Thursday, July 19, 2012
Jeremy Paul, who previously announced that he would step down as dean at UConn following the 2012-13 academic year, is instead leaving to assume the deanship at Northeastern on August 13. From the National Law Journal:
Paul has been dean at Connecticut since 2007, and his five-year contract expired in the spring. In an e-mail message to faculty and student in March, Paul said he decided that the law school would benefit from a "new pair of eyes providing perspective on how we might best adapt to the rapidly changing landscape for legal education and the legal profession."
That message came on the heels of Connecticut's drop from No. 56 to No. 62 in U.S. News & World Report's law school rankings, although Paul said his decision was the result of many factors. One was that he had held leadership positions at Connecticut for 13 years and was ready for a new environment, he said.
Northeastern, a Boston school that is ranked No. 76 by U.S. News, has a unique curriculum in that each student must complete what is called a "co-op": four quarters of full-time legal employment. Students alternate between taking classes and working in legal jobs intended to give them a real-world taste of lawyering.
It’s highly unusual for a dean to move in July for the upcoming academic year. ... Is it me, or does this line seem like a big “Eff You” to the powers-that-be at Connecticut and to anybody at the university who had a conniption over the school’s U.S. News rank? Northeastern is well-known as a school that emphasizes practice-ready skills; it feels like Paul is saying, “Peace out haters, I’m going to a better place where my talents will be appreciated.”