Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Matthew Petersen withdraws from further consideration for a federal district judgeship in wake of questioning by Senator Kennedy (R-LA) showing that he didn't know what the Daubert standard was and didn't know what a motion in limine is, among other rather remarkable gaps in his knowledge for someone aspiring to be a trial judge! (Here's the full questioning by Senator Kennedy, who is an experienced lawyer and also, like Mr. Petersen, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.)
Monday, December 18, 2017
Jerry Organ updates his data for 2017. Taking large numbers of transfer students--whose credentials are invisible to the US News ranking gods--can allow a school to take a smaller 1L class (whose credentials are reported to the ranking gods) while still generating tuition revenue. Of course, not all schools take transfers for that reason, but the larger the numbers, the more likely that is part of the consideration.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Chief Judge of 9th Circuit initiates investigation into allegations of misconduct against Judge Kozinski
Thursday, December 14, 2017
I missed this story while I was travelling, but it is quite significant, since it would cap loans for, say, legal education at $28,500 per year, which will result, I expect, in a collapse in enrollments at some law schools and probably put some financial stress on all law schools to increase their own financial aid or limit tuition increases. It may also push more students into the private loan market, though some private lenders may undertake more due diligence regarding the school for which the loan is to be utilized.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Now that the dam has broken, can it be long now? I had heard of his reputation for, shall we say, "inappropriate" behavior from former clerks on the 9th Circuit (for other judges) before. But now we have six women reporting very similar stories. It's a shame, though, that Trump will likely replace him with an inferior judge.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Blog Emperor Caron summarizes the latest LSAC data. I've heard from former students and colleagues at some state flagships that their applications are up even more. Of course, applications fell by more than a third since 2010, and I doubt we will get back to those numbers, but it seems clear that things are stabilizing and even looking up for law school enrollments.