August 08, 2014
More signs of the times: Albany Law School exploring "operational alliance"...
...with the State University of New York at Albany (which does not have a law school--there's only one state law school in New York, at Buffalo; there's one other public law school, in the City University of New York system).
UPDATE: You can get a sense of the extent of the faculty buyouts at Albany from the much-expanded list of emeriti, many rather youthful by current retirement standards. The new emeriti faculty includes Albany's most nationally eminent scholar, the legal historian Paul Finkelman.
August 05, 2014
Summary of proposed changes to ABA regs governing law schools
NLJ has a useful account, but it seems an exaggeration to describe this as a "makeover." Some (like the pointless increase in required clinical hours for law students) will raise the cost of legal education, but others (no minimum student-faculty ratio, no requirement of private faculty offices [!], greater latitude in granting variances from the other regs) may, at the margins, reduce costs, but only at the margins--the majority of law schools, who want to compete for students and faculty are not going to let their student-faculty ratios go sky-high or stop providing faculty their own offices. My guess is that, in the end, this is all much ado about nothing, except for the windfall for experiential teachers. The real changes afoot are being brought on by the declining applicant pool, which is affecting, in differing ways, 90% of the law schools in the country; most are contracting, some are increasing the teaching loads of their faculty, and a handful will probably close, barring a sudden turnaround.
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.
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.
July 07, 2014
Signs of the times: Boston-area law schools adjust
June 30, 2014
Slate business columnist: now's the time to go to law school
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!
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.
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.
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!