October 26, 2014

8.1% drop in LSAT takers in September from last year

LSAC data here.   Since the trend appears to be for applicants to apply later in the cycle, the final decline for this year is likely to be less than 8% (in the last few years, the September/October drop was always greater than the final total decline).   But a continued decline of any kind means that law schools uncertain about whether to hire new faculty will likely err on the side of not hiring.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 26, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

October 14, 2014

Schools with the best law professors?

This looks to me rock solid, scientifically impeccable.  What else would one expect from the Princeton Review?

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 14, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 02, 2014

Signs of the times: tuition rising at Berkeley

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

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 2, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

August 28, 2014

Gaming the U.S.News.com COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the USNews.com list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 14, 2014

Another "alliance" between a free-standing law school and a university...

Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University.

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 14, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 05, 2014

Summary of proposed changes to ABA regs governing law schools

NLJ has a useful account, but it seems an exaggeration to describe this as a "makeover."  Some (like the pointless increase in required clinical hours for law students) will raise the cost of legal education, but others (no minimum student-faculty ratio, no requirement of private faculty offices [!], greater latitude in granting variances from the other regs) may, at the margins, reduce costs, but only at the margins--the majority of law schools, who want to compete for students and faculty are not going to let their student-faculty ratios go sky-high or stop providing faculty their own offices.  My guess is that, in the end, this is all much ado about nothing, except for the windfall for experiential teachers.   The real changes afoot are being brought on by the declining applicant pool, which is affecting, in differing ways, 90% of the law schools in the country; most are contracting, some are increasing the teaching loads of their faculty, and a handful will probably close, barring a sudden turnaround.

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 5, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

July 15, 2014

Highly cited election law scholars

Now we know!  I suspect more than 25% of the cites to some of these folks are to non-voting rights scholarship, but I may be wrong.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 15, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

Shocking scandal: Blog Emperor Caron's "traffic" rankings...

...are BS.  The main problem, unnoted by Prof. Hasen, is that they don't incorporate reader IQ, which would push InstaIgnorance, Outhouse and some of the others way down.  (GoogleAnalytics hasn't figure that out yet, I'm told.)  Nonetheless, we love Blog Emperor Caron because he figured out how to turn LawProf pontificating into dollars.  Long live the Blog Emperor!

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 15, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink