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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Monday, October 29, 2012

"The Methodology of Legal Philosophy"

A draft of a new essay by Alex Langlinais (a philosophy grad student here at Chicago) and myself, to appear in the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology, being edited by Cappelen, Gendler, and Hawthorne.  Comments welcome.

October 29, 2012 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mottos for law blogs

This is pretty funny, though it overstates my hostility to some of the crazies at the Volokh blog--though I do enjoy making fun of some of them, for the reasons suggested by the motto proposed for that blog!

ADDENDUM:  And by the same author, book reviews Judge Posner might have written.

October 27, 2012 in Legal Humor | Permalink

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Law School Replies to Allegations of Inaccurate Jobs Data

In defense of specialization in legal education

Tax scholar Victor Fleischer (Colorado) comments.  He makes a number of interesting points, but I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking I wouldn't have chosen a law school that force-fed all students "financial literacy."  Let the law school recommend the course and counsel the students about its value, but it really isn't true that every law student needs it regardless of career plans or trajectory.  That reservation aside, I think the overall thrust of Fleischer's comments is correct, though at least here at Chicago, where 3Ls are rather remarkably engaged, my sense is students already do a lot of this without any curriculum "revamping."

October 26, 2012 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jury Finds for Iowa: No Political Discrimination in Hiring Case

Story here.

UPDATE:  Actually, it's a bit more complicated!  No First Amendment violation, but the jury split on the equal protection claim.

October 25, 2012 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Big Trouble for Thomas Jefferson Law School

If these admissions are confirmed to be accurate, TJLS in San Diego is in serious trouble, both with the ABA and in the pending lawsuit.

UPDATE:  The full sworn statement by the former TJLS employee.

October 23, 2012 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

More on third-year curricular "reform" at NYU

In IHE.  This article reports that NYU will now require a "financial literacy" course for all 1Ls.  That seems an important kind of course to make available to law students, but to require it seems to involve an assumption about career paths that isn't warranted.

The IHE article repeats the usual complaint that the cost of legal education is already "too high," so that new initiatives like this only raise costs.  It's perhaps worth noting that we don't really know what direction the actual cost of legal education is moving in.  The anecdotal evidence of the extent to which schools are offering financial incentives to get students to enroll suggests that the "official" tuition rate is even less indicative of the actual cost than it was just a few years ago.

October 23, 2012 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, October 22, 2012

Political bias lawsuit against Iowa getting ugly


October 22, 2012 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Cyber-Misogyny Redux

Autoadmit and Anthony Ciolli may seem like ancient history, but cyberspace is still awash in misogynistic and other abuse.  Until the insane CDA 230 is gone, the Internet will continue to be the harassment and misogyny superhighway.

October 22, 2012 in Law in Cyberspace, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Persistence of Fuller-Inspired Confusions about Legal Positivism

It is surprising, to those of us specializing in jurisprudence, how much staying power Lon Fuller's confusions have.  This paper by Michael Sevel (Sydney) is a useful corrective.

October 21, 2012 in Jurisprudence | Permalink