February 19, 2015

More signs of the times: major restructuring at Washington & Lee

A rather detailed announcement from the University; excerpts:

With a university-wide endowment of about $1.5 billion and only about 3,000 students undergraduate and graduate, Washington & Lee is quite a wealthy university--though how much of the endowment is for the law school is unclear, though I'm guessing a sizable amount.  (Here are 2000 figures, and most of the endowments on that list have roughly doubled since.)  A well-established law school (a member of the AALS since 1920!), Washington & Lee was most recently ranked 43rd in USNEWS.COM, though has ranked higher in prior years (sometimes in the top 25ish).  I would imagine similarly dramatic changes are taking place elsewhere with perhaps less publicity about them.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 19, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

February 18, 2015

Bill Clinton, law teacher...

...as recommended by Marvin Chirelstein.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 18, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 16, 2015

More signs of the times: new 2-year law degree at New York Law School

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 16, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 15, 2015

Signs of the times: Hamline, William Mitchell merge

Hamline's press release about the merger is here.  It seems like a sensible strategic move in the current environment.

(Thanks to Carl Bogus for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 15, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 11, 2015

As of last Friday, applicants to law schools are now only down...

...5% from last year, compared to 7.3% just a few weeks ago.  This is consistent with the pattern that has emerged the last couple of years of students applying later in the admissions season.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 11, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 09, 2015

Experiential learning does *not* improve employment outcomes

Jason Yackee (Wisconsin) takes an empirical look.

UPDATE:  Brian Galle (Boston College) suggests some alternative interpretations of the findings.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 9, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

February 04, 2015

The battle for transfer students

IHE covers the phenomenon.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 4, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

February 02, 2015

Law school critics still disconnected from reality

Not a surprise, but good to see it documented.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 2, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 29, 2015

Latest LSAC report on law school applications

As of January 23, 2015: 

As of 1/23/15, there are 168,887 fall 2015 applications submitted by 24,097 applicants.  Applicants are down 7.3% and applications are down 9.8% from 2014. 

This represents a smaller drop in applicants compared to the last report, consistent with the apparent trend towards more applications later in the cycle.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 29, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 27, 2015

$30 million naming gift for the law school at British Columbia

I wonder if there has ever been a larger gift to a Canadian law school?

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 27, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)