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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Another law school adopts a 2-year accelerated JD program

"Unsubstantiated assertion" and "platitudinous self-congratulation"

This is funny:

Professor Silver’s response [to Tamanaha] contains a number of unsubstantiated assertions.  This Essay addresses three of them....These claims illustrate how, in my view, the crisis of the American law school is in large part a product of the tendency of law school faculty to indulge in platitudinous self-congratulation...

when juxtaposed in the very same piece with this bit of unsubstantiated self-congratulation:

These facts [about the bad job market for new lawyers and the high cost of law school], which are central to Tamanaha’s argument that the economics of American legal education are broken, did not become generally known through a perfect storm of market correction but rather via the efforts of a committed cadre of reformers....

I guess those who fancy themselves part of a "cadre" can't be expected to substantiate their self-congratulation.


May 9, 2013 in Law Professors Saying Dumb Things | Permalink

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Law faculty salaries 2012-13

Decline in lateral hiring of faculty

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Is law school tuition going up or down?

No one really knows, but given the data from private universities and colleges, the answer is very likely "down."

MEANWHILE an uptick in employment for new lawyers.


May 7, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

Another Employment-Outcome Rankings

From the University of Denver--it depends on self-reported data by the schools, of course, but it does provide a simple way to see the import of that data.


May 7, 2013 in Legal Profession, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

Monday, May 6, 2013

Columbia's Jane Ginsburg Elected to the American Philosophical Society

More here and here.


May 6, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink

The Pro-Business Roberts Court

A new study by Lee Epstein (Southern California) and my colleagues Bill Landes and Dick Posner is discussed in the New York Times.


May 6, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Controversial Saint Louis University President to Step Down

Story here.  Earlier controversies involving Biondi and the law school are noted here.


May 5, 2013 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, May 3, 2013

AALS Executive Susan Prager Becoming Dean at Southwestern

Susan Westerberg Prager, the former dean of UCLA Law and current Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the AALS, will become Southwestern Law School's new Dean and Chief Executive Officer effective this fall.  Needless to say, this is a major hire.


May 3, 2013 in Faculty News | Permalink