January 29, 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.
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Reader Gerard Ambreson writes:
In your capacity of chief commentator on legal education, perhaps you could provide your thoughts on your blog on named professorships/chairs. Some questions it would be interesting to see you address:
What should the criteria for awarding chairs be? For example, should schools take into account things besides scholarship, such as other contributions to the school, like excellent teaching or service? Is it appropriate to consider non-legal writings for chairs in law schools? See, for example, St. John's Law School's Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly, C.M., Professor of Law, Lawrence Joseph, who may be better known for his poetry than his writing on legal matters?
My impression is that criteria vary with school and often with the particular endowment--many schools have named positions to recognize excellent teaching, for example.