December 21, 2018

Yale Law School may be failing democracy, but others beg to disagree

Blog Emperor Caron collects some responses to the piece Professor Simkovic noted the other day.  I'll have my own response to Professor Moyn's melodramatic piece, but probably not until the New Year.


December 21, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 18, 2018

Another way in which USNews.com runs American legal education

The market for transfers:  by taking large numbers of transfers, schools can admit a smaller and more selective 1L class, which is the only set of credentials (LSAT and GPA) that USNews.com counts.  The school makes up the lost tuition revenue from the smaller class with the transfers.


December 18, 2018 in Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

December 14, 2018

More on the Kesan case at Illinois

This time in CHE, with additional details about the complainants and Professor Kesan's creepy behavior.   The title of the article suggest something "went wrong," but I confess that's not obvious beyond the fact that it took far too long for the investigation to conclude.   His behavior, which is damning in its own right, doesn't appear rise to the level of "hostile climate" sexual harassment (at least not on the record that is public), as the investigation concluded.   The University could adjust its sexual harassment rules to cover cases like this, but as it is, he was found to have violated other university rules and sanctioned.   Did he reform his behavior subsequently?  That we don't know.


December 14, 2018 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 13, 2018

Nevada's Boyd School of Law celebrates 20 years

December 11, 2018

ABA approves Illinois/Chicago acquisition of John Marshall Law School

Details.  Assuming tuition is set at more typical levels for public law schools in Illinois, that, together with the University of Illinois brand, will change the legal education marketplace in Chicago, especially for the Chicago private schools like DePaul, Chicago-Kent, and Loyola/Chicago.


December 11, 2018 in Legal Profession | Permalink

December 10, 2018

$33 million gift to U of Michigan Law School

The Michigan press release here.


December 10, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 04, 2018

Thomas Jefferson Law School on the brink

An account of the school's troubles from a local San Diego paper.


December 4, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 01, 2018

AAUP investigation of Vermont Law School for "eviscerating tenure" could jeopardize Vermont's reaccreditation (Michael Simkovic)

The American Association of University Professors recently authorized an investigation of Vermont Law School following a restructuring that stripped most of Vermont's tenured faculty members of tenure and slashed their pay.  The restructuring was reportedly undertaken without sufficient evidence of financial exigency and did not follow proper procedures.  I've previously noted that if allegations prove true, this restructuring could present challenges for Vermont when it seeks to renew its ABA accreditation because the restructuring may violate ABA standard 405.  A negative report from the AAUP could influence the ABA site visit team and the Section on Legal Education.  Vermont's next site visit is scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Even without regulatory action, a negative report could severely damage Vermont's academic reputation.  Vermont remains home to well-respected legal scholars, such as Jennifer Taub, but since the restructuring the overwhelming majority of its classes are taught by adjuncts and lecturers.

AAUP's announcement of the investigation appears below:

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December 1, 2018 in Faculty News, Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Student Advice | Permalink

November 29, 2018

Law Deans at Hastings, San Diego, and UCLA ask: why is California failing more bar takers than any other state?

It's a good question.  It obviously isn't because the quality of law practice is better in California than elsewhere.


November 29, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 15, 2018

Berkeley Law to drop the "Boalt Hall" name

A sensible explanation from Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.


November 15, 2018 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink