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Thursday, November 14, 2013

More on The Labor Market for New Law Professors

Following up on my previous post on Tracey E. George (Vanderbilt) & Albert Yoon (Toronto), The Labor Market for New Law Professors, 11 J. Empirical Legal Stud. ___ (2014):  Inside Higher Ed, Hiring Themselves:

Despite numerous calls for law schools to reform themselves, a new study suggests that you shouldn't hold your breath.

The study examined all of the recent hiring of tenure-track faculty members in a given year. And despite reports and op-eds calling for law schools to put more of an emphasis on practical skills, to pay less attention to the prestige associated with hiring graduates of elite law schools, and to diversify their faculties, the study suggests that they aren't doing those things.

What law schools are doing, the study says, is considering a broader range of applicants for faculty jobs early in the search process. But at various points along the way, they revert to past patterns and hire almost exclusively those who have been trained at elite law schools. In other words, law school faculty search committees hire people who are just like younger versions of those committee members. ...

George and Yoon found that preference for elite law school alumni extends down the law school pecking order. The professors used the four tiers of law schools from U.S. News & World Report rankings. While those who are not first-tier sometimes boast about intentionally providing a different kind of legal education than one would receive at the elites, that doesn't extend to whom they hire. ...

Tenure-Track Hires by Tier of Law School and Law School Attended

Hiring Law School Tier 1 Alumni Tier 2 Alumni Tier 3 Alumni Tier 4 Alumni Foreign Law School Alumni Not Reported
Tier 1 60 1 0 0 6 2
Tier 2 53 5 0 1 4 1
Tier 3 15 3 3 1 0 2
Tier 4 37 12 6 4 0 4

(Hat Tip: Phil Bohl.)

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More very useful *implied* data.

Which Tier looks like it is actually adapting to the looming applicant crisis?

Tier 1 - 69 Hires.

Tier 2 - 64 hires.

Tier 3 - *24* hires.

Tier 4 - 63 hires.

Assuming roughly equal division of law schools/students across the four tiers, it looks like Tier 3 is adapting to survive and...Tier 4 plans on destroying their credibility by dropping anything resembling standards.

Tier 3 schools need to start lobbying for the ABA expulsion of Tier 4 schools once the inevitable "open admissions" era begins in a year or two.

Posted by: cas127 | Nov 19, 2013 1:41:12 AM