Thursday, September 3, 2015

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

The 24th Tobriner Lecture at Hastings, now in print.

September 3, 2015 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Student loan borrowers with the highest debt levels have the lowest default rates (Michael Simkovic)

"Gender and the Analytic Jurisprudential Mind"

This is a wonderful takedown of a set of confusions masquerading as feminist critique; it's by Leslie Green, Professor of the Philosophy of Law at Oxford.

September 1, 2015 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Monday, August 31, 2015

William "let's kill law professors" Bradford resigns from West Point

Interesting development in the wake of this.

(Thanks to David Gordon for the pointer.)

August 31, 2015 in Law Professors Saying Dumb Things, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Chicago Alumni and Bigelows on the Teaching Market, 2015-16


This post is for schools who expect to be hiring this year.

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates (except for two) will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have a very strong group of candidates this year in a multitude of areas, including federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, property, legislation, national security, corporate law, securities regulation, corporate finance, insurance law, criminal law & procedure, evidence, constitutional law, jurisprudence, law & race, contracts, commercial law, international business transaction, international trade, intellectual property, privacy, empirical legal studies, consumer law, torts, conflicts, environmental law, water law, natural resources, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, land use, local government law, real estate, labor law, and employment discrimination. 

Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks; numerous past editors of the Law Review; numerous former Circuit Court clerks; JD/PhDs in Philosophy, Psychology, and Linguistics; and many experienced practitioners (some with years of practice experience and publications).  Several will also help meet diversity objectives in hiring.  All have publications and writing samples.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates, since we have vetted them all at some point in the recent past.

August 31, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, August 28, 2015

Only one-third of published psychology results (even *less* in social psychology) turn out to be reliable!

Wow.  This is going to require a serious rethinking of the role of empirical psychology in law and in philosophy, among other disciplines.

August 28, 2015 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"Timing Law School" in The Washington Post (Michael Simkovic)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Case in Point (Michael Simkovic)

I recently posted about the need for law schools to fund the AALS so that it can become a resource for journalists and encourage more accurate and balanced press coverage.  I noted how unrepresentative and disconnected from reality the press coverage has been, and that individual law professors and deans who have pointed this out have faced ad hominem attacks and other abuse, which has had a chilling effect on speech.

The online gossip blog Above the Law has been kind enough to illustrate my point by responding with a series of misrepresentations and ad hominem attacks.  They’ve misrepresented my calls for provision of honest and accurate information as an invitation to lying and propaganda (and included a Pinocchio cartoon in cased anyone missed their headline) and somehow managed to dredge up completely irrelevant and salacious allegations against a former Dean, who I mentioned in my post only because of the attacks he and his law school faced immediately after his 2012 New York Times editorial.

I believe that law schools should provide accurate information to the public in an efficient way.  There is nothing unethical about this view and no reason to keep it secret, which is why I have openly posted these views on a blog that anyone and everyone in the world can read. 

ATL has done a terrible job in terms of accuracy and balance in their reporting—repeatedly misrepresenting (here and here) my and Frank McIntyre’s peer-reviewed research on The Economic Value of a Law Degree —and the way in which they’ve depicted well intentioned efforts to correct the record is yet another example of biased reporting, anti-law school vitriol, and of the need for active efforts to correct the record and provide greater balance.

August 27, 2015 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Law in Cyberspace, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Weblogs | Permalink

Tuition discounting at private law schools? Up to nearly 50% from only 20% a decade ago...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

National Security Law Journal repudiates an article it published!

Here.  (Those with somewhat longer memories may recall the author of the now repudiated piece as this fellow; more here.)

ADDENDUM:  A critique of William Bradford's article by Prof. Jeremy Rabkin (George Mason):

When an article proposes to arrest law professors and bomb law schools and nearby TV studios, it’s not engaging in “controversy,” but slipping into an alternate universe. It’s not “discomforting.”  It is bonkers. The journal could not reasonably have expected readers to “respond” – unless to ask, “Are you out of your minds?”

August 25, 2015 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink