September 29, 2014

Three Chicago law schools prevail in lawsuits brought by graduates

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 25, 2014

More on Thomas Jefferson and the prospect of law schools closing

At CHE.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 25, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 21, 2014

Signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School misses bond payment, seeks restructuring of debts

MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPT. 17:  UPDATED

Story here.  TJLS is a free-standing law school in San Diego, facing two better-established competitors in the local market, California Western and University of San Diego.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron reports bad news for TJLS from one of the ratings agencies (not that they have much credibility, but....).

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 18, 2014

$50 million naming gift for Drexel's law school

Wow!

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 18, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)

ANOTHER CORRECTION:  Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

September 07, 2014

What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?

Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs.  All the tenured faculty?  Really?  I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty.  If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose.  Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

August 28, 2014

Signs of a rebound in the legal market?

Some Philadelphia firms are hiking starting salaries.

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 28, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 8, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink