Brian Leiter's Law School Reports

Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.


September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, September 22, 2014

The scheduling of interviews at the AALS "meat market"

Schools vary in their procedures for scheduling interviews with candidates at the "meat market," but a typical pattern is this:  after an initial cull of candidates in the first AALS distribution, schools begin doing "due diligence," which typically means talking to references and reading work by the candidates.  Appointments committees usually only meet once a week.  At each meeting, the Committee will take a decision on some of the candidates they've been reviewing, and then contact them to schedule interviews.  The same thing will happen the following week and so on, until all the spots are filled.  For schools that do a lot of 'due diligence,' the process of scheduling 15 or 20 candidates to see could easily take four weeks.   It's important for candidates to realize that this is how many schools proceed, so the fact that an anonymous person on some blog reports they have an interview at school X does not mean you, a hopeful candidate, will not get an interview with school X.  School X may have only just begun, and may be scheduling interviews for weeks to come.


September 22, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Signs of the times: Thomas Jefferson Law School misses bond payment, seeks restructuring of debts

MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPT. 17:  UPDATED

Story here.  TJLS is a free-standing law school in San Diego, facing two better-established competitors in the local market, California Western and University of San Diego.

UPDATE:  Blog Emperor Caron reports bad news for TJLS from one of the ratings agencies (not that they have much credibility, but....).


September 21, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Thursday, September 18, 2014

$50 million naming gift for Drexel's law school

Charlottesville-bound...

...for what promises to be a very interesting event.  Not much new till Monday I expect.


September 18, 2014 | Permalink

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One lawyer, one law professor receive MacCarthur Fellowships (CORRECTION: TWO lawyers)

They are:  William Mitchell law professor and Native American advocate Sarah Deer, civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, and criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Rapping. 

(These used to be called "genius" awards until it became clear they weren't really being awarded for "genius." Now they recognize people doing innovative [often political or social] work in a wide variety of fields.)

(Thanks to Orin Kerr for the pointer.)

ANOTHER CORRECTION:  Rapping is also a law professor, at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.


September 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.


September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chicago Alumni, Bigelows, and Public Law Fellows on the Teaching Market, 2014-15

MOVING TO THE FRONT FOR LAST TIME THIS HIRING SEASON (ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 20)--THANKS TO ALL THE DEANS, HIRING CHAIRS, AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME ALREADY!

In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at bleiter@uchicago.edu to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages.  All these candidates (but one) will be in the first FAR distribution.

We have candidates this year in a multitude of areas:  tax, estates and trusts, corporations, banking law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, arbitration, international business transactions, legislation, administrative law, constitutional law, civil rights, energy law, antidiscrimination law, jurisprudence, insurance law, election law, torts, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, securities regulation, financial regulation, federal courts, national security law, corporate finance, privacy law, evidence, comparative law, law & society, conflicts, ADR, and intellectual property.

Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks, numerous past editors of the Law Review, numerous former Circuit Court clerks, JD/PhDs in Political Science, Linguistics, Anthropology, Business, and History, VAPs and Fellows at other leading law schools, and many experienced practitioners (some with more than six years of experience and scholarly publications).  Several will also help meet diversity objectives in hiring.  All have publications and writing samples.

If when you e-mail, you tell me a bit about your hiring needs, I can supply some more information about all these candidates. 


September 15, 2014 in Faculty News | Permalink

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Northwestern's Ronald Allen first law professor to receive China's highest award for non-nationals: the China Friendship Award

Dean Rodriguez has the details.

ADDENDUM:  Colin Picker (New South Wales) points out that one other U.S. law professor appears to have been so recognized.


September 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A bit quiet around here...

...I'm at the Yale Political Union later today (where last week they had Al Sharpton and will soon behosting former AG Alberto Gonzalez--I'm not spotting a theme...) and will then be over at Northwestern Law on Thursday with Penn's David Skeel.  But I should have one or two more items this week inbetween.


September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Monday, September 8, 2014

Why Tolerate Religion?

En Francais.


September 8, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's actually going on at Suffolk Law?

Various blogs picked up on a brief, and unsourced, line in a longer story about Suffolk University to the effect that all tenured faculty were being offered buy-outs.  All the tenured faculty?  Really?  I can imagine that like a number of schools seriously affected by declines in enrollments, retirement incentives and/or buy-outs are being made available, but it's hard to see the sense in buying out all your tenured faculty.  If someone from Suffolk would like to confirm or clarify, I'm opening comments for that purpose.  Please include a valid e-mail address (which will not appear).


September 7, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, September 5, 2014

In Memoriam: Sanford Kadish (1921-2014)

A giant in the field of criminal law, Professor Kadish spent most of his career on the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:  Berkeley's memorial notice.


September 5, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Judge Posner "whacks" (truly) Wisconsin and Indiana

It's a very amusing read that lays waste to some rather pathetic arguments.


September 4, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Columbia law professor Katherine Franke joins boycott against University of Illinois...

...and cancels scheduled talk, though she will travel to Urbana-Champaign at her own expense to participate in a symposium about the Salaita case.


September 2, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

New University of Illinois Law Faculty blog

Some papers posted on SSRN during the summer...

...in case they're of interest to anyone who took a vacation from blogs during the summer:

"The Case Against Free Speech"

"Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism"

"Reply to Five Critics of Why Tolerate Religion?


September 2, 2014 in Jurisprudence | Permalink

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Signs of a rebound in the legal market?

Some Philadelphia firms are hiking starting salaries.


August 28, 2014 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Gaming the U.S.News.com COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the USNews.com list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).


August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salaita v. University of Illinois: the Constitutional Issues

Here.


August 27, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASU's annual "Aspiring Law Profs" conference...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Why Tolerate Religion?" now in paperback...

"University of Illinois repeals the First Amendent for its faculty"

More thoughts on the Illinois/Salaita fiasco.  A number of law professors have been outspoken and informative on this issue--Michael Dorf (Cornell), Katherine Franke (Columbia), and Kevin Heller (London), among others--but more need to make their voices heard, especially those of us in Illinois.  This is a travesty, that bodes ill for all our colleagues at state universities around the country.  I hope my esteemed colleagues at the University of Illinois College of Law will speak up.   Many of my friends in the humanities at Illinois worry that the Admin only takes seriously the professional schools and the "STEM" faculties.


August 24, 2014 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink