July 22, 2014

Bargain tuition leads to notable initial applicant pool for new U North Texas law school

Story here.  At roughly 14K per year that's going to put some real pressure on SMU and Texas Wesleyan (now Texas A&M) which are significantly more.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 22, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

July 12, 2014

June 2014 LSAT takers down 9.1% from prior year

Blog Emperor Caron has the details.  One pattern that seems to be emerging is that applicants are applying later in the season (recall that we actually saw a slight increase in February 2014 LSAT takers compared to the prior year).  But a 9% decline in June takers almost surely guarantees that the law school teaching market this coming fall will be as bad as last year, since schools can't re-enter the market for new faculty without the ability to project enrollments into the future.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 12, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

July 07, 2014

Signs of the times: Boston-area law schools adjust

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 7, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

June 30, 2014

Slate business columnist: now's the time to go to law school

A plausible analysis, consistent with other forecasts.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 30, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

June 24, 2014

Writing Prize inflation at Yale Law School

No surprise here, courtesy of my colleague Eric Posner.  A Yale resume without several writing prizes should be inherently suspect!

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 24, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 20, 2014

Class of 2013, 9 months out

The new NALP report:  more jobs, slightly higher salaries, but also higher unemployment due to the size of the Class of 2013.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 20, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

June 19, 2014

ABA approves splitting the two Penn State law school campuses into separate institutions

The official announcement.  If the Dickinson School in Carlyle is not listed as part of Penn State for U.S. News purposes, that will have a deleterious effect on its rankings, due to the notorious halo effects of university names.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 19, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 14, 2014

Congratulations to the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2014

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to teach such talented young men and women, and I am sure I speak for all of my colleagues in wishing you much professional success and personal happiness in the years ahead!

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 14, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

June 11, 2014

ABA Section on Legal Education recommends changes...

...including new rules for auditing employment data and permitting law schools to admit up to 10% of the class without the LSAT.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 10, 2014

U of Minnesota provides $2 million to offset law school's deficit

Story here.  If a major state law school, perenially top 20ish, is in this situation, I would imagine many other law schools are as well.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 10, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink