January 08, 2016
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 06, 2016
December 24, 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 21, 2015
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 16, 2015
December 10, 2015
December 09, 2015
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).
ADDENDUM: I neglected to note that Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall) also discussed this issue last week!
December 08, 2015
December 05, 2015
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.