September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 21, 2014

Signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School misses bond payment, seeks restructuring of debts

MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPT. 17:  UPDATED

Story here.  TJLS is a free-standing law school in San Diego, facing two better-established competitors in the local market, California Western and University of San Diego.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron reports bad news for TJLS from one of the ratings agencies (not that they have much credibility, but....).

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 18, 2014

$50 million naming gift for Drexel's law school

Wow!

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 18, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)

ANOTHER CORRECTION:  Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 11, 2014

Northwestern's Ronald Allen first law professor to receive China's highest award for non-nationals: the China Friendship Award

Dean Rodriguez has the details.

ADDENDUM:  Colin Picker (New South Wales) points out that one other U.S. law professor appears to have been so recognized.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 07, 2014

What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?

Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs.  All the tenured faculty?  Really?  I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty.  If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose.  Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

September 04, 2014

Judge Posner "whacks" (truly) Wisconsin and Indiana

It's a very amusing read that lays waste to some rather pathetic arguments.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 4, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

September 02, 2014

Columbia law professor Katherine Franke joins boycott against University of Illinois...

...and cancels scheduled talk, though she will travel to Urbana-Champaign at her own expense to participate in a symposium about the Salaita case.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

New University of Illinois Law Faculty blog

I especially commend the piece by Robin Kar about the Salaita affair.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 2, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 28, 2014

Gaming the U.S.News.com COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the USNews.com list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink