January 17, 2023
October 28, 2022
A new "Creative Commons" license that permits users to "remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially"
October 25, 2022
I know this question will make readers of this blog laugh, even as they recognize the pernicious influence the USNews.com rankings have on legal education and the decisions of applicants. But I was struck when having lunch this past Spring with some talented LLM students from Japan and China that they seemed to assume the answer to the question was "yes." In a way, that sums up the problem confronted by American legal education. USNews.com is undoubtedly perceived as authoritative by many students, who lack the knowledge and resources to assess the nonsensical ranking stew (reputation, library resources, expenditures per capita, self-reported employment data and on and on) used by USNews.com.
October 04, 2022
Leading student-edited law reviews issue statement on new requirements for data and code transparency in empirical legal scholarship
September 28, 2022
Florida lawyers take position in court that public university faculty curricula and classroom speech are "government speech," so regulable by state
Those thinking about taking jobs in the Florida public university system will want to watch this case. If it makes it to SCOTUS, we may find out if Garcetti extends to faculty at public universities; if it does that will be the end of academic freedom at public universities.
September 27, 2022
Lawprof Ramsi Woodcock (Kentucky) reports his experience. Short version: he was late turning in the final version of his article, so the Law Review insisted they would publish the earlier version, over his objections! There are other twists and turns in this saga, but the student editors did not handle the situation properly. They can certainly reject an article that is not revised by the deadline, but they have no right to publish something the author does not want published.
UPDATE: On Twitter, Professor Kerr (Berkeley) comes to the defense of the student editors.
September 06, 2022
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August 23, 2022
Acadmic Freedom Alliance calls for an end to the use of mandatory "diversity" statements in hiring and promotion...
...as a violation of academic freedom. (Randall Kennedy [Harvard] was one of the drafters of the AFA statement.)
July 19, 2022
April 26, 2022
Professor Jeff Sovern (St. John's) writes:
I wonder whether schools that perform better on lists like the citation lists posted on this blog from time to time have lower requirements for the amount of teaching professors do and if so, how much. I am also curious to know what standard law school teaching expectations are these days, something others may also wonder about. Could those of you who read this please post the teaching requirements at your law school in the comments? At my school, St. John’s, the default teaching load is twelve credit hours per year. Professors with chairs are expected to teach ten hours per year while early-career professors get a course reduction of about one course a year and in one semester in their first few years teach no courses. Professors may seek a research leave every seventh year consisting of a semester at full pay or a year at half-pay.
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