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January 31, 2019

Deny tenure more often, raise scholarly impact

That's the conclusion of a study by three colleagues of mine, Adam Chilton (just tenured, easy case!), Jonathan Masur, and Kyle Rozema (our Behavioral L&E Fellow).  I've not looked at the details of the study, but I wonder how much the results are affectedd by Harvard's historical pattern (changed in recent years) of hiring and then tenuring everyone based on good grades in law school, which results in more "dead wood" there than elsewhere.   Even if Harvard has some effect on the findings, I think their basic point is correct:  law schools, especially those maintaining a high scholarly profile, should be more demanding about tenure.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 31, 2019 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink

January 30, 2019

$15 million gift to Albany Law School from anonymous donor


(Thanks to Chris Colton for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 30, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 29, 2019

USA Today "hit piece" on law schools

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) comments.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 29, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 24, 2019

UVA Law's Class of 1990: They're Happy!

Good for them, and good for UVA!   Of course, there may be some self-selection going on:  happy types may choose UVA over other top law schools!

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 24, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

January 22, 2019

Links to all the "Most Cited" law faculty lists for 2013-2017

These were posted, starting last August.  Here's all the links in a single post for the convenience of readers.  (You might start with this post:  In a USNews.com world, don't confuse citations with quality.)  All these lists are for the period 2013-2017, inclusive.  The parenthetical number indicates the number of most-cited faculty listed.

Top 50 Law Schools based on scholarly impact

Schools with highest percentage of tenured faculty on most-cited lists

Ten Most Cited Law Faculty Overall

Antitrust (10)

Civil Procedure (10)

Commercial Law (10)

Constitutional Law (20)

Corporate Law & Securities Regulation (20)

Criminal Law & Procedure (20)

Critical Theories of Law (Feminist and Critical Race) (20)

Election Law (10)

Evidence (10)

Family Law (10)

Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw (20)

International Law & Security (20)

Law & Economics (15)

Law & Philosophy (10)

Law & Social Science (15)

Legal Ethics/Legal Profession (10)

Legal History (10)

Property Law (10)

Public Law (excluding Constitutional) (25)

    (includes administrative, environmental, legislation/statutory interpretation, regulatory law)

Tax (10)

Torts and Insurance Law (10)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 22, 2019 | Permalink

January 21, 2019

Rostron & Levit's guide to submitting to law reviews, updated again

They asked me to share the announcement, which I'm happy to do:

We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2019 submission season covering the 203 main journals of each law school. 

We have created hyperlinks for each law review to take you directly to the law review’s submissions page. Again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what months they say they'll resume accepting submissions. 

There has been some change in law review preferences from a year ago, with the upticks going to Scholastica and to law reviews’ own emails.  Now 78 schools prefer or require Scholastica as the exclusive avenue for submissions (compared to 62 last year), 42 law journals prefer direct emails, and 41 law reviews prefer or require submission through ExpressO (compared to again 62 last year), with 33 accepting articles submitted through either ExpressO or Scholastica. Six schools now have their own online web portals (compared to thirteen last year).

The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO, Scholastica, or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review.  The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website.

Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals:  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1019029 

Professors Rostron and Levit welcome feedback, as always.


Posted by Brian Leiter on January 21, 2019 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

January 14, 2019

In Memoriam: David W. Robertson (1937-2018)

It has only just come to my attention that my former colleague and longtime faculty member at the University of Texas School of Law, David W. Robertson, passed away at the end of last year.  A leading authority on admiralty law--his 1970 Admiralty and Federalism is widely cited by the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court--he was also a scholar of tort law, as well as a very popular teacher.  The UT memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Dennis Hutchinson for calling Professor Robertson's passing to my attention.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 14, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

January 10, 2019

Syracuse admits first class of (mostly) on-line JD students

Interesting development.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 10, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 7, 2019

SEALS decides to screw over academic job seekers...

...by creating a competitor hiring conference (the Blog Emperor reprints the self-serving announcement in its entirety, although at least Professor Weaver dropped some of his earlier false claims about its purpose).  I'm not aware of any other academic field where there are competing hiring conferences.  Their absence is easy to explain:  it's costly enough--in time and money--to seek an academic job, without having to think about going to two different conferences.  In other fields, the main professional organization runs a hiring conference, which simplifes things for job seekers.  I will be advising all Chicago candidates to ignore Professor Weaver's vanity project, and I would urge all hiring schools, including those that are part of SEALS, to boycott this process.  More importantly, I urge all the placement directors at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Stanford, NYU, Virginia, Berkeley, Penn etc. to steer their candidates AWAY from this destructive undertaking.  One hiring conference is enough.

(I asked Professor Weaver how many candidates actually participated in the SEALS workshop for prospective law teachers.  The answer:  18.)

ADDENDUM:  Professor Weaver is correct that AALS rips off both schools and candidates for participation in its process, so perhaps the AALS will seize this opportunity to reduce costs.  And if the AALS does, then Professor Weaver will have accomplished something worthwhile.

ANOTHER:  Brad Areheart (Tennessee), whom I had the privilege of working with when I taught at the University of Texas, writes:  "As you may or may not know for the last several years I have run the Prospective Law Teachers Workshop at SEALS. It’s a pretty streamlined enterprise (mock job talks, mock interviews, and CV review sessions + a panel and networking with others on the market) but I think it’s a nice enough service for future law profs. We get dozens of applications each year and limit our workshop to just 12 people. We also usually have approximately 100 faculty who volunteer their time at SEALS to make this workshop run.  I am writing you just to clarify that my workshop will continue to operate the same way that it has each year to this point. I have no involvement with the new hiring initiative."  I'm sure Professor Areheart does an excellent job with this, and I commend him for his efforts in helping law teaching candidates.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 7, 2019 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

January 4, 2019

Why the increase in law school applications?

The Onion has the answer.

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 4, 2019 in Legal Humor | Permalink