January 24, 2014
Volokh blog to go behind a paywall in six months!
But, seriously, it seems a surprising decision. Even I will miss reading a couple of those folks now and then (and not simply for head-shaking amusement!).
January 22, 2014
More signs of the time: Villanova
Fewer students and many more full rides! That's pretty dramatic to be able to offer full rides to nearly a third of the first-year class! Villanova Law clearly has substantial resources and/or university support to be able to do this.
Submitting to law reviews: what you need to know
Professors Rostron & Levit (both UMKC) have updated their very helpful guide!
January 20, 2014
More thoughts on the "contraception mandate" and religious liberty
This time from BYU's Fred Gedicks.
January 17, 2014
"dybbuk" the cyber-harasser
I appreciate all the feedback via the poll and many e-mails. Notwithstanding the attempted blackmail, I will be posting the identity of "dybbuk," the sexist cyber-harasser and generally pathetic human being, but I would like to wait for the Illinois Bar's investigation, which is now in process, to conclude, since I would not want cyber-hysteria to affect the evaluation of the merits. I expect by April we will know where things stand.
January 16, 2014
A lot of people want to be Dean at the University of Florida...
...and thanks to digging by UF law professor Jeffrey Harrison (a somewhat notorious crank), their applications, including in many cases letters discussing their qualifications, are now a matter of public record. I expect this publicity is not going to make the search any easier.
(Thanks to Dan Filler for the pointer.)
January 15, 2014
A New Dean at Roger Williams...
On CDA 230
Useful perspective from Mary Anne Franks (Miami). The Internet is the cesspool of vile stupidity and vicious harassment that it is mostly because of CDA 230. The recent court decision against The Dirty website (discussed by Prof. Franks) is a hopeful sign.
January 14, 2014
American legal education...
January 13, 2014
LSATs Administered: December figures
According to LSAC, 28,363 LSATs were taken in December 2013, which is down 6.2% from December 2012. October 2013 LSATs administered were down 10.9% from October 2012, and June 2013 LSATs were down 4.9% from the prior year. (LSAC doesn't report how many are repeat test-takers--since it is now easier to get into law school than just a few years ago, one would imagine that creates less incentive to re-take, but what the actual numbers are we do not know.)
Judging from the last few years, there's a reasonable chance that the number of applicants may stabilize in the next year or two, since this year's declines are much smaller than the prior years. So, for example, LSATs taken jumped 15.6% in December 2009 from the prior year, then fell 16.5% in 2010, dropped another 14.9% in 2011, and another 15.6% in 2012, but only dropped 6.2% this year. The pattern is similar with the other test months.