Sunday, August 11, 2013
Washington U. Dean Syverud Tells ABA Task Force: Law Profs, Deans Are Paid Too Much; 50% Pay Cut Would Solve Problem
Following up on last week's post, ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education Releases Working Paper: ABA Journal, Legal Ed Task Force Urged to Address Faculty Salaries, Federal Role and Core Competencies:
The Task Force on the Future of Legal Education got an earful of reaction Saturday to the findings of the working paper it issued earlier this month. Much of the response was favorable. But all eight of the people who spoke at the task force's last scheduled public hearing had specific suggestions for things they’d like the task force to include in its final report. Some examples: ...
Kent Syverud, chair of the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, ... offered some eye-opening observations of his own. Syverud urged the task force to take a “cheerful and positive tone” in its final report, saying the challenges facing legal education are “mild" compared to those our parents and grandparents faced.
"The future of legal education is bright," he said. He also pointed out that the accreditation standards are minimum standards, not maximum standards, which "leave incredible leeway for law schools to do innovative things."
In response to a question about what’s driving the costs of legal education, Syverud said that the focus on particular types of classes or faculty is a "red herring." "The painful truth is that the problem with costs is that law professors and deans are paid too much relative to the amount of work they do," he said. "The whole problem of costs would go away tomorrow if our salaries were halved."
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- Jamie Baker (Thomas Cooley), ABA Task Force's White Paper Causes A Stir
- Scott Greenfield, Lawprofs React to ABA Working Paper: But We ARE Special
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- Matt Leichter, Lawyer Training Is Not a Public Good
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- Joseph Tomain (Former Dean, Cincinnati), Comments on the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education Working Paper
- Howard Wasserman (Florida International), Training, Education, and the ABA Working Paper