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

Friday, December 15, 2017

Chief Judge of 9th Circuit initiates investigation into allegations of misconduct against Judge Kozinski

The order here.

December 15, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A proposed limit on student loans for graduate education (other than medical)

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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December 14, 2017 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (0)

Case Western's Cassandra Burke Robertson calls for impeachment proceedings against Judge Kozinski

Her reasons here.

December 14, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink