Friday, March 31, 2017
- ABA Journal, Law deans were unaware of judge's largesse in wrongful foreclosure case
- Above the Law, ABA Finally Puts Law School On Probation For Horrendous Bar Passage Rates
- David L. Faigman (Dean, UC-Hastings), Los Angeles Times op-ed: The California Bar Exam Flunks Too Many Law School Graduates
- Scott Fruehwald (Legal Skills Blog), Opposition to Proposed Elimination of Rule Requiring Full-Time Faculty to Teach at Least Half of Every Law School’s Upper-Level Courses
- Law.Com, ABA May Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes
- Keith Lee (Hamer Law Group), New Lawyers 2010 to 2017: Lower LSATS, Lower Bar Passage…More DUIs??
- Benjamin Madison (Regent), Law Schools Going Beyond Learning Outcomes Mandated by ABA
- Derek Muller (Pepperdine), Most Law Schools Have Become More Affordable in the Last Three Years
- Derek Muller (Pepperdine), The Percentage of Law School Enrollees Receiving Scholarships Continues to Climb
- Jerry Organ (St, Thomas), New Learning Outcomes Database -- A Searchable Clearinghouse of Law School Learning Outcomes
- Todd J. Zywicki (George Mason) & Christopher Koopman (George Mason), The Changing of the Guard: The Political Economy of Administrative Bloat in American Higher Education
Issue of the week: At its March 2017 meeting, the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar "took initial action to approve potential changes in the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools by requesting “Notice and Comment” for these proposals:
To modify Standard 403 to require that only the first third of a student’s course must be substantially delivered by full-time faculty. Other Standards would continue to assure the quality of the education that a student will receive by requiring law schools to attract and retain a faculty competent to deliver the school’s J.D. program and that the school effectively deliver its program."
The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) strongly opposes the proposal "to preserve the quality of students’ educational experiences." (here) In particular, ""Students need to have access to faculty members outside of classroom time to be able to go over things that confuse them, to be counseled on how their education fits with their career aspiration and things like that. . . Adjunct faculty typically are not available on campus outside their teaching hours."
I wrote a post on the Legal Skills Prof Blog opposing the proposal because "[l]aw students need to be taught by professors who are experts at teaching. Good teaching requires not only subject-matter expertise, but also the ability to convey the material to students and to help students become self-regulated learners. Part-time teachers generally can't do this." (here) I added, "what law schools need to do is to do better what they already do--teach students how to become lawyers and further knowledge concerning the law. The ABA proposal would have the opposite effect by putting inexperienced teachers into the classroom."
[The above opinion is my opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of any of the other bloggers on this blog.]