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 26, 2023
Professor Wax files grievance against Penn Law Dean Ruger
An informative report from The Daily Pennsylvanian.
January 26, 2023 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
January 25, 2023
Sudden "resignation" of Pitt Law Dean
The Provost's cryptic announcement. Perhaps the Dean had compelling personal reasons for resigning (but then why did the statement not say so?), but more likely, from what I can gather, is that the Dean had conflicts with the Provost: since Provost Cudd took over in fall 2018, a half-dozen Deans have resigned or been terminated. Please email me with more information, and I'll do a follow up post.
January 25, 2023 in Faculty News, 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)
December 13, 2022
Penn State-University Park law faculty are, quite understandably, opposed to any "merger" that would relocate all operations to Carlisle
They are quite correct that it will destroy any possibility of Penn State's law school maintaining a national and international presence, and will negatively affect the recruitment of faculty and students. The flagship campus of a major state research university should have its law school on that campus.
December 13, 2022 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
December 01, 2022
Penn State may reunify its two law schools--one in Carlisle, one on the main campus at University Park--with Carlisle being the main site for the law school
This is pretty dramatic, and faculty in University Park cannot be pleased, especially by this: "Whether any law school programming would remain at University Park or what would happen with the imposing, $60 million Lewis Katz Building, erected in 2009 as a home for the school, is uncertain."
December 1, 2022 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
November 30, 2022
Even if Yale Law may not be #1 in USNews.com rankings much longer...
...it will still #1 for graduates convicted of seditious conspiracy! I would love to see Mr. Rhodes's application file!
November 30, 2022 in Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink
November 22, 2022
Lateral moves, 2012-2022
Professor Lawsky at Northwestern has an interesting analysis of data compiled here over the years.
November 22, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink
November 21, 2022
Michigan Law becomes 7th school to decline to cooperate with USNews.com rankings (UPDATED: also Duke and Northwestern)
Dean West's announcement is here.
UPDATE: Two more: Duke and Northwestern. (Thanks to John Coates for the pointers.)
November 21, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink
November 17, 2022
Harvard Law School's statement on its withdrawal from the USNews.com rankings
I noted yesterday that both Yale and Harvard were withdrawing from the USNews.com charade. Here is Dean Manning's statement on HLS's decision.
If over the next week, most of the other top 10-20 law schools withdraw, USNews.com will be in trouble. It would undoubtedly be excellent for legal education if its current master were dethroned: schools could resume making all decisions--from admissions to expenditures--based solely on academic considerations. I recently mentioned three scenarios that might finish off USNews.com, but I hadn't thought of this one!
November 17, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink