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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Leiter: Will Most Law Schools Return to a 4 Course/12 Hour Load for Faculty?

Brian Leiter (Chicago), More Signs of the Times:  "Twenty years ago, 12 hours was the norm at most law schools, except for the very top ones. Over the last twenty years, 10 hours/3 courses became increasingly common. For a school of this caliber [a strong regional school] to make the move back to 12 suggests that other schools are or will follow suit."

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I think the new normal could come to look more like a 3/2 load. Many law schools are shrinking the size of their faculties by attrition. To the extent core courses or key electives do not have adequate coverage, law schools could end up assigning even more courses per faculty member, especially for faculty who don't engage in scholarship or service.

Posted by: TS | Mar 23, 2014 5:18:23 PM

Any news on which school this was? Most law schools are trimming the size of each entering class. Assigning a larger course load per faculty member to me indicates that the size of the faculty is shrinking at an even faster rate. If a school can shrink its class size and keep its faculty-to-student ratio constant, is there a need for the larger load requirement?

Posted by: HTA | Mar 24, 2014 6:38:49 AM

My father-in-law laughed at me when I told him a full-time load for law professors was 2/2. He taught in the humanities and had a 4/4 load.

Posted by: MB | Mar 24, 2014 7:58:50 AM