Friday, January 25, 2008
Bill Henderson (Indiana) has a detailed, thoughful post on Benchmarking Law School Performance: Why Law Professors and Deans Should Care:
For those law faculty who would dismiss such detailed market intel in favor of their own vision of a great law school, typically without any empirical data to assess your progress, that path is fraught with problems. As the price of legal education rises faster than the earning power of most law school graduates, law school applicants are declining. Further, we can expect those students who do apply to be more discriminating consumers. ...
Legal education is not about turning a profit or maximizing prestige--to my mind, it is about educating highly competent, ethical lawyers who carry forward the highest ideals of the profession. So, as a moral imperative, this information needs to be shared.
Update: Louisville Dean Jim Chen praises Bill's post here.