Saturday, March 17, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
- ABA Journal, Law Schools Dive Into Virtual Reality Experiences For Their Students
- ABA Journal, Nearly 300 Former Students at Shuttered Law School Are Eligible for Discharge of Student Loans
- Daily Pennsylvanian, After 'Disparaging' Comments on Black Students, Amy Wax Barred From Teaching First-Year Course
- Timothy T. Lau (Federal Judicial Center), A Law and Economics Critique of the Law Review System, 55 Duq. L. Rev. 369 (2017)
As most of you know, on Tuesday morning U.S. News released to law schools an embargoed confidential electronic version of the 2019 edition of its annual rankings to be published online on Tuesday, March 20. At Pepperdine, we immediately analyzed the data U.S. News used in calculating our ranking. To our horror, we learned that we had made an inadvertent data entry error in reporting our median LSAT for the class that began in Fall, 2017.
We immediately contacted U.S. News Tuesday morning to inform them of the error and requested that they update the rankings with the correct median LSAT. On Tuesday afternoon, anonymous source(s) leaked the embargoed rankings which were posted on several blogs, showing Pepperdine’s ranking as 59 (up from 72 last year).
Unfortunately, U.S. News has denied our request and instead issued a revised embargoed electronic version of the rankings that replaced the original. In the new version, Pepperdine is removed from the rankings. Instead, Pepperdine is listed as “unranked due to a data reporting error by the school.”
We contacted three law school rankings experts — Bill Henderson (Indiana), Andy Morriss (Texas A&M), and Mike Spivey (Spivey Consulting) — who all confirmed our analysis that Pepperdine would have ranked 62nd or 64th had U.S. News recomputed the rankings with our correct LSAT median.
It is, of course, deeply disappointing to be unranked for a year. But the reality is that we made great progress in the rankings this year, and should continue our ascent next year.
For a fuller description of the rankings snafu, see here.
Harry Surden (Colorado), What to Teach Law Students About Artificial Intelligence and Law?, 112 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online ___ (2018):
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Wall Street Journal, I’d Be an ‘A’ Student if I Could Just Read My Notes:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Here is the March Madness Law School Bracket, with outcomes determined by the 2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings (using academic peer reputation and student quality as tiebreakers). The Final Four are Pennsylvania (7), Michigan (8), Virginia (8), and UCLA (15), with Penn beating Virginia in the championship game.
Folowing up on my previous posts (links below): Daily Pennsylvanian, After 'Disparaging' Comments on Black Students, Amy Wax Barred From Teaching First-Year Course:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sacramento Bee, McGeorge School of Law to Reduce Full-Time Faculty By About 25%:
According to Law School Transparency, McGeorge's 1L enrollment has fallen 56% from 2010 (from 346 to 152), and its LSAT median has fallen from 158 to 151.
Monday, March 12, 2018
I previously have blogged reports of over a dozen schools inflating their rankings by submitting erroneous data to U.S. News (Bucknell, Claremont McKenna, College of Charleston, Creighton, Emory, George Washington, Illinois, Missouri-Kansas City, Temple, Tulane, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Villanova, York College of Pennsylvania). U.S. News recently announced that it was removing the rankings of three graduate schools for submitting false data:
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
- 45th Annual Pepperdine Law School Dinner: Our Place In The World
- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), Lesson From The Tax Court: The Tax Lawyer's Wedding Toast
- Law Professors As Plaintiffs
- Terry Smith, Distinguished Research Professor Facing Termination For Bullying Other Faculty Of Color, Sues DePaul For Discrimination
- What The New York Times' TurboTax Defense And A 'Liberal Law Professor' Say About The Trump Tax Cuts
- Can A University Fire Tenured Faculty For Revealing Confidential Tenure Deliberations?
- Law Professors Are Paid Less, Work As Hard As Lawyers Do
- A Taxing Oscars: $100,000 Swag Bags Come With $50,000 Tax Bill
- Law Prof Is Reprimanded For Emailing Colleague Link To Inside Higher Education Article With The Word 'Penis' In it
- Treasury To Close Carried Interest Loophole
National Law Journal, LSAT-Maker Held In Contempt Over Disability Accommodations:
Vincent D. Rougeau (Dean, Boston College), Amid Rising Applications, A New Strategy for Law School Budgets:
Friday, March 9, 2018
- ABA Journal, Denial of Cooley Law's Request to Open New Location Is Reasonable, ABA Motion Argues
- Joni Hersch (Vanderbilt), Increasing Diversity by a New Master’s Degree in Legal Principles, 67 J. Legal Educ. 86 (2017)
- Peter Joy (Wash U), Deep Dive into Experiential Education in U.S. Law Schools
- James Levy (Nova SE), Stanford students demand Apple make smartphones less addictive
Law Prof Is Reprimanded For Emailing Colleague Link To Inside Higher Education Article With The Word 'Penis' In it
National Law Journal, The 2018 Go-To Law Schools:
- Boston University
Columbia Law School Tops The List
Columbia Law School has landed at the No. 1 spot on our Go-To List for half a decade. In 2017, the Manhattan school sent nearly 68 percent of graduates into Big Law associate jobs.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools
These schools sent the highest percentage of 2017 graduates to associate jobs at the largest 100 firms.
Associates to Partner
These schools saw the most alumni promoted to partner in 2017.
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Thursday, March 8, 2018
As part of yesterday's wonderful Give2Pepp celebration, I (perhaps too) gleefully participated in the faculty dunk tank part of the program.
My faculty colleagues soon embraced this leadership initiative:
I drew the line, however, at sumo wrestling:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Peter A. Joy (Washington University), The Uneasy History of Experiential Education in U.S. Law Schools, 122 Dickinson L. Rev. ___ (2018):
Today is Pepperdine University's second annual giving day in which the global Pepperdine community—students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends—unite to support our University. Give2Pepp’s primary goal is to strengthen the student experience through donations to academic programs and student life opportunities.
Gifts of any size are welcome. They can be directed to Pepperdine university, undergraduate college, four graduate schools (Business, Education and Pyschology, Law, and Public Policy), or athletics. If you have enjoyed this blog through the years, I would very much appreciate it if you would make a gift (however small) to the law school.
I am proud that my associate deans and director of development have joined me in a challenge to our students: for each student who gives $5 or more, we will contribute an additional $20. I personally have given $2,500. Gifts can be directed to five areas at the law school:
- Dean's Excellence Fund
- Student Emergency Fund
- Advocacy Program/Moot Court
- Sudreau Global Justice Program
I and the deans of several of Pepperdine's other schools are engaged in a friendly competition over which school will receive the highest participation of alumni and student donors based on each school's alumni population and current enrollment. We have agreed to contribute to the winning school's Dean's Excellence Fund, and the winning dean will enjoy not only bragging rights but also a trophy to proudly display at his or her school until next year's challenge. The deans have been talking smack to each other about the challenge, and with your help I will not have to eat my words to the other deans:
To paraphrase Larry Bird's comment before he won the NBA's three-point shooting contest: which one of you deans is going to finish second?
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Terry Smith, Distinguished Research Professor Facing Termination For Bullying Other Faculty Of Color, Sues DePaul For Discrimination
I had a blast attending a screening at Pepperdine of the pilot episode of the new ABC show, For the People. The show's creator (Paul William Davies) and three of the stars came to Pepperdine for the event (Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, and Regé-Jean Page). Victoria Schwartz moderated the discussion, which included Chris Goodman and me.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Congratulations to the recipients of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, announced at our 45th Annual Pepperdine Law School Dinner on Saturday night:
The Dean makes the selection after considering the recommendation made by the Award Selection Committee, which consists of (1) the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and (2) two to four faculty members, selected by the Dean, who have strong national scholarly reputations. The Committee’s recommendation is based primarily upon the originality of the scholarly work and the importance of its contribution to the academic literature. This year's co-winners are:
- Robert Anderson, The Inefficient Evolution of Merger Agreements, 85 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 57 (2017) (with Jeffrey Manns)
- Richard Cupp, Cognitively Impaired Humans, Intelligent Animals, and Legal Personhood, 69 Fla. L. Rev. 465 (2017)
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- 45th Annual Pepperdine Law School Dinner: Our Place In The World
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Sunday, March 4, 2018
I was honored to speak last night at the 45th Annual Pepperdine School of Law Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The theme of the dinner was Our Place in the World, which is particularly appropriate this year in light of the $8 million gift we received in September to support our global justice program (the largest single endowment gift in the law school's history).
In my remarks, I of course wove Hamilton clips into the tapestry of Pepperdine Law School's story:
- Non-stop, to highlight Alexander Hamilton's scholarly work writing 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers to showcase our upcoming symposium on Federalism: Past Present, and Future as an example of the extraordinary scholarly work produced by our faculty.
- My Shot, to show that Pepperdine is a "young, scrappy, and hungry" law school that has made enormous strides since our founding in 1970.
- The Room Where It Happens, to describe the core of the Pepperdine student experience as what happens in the classroom, especially in the 1L year, as attested by our #6 ranking in best law professor-teachers by the Princeton Review from a nationwide survey of 20,000 law students (behind Virginia, Duke, Boston University, Stanford, and Chicago, and above Washington & Lee, Notre Dame, and Boston College).
- I could not find an appropriate lyric in Hamilton, so I used photos and maps to illustrate how our 2Ls and 3Ls take what they are learning in the classroom and apply that knowledge in the real world helping real clients, as attested by our #5 ranking in practical training by the National Jurist (behind Northeastern, St. Thomas, Yale, and Arizona, and above UC-Irvine) and our #1 ranking (for 12 of the past 13 years) in alternative dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report (above Ohio State, Harvard, and Missouri).
- Right Hand Man, to share some very personal feelings about becoming dean ("Can I be real a second? Let my guard down and tell the people how I feel a second?").
I concluded by using Alexander Hamilton's words in The World Was Wide Enough and George Washington's words in Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story to reflect on U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell ('90), who died on October 8 at the age of 52:
What is a legacy?
It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see
Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control:
Who tells your story?
Here were my closing reflections on those verses:
There was great karma last night, as Lin-Manuel Miranda was staying at the same hotel before his appearance at tonight's Oscars. A member of the law school staff saw Lin in the lobby and invited him to stop by the dinner and meet Pepperdine's Hamilton-obsessed dean. I took up the cause on social media:
National Law Journal, Urged by Law School Deans, Federal Judges Revamp Clerk Hiring:
Saturday, March 3, 2018
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- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), Lesson From The Tax Court: Underwater Debtors
- College Consultant Charged $1.5 Million To Get Student Admitted To Ivy League College
- Median Private Law School Tuition Discount: 28% (Average Scholarship: $20,129)
- WSJ Op-Ed: The Story Behind The IRS’s Exemption From Regulatory Oversight
- Paul Caron (Dean, Peperdine), Updated LSAC Data On The Quantity And Quality Of Law School Applicants
- New Tax Law Ignites White House Power Struggle
- Artificial Intelligence Software Is More Accurate, Faster Than Expert Lawyers In Reviewing Contracts
- WSJ: Pass-Through Businesses Are Rethinking Their Status In Wake Of The New Tax Law
- Former Davis Polk Tax Partner Dana Trier Quits Position As Deputy Assistant Secretary For Tax Policy
Friday, March 2, 2018
- ABA Journal (Susan Nevelow Mart), Results may vary in legal research databases
- Above the Law, Innovating In Legal Education
- Above the Law, Oh No, Are We Going To Create Another Law School?
- Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine), Updated LSAC Data On The Quantity And Quality Of Law School Applicants
University Of Minnesota Study: Enhanced Individualized Feedback In One Core 1L Class Improves Student Performance In Other Classes
It was my pleasure to speak with Pepperdine alum ('90) Charles Eskridge (Quinn Emanuel, Houston) to students, staff, and faculty about each of the 46 songs in Hamilton. We divided the workload as follows: Charles covered 45 songs, I covered one song — can you guess which one?
Thursday, March 1, 2018
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