November 09, 2016

On the day after... everyone tries to adjust to what appears to have happened, I commend this useful discussion of checks and balances by Orin Kerr (George Washington).

November 9, 2016 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 08, 2016

University of Houston Law Center succeeds in effort to block South Texas College of Law...

November 04, 2016

LSATs taken in September/October up 1% from last year...

...though recall that last year was up nearly 8% from the year prior to that.  It's still early, but this suggests that this year's applicant pool is likely to be similar to last year's, meaning this may be the "new normal" for awhile.

November 4, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 02, 2016

University of Oregon law professor went to Halloween Party in blackface


UPDATE:  Now 23 of the professor's colleagues have called on the faculty member to resign if the allegations are true.  That reflects poorly on them, and suggests they have no regard for  contractual and constitutional rights to academic freedom, including the right to engage in racially insensitive extramural speech.  Absent a finding that the professor treats students or colleagues in racially discriminatory ways, there is no reason for the faculty member to resign (apologizing might be a good idea though!).

ANOTHER:  The Daily Mail (not my favorite source, though they often get the facts out quickly on stories like this) reports that the offending faculty member was Prof. Nancy Shurtz, and gives some context for why she was dressed that way at the Halloween party.

HERE IS A BETTER SOURCE identifying Prof. Shurtz, and includes a statement from her.

STILL ANOTHER:  Prof. Shurtz issues a written explanation and apology.  She exercised bad judgment.  Her 23 colleagues exercised even worse judgment.  It's now their turn to apologize!

November 2, 2016 in Faculty News, Law Professors Saying Dumb Things, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 31, 2016

Indiana Tech Law School to close...

...despite recently getting conditional accreditation.  But given the enrollment figures and lack of demand, this is not a surprising development.

October 31, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Enrollment trends, 2010 to 2016

Blog Emperor Caron has been tracking them at various schools.   At almost all the schools covered, enrollment is down substantially since 2010 and, even so, the numerical credentials of the enrolled students are also down.

October 31, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

October 27, 2016

2 of 10 law schools randomly audited by ABA...

...were found to be well below the required compliance level with ABA rules regarding the reporting of employment data.  Two others were slightly below the required compliance level of 95%.

October 27, 2016 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

October 26, 2016

How long after the "meat market" (the FRC) before a candidate hears from schools about callbacks?

Conventional wisdom that I've endorsed before is that job seekers get most of their callback interviews within the two weeks after the FRC.  "Most" here means that after those two weeks, a candidate who got four or five callbacks in the first two weeks might pick up one more, and might even pick it up rather late in the process.  This is based on anecdotal evidence involving Chicago candidates over the last eight years, so I'd be curious to hear from others who have noticed other patterns.  Submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.  Thanks.

October 26, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 20, 2016

Not much change in number of schools interviewing at FRC from 2015 to 2016

According to Professor Lawsky, there were 86 law schools at the FRC this past weekend in Washington, DC, compared to 89 in 2015.  This doesn't account for the number of slots schools are looking to fill, but my guess is that, like last year, we will see at least 80 new tenure-track academic faculty hired, perhaps a bit higher.

The 94 in 2013 is misleading, since that was a year in which many schools went to the FRC but did no hiring, due to budgetary stresses.  The real contrast, of course, is with the last reasonably good year on the market, 2012-13, when 142 schools participated in the FRC.

October 20, 2016 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 19, 2016

Victim of Autoadmit harassment a decade ago is now fighting rising anti-semitism on-line

Story here (details about Autoadmit here).


October 19, 2016 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink