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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Charlotte Law School Enrollment Shrinks 62% Since Fall Semester; 2L Hit With Honor Code Violation For Criticizing Administration

Charlotte Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below): WFAE.org, Charlotte School Of Law Enrollment Shrinks; Student Receives Violation Over Email To Administrators:

Charlotte School of Law students are wrapping up their second week back to classes after the Department of Education yanked all federal loans to the school. The school has refused to close and that decision means students can't have their debt forgiven. WFAE's Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey now:

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February 4, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Students At 51 Law Schools Are At Extreme Or Very High Risk Of Failing The Bar Exam

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Law School Transparency, State of Legal Education: 2017 Update:

In October 2015, Law School Transparency published an investigation into falling enrollment and admissions standards at dozens of law schools. We concluded that a minority of schools made unethical admissions decisions in response to budgetary pressure. ...

The LSAT helps predict what's to come on the bar exam. While individual results vary, students with very low LSAT scores do worse on average on the bar exam than students with middling or high LSAT scores. ...

In 2015, we examined 197 ABA-approved law schools primarily using data from 2010 and 2014. At the time, there were 26 "extreme risk" and 19 "very high" risk schools based on 25th percentile 1L LSAT scores, up from four in each category in 2010. Students in the bottom quartile at these schools face a substantial chance of not completing school or passing the bar. Two years later, with seven additional law schools measured, there are four fewer extreme risk schools (22), but ten more very high risk schools (29). One in four law schools had gone too far in 2016, enrolling large numbers of students likely to fail.  [Students at 51 law schools are at minimal risk of failing the bar exam'.] 

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February 3, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Deans Of 20 Of California's 21 ABA-Accredited Law Schools Ask State Supreme Court To Lower Bar Exam Pass Score

California (2016)The Recorder, California Law School Deans Want Bar Exam Pass Score Lowered:

The deans of 20 California law schools on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to temporarily lower the bar exam’s minimum passing score to let the State Bar study whether the number is unjustifiably high. [Only UC-Davis Dean Kevin Johnson did not sign the letter.]

The request comes after the pass rate for the summer 2016 test plummeted to 43 percent, the lowest figure for a July sitting in 32 years. First-time test-takers among American Bar Association-accredited schools in California did better—62 percent passed—but still lagged significantly behind their counterparts in other states, including New York, Texas and Ohio.

The deans blame California’s “atypically high” passing score, or cut score, of 144 for the multistate bar exam portion of the test. Only Delaware requires a higher score [145] on its exam. And yet those who took the California exam scored almost three points higher on the multistate bar exam than the national average.

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February 2, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

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Law School Deans Ask ABA Board Of Governors To Table Discussion Of Changes To Section On Legal Education

AALS (2017)Following up on yesterday's post, ABA President-Elect Seeks To Strip All Non-Accreditation Activities From Section Of Legal Education:  

Letter From AALS Deans Steering Committee to ABA Board of Governors (Feb. 1, 2017):

As a group of law deans charged with considering the national impact of topics affecting law schools, we write to encourage the Board of Governors to table discussion of the "Request to Create Commission on the Future of Legal Education; Request to Separate Non-Accreditation Activities from the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar."

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February 2, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

After 58% Enrollment Decline And 46% Faculty Reduction Through Voluntary Buyouts, Seton Hall Law School Adjusts To 'New Normal'

Seton Hall LogoNJ.com, As Law School Applications Fall Nationwide, Seton Hall Law Faces 'New Normal':

Kathleen Boozang, a veteran professor at Seton Hall School of Law in Newark, took over as dean of New Jersey's only private law school in 2015 just as the institution was making changes to compensate for declining applications.

Seton Hall Law still had more applications than available seats. But, school officials decided to shrink the incoming class size so the institution could keep up its standards and admit the same quality of students as before.

After 18 months on the job, Boozang told NJ Advance Media that Seton Hall Law is bouncing back with new programs and a renewed mission.

The entire law school field has been struggling. Seton Hall Law's applications dropped from 3,666 in 2009 to 1,609 last year. How is the school doing?

We're doing well. But, you're exactly right. Applications have declined nationally 40 to 45 percent since 2008 and I think a little bit more than that in the New York metropolitan area.

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February 2, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Call For Tax Papers: Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum

Stanford Yale HarvardStanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum: Request For Submissions:

Stanford, Yale, and Harvard Law Schools announce the 18th session of the Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Stanford Law School on June 6-7, 2017 and seek submissions for its meeting.

The Forum's objective is to encourage the work of scholars recently appointed to a tenure-track position by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each spring, rotating at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. Twelve to twenty scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Yale, Stanford, or Harvard, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse both on the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.

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February 1, 2017 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA President-Elect Seeks To Strip All Non-Accreditation Activities From Section Of Legal Education

ABA Logo (2016)ABA President-elect Hilarie Bass has submitted this 4-page memorandum requesting that the ABA Board of Governors create a new "Commission on the Future of Legal Education" to assume all of the non-accreditation activities of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  The accreditation activities would remain the responsibility of a renamed "ABA Section on Accreditation."  The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has submitted this 4-page memorandum detailing its "concerns" regarding President-elect Bass's proposal.

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February 1, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

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February 1, 2017 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Using College Completion Data To Assess The Law School Pipeline

Access GroupTiffane Cochran & India Heckstall (Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis), From the Bachelor's to the Bar: Using College Completion Data to Assess the Law School Pipeline:

The story of declining law school applications is well known among the legal education community. Over 100,000 individuals applied to law school for admission in fall 2004, but demand for legal education has since declined — only 54,000 applicants sought admission in fall 2015. The Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis® examined college completion data to determine whether undergraduate interest in fields most popular among law school applicants has also waned in recent years. In particular, this research brief summarizes bachelor’s degree completion in the top 10 law school feeder majors over the last 10 years, and compares degree production in these fields to those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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February 1, 2017 in Legal Education, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (1)

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February 1, 2017 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 ABA Tax Section Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award

HallPress Release,  Wells Hall Receives 2017 ABA Section of Taxation Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award:

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation presented its annual Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award to C. Wells Hall III of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, during the Section’s Plenary Luncheon on January 21, 2017. ...

Wells served as Section Vice-Chair, Pro Bono and Outreach, from 2013 to 2016. During his tenure in that position, Wells championed programs to increase pro bono participation among Section membership and to increase access to tax assistance for low-income and underserved populations.

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January 31, 2017 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

NYU International Tax Program 20th Anniversary

NYUCelebrating Twenty Years of the International Tax Program of the New York University School of Law (562 pages):

Introduction, by H. David Rosenbloom (Faculty Director, International Tax Program), pp. 1-8:

This Volume marks the 20th year of the International Tax Program at New York University School of Law. The first academic year of the one-year Master of Laws program commonly referred to as the ITP was 1996-97. I succeeded the late Paul McDaniel for the academic year 2002-03, and have had the immense privilege and pleasure of serving as Director of the ITP for the following thirteen years. It is with pride and a sense of accomplishment that I introduce this Volume and provide a few observations about the Program.

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January 31, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 30, 2017

California’s New Bar Exam Format And ABA’s Proposed 75% Bar Passage Requirement Will Adversely Impact Diversity, Women, And Access To The Legal Profession

TaxProf Blog op-ed:  California’s New Bar Exam Format in Conjunction with ABA’s Proposed Bar Pass Standard Will Adversely Impact Diversity, Women and Access to the Profession, by Dennis P. Saccuzzo & Nancy E. Johnson:

Considerable concern is being expressed concerning the effects on diversity and access to the profession due to proposed changes in ABA accreditation standards and changes in the format and scoring of the bar, such as those in California. According to Lawrence P. Nolan, President of the State Bar of Michigan, for example, ABA’s proposed amendments to the current accreditation standards will “adversely impact efforts to diversify the profession.”

Indeed, 90 law school Deans have asked the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar to slow down and think about its proposal to tighten accreditation requirements on bar pass rates. Again, the effects on diversity and access to the profession are among the main concerns. Access not only includes women and minorities, but also non-traditional students such as those who have no family members who ever graduated from college. An important justification for lower tier law schools is that they increase access to the profession.

Now that the California State Bar has decided to change the format of the bar exam, it would seem prudent to ask if the changes will have any effect on access to the profession.

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January 30, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (12)

Helicopter Law Professors Are Hurting Their Students

Helicopter 2Emily Grant (Washburn), Helicopter Professors:

Helicopter professors, like their parenting counterparts, hover over students, guiding them precisely, and swooping in to rescue them from any hint of failure or challenge. Just as helicopter parenting can be harmful to children, helicopter professoring poses similar threats to students, not the least of which is creating disengaged students dependent on professors for all aspects of their learning and development.

The instinct to be a helicopter professor is understandable in light of several social and cultural circumstances of today’s legal education. First, law students today are largely Millennials who were helicoptered parented and educated in a system that often focused solely on test results. Second, law professors are at times overly focused are garnering positive student evaluation scores, which may be easier to do with a little extra spoon feeding. Professors too may themselves be helicopter parents in their non-work hours, a behavioral pattern that too easily can infiltrate the classroom. Finally, law schools today are seeing a rise in students that have a consumerist attitude and in some cases lower academic credentials; those types of students expect and perhaps need additional assistance. But satisfying that need, combined with the focus on quantifying assessment practices and on improving teaching techniques, may easily cross the line into helicopter behavior.

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January 30, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Midcareer Professors Suffer From Middle-Child Syndrome: Are You Synergistic, Independent, Weary, Or Disgruntled?

Mid-CareerInside Higher Ed, Midcareer Professors Need Love, Too:

Midcareer, tenured faculty members power their institutions, but many also suffer from something like middle-child syndrome. Past the defined demands of achieving tenure but often still relative newbies, they can get lost in the institutional fray. Preliminary research to be presented here today at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities gives new insight into these professors’ thoughts and experiences and proposes a framework for thinking about them — one that cuts through stereotypes that they’re unmotivated.

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January 30, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Charlotte Law School Launches Food Drive For Students, Submits Teach-Out Plan To ABA; Is It Closing?

Charlotte Logo (2016)Charlotte Observer, Charlotte School of Law Starts Food Drive So Students Get Something to Eat:

Cut off from millions of dollars in federal loans because of their school’s chronic failings, students at Charlotte School of Law still don’t know how they’ll pay tuition, rent and utilities.

Now they are apparently running out of food.

In response, one of their professors announced Friday that some faculty and other law school employees have started a food drive to make sure students of the reeling school have enough to eat. Scott Sigman, director of the school’s clinical programs, sent out an email alerting students that the stockpiled food is available in the student commons.

Charlotte Business Journal, Does Charlotte Law’s Teach-Out Plan Mean its Closing?:

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January 29, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

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Northwestern Study: Excellent Teaching Is Unrelated To Excellent Research (And Vice Versa)

NorthwesternBrookings Institution: Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?, by David Figlio (Northwestern) & Morton O. Schapiro (Northwestern):

Colleges and universities must balance many goals, and research universities in particular aspire to excellence in both teaching and research. University administrators and policymakers alike are interested in ensuring that publicly-supported private and public universities operate at high levels of instructional and scholarly quality, but to date we know little about whether scholarly excellence comes at a cost in terms of teaching quality, or vice versa.

We bring to bear unique matched student-faculty data from Northwestern University, a midsized research university that is one of the 26 private universities among the 62 members of the Association of American Universities, to investigate the relationship between teaching and scholarly quality. Using the full population of all first-year undergraduates enrolled at Northwestern between fall 2001 and fall 2008 (over 15,000 students in all), we empirically generate two new measures of teaching quality—one an indicator of inspiration (the rate of “conversion” of non-majors to majors) and the other an indicator of deep learning (the degree to which a professor adds lasting value to students’ learning that is reflected in success in future classes). We also investigate two measures of research quality—one based on a measure of the relative importance of a scholar’s research in the field, and the other a measure of national or international prominence as reflected by major awards.

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January 28, 2017 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (5)

An Update On The Charlotte Law School Faculty Firings

Charlotte Logo (2016)David Frakt, An Update on the Charlotte Law School Faculty Firings:

In my last post, I incorrectly reported that up to two-thirds of Charlotte Law Faculty had been terminated, based on early reports from other media sources. I have now had the opportunity to gather more reliable information, and can report that just under half of the instructional faculty were terminated, in what the school has described as a “reduction in force.”

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January 28, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

The Charlotte Law School Tapes: Dean Drops F-Bombs, Calls Faculty 'Delusional' About Their Power

Charlotte Logo (2016)Following up on Wednesday's post, Charlotte Law School Reopens: 33% Of Students Have Transferred, Prof Says 42% Bar Pass Rate Would Have Been In 20s But For Payments To Students Not To Take Bar:  Charlotte Observer, Recordings Shed Light on Charlotte School of Law’s Methods to Boost Bar Passage:

Last week, WFAE reported that the troubled Charlotte School of Law paid graduates deemed at-risk to delay taking the bar and enroll in a bar preparation course. This program came about a few years ago as it had become the state’s largest law school with the poorest record of graduates passing the bar.

Today, WFAE’s Lisa Worf reports on secret recordings of a law school official that shed light on how much the deferral program inflated bar passage statistics.

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January 27, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Harvard Law Students Demand Greater Role In Dean Search Process

Harvard Law School (2016)Following up on my previous post, Martha Minow To Step Down As Harvard Law School Dean: Harvard Law School Record, Student Groups Seek Role in Law School Dean Search:

Just weeks after University President Drew G. Faust launched the search for the next Dean of Harvard Law School, student groups at the school have started organizing to make themselves “an indispensable part of the process.”

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January 27, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Law School That Crumbled: Triumph Or Tragedy?

Charlotte Logo (2016)The Atlantic, The For-Profit Law School That Crumbled:

The Charlotte School of Law may not be able to outrun the latest—and most damning—chapter of its at-times-scandalous existence. For years, the for-profit school was targeted by critics for its increasingly negative student outcomes: median LSAT scores in the low 140s, state bar-passage rates that hovered around 45 percent, high student indebtedness, and lackluster employment figures. In 2014, a routine re-accreditation site visit by officials from the American Bar Association led to closer scrutiny of the school’s admissions and teaching practices. That same year, it appears the school began offering $11,200 grants to students who delayed taking the bar. During October of last year, the school was placed on probation by the American Bar Association.

Then came the most damaging news: in mid-December, the Department of Education denied the law school’s application for recertification under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. This decision prevented Charlotte’s students from receiving federal loan money—an unprecedented decision for a law school that remains accredited, for-profit or otherwise. Now without a significant source of revenue, the school saw no choice but to fire up to two-thirds of its faculty and close several of its legal-aid clinics.

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January 26, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA Section of Legal Education And Admissions To The Bar 2015-2016 Annual Report

ABAABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 2015-2016 Annual Report:

We invite you to read about the work of the Section over the past year including reports from the Section's leadership, law school approvals and site visits, enrollment statistics, the work of the Accreditation and Standards Review Committees, and information regarding the Section's most recent conferences and programs, membership and publications.

Barry A. Currier, From the Managing Director:

The year 2015-2016 was not “best of times and the worst of times.” But, there is much good to report while recognizing that fundamental challenges remain....

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January 26, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 SoFi Return on Education Law School Rankings

SoFiSoFi, 2017 Law School Rankings: Return on Education:

By analyzing more than 60,000 student loan refinancing applications over a 3-year period from Janu-ary 2014 to December 2016, SoFi has updated its Return on Education (ROED) Law School Rankings grounded in verified income and debt — not just reported figures. This represents the most objective, factually accurate and defensible data that can't be found or replicated anywhere else.

Graduating from law school can have a positive impact on lifetime earnings, but given the high cost of tuition and steep interest rates on graduate student loans, the ROED can vary significantly by school. Through SoFi's analysis, find out how the top JD programs — and those with the worst payoff — stack up when it comes to average salary and student debt load for graduates who are 3 years out of school.

Quartz, Charted: The American Law Schools Most—And Least—Worth Your Money:

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January 25, 2017 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Charlotte Law School Reopens: 33% Of Students Have Transferred, Prof Says 42% Bar Pass Rate Would Have Been In 20s But For Payments To Students Not To Take Bar

Charlotte Logo (2016)Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Law President Talks Enrollment, Layoffs — And the Future:

Charlotte Law President Chidi Ogene said in an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal that the education department’s decision was a “precipitous and extreme step” given that numerous schools have been placed on probation but not had funding pulled by the education department. He notes Charlotte Law is taking steps to address the ABA’s concerns regarding compliance with first-time bar passage rates and admission indicators. “We don’t have an answer to suggest why Charlotte is being treated in a way that’s very, very different than any other higher-education systems,” Ogene adds.

The loss of federal funds has forced Charlotte Law to make difficult choices, Ogene says.

Final enrollment figures for the spring semester won’t be available until later this week. But initial reports show that roughly 230 students have transferred — a 33% drop — from the about 700 students taking classes last fall. ...

WFAE, Law School Official: Bar Passage Would Have Been in 20s If Not For Paying Students Not To Take Exam:

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January 25, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Louisville Dean Finalists Include 5-Year Interim Dean And Associate Dean With Experience Addressing 50% Enrollment Decline

LouisvilleFollowing up on my previous posts on the troubles at Louisville Law School (links below):  The Provost at the University of Louisville has announced the four finalists for the law school deanship.  Two things jumped out at me:

First, one of the candidates is the Interim Dean, who has been in that position for five years.  I am not aware of any other interim dean that has served so long in that capacity in light of ABA Accreditation Standard 203 and Interpretation 203-3.  (Earlier this month, I blogged the selection of Rachel Janutis as Dean Of Capital University Law School following three years of service as interim dean.)  Not coincidentally, Louisville is scheduled for its seven-year ABA accreditation visit in Fall 2017, by which time presumably a permanent dean will be in place.

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January 25, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

California Bar Exam Carnage Extends To Out-Of-State Law Schools

California (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below): Daily Record, How Out-of-State Schools Fared on California Bar Exam:

Newly released data for California’s July 2016 bar exam reveal a strong performance from graduates of most top-tier, out-of-state law schools, while pass rates for students from other programs fell behind.

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January 24, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Monday, January 23, 2017

A 'Snow Day' In Malibu

Snow DayAfter a weekend of historic rains in Southern California, Pepperdine cancelled classes today, throwing a monkey wrench into the planned inaugural presentation by Adam Chodorow in our 2017 Tax Policy Workshop Series.  Since my wife and I had already purchased the food for the post-presentation lunch, we opened up our home for lunch with hardy students who ventured to campus and faculty who live on campus.  We ended up having a delightful break in our workdays, reminiscent of the glorious "snow" days of a boy growing up in Boston and of a father raising two children in Cincinnati.  I previously blogged how the wonder of snow days gives way as we grow older, captured by my amazing daughter in this touching article for her high school newspaper:

I almost wish I didn't have these snow days off school.  It was depressing sitting in my house all day, working away to meet adult-like goals rather than simply enjoying the unexpected free time to play in the snow or sled like I did when I was younger. ...

And so the sleds lay dormant in our garage.  Each member of the family worked quietly and separately in different rooms.  Our driveway even lacked the telltale crunched-in snow footprints left by excited children running around in the snow.  Now, the snow seems more of a nuisance than an actual blessing. ...

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January 23, 2017 in About This Blog, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Pepperdine Tax Policy Workshop Series (Spring 2017)

Here is the schedule for my Spring 2017 Pepperdine Tax Policy Workshop Series:

I will of course blog each professor's paper on the day of their presentation.  Southern California professors and practitioners are welcome to attend any of the sessions (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) — just let me know.

Pepperdine Law School (2016)

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January 23, 2017 in Colloquia, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Charlotte Law School Rejects Feds' Demand That It Close Immediately And Let Teach-Out Partner Florida Coastal Take Over Classes; Hopes For 'Fairer Hearing' From Trump Administration

Charlotte DOECharlotte Observer, Details Emerge in Nasty Fight Between Feds and Charlotte School of Law:

Charlotte School of Law said this week it rejected a government agreement that would have restored millions of dollars in federal loans because the terms betrayed its students’ futures.

On the same day of that statement, a group of students filed the third class-action lawsuit accusing the school of already doing similar damage.

The contradictory allegations add to the deepening uncertainty swirling around the uptown school as it prepares to reopen Monday. No one knows for sure how many students will show up. ...

On Wednesday, the education department accused the school of reneging on a deal that would have restored some of the lost student loans. ...

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January 23, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tulane Seeks To Hire A Tax Visitor

Tulane (2015)Tulane Law School invites applications for a one-semester tax visiting position in Fall 2017:

Our specific needs for the Fall 2017 semester include basic income tax and corporate tax. Applicants must possess a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, strong academic credentials, and at least three years of relevant law-related experience; prior teaching experience is strongly preferred. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information of three references through Interfolio. For additional information, please contact Onnig Dombalagian.

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January 23, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

TaxProf Blog Weekend Roundup

Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's Time For A New Law School In Charlotte: University Of North Carolina-Charlotte Or Wake Forest

UNCWFFollowing up on my previous posts (links below): Charlotte Agenda, Charlotte Needs a Law School. It’s Time to Start a New One (Or Recruit One):

Our city needs to have a law school. And with Charlotte School of Law on the ropes, it’s time to get going on starting a new one. ... It’s time to start building a new law school — or recruiting an existing one to move to Charlotte. Here are two options. One’s likely, the other is more of a long shot.

UNC Charlotte opens up a law school

This isn’t a new idea. The university explored opening a school of law back in 2008. Of course, the economy promptly tanked, and demand for law school and lawyers along with it. That’s still fairly true — law school applications remain near historic lows.

But there are still plenty of people here in Charlotte who are looking to move up in their careers, find a new job and boost their earning power through law school without uprooting their families to do it. Major Charlotte employers are still hungry for talent with law backgrounds. These are the populations a UNC Charlotte law school could serve.

UNC Charlotte doesn’t need to build a flagship, nationally competitive law school flying students in from around the world to be effective. And the university already knows how to fill this niche. Their Professional MBA program ranks among the country’s best by U.S. News.

Wake Forest moves its law school to Charlotte

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January 22, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

President Obama's Lack Of Scholarly Chops Prevents Him From Being Hired As Law Prof At Columbia, Kansas; But 'Professor Of Practice' Is A Possibility

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Chronicle of Higher Education, Prof. Barack Obama Needs a New Job, So We Sent Around His Academic Résumé:

It can be tough out there for an academic who’s been out of the game for so long, and Mr. Obama probably hasn’t updated his curriculum vitae in a while. So we did it for him.

We’ve noticed the former senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School padding his academic résumé in the waning days of his presidency. Mr. Obama went on a bit of a spree in the final weeks, publishing articles in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and his old grad-school haunt, the Harvard Law Review.

Mr. Obama is no fool. He remembers that publication is the coin of the realm. Since he didn’t put his name to any scholarly articles during his earlier academic career — minding his political ambitions, he played his cards close to the vest back then — he needed to make up for lost time.

But we didn’t just update Mr. Obama’s résumé for him. We also sent it around to a handful of law professors who have served on appointment committees, and asked them to provide feedback. Set aside the specific benefits of having a former president on the faculty, we said, and focus on the his merits as a once and future academic. ...

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January 22, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (9)

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Deans Boise & Morriss:  Why We Still Support The ABA's Proposed 75% Bar Passage Requirement

Boise Morriss PhotoTaxProf Blog op-ed:  Why We Still Support The ABA's Proposed 75% Bar Passage Requirement, by Craig M. Boise (Dean, Syracuse) & Andrew P. Morriss (Dean, Texas A&M):

Indiana Law Dean Austen Parrish recently responded to our TaxProf Blog response to his column on the ABA’s proposed 75% bar passage rule. While we don’t want to suggest deans spend their days writing op-eds, we do think a bit of further comment is merited.

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January 21, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Lawyer Presidential Campaign Contributions: 97% To Clinton, 3% To Trump

TrumpAmerican Lawyer, For Many Big Law Trump Donors, 'Stigma' Kept Support Below the Radar:

It was no secret during the presidential race that Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in financial donations from the legal industry. Lawyers and firms gave Clinton and affiliated groups more than $39.3 million, while they gave Trump and his groups $1.4 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

But many partners at the nation's largest law firms did back the president-elect—even if they opted to keep their support unusually private.

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January 20, 2017 in Legal Education, Political News | Permalink | Comments (4)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Charlotte Law School Fires Two-Thirds Of Faculty And Staff, Abandons Teach-Out Plan As Negotiations With Department Of Education Collapse; Classes Begin Jan. 23

Shu-Yi Oei Leaves Tulane For Boston College

OeiShu-Yi Oei, Hoffman F. Fuller Professor of Tax Law at Tulane, has accepted a lateral offer from Boston College, beginning Fall 2017. Here are Shu-Yi's recent publications:

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January 19, 2017 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Number Of LSAT Test-Takers Rises 7.6% In Latest Administration, 2.8% For The 2016-17 Cycle Thus Far

LSAT (2015)After registering the first increase in LSAT test-takers in six years in the 2015-16 cycle, LSAC reports that the number of test-takers was up 7.6% in the third test administration (December) of the 2016-17 cycle.  This is the largest year-over-year test administration growth since December 2009.  Total test-takers in 2016-17 are up 2.8% over the comparable period in 2015-16.

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ABA Journal, Number of LSAT Tests Administered Jumps Nearly 8 percent; Is Optimism Or Scheduling the Reason?:

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January 19, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

94 Law School Deans Ask ABA To Postpone Proposed 75% Bar Passage Requirement

AALS (2018)AALS Deans Steering Committee 2017:

We write as a group of deans of ABA-accredited law schools to urge the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar to withdraw for the time being the proposed change to ABA Standard 316, the standard proposing a stronger and simpler requirement for bar passage to maintain accreditation. Failing that, we urge the ABA House of Delegates at its February meeting in Miami to recommit this proposal to the Council for further scrutiny. More specifically, we urge postponement for one year for additional consideration and study. This issue is simply too important to be rushed unnecessarily.

We believe this Council action requires further consideration and scrutiny in light of significant issues raised by member deans and by legal education organizations, and, more recently, by the results of the July 2016 administration of the California bar examination.  [19 of the 21 ABA-approved California law school deans signed the letter.  The two who did not sign the letter are deans of schools that fell below the 75% threshold on the July 2016 California bar exam (UC-Davis 72%; Chapman 57%).]

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January 19, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (10)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Charlotte Law School To File Teach-Out Plan With ABA To Protect Students As School Shuts Down

Charlotte Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABA Journal, Teach-Out Plan for Charlotte School of Law in the Works:

Charlotte School of Law will file a teach-out plan, which the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will review, managing director Barry A. Currier told the ABA Journal on Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Education website for federal loans describes teach-out plans as “a written course of action a school that is closing will take to ensure its students are treated fairly with regard to finishing their programs of study.”

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January 18, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Law Schools Have Shed 1,460 Full-Time Faculty (16.1%) Since 2010

Matt Leichter has published the 2016 edition of his Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty?  Law schools have shed 1,460 full-time faculty (16.1%) since 2010, and 261 full-time faculty (3.3%) since last year.

149 law schools have shed full-time faculty since 2010, with 20 law schools shedding 20 or more full-time faculty:

FULL-TIME FACULTY (FALL)
RANK SCHOOL ’10 ’15 ’16 ANNUAL CHANGE NET CHANGE
1. WMU Cooley 101 44 41 -3 -60
2. American 104 91 52 -39 -52
3. John Marshall (Chicago) 75 45 27 -18 -48
4. Florida Coastal 69 37 24 -13 -45
5. George Washington 106 70 69 -1 -37
6. St. Louis 65 45 34 -11 -31
7. Catholic 56 32 27 -5 -29
8. Seton Hall 59 37 32 -5 -27
8. Vermont 55 27 28 +1 -27
8. Seattle 66 47 39 -8 -27
11. Widener (Delaware) 50 31 24 -7 -26
11. New York Law School 71 48 45 -3 -26
13. McGeorge 63 34 39 +5 -24
14. Pace 47 30 25 -5 -22
14. Cleveland State 39 19 17 -2 -22
16. Santa Clara 65 45 44 -1 -21
16. DePaul 56 32 35 +3 -21
16. Hofstra 60 34 39 +5 -21
19. Nova 60 48 40 -8 -20
19. New England 40 26 20 -6 -20

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January 18, 2017 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

Law Profs Who Signed Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions For Attorney General Receive Open Records Act Requests For Their Emails

DOJ Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts:

Andrea A. Curcio (Georgia State), Public Opposition to Jeff Sessions Results in an Open Records Request:

Along with 1,400 other law professors, I signed a letter opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General of the United States. As a law professor, I signed this letter because of my concerns about maintaining the integrity of the legal system.

Shortly after the law professors’ letter was published, my university counsel’s office got an Open Records Act request seeking my emails.

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January 18, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (22)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Former UC-Hastings Dean:  Legal Education Is 'Delusional About Our Prospects'—With Plummeting Return On Investment, Is Law School A 'Long Con'?

National Law Journal op-ed:  For Legal Education, Adaption is the Only Option for a Better Future, by Frank H. Wu (Former Dean, UC-Hastings):

In legal education, we have become delusional about our prospects. We are paralyzed by a combination of denial and confidence — denial about the nature of the problems and confidence in our own ability to compete.

The public is smarter than professors would prefer to give them credit for. People are avoiding law school. The fact is that the pool of applicants has decreased at an unprecedented rate. Prospective students who would have been rejected outright prior to the recession are being offered scholarships now. Law schools have cut their enrollment, but not enough: at many institutions, the average credentials of those who matriculate are not equivalent to their predecessors.

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January 17, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)