October 25, 2013
Seton Hall conference on future of legal educationI'm sorry that I won't be there to see Professor Simkovic go head-to-head with one of his confused critics! (Mr. Harper is, admittedly, less confused than some of the others.) I hope there will be a video or audio available aftewards!
Who is no longer applying to law school?Story here (and follow the links).
October 22, 2013
Yet another news article trashing student-edited law reviews
Yawn. Mr. Liptak, however, missed the real story, which is that peer-edited journals of legal scholarship are not "rare" any longer, but increasingly common, and increasingly the leading fora for work in several areas of interdisciplinary scholarship (especially law & economics, and law & philosophy).
A REJOINDER from Frank Pasquale, who makes several fair points. That being said, there is no way around the fact that work that could only be described as "sophomoric nonsense" appears with alarming frequency in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, etc. There is nothing comparable in, e.g., the leading faculty-edited law journals, let alone the peer-reviewed journals of other serious disciplines, like philosophy. So even if Mr. Liptak's piece is a bit of a hatchet job, law professors should not kid themselves that the student-edited law review system is wonderful!
October 15, 2013
So much for law reviews imposing word limits on verbose law professorsProfessor Bainbridge has the details.
Judge Posner recants...
...on voter ID law.
(Thanks to Drew Harris for the pointer.)
October 10, 2013
Simkovic & McIntyre review Tamanaha's "Failing Law Schools"Here. Everyone who was initially taken in by that book (as I was) should read this. I am particularly struck by how many instances they identify where Tamanaha has misrepresented the very sources on which he purports to be relying (something I had noted about his work in other contexts).
Another a priori truth confirmed empirically...
...by Albert Yoon (Toronto):
[W]e find that, with few exceptions, law reviews publish more articles from faculty at their own institution than from faculty at other law schools. Law review publications of their own faculty are cited less frequently than publications of outside faculty. This disparity is more pronounced among higher-ranked law reviews, but occurs across the entire distribution of journals. We correspondingly find that law faculty publish their lesser-cited articles in their own law review relative to their articles published in other law reviews. These findings suggest that legal scholarship, in contrast to other academic disciplines, exhibits bias in article selection at the expense of lower quality.
I will counter this with one meaningless anecdote: my best-cited law review article appeared in Texas Law Review when I was on the Texas faculty!
October 07, 2013
Declining applications and 1L classes at New York law schools
Data on application volumes and enrollments from The New York Law Journal.