April 15, 2013

Standard & Poor's Downgrades Albany Law School's Rating

Of course, the track record of these agencies is sufficiently poor that it's hard to know what to make of this, but it is still a "sign of the times," as it were.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 15, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

April 11, 2013

Which areas of law deserve more attention/investment from law schools...

...in the form of more full-time faculty doing research in the area.  It's our topic du jour, so perhaps a poll of readers will prove informative.  No lobbying for votes by blogs in particular areas!  The poll only includes areas about which one hears with some regluarity concern that they are under-treated by law schools (so no constitutional law, corporate law, tax, criminal law, which almost all law schools are well-represented in or try to be).

When the results are in, I'll open them for discussion next week.

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, the Workplace Law blog linked to the poll, which resulted in a surge for employment law.  I've asked  them to remove the link, otherwise we will have to drop employment law from the results, which would be unfortunate.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 11, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

Is hiring of labor and employment law professors disproportionately down?

I'm skeptical.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 11, 2013 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

April 01, 2013

Disclosing material/economic interests in scholarship

More law reviews should adopt this policy.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 1, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 28, 2013

Georgetown's Report on the State of the Legal Market for 2013

Not good news (not surprising), and definitely worth reading.  It comes pretty squarely down in favor of Bill Henderson's longstanding hypothesis that the changes afoot are structural not cyclical.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 28, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

February 20, 2013

Paul Campos admits he doesn't "even [know] what it means" to think like a lawyer

This probably explains a lot.  Fortunately, Fred Schauer has recently written a book that could help him with his questions, like, "What does it mean to teach people to think like lawyers?  How is thinking like a lawyer different from ordinary thinking?" 

(Thanks to Nick Smith for the pointer.)

UPDATE:  A senior legal academic, who has been involved extensively with legal education reform, writes:  "Keep up the Campos bashing.  I think that some of the law school critics have done a good service.  Even when I don't agree with everything, it was necessary for legal educators to give up a bit of complacency.  I've never met Campos, but he is disgraceful."  It's hard to disagree with any of that, but I don't really plan to keep up the "bashing," since, as we saw a few weeks back, by Campos's own admission, there really isn't much content to his routine. 

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 20, 2013 in Jurisprudence, Law Professors Saying Dumb Things, Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 19, 2013

Racial, ethnic and other "identity" diversity in article selection?

A reader alerted me a couple of weeks ago to the fact that Scholastica collects demographic data on authors, which apparently some journals are using in the selection process.  Before I got around to it, the issue has exploded on various blogs; Blog Emperor Caron has links to the various discussions.  Given that the law reviews had been moving to more peer (i.e., faculty) review of scholarship, this does seem a step backwards, but much will turn on what law reviews are really doing with this information.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 19, 2013 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 04, 2013

Submitting to law reviews

Updated for Spring 2013.  Co-author Nancy Levit (Missouri/Kansas City) writes:   

The highlights from this round of revisions include the following:  First, there has been movement toward Scholastica and we have tried to track which law reviews prefer Scholastica or exclusively accept through that channel.  Second, the chart now includes, where available, information about whenjournals are open to receive articles—i.e. the opening date for the submission season.


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Posted by Brian Leiter on February 4, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 01, 2013

"Downsizing" legal education

Dean Yellen (Loyola-Chicago) makes several very good points.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 1, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink

January 23, 2013

ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education...

...is soliciting comments.  You can read the comments received so far here.  I haven't read them all, but of those I did read, the comments from Frank Wu, Dean at Hastings, sounds the right themes, while the one from Scott Fruehwald, formerly a legal writing instructor at Hofstra, is notable for its infatuation with gimmicky educational theories, and will presumably be ignored.   I trust readers of this blog will submit comments; I plan to do so shortly.

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 23, 2013 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink