March 07, 2014
Rookie hiring in 2013
A complete report. Interesting. Only 125 positions filled last year, though I expect that will be double the number filled this year. This means we can also revise the placement rate, based on the number of candidates from each school on the market last year.
1. Univeristy of Virginia (57%, 4 total)
1. Yale University (57%, 21 total)
3. University of Chicago (50%, 6 total)
4. Duke University (46%, 6 total)
5. New York University (42%, 13 total)
6. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (39%, 5 total)
7. Harvard University (32%, 18 total)
8. University of California, Berkeley (25%, 5 total)
8. University of California, Los Angeles (25%, 2 total)
10. Cornell University (21%, 3 total)
10. Northwestern University (21%, 3 total)
12. University of Texas, Austin (18%, 2 total)
13. Columbia University (17%, 3 total)
13. Georgetown University (17%, 3 total)
13. Stanford University (17%, 2 total)
March 06, 2014
Scrutinizing the data about the legal job market
Facts are never welcome by cyber-miscreants, but sometimes they are worth considering by those hoping to make informed decisions.
March 05, 2014
More signs of the time: declining 1L enrollments
Blog Emperor Caron has the sordid details. Not all declines are created equal: some are due to dramatic drops in applicants, but some are surely due to a desire to preserve the numerical quality of the study body and thus rankings. The schools with increases in enrollment, also noted, are interesting.
March 03, 2014
More signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School offering huge discounts across the boards
Blog Emperor Caron has the details.
February 28, 2014
New York Times v. Sullivan fifty years later
What do you think? I'm sure everyone would have their preferred wording, but I assume everyone can locate their own view in one of the three options below, so don't get hung up on the precise wording--choose the option closest to your view of the case and its legacy. (The second and third options got chopped: the second should say "by requiring the plaintiff too prove too much" and the third should conclude "into public figures who can be defamed with impunity".)
February 26, 2014
Another law school offering major tuition incentives to residents in its part of the country
Tulsa. I am told that maintaining "good standing" for purposes of these scholarships simply means "not failing out"! So it is not some higher standard that poses a risk of losing the scholarship.
February 21, 2014
Law schools with biggest drops in enrollment since 2010
February 19, 2014
Harvard's own survey of employers about what classes students should take
Here. Unsurprisingly, "experiential" learning of the kind a minority is trying to force upon everyone does not loom large.
UPDATE: Blog Emperor Caron breaks out charts showing the results.
February 18, 2014
UCLA Law's student body now only about 3% African-American
Students have made a video about the experience; there is also a thoughtful response from Dean Moran at the end of the linked article.
February 17, 2014
More price competition between law schools
This time in and around Kansas City.