Thursday, September 3, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Student loan borrowers with the highest debt levels have the lowest default rates (Michael Simkovic)
Monday, August 31, 2015
MOVING TO FRONT, ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 12
This post is for schools who expect to be hiring this year.
In order to protect the privacy of our candidates, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the detailed profiles of our candidates, including hyperlinks to their homepages. All these candidates (except for two) will be in the first FAR distribution.
We have a very strong group of candidates this year in a multitude of areas, including federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, property, legislation, national security, corporate law, securities regulation, corporate finance, insurance law, criminal law & procedure, evidence, constitutional law, jurisprudence, law & race, contracts, commercial law, international business transaction, international trade, intellectual property, privacy, empirical legal studies, consumer law, torts, conflicts, environmental law, water law, natural resources, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, land use, local government law, real estate, labor law, and employment discrimination.
Our candidates include former Supreme Court clerks; numerous past editors of the Law Review; numerous former Circuit Court clerks; JD/PhDs in Philosophy, Psychology, and Linguistics; and many experienced practitioners (some with years of practice experience and 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, since we have vetted them all at some point in the recent past.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Only one-third of published psychology results (even *less* in social psychology) turn out to be reliable!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I recently posted about the need for law schools to fund the AALS so that it can become a resource for journalists and encourage more accurate and balanced press coverage. I noted how unrepresentative and disconnected from reality the press coverage has been, and that individual law professors and deans who have pointed this out have faced ad hominem attacks and other abuse, which has had a chilling effect on speech.
The online gossip blog Above the Law has been kind enough to illustrate my point by responding with a series of misrepresentations and ad hominem attacks. They’ve misrepresented my calls for provision of honest and accurate information as an invitation to lying and propaganda (and included a Pinocchio cartoon in cased anyone missed their headline) and somehow managed to dredge up completely irrelevant and salacious allegations against a former Dean, who I mentioned in my post only because of the attacks he and his law school faced immediately after his 2012 New York Times editorial.
I believe that law schools should provide accurate information to the public in an efficient way. There is nothing unethical about this view and no reason to keep it secret, which is why I have openly posted these views on a blog that anyone and everyone in the world can read.
ATL has done a terrible job in terms of accuracy and balance in their reporting—repeatedly misrepresenting (here and here) my and Frank McIntyre’s peer-reviewed research on The Economic Value of a Law Degree —and the way in which they’ve depicted well intentioned efforts to correct the record is yet another example of biased reporting, anti-law school vitriol, and of the need for active efforts to correct the record and provide greater balance.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
ADDENDUM: A critique of William Bradford's article by Prof. Jeremy Rabkin (George Mason):
When an article proposes to arrest law professors and bomb law schools and nearby TV studios, it’s not engaging in “controversy,” but slipping into an alternate universe. It’s not “discomforting.” It is bonkers. The journal could not reasonably have expected readers to “respond” – unless to ask, “Are you out of your minds?”