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 28, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

September 27, 2022

Some very odd behavior by student editors at the Iowa Law Review

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 27, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Student Advice | Permalink

September 06, 2022

Bigelow Fellowship at Chicago now accepting applications

Those interested in law teaching with strong qualifications can apply here.   Bigelow Fellows are fully immersed into the intellectual culture of the Law School and receive excellent mentoring.   The Bigelow is the most powerful credential on the law teaching market, and Bigelows are in demand every year.  Every Bigelow in the last nineteen years has received one or more tenure-track job offers.  You can see a full list of Bigelow alumni here.

September 6, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

August 23, 2022

Acadmic Freedom Alliance calls for an end to the use of mandatory "diversity" statements in hiring and promotion... a violation of academic freedom.  (Randall Kennedy [Harvard] was one of the drafters of the AFA statement.)

We discussed this issue previously in connection with some related ABA proposals, as well as the recent AALS decision to encourage applicants to submit diversity statements.

August 23, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

July 19, 2022

Law schools hiring in 2022-23 can announce their plans/needs...

April 26, 2022

What are standard law school teaching loads these days?

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.  

Comments are open; submit your comment only once, they are moderated and may take awhile to appear.  Include a valid university email address, which will not appear.   It would be preferable for posters to name the school in question, which is why I need to know the email address, even if you choose not to post your full name.

April 26, 2022 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (8)

March 08, 2022

LSAC acquires "Law School Transparency [LST]"

Here.  At a time when the LSAT is at risk of being displaced by the GRE, this was not a smart move, given LST's dubious history:  e.g., here, here, or here.

March 8, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

January 31, 2022

Rostron & Levit's guide to submitting to law reviews: a new edition

Professors Rostron and Levit write:


Dear Colleagues,

We  just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2022 submission season covering the 196 main journals of each law school.   

We have created hyperlinks for each law review to take you directly to the law review’s submissions page. Again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what months they say they’ll resume accepting submissions.  Interestingly, 94 websites now say something about whether they are accepting submissions and when they will.  While many of these notes are simply that the law review is not currently accepting submissions, some give specific dates or ballpark time frames for the opening of their submissions season.  The most common designations of “opening dates” were either February or Spring 2022. (Just FYI, in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring begins on March 20, 2022; but we suspect the law reviews are referring to some unspecified date within the season of Spring.)

ExpressO has shut down its submission service for law reviews.

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January 31, 2022 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

January 26, 2022

Allegations of misconduct by Amy Wax in the classroom and towards students

The kind of conduct described here enjoys no protection from AAUP academic freedom principles, unlike offensive extramural speech.  If these allegations are confirmed, Professor Wax may be in real trouble this time.

January 26, 2022 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

December 02, 2021

More thoughts from Simon Lazarus (Yale Law '67) on the latest developments at Yale Law School

Mr. Lazarus (whose earlier and widely noted remarks on the "Trap House Affair" are here) kindly shared his recent assessment of developments since (including the lawsuit noted previously):  Download 12.1.2021 Trap House update (003).  An excerpt:

I write this update to assess several significant new developments. Of these, the most noted but not necessarily the most significant is Dean Heather Gerken’s Statement of November 17, her third formal pronouncement on the affair. While she broke new ground in publicly admitting serious errors that did not adequately “conform to our values,” she did not resolve the most critical issue, namely, whether she will remove the two Law School administrators who committed the egregious violations of due process and academic freedom acknowledged in the statement. Only with that further step will  Dean Gerken’s mea culpas lead to meaningful change in the life of the Law School....

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December 2, 2021 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink