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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 16, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (5)

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 16, 2015 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 15, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 14, 2015

Signs of the times: George Washington admits nearly 100 transfer students...

...including about half from American University alone.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 14, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 12, 2015

"Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature"

Here's a draft of the Tobriner Memorial Lecture in Constitutional law that I will be giving at Hastings later this afternoon in San Francisco.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 12, 2015 in Jurisprudence, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 11, 2015

2015 Report on the State of the Legal Market

Via Georgetown Law.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 11, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

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.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 8, 2015 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 06, 2015

Most cited scholars in legal ethics/professional responsibility

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 6, 2015 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

December 31, 2014

July 2014 California bar exam results

Blog Emperor Caron crunches the numbers.

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 31, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

December 29, 2014

Overall law school enrollments in two cities: Chicago, Philadelphia

Blog Emperor Caron reports the trends.

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink