May 02, 2023
Purdue has been runnning "Concord Law School" online in Indiana since 2017, and wants to avoid ABA oversight (UPDATED)
A concerned Indiana law professor writes:
Purdue's [Concord] law school enrolled 798 students last year.
Only 8 [out of 17 first-time takers] passed the bar exam.
These facts are not mentioned in the Indiana Supreme Court's proposed rule change to exempt Purdue from ABA oversight, nor the working group report behind it.
If the exemption passes, Purdue will be free to advertise itself as "Indiana approved," with no obligation to continue disclosing its lackluster attrition bar passage and attrition rates.
The Indiana State Bar Association opposes the exception.
Locals expect the court to approve the exception as a favor to Purdue, whose outgoing President, Mitch Daniels, appointed Chief Justice Loretta Rush in his prior role as Governor.
Concord Law School is part of Purdue University Global, Mitch Daniels' flagship initiative. The online arm has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau, due to persistent complaints of fraud.
There is no public outcry in Indiana, where the legislature is busy debating transgender policy and criminal penalties for librarians who distribute banned books. Indiana University's general counsel has discouraged its faculty from engaging in "activism."
UPDATE (MAY 4): A colleague elsewhere (not Indiana) writes:
The Concord bar exam pass rate document linked to is only for the California Bar Exam. 8 students passed in 2022 as first-time takers, but it was not out of 798 as the Indiana law professor implies, but out of 17 sitting for the exam for the first time. That’s a 47% passage rate. That’s dismal, but on par with Elon and Cooley, and better than a few ABA accredited schools.
The real issue is that only 17 students took the California bar. Perhaps others took the bar in other jurisdictions, but that generally requires an ABA-accredited JD. And yet Concord only seems to graduate 25-40 students per year. Most of the students who matriculate never make it to graduation—the attrition is crazy high: In 2021 there were 535 1Ls. In 2022 there were 122 2Ls. That’s 78% attrition after 1L year. Where did the other 413 former 1Ls go?
May 2, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
April 10, 2023
Nearly $1000/hour for 2nd-year associates in NYC?
April 10, 2023 in Legal Profession | Permalink
April 03, 2023
SCOTUS clerks now have a lot more prior clerkship experience than in the past
Lawprof Derek Muller (Iowa) looks at the data. I suppose this is a bit like the "credential inflation" that has affected all areas of life in the affluent capitalist societies in recent decades.
April 3, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
March 15, 2023
Stanford law students protest the apology to Judge Duncan
That's the story according to this journalist (with a somewhat selective interest in free speech matters in my experience). I'd be curious to hear from those at Stanford, faculty or students, whether this is accurate. Please use a valid email address, which will not appear. (Submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.)
March 15, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (1)
February 27, 2023
The debate over requiring the LSAT (or some other admissions test) continues...
...despite the last proposal being rebuffed. As the NYT notes:
The association is considering dropping that requirement, and letting each law school decide for itself whether tests are necessary.
Opponents and supporters of the change both make arguments on behalf of diversity — a sensitive subject in the field of law, which is disproportionately white. The arguments echo other debates over standardized testing at all levels of higher education, a practice that some see as an equalizer and others see as a barrier.
What's odd, of course, is that more attention is not being given to the question whether the LSAT is a useful predictive tool, regardless of its effects on "diversity."
February 27, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
February 17, 2023
Who were the best American judges of the 20th-century?
Here's a poll with I hope most of the likely choices for the "top 10". You can write-in others. Only judges no longer serving were eligible. Have fun!
February 17, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink
February 15, 2023
Another law school faces demands for compensation from descendants after removing the name of slaveholding namesake
This time it's the University of Richmond, with the descendant estimating they are owed $3.6 billion! No lawsuit filed yet.
February 15, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
February 14, 2023
We're about 2/3rds of the way through the law school application season...
...and total applicants are down just slightly from last year, about 3.5% according to LSAC data--but that's off 12% from two years ago. If we continue to see slippage the next couple of years that will almost certainly start to have an adverse effect on the job market for new law teachers.
February 14, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
February 07, 2023
ABA House of Delegates rejects proposal to eliminate LSAT (or other admissions test) requirement for law school admissions
Here. The proposal was driven by a desire to promote "diversity," but as critics point out, it might not have that effect. (See for example.)
February 7, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
January 24, 2023
ChatGPT goes to law school at the University of Minnesota
How well can AI models write law school exams without human assistance? To find out, we used the widely publicized AI model ChatGPT to generate answers on four real exams at the University of Minnesota Law School. We then blindly graded these exams as part of our regular grading processes for each class. Over 95 multiple choice questions and 12 essay questions, ChatGPT performed on average at the level of a C+ student, achieving a low but passing grade in all four courses.
Thoughts from readers? Submit comments only once, they may take awhile to appear.
UPDATE: See esp. Derek Muller's comments, below.
January 24, 2023 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (9)