April 15, 2013
Standard & Poor's Downgrades Albany Law School's RatingOf 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.
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.
Is hiring of labor and employment law professors disproportionately down?I'm skeptical.
April 01, 2013
Disclosing material/economic interests in scholarshipMore law reviews should adopt this policy.
February 28, 2013
Georgetown's Report on the State of the Legal Market for 2013Not 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.
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.
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.
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.
February 01, 2013
"Downsizing" legal educationDean Yellen (Loyola-Chicago) makes several very good points.
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.