Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Legal realism and the Supreme Court

I talk with Prof. Eric Segall (Georgia State) on his podcast "Supreme Myths" (also available on Spotify and other podcast platforms).

May 25, 2022 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Monday, May 23, 2022

Kilborn v. UIC John Marshall redux

UIC John Marshall, of course, moved to dismiss Professor Kilborn's lawsuit over its misconduct.   Professor Kilborn's reply brief is here:  Download Kilborn_Opposition to motion to dismiss wExhibit A

May 23, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Monday, May 16, 2022

UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin to become the new Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Wisconsin got very lucky!  I feel for my friends at UCLA, who know they are losing an excellent Dean.  And I'm very happy for my friends in Madison.

May 16, 2022 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Professor Lawsky's Entry-Level Hiring Report for 2021-22

The report is now available here.  Professor Lawsky recorded 106 hires, the most in a good number of years, although nothing like the numbers before 2010, when 150 or more was the norm.  Inevitably some rookie hires are missed:  Chicago had three grads on the market, all three of whom received tenure-track offers, but it looks like one did not report to Professor Lawsky.  Some misses are inevitable, but I'm confident her overall picture is quite informative.

As Professor Lawsky also notes, we don't have data on how many graduates of each school were on the market.   You can see past "success rate" data from some prior years here and here.

UPDATE:  Professor Lawsky very kindly updated her report to include the missing Chicago candidate. Thank you, Professor Lawsky!

May 12, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, May 9, 2022

Per student value of law school endowments

A colleague elsewhere sent me data on law school endowments in 2019 (most probably went up in 2021, although they're probably back down now).   We divided the total endowment by the total JD and non-JD student enrollment based on the 2021 ABA disclosures to determine the per student value of the endowments.  Endowments, of course, are not the only source of income beyond tuition:  public law schools, for example, get substantial amounts of money from the state, while some law schools get substantial annual gifts (for more than a decade, for example, Chicago has benefitted from renewable three-year gifts supporting the Rubenstein Scholarships in an amount that would be equivalent, by my estimate, to another $125,000,000 in endowment!).  There is, of course, a striking if hardly perfect correlation between per student value of endowments and US News.com rankings, in part because per capita expenditures account for all the differences between otherwise comparable schools.

Interestingly, several of the very wealthy law schools (e.g., Yale, Stanford, Harvard, and Notre Dame) actually have lower per student endowments than their parent universities as a whole; while others (like Virginia and Michigan) have far more.

In any case, here are the top 20 law schools by the per student value of their endowments (schools with an *asterisk outside the top 10 have a gross endowment greater than $100 million; all the schools in the top ten have gross endowments greater than $100 million).

1.  Yale University ($2,033,106)

2.  Stanford University ($1,422,512)

3.  Harvard University ($1,060,304)

4.  University of Notre Dame ($670,157)

5.  University of Chicago ($623,318)

5.  University of Virginia ($623,923)

7.  Columbia University ($496,710)

8.  University of Michigan ($480,237)

9.  University of Pennsylvania ($403,714)

10. Duke University ($352,594)

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May 9, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Friday, May 6, 2022

ABA Committee recommends dropping the requirement of standardized testing (e.g., the LSAT) for law school admission

Here.  While the ABA has some power, the real power rests with USNews.com:  if they still want LSAT scores, law schools will still use them.  If USNews.com drops the LSAT scores, then the race to get the highest median GPA, regardless of the difficulty of the undergraduate course of study, will accelerate, since that will be the only numerical measure left for student admissions.  That would be a disaster.  Comments are open for thoughts from readers on this development and what it portends; submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.

May 6, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (3)

Thursday, May 5, 2022

On growing up outside the gender binary

A nicely written essay by lawprof Katherine Franke (Columbia).

May 5, 2022 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

If you've accepted a tenure-track law teaching job...

Monday, May 2, 2022

In Memoriam: Joseph Raz (1939-2022)

Professor Raz, who was emeritus at both Oxford and Columbia Law School, died this morning in London.  There is more about Raz at my philosophy blog.

May 2, 2022 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Bankruptcy Scholar Troy McKenzie to Lead NYU (Michael Simkovic)

Troy McKenzie, a highly regarded bankruptcy and civil procedure scholar, was recently appointed as the new Dean of NYU School of Law.  Dean McKenzie will be the second bankruptcy scholar to lead a top-5 law school (Douglas Baird at Chicago was the first).  McKenzie is unusual among law school deans because of his undergraduate background in chemical engineering. 

McKenzie has written about aggregate litigation in bankruptcy, the independence of bankruptcy judges, bankruptcy jurisdiction, mass torts in bankruptcy, forum shopping, and the governance of complex litigation.

McKenzie, who was born in Jamaica, will be the second Black dean of a top law school, after Chris Edley at Berkeley.

The full announcement from NYU is available here.

May 2, 2022 in Guest Blogger: Michael Simkovic | Permalink