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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Which Law Schools Are Shedding Their Full-Time Faculty?

Matt Leichter, Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Professors (2013 Edition)?:

These are sorted by net two-year reduction by school with the fewest number of full-time faculty in 2011, the idea being that a small school that reduces its professors by the same number as a larger one sees a bigger impact.

The median law school reduced its full-time faculty by three between 2011 and 2013.  26 law schools reduced their full-time faculty by nine or more:

Full-Time Faculty (Fall)
RankSchool (US News Rank)’11’12’13Annual ChangeNet Change
1. Chicago (4) 67 70 46 -24 -21
1. Florida Coastal (Tier 2) 69 60 48 -12 -21
3. McGeorge (146) 49 43 33 -10 -16
4. St. Louis 55 49 40 -9 -15
5. St. John’s (107) 52 39 38 -1 -14
5. Hofstra (93) 56 54 42 -12 -14
5. New York Law School (140) 70 57 56 -1 -14
8. Widener (Tier 2) 51 51 38 -13 -13
8. Catholic (107) 52 43 39 -4 -13
8. Fordham (36) 85 81 72 -9 -13
11. Hamline (121) 34 26 22 -4 -12
11. UC-Hastings (54) 67 57 55 -2 -12
13. La Verne (n/r) 19 8 8 0 -11
13. Roger Williams (Tier 2) 27 20 16 -4 -11
13. Touro (Tier 2) 36 34 25 -9 -11
13. Pace (140) 48 41 37 -4 -11
13. John Marshall (IL) (Tier 2) 69 69 58 -11 -11
18. William Mitchell (135) 39 35 29 -6 -10
18. Wisconsin (31) 57 54 47 -7 -10
18. Stetson (93) 58 48 48 0 -10
18. UC-Berkeley (9) 65 63 55 -8 -10
18. Brooklyn (83) 66 63 56 -7 -10
23. Golden Gate (Tier 2) 36 30 27 -3 -9
23. Albany (118) 44 40 35 -5 -9
23. Seton Hall (68) 49 41 40 -1 -9
23. Loyola (CA) (87) 67 65 58 -7 -9

20 law schools bucked the trend and increased their full-time faculty by five or more between 2011 and 2013:

Full-Time Faculty (Fall)
RankSchool (US News Rank)’11’12’13Annual ChangeNet Change
178. Duquesne (121) 23 27 28 1 5
178. New Mexico (72) 28 29 33 4 5
178. Richmond (51) 32 31 37 6 5
178. Rutgers (Newark) (83) 34 38 39 1 5
178. Pepperdine (54) 35 40 40 0 5
178. North Carolina (31) 44 49 49 0 5
178. San Diego (79) 55 47 60 13 5
185. Elon (Tier 2) 17 19 23 4 6
185. Ohio State (31) 38 45 44 -1 6
187. Loyola (IL) (68) 48 48 55 7 7
187. UCLA (16) 72 76 79 3 7
189. Rutgers (Camden) (81) 45 48 53 5 8
190. Yale (1) 61 71 70 -1 9
191. William & Mary (24) 39 38 49 11 10
192. South Dakota (145) 1 15 14 -1 13
192. Mississippi (104) 17 28 30 2 13
192. Denver (68) 62 73 75 2 13
192. Thomas Cooley (Tier 2) 102 96 115 19 13
196. Charlotte (Tier 2) 39 62 64 2 25
196. Columbia (4) 127 142 152 10 25

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Comments

I think it's hard to see a clear picture from these particular years. Some schools still had large classes in the fall of 2011. The picture will be much clearer once data from fall 2014 (and 2015) are included. Just my impression - it may be too anecdotal to be of value.

Also, is the South Dakota data a typo? They had 1 full time faculty member in the fall of 2011?

Posted by: ATLprof | Apr 28, 2014 1:48:43 PM