October 10, 2014

Signs of the times, cont.: Elon Law cuts tuition, creates 2 1/2 year degree for all students

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 10, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 08, 2014

Why do hiring schools look for "signals" from other hiring schools?

Barry Friedman (NYU) writes with an excellent set of questions and observations:

Here’s a thought worth maybe tooting on your blog.  It never ceases to catch my attention how much school hiring is driven by signals from other schools.  School X will interview candidate Y and love him/her, or will love him/her on paper, but will never move forward for an interview absent a strong signal from some number of schools they consider competitive.  Yet, in this tight market, those signals get fewer – especially at the call back and offer stage.  It has the effect I think of killing candidates that otherwise would get interviews or offers.   Yet, paradoxically, if schools had confidence in their internal assessments (and it is not like this is one person deciding; it is an entire faculty or faculty committee) this sort of market provides a real opportunity to steal that person you loved without a fight. 

So why do schools do this?  I think in most cases it is because they lack confidence in their own judgments.  But what do readers think?  I would prefer signed comments, but you must, in any case, include a valid e-mail address, which will not appear.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 8, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (10)

October 06, 2014

Signs of the times, cont.: Cooley Law issues "Notice of Intent to Close"...

...its Ann Arbor campus (Cooley has several other campuses, however).

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 6, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 03, 2014

Another sign of the times: Roger Williams continues with tuition reduction and three-year tuition guarantee

RWU's news release here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 3, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 02, 2014

Signs of the times: tuition rising at Berkeley

Not surprising, the UC professional schools are all now de facto private.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 2, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 29, 2014

Three Chicago law schools prevail in lawsuits brought by graduates

Story here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Invention of Low Value Speech"

Andy Koppelman (Northwestern) has a nice discussion of recent scholarship by our Bigelow Genevieve Lakier.

UPDATE:  I just learned that Lakier's paper will appear in the Harvard Law Review!  Congratulations to Prof. Lakier!

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 29, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 25, 2014

More on Thomas Jefferson and the prospect of law schools closing

At CHE.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 25, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Circumstances of Civility"

This topic has become timely again with the Salaita affair at Illinois, and various public addresses, including by the Berkeley Chancellor, about the topic.  And for a different take, try this.

(And Happy New Year to those celebrating!)

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 25, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 24, 2014

New AALS website...

...is now on-line.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 24, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink