 86 law schools at the FRC this past weekend in Washington, DC, compared to 89 in 2015. This doesn't account for the number of slots schools are looking to fill, but my guess is that, like last year, we will see at least 80 new tenure-track academic faculty hired, perhaps a bit higher.
The 94 in 2013 is misleading, since that was a year in which many schools went to the FRC but did no hiring, due to budgetary stresses. The real contrast, of course, is with the last reasonably good year on the market, 2012-13, when 142 schools participated in the FRC.
October 19, 2016
Victim of Autoadmit harassment a decade ago is now fighting rising anti-semitism on-line
October 13, 2016
Not much new until next week...
...travel and conferences on the horizon!
October 12, 2016
New Minnesota Law Dean talks about adjusting to significant application and enrollment declines