Friday, November 4, 2016
...though recall that last year was up nearly 8% from the year prior to that. It's still early, but this suggests that this year's applicant pool is likely to be similar to last year's, meaning this may be the "new normal" for awhile.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
UPDATE: Now 23 of the professor's colleagues have called on the faculty member to resign if the allegations are true. That reflects poorly on them, and suggests they have no regard for contractual and constitutional rights to academic freedom, including the right to engage in racially insensitive extramural speech. Absent a finding that the professor treats students or colleagues in racially discriminatory ways, there is no reason for the faculty member to resign (apologizing might be a good idea though!).
ANOTHER: The Daily Mail (not my favorite source, though they often get the facts out quickly on stories like this) reports that the offending faculty member was Prof. Nancy Shurtz, and gives some context for why she was dressed that way at the Halloween party.
HERE IS A BETTER SOURCE identifying Prof. Shurtz, and includes a statement from her.
STILL ANOTHER: Prof. Shurtz issues a written explanation and apology. She exercised bad judgment. Her 23 colleagues exercised even worse judgment. It's now their turn to apologize!
Monday, October 31, 2016
...despite recently getting conditional accreditation. But given the enrollment figures and lack of demand, this is not a surprising development.
Blog Emperor Caron has been tracking them at various schools. At almost all the schools covered, enrollment is down substantially since 2010 and, even so, the numerical credentials of the enrolled students are also down.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Conventional wisdom that I've endorsed before is that job seekers get most of their callback interviews within the two weeks after the FRC. "Most" here means that after those two weeks, a candidate who got four or five callbacks in the first two weeks might pick up one more, and might even pick it up rather late in the process. This is based on anecdotal evidence involving Chicago candidates over the last eight years, so I'd be curious to hear from others who have noticed other patterns. Submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear. Thanks.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
According to Professor Lawsky, there were 86 law schools at the FRC this past weekend in Washington, DC, compared to 89 in 2015. This doesn't account for the number of slots schools are looking to fill, but my guess is that, like last year, we will see at least 80 new tenure-track academic faculty hired, perhaps a bit higher.
The 94 in 2013 is misleading, since that was a year in which many schools went to the FRC but did no hiring, due to budgetary stresses. The real contrast, of course, is with the last reasonably good year on the market, 2012-13, when 142 schools participated in the FRC.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016