Thursday, January 18, 2018

New study of longterm outcomes and value of a law degree

The full document here.  I may say more when I've had a chance to digest it.   Signed reader comments welcome (full name required, valid e-mail address); submit comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.

January 18, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Greenberg vs. Dershowitz on whether Trump can obstruct justice

The always awful Alan Dershowitz has been all over the media arguing that Trump can't obstruct justice; Mark Greenberg (UCLA) here takes the argument apart.

January 15, 2018 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, January 11, 2018

In Memoriam: Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. (1929-2018)

A preeminent figure for many decades in both civil procedure and legal ethics, Professor Hazard taught at Berkeley, Chicago, Yale, Penn, and, since 2009, at the University of California, Hastings.  The Penn memorial notice is here and the ALI notice here.

(Thanks to Scott Dodson for the pointer.)

January 11, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

ABA moves for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by Cooley Law School

The motion is here, and it is quite damning about Cooley.  My guess is the motion will be granted, and Cooley will lose its accreditation and close within the next year or two.

January 10, 2018 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Monday, January 8, 2018

SSRN download rankings now measure mentions in newspapers

The top 11 "most downloaded" law authors in the last 12 months are eleven tax professors who co-authored two papers on the recent tax overhaul, which garnered a prominent mention in The New York Times, leading to more than 70,000 downloads in the last month.  For 10 of these 11 tax professors, these two NYT-plugged papers constitute 95% or more of all their downloads.  The traditional #1 in downloads among law professors, Cass Sunstein, is now a mere 12th!  This has happened before with SSRN, but usually involving one author (e.g., Christopher Fairman, or Daniel Solove).   Farewell to SSRN downloads as a metric of any interest for at least a year!

January 8, 2018 in Faculty News, Legal Humor, Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Decline in conditional scholarship awards at U.S. law schools since 2011

Jerry Organ (St. Thomas) collects the data.  The decline in the applicant pool during this time has presumably put prospective students in a stronger negotiating position, which probably explains the decline in the offers of scholarships contingent on academic performance.

January 2, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Interim Dean Song Richardson at UC Irvine named Dean

Her colleague Rick Hasen has the news.

December 21, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Someone should have paid more attention in his evidence class

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.)

December 19, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Monday, December 18, 2017

Judge Kozinski retires

Law school transfer students

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.

December 18, 2017 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink