January 16, 2015
Criteria for awarding endowed chairs or professorships?
Reader Gerard Ambreson writes:
In your capacity of chief commentator on legal education, perhaps you could provide your thoughts on your blog on named professorships/chairs. Some questions it would be interesting to see you address:
What should the criteria for awarding chairs be? For example, should schools take into account things besides scholarship, such as other contributions to the school, like excellent teaching or service? Is it appropriate to consider non-legal writings for chairs in law schools? See, for example, St. John's Law School's Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly, C.M., Professor of Law, Lawrence Joseph, who may be better known for his poetry than his writing on legal matters?
My impression is that criteria vary with school and often with the particular endowment--many schools have named positions to recognize excellent teaching, for example.
Diamond v. some law school critics
These folks are not intellectual heavyweights, but it's decent of Prof. Diamond (Santa Clara) to wade through their messes and confusions and try to shine the light of reason.
January 15, 2015
LSAC: applicants down 8.5% from this time last year
Here. Another pattern from recent years is more applicants later in the season than in the past, so my guess is total applicants will be down less than 8.5% by the end of the application cycle.
January 14, 2015
Signs of the times: George Washington admits nearly 100 transfer students...
January 12, 2015
"Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature"
January 11, 2015
2015 Report on the State of the Legal Market
Via Georgetown Law.
January 08, 2015
Nice WSJ write-up about New Hampshire's "Webster Program" to train generalist litigators ready to hit the ground running
Behind a paywall, alas.
January 06, 2015
Most cited scholars in legal ethics/professional responsibility
December 31, 2014
July 2014 California bar exam results
Blog Emperor Caron crunches the numbers.
December 29, 2014
Overall law school enrollments in two cities: Chicago, Philadelphia
Blog Emperor Caron reports the trends.