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

June 24, 2014

Writing Prize inflation at Yale Law School

No surprise here, courtesy of my colleague Eric Posner.  A Yale resume without several writing prizes should be inherently suspect!

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 24, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 19, 2014

ABA approves splitting the two Penn State law school campuses into separate institutions

The official announcement.  If the Dickinson School in Carlyle is not listed as part of Penn State for U.S. News purposes, that will have a deleterious effect on its rankings, due to the notorious halo effects of university names.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 19, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 16, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in 11 specialties, 2009-2013

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 13, 2014

Another preview: ten most highly cited tax scholars, 2009 through 2013

Here it is:

TAX

Rank

Name

Institution

Citations

Age in 2013

1

Michael Graetz

Columbia University

400

69

 

David Weisbach

University of Chicago

400

50

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah

University of Michigan

350

56

4

Daniel Shaviro

New York University

340

56

5

Leandra Lederman

Indiana University, Bloomington

290

47

 

Lawrence Zelenak

Duke University

290

58

7

Victor Fleischer

University of San Diego

280

42

8

Edward Zelinsky

Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University

270

63

9

Joseph Bankman

Stanford University

250

58

 

Edward McCaffery

University of Southern California

250

55

 

Highly cited scholars who work   partly in tax

 

 

 

 

Louis Kaplow

Harvard University

1100

57

 

Brian Galle                                                           

Kristin Hickman

Boston College

University of Minnesota

  310

  310

41

43

 

Mark Gergen

University of California, Berkeley

  270

57

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 13, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 11, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in the U.S. 2009 through 2013

Next week, I'll have up on the ranking site a new study of the ten most-cited faculty during the years 2009 through 2013 in 11 different areas of legal schoarship (everything from corporate law to legal history to tax).  As a teaser, here are the ten most-cited faculty overall (who are still in law teaching) for the period 2009-2013, listed by the schools they teach at:

 Ten Most Cited Faculty Overall

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

5540

59            

2

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine

3010

60

3

Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago

2700

70

4

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

5

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

2360

47

6

William Eskridge, Jr.

Yale University

2070

62

7

Mark Tushnet

Harvard University

1910

68

8

Akhil Amar

Yale University

1790

55

9

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

1750

52

10

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

1740

63

 

Laurence Tribe

Harvard University

1740

72

Prominent judges who still teach part-time were not included in this study; but just for fun, here are the figures for the three most prominent:  Judge Posner (Chicago) was cited 6980 times during this period; Judge Easterbrook (Chicago) was cited 2130 times; and Judge Calabresi (Yale) was cited 1290 times. 

(Note:  total citations really means the total number of articles in which the scholar is cited.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

ABA Section on Legal Education recommends changes...

...including new rules for auditing employment data and permitting law schools to admit up to 10% of the class without the LSAT.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 10, 2014

U of Minnesota provides $2 million to offset law school's deficit

Story here.  If a major state law school, perenially top 20ish, is in this situation, I would imagine many other law schools are as well.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 10, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink