February 24, 2015

Northwestern law in Qatar...

...helping establish a new 3-year American-style JD.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 24, 2015 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 21, 2015

UNC law faculty statement in support of Centers that Board of Governors propose to close or narrow.

The faculty statement is here.  The move by the Board of Governors is a case of naked political retaliation against outspoken liberal UNC law professor Gene Nichol.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 21, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 20, 2015

My colleague Richard McAdams on his new book...

...the video!

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 20, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 19, 2015

More signs of the times: major restructuring at Washington & Lee

A rather detailed announcement from the University; excerpts:

With a university-wide endowment of about $1.5 billion and only about 3,000 students undergraduate and graduate, Washington & Lee is quite a wealthy university--though how much of the endowment is for the law school is unclear, though I'm guessing a sizable amount.  (Here are 2000 figures, and most of the endowments on that list have roughly doubled since.)  A well-established law school (a member of the AALS since 1920!), Washington & Lee was most recently ranked 43rd in USNEWS.COM, though has ranked higher in prior years (sometimes in the top 25ish).  I would imagine similarly dramatic changes are taking place elsewhere with perhaps less publicity about them.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 19, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Statement by one of two African-American federal judges in Missisippi upon sentencing three white men convicted of a racially motivated murder

A powerful statement by Judge Reeves.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 19, 2015 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Faculty productivity over time at one law school

Orin Kerr (George Washington) looked at his school; what he found may be surprising.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 19, 2015 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

February 18, 2015

Bill Clinton, law teacher...

...as recommended by Marvin Chirelstein.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 18, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 16, 2015

More signs of the times: new 2-year law degree at New York Law School

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 16, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 15, 2015

Signs of the times: Hamline, William Mitchell merge

Hamline's press release about the merger is here.  It seems like a sensible strategic move in the current environment.

(Thanks to Carl Bogus for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 15, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 11, 2015

As of last Friday, applicants to law schools are now only down...

...5% from last year, compared to 7.3% just a few weeks ago.  This is consistent with the pattern that has emerged the last couple of years of students applying later in the admissions season.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 11, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink