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!
June 11, 2014
ABA Section on Legal Education recommends changes...
June 10, 2014
U of Minnesota provides $2 million to offset law school's deficit
Story here. If a major state law school, perenially top 20ish, is in this situation, I would imagine many other law schools are as well.
June 06, 2014
UC Irvine Law School now fully accredited by the ABA
I was just forwarded the e-mail confirming that milestone. Not a surprise, of course, given all that's been accomplished in a remarkably short time, but this also means that UC Irvine will be subjected to U.S. News.com ranking next year. The lawyer/judge reputation survey results are very hard to predict; it will be interesting to see how the academic reputation survey comes out (UCI ought to get a top 20 score there, but we'll see if that happens).
May 28, 2014
U Arizona cuts non-resident tuition
Blog Emperor Caron has the details. I suspect that part of the plan is to make up lost revenue with the new B.A. in which law faculty will teach. All-in-all, some interesting strategic moves by U of Arizona that will be watched closely by schools nationwide.
May 21, 2014
LSAC settles ADA lawsuits
Good news for students with disabilities considering law school.
More thoughts on legal education
This time from Chapman's Richard Redding.
May 07, 2014
A new B.A. in law at the University of Arizona
An interesting development, that I'm sure other schools will watch carefully. Marc Miller, Arizona's very savvy Dean, has taken the lead in developing this program.
April 24, 2014
Chat room devoted to law school bashing asks how grads from "Tier 2" and lower law schools fared
And lo and behold, lots of them are actually doing quite well (as someone reading Simkovic & McIntyre would have expected--economic/professional success isn't really measured nine months after graduation). Thanks to a colleague elsewhere for forwarding this remarkable thread:
Of course, encouraging anecdotes do not tell us much about the long-term career outcomes of gradautes of low-ranked law schools. But the critics of law schools have nothing more than discouraging anecdotes about the long-term career outcomes either.
UPDATE: Professor Simkovic writes:
FYI, After the JD does have outcome data for graduates of Tier 3 (100-150) and Tier 4 (150 to 200) law schools from the class of 2000/2001.
AJD II (6 years out) shows average incomes of around $83K-$92K among those working full-time in 2006 (inflation adjusted, this would be around $97K-$108K today).
ADJIII (~10 years out) should be released soon. Of course, these figures are only:
1) Bar Passers
2) Those working full time (whether or not as lawyers)
Frank and I include non-bar passers and those working part time or unemployed.
ANOTHER: The proprietor of "JD Underground" tells me the original thread, above, came from that website.