Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A very interesting comment from Matt Spitzer (Texas), the former Dean at USC, over at Dean Rodriguez's new blog:
Much of the current disenchantment stems from the enormous economic downturn and attendant layoffs and failure-to-hires of recent law school graduates. This produces a demand for both better information about placement (and, perhaps, bar passage), as well as heartfelt but unfocused requests for training that will enable graduates to function as lawyers. If and when the economy improves, these feelings will not disappear, but will become less intense. To the extent that we take the latter request seriously, it will not lead, by and large, to doing a lot more public interest work. Although that work may produce some generalized skills training (e.g. how to draft a complaint), there is precious little paid work in public interest. Rather, taking the demand for skill seriously leads down a path to law schools having a law firm (just as medical schools have hospitals) where students start to learn how to practice under lawyer-professors, who both provide training and who charge clients for their services. We would need to work hard to make the position of lawyer-professor prestigious, so that we could attract the best and the brightest. Law school might become 4 years instead of 3. And there will be negotiations between the lawyer-professors and the Deans of law schools about how to split fees. Deans of law schools will need new sets of skills, akin to managing partner at a large law firm.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Some readers might be interested in the report on Anglophone graduate programs in philosophy I orchestrate (and which is published by Blackwell), which is based on surveys of more than 300 philosophers around the world. The most recent edition was released last month. As you'll see, while some top philosophy departments are at universities with top law schools, many are not.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
...in more or less the Yale/Chicago format. One thing surprising here is that Michigan has salary data on only a bit more than half of the class of 2010, which seems rather low.
CORRECTION: A colleague at Michigan tells me that Michigan has posted employment stats in this format for a number of years.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Duncan Law School, which was recently featured in a NYT article criticizing the role of the ABA as a law school regulator, is now suing the ABA for denying it provisional accreditation. I have further thoughts on the role of the Times as content creator and content seller here.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Alas, another untimely passing to report. Professor Larson was Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, well-known for her work in feminist legal theory across a range of areas. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: The Wisconsin memorial notice is here.