January 31, 2014

Signs of the times: Albany Law School declares financial crisis...

...and is threatening to fire faculty, including possibly tenured faculty.  It is not clear, however, that there really is a financial crisis there (follow the link to the Albany AAUP website).  Albany did, however, suffer an S&P downgrade last year.  Any firings of tenured faculty are likely to result in costly lawsuits, given the evidence in the public domain.

Note that Albany Law School is a freestanding law school, and is not part of the State University of New York system.  It is also one of four  law schools in "upstate" New York (the others are Syracuse, SUNY-Buffalo and Cornell, though Cornell is not sending graduates primarily into the upstate markets).  The New York City area is served by Columbia, NYU, Fordham, Cardozo, Brooklyn, NYLS, St. John's, Hofstra, Pace, Touro, Seton Hall, and Rutgers-Newark (not to mention the many schools farther from New York that send large numbers of graduates there).

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 31, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

January 30, 2014

More factual problems for law school bashers: law students are not unhappier now than they were before the recession

Indeed, a solid majority report themselves "satisfied" with their law school experience.  As with all inconvenient facts, this will have no impact on the cyber-crazies

An amusing, but related anecdote:  a former student told me he tried to challenge one of the hysterical scam bloggers about his claim that "a very large percentage of alumni wind up out of the law within a few years and much of the remainder had higher earnings potential at 35 than they do at 55" and that "most BigLaw associates are gone by year 5 to lower-bracket employment options."   The challenge consisted of:  what is the evidence for these claims (since none had been cited or linked)?  The scam-blogger didn't even approve the question for the comment section, and no answer has been forthcoming.  Hardly surprising, since the law school bashing has become an utterly fact-free pastime (at least when it doesn't devolve into cyber-harassment and sexist abuse.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 30, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 28, 2014

The latest in idiotic journalism purportedly related to law schools

It's James Stewart's absurd New York Times piece on a former Dewey partner filing for bankruptcy; Adam Levitin (Georgetown) destroys it.  At moments like this, one can only quote Karl Kraus:  "No ideas and the ability to express them:  that's a journalist."

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 28, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 24, 2014

July 2013 California bar exam results

Here.   Good news esp. for Loyola-LA, Chapman and Western State (among others), less so for Irvine, Hastings, McGeorge, and Thomas Jefferson (among others).  Here's the breakdown by percentage of first-time takers by school who passed:

Stanford 91%
UCLA 88%
Loyola-LA 87%
USC 86%
UC Berkeley 85%
UC Davis 85%
Pepperdine 81%
Chapman 77%
UC Irvine 77%
UC Hastings 76%
USD 75%
USF 75%
Western State 75%
Southwestern 74%
Santa Clara 73%
California Western 69%
La Verne 68%
McGeorge 67%
Whittier 65%
Golden Gate 56%
Thomas Jefferson 50%

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 24, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Volokh blog to go behind a paywall in six months!

Praise be to Jesus

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!).

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

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 22, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Submitting to law reviews: what you need to know

Professors Rostron & Levit (both UMKC) have updated their very helpful guide!

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 22, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

January 20, 2014

More thoughts on the "contraception mandate" and religious liberty

This time from BYU's Fred Gedicks.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 20, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 17, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink