Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why do hiring schools look for "signals" from other hiring schools?

Barry Friedman (NYU) writes with an excellent set of questions and observations:

Here’s a thought worth maybe tooting on your blog.  It never ceases to catch my attention how much school hiring is driven by signals from other schools.  School X will interview candidate Y and love him/her, or will love him/her on paper, but will never move forward for an interview absent a strong signal from some number of schools they consider competitive.  Yet, in this tight market, those signals get fewer – especially at the call back and offer stage.  It has the effect I think of killing candidates that otherwise would get interviews or offers.   Yet, paradoxically, if schools had confidence in their internal assessments (and it is not like this is one person deciding; it is an entire faculty or faculty committee) this sort of market provides a real opportunity to steal that person you loved without a fight. 

So why do schools do this?  I think in most cases it is because they lack confidence in their own judgments.  But what do readers think?  I would prefer signed comments, but you must, in any case, include a valid e-mail address, which will not appear.

October 8, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink | Comments (10)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Signs of the times, cont.: Cooley Law issues "Notice of Intent to Close"...

...its Ann Arbor campus (Cooley has several other campuses, however).

October 6, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, October 3, 2014

Another sign of the times: Roger Williams continues with tuition reduction and three-year tuition guarantee

RWU's news release here.

October 3, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leiter & Skeel at the Veritas Forum at Northwestern...

Signs of the times: tuition rising at Berkeley

Not surprising, the UC professional schools are all now de facto private.

October 2, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

USC's Beth Garrett to be next President of Cornell

Story here.  Her husband, the legal philosopher Andrei Marmor, who is a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Southern California, will take up a similar position at Cornell.

(Thanks to Rick Hasen for the pointer.)

September 30, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

In Memoriam: William Quirk

Professor William Quirk, a senior member of the University of South Carolina Law faculty, died last week.  He was 80.  Quirk joined the USC Law faculty in 1970 and was the law school's most senior active faculty member.

September 30, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three Chicago law schools prevail in lawsuits brought by graduates

Story here.

September 29, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

"The Invention of Low Value Speech"

Andy Koppelman (Northwestern) has a nice discussion of recent scholarship by our Bigelow Genevieve Lakier.

UPDATE:  I just learned that Lakier's paper will appear in the Harvard Law Review!  Congratulations to Prof. Lakier!

September 29, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Friday, September 26, 2014

Troubles at Buffalo: Dean resigns amidst a lawsuit and other allegations

News story here.

September 26, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink