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

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.

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 5, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

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