January 08, 2016

False advertising claims against Thomas Jefferson Law in San Diego to go to trial

WSJ report here.  Longtime readers will recall that almost all the other suits brought against law schools were dismissed (for example).  California, however, has more stringent consumer protection laws than many states.  My guess is a lay jury is not going to view Thomas Jefferson Law sympathetically in this matter.

January 8, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 06, 2016

Two more free-standing law schools added to U.S. Dept. of Education's financial watch list

December 24, 2015

In Memoriam: Joe Jamail (1925-2015)

Not a law professor, but a fabulously successful trial lawyer in Houston and a major benefactor of my former employer the University of Texas at Austin (I once held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law).  I recall a speech he once gave to the law faculty, he was extremely humble and complimentary towards us, and he always spoke in support of interdisciplinary legal education.  He was probably about 80 then, and everyone said he had mellowed from the days when he was banned for life from the courts of Delaware for his, shall we say, "combative" manner, some of which is famously captured in this YouTube video of a deposition (Jamail is not visible on the right, except for his hands.  He calls opposing counsel, variously, "big boy" and "fat boy," and the witness being deposed "asshole" [the witness was an asshole actually!].)  Jamail was also a liberal Democrat in a state not known for them.  After the Hopwood striking down affirmative action, I recall that he donated ten million dollars to create a private fund for the recruitment of African-American students to the university.

December 24, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 21, 2015

California July 2015 Bar Exam results by school

Blog Emperor Caron charts the results.  A strong showing by USC grads, not so much by Berkeley grads, relative to the reputation of the school.  UC Irvine grads did better than UC Davis and UC Hastings grads.  Loyola-LA grads had a typically strong showing, trailing Irvine only slightly.  Some ABA-accredited law schools in California, by contrast, had awful results (e.g., Golden Gate, Whittier).

December 21, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

December 16, 2015

Total law school applicants now up 3.4% from December 2014...

...according to LSAC.  This is consistent with my earlier forecast, indicating, yet again, that we've arrived at a new normal level for enrollments, and may even see a slight increase in the next couple of years.

December 16, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 10, 2015

The M&A Boom (Michael Simkovic)

White & CaseBloomberg, and MarketWatch discuss the booming market for mergers and acquisitions.

December 10, 2015 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Legal Profession | Permalink

December 09, 2015

Texas A&M Law lowers and "locks" in tuition for continuing students

Story here.  That's a shrewd move, which should help the school quickly become competitive with and perhaps overtake the other public law schools in Texas outside Austin (faculty appointments in the last year or so have already closed the gap on the faculty front).

December 9, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

LSAC responds to "Law School Transparency's" misrepresentation of LSAT data

Here.  Once upon a time, LST did useful work, but starting around 2012 (and accelerating in 2013), they've become progressively irresponsible and unreliable.  A shame.

ADDENDUM:  I neglected to note that Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall) also discussed this issue last week!

December 9, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 08, 2015

Numerical credentials of law school applicants this fall up "significantly" from last year

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) comments.

December 8, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

December 05, 2015

Further evidence that the decline in law school applicants is over

LSAC is reporting a very slight increase in total applicants for September/October from the same time last year.  Given that LSAT takers are up 6-7% from last year, and that more students are applying later in the cycle, I think it's reasonable to expect that by the end of the season total applicants  will be up 3-5% this year compared to last year.

December 5, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink