Friday, February 20, 2015
Symposium, Transforming Legal Education, 38 Nova L. Rev. 171-322 (2014):
- Steven I. Friedland (Elon), Introduction: Transforming Legal Education, 38 Nova L. Rev. 171 (2014)
- Andrea A Curcio (Georgia State), Teresa E. Ward (Georgia State) & Nisha Dogra (Leicester), A Survey Instrument to Develop, Tailor, and Help Measure Law Student Cultural Diversity Education Learning Outcomes, 38 Nova L. Rev. 177 (2014)
Thursday, February 19, 2015
W&L Law School Permanently Reduces 1L Class to 100 (Down 47% From 2012), Eliminates 6 Faculty and 6 Staff Positions, Cuts or Freezes All Faculty Salaries, and Invades Corpus of Endowment
North Carolina Board of Governors Committee Votes to Close Law School Poverty Center Founded by John Edwards
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Marvin Chirelstein's Letter of Recommendation on Behalf of Prospective Law Prof Bill Clinton: 'He Would Do Well as a Tax Teacher'
Following up on yesterday's post on the death of Yale/Columbia tax legend Marvin Chirelstein: Arkansas Tax Prof Will Foster passed along Marvin's 1973 letter of recommendation supporting Bill Clinton's appointment to the Arkansas law faculty:
Princeton Review, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In (2015):
The Princeton Review lists the Top 5o Schools for Return on Education. Here are the Top 10:
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Robert Morse (Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report) has announced that the new law school rankings will be released online on March 10 and in hard copy later in March. Here are the current 2015 law school rankings:
National Law Journal, Lower Tier Leads in Diversity: Minorities Gain at Less Prestigious Law Schools:
- 1st Place: $5,000, and publication in the Florida Tax Review
- 2nd Place: $2,500
- 3rd Place: $1,500
Aaron Clauset (Colorado), Samuel Arbesman (Colorado) & Daniel B. Larremore (Harvard), Systematic Inequality and Hierarchy in Faculty Hiring Networks:
Inside Higher Ed, Study Suggests Insular Faculty Hiring Practices in Elite Departments:
Monday, February 16, 2015
In the wake of the new ABA Accreditation Standard permitting law schools to admit up to 10% of their class without LSAT scores: Iowa has announced that it will admit Iowa undergraduates without LSAT scores as long as they (1) are in the Top 10% of their class or have at least a 3.5 GPA after their junior year, and (2) scored in the 85th percentile of higher on the ACT, SAT, GMAT, or GRE.
Iowa's 1L enrollment the past five years:
The National Jurist reports that eleven law schools now offer tax or tax-related online LL.M.s:
International Tax: Thomas Jefferson
Employee Benefits: John Marshall
Livingston: Rutgers Administration Is 'Pulling a Fast One' With Merger of Camden and Newark Law Schools
Following up on my previous post, Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark Law Schools to Merge: Tax Prof Michael Livingston (Rutgers-Camden), The Rutgers Law "Merger": Lots of Form, Not Much Substance:
- America’s New Aristocracy: The Hereditary Meritocracy
- New York Law School Launches 2-Year JD at 2/3 the Cost, With Guaranteed Post-Graduate Fellowship
- Weekly SSRN Tax Roundup
- The IRS Scandal, Day 646
- Citi: Law Firm Revenues, Profits Up Sharply in 2014, With More to Come in 2015
- Huang & Rosen: The Zombie Lawyer Apocalypse
- The Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- The IRS Scandal, Day 647
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Better Times for Law Firms, With More on the Horizon, Says Report:
American Lawyer, Citi Report: M&A Work Boosts Firm Profitability in 2014:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law have signed a merger agreement to create Mitchell|Hamline School of Law, which will be located primarily on William Mitchell’s existing campus.
Press and blogosphere coverage:
- Above the Law, After Law School: Balancing Student Loans with Retirement Saving
- Above the Law, Implicit Bias: The Silent Killer Of Diversity In The Legal Profession
- The Atlantic, Stripping a Professor of Tenure Over a Blog Post
- David Barnhizer (Cleveland State), Clinics, Skills, Employment and the Education of ‘Young Ministers of Justice’
Best Schools For Bar Examination, National Jurist (Feb. 2015):
The National Jurist ranked the Top 50 law schools whose students outperform on the bar exam. Here are the Top 25:
Here is the methodology:
New York Times, Law Students Leave Torts Behind (for a Bit) and Tackle Accounting:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Best Brief: Texas Tech (runner-up: Suffolk)
Best Oralist: Hank Young (Charleston)
Washington Post, Your Lifetime Earnings Are Probably Determined in Your 20s:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Matt Leichter has updated the data in his two ongoing research projects:
|#||State||Annual Job Openings||ABA Grads||Annual Surplus||Grads Per Opening|
|1||Puerto Rico (3)*||130||662||532||5.09|
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
New York Times Room for Debate, Are Economists Overrated?:
- Philip Cohen (Maryland), Exceptions Overwhelm Economic Rules: "Exploitation, dishonesty, violence, ignorance and demagoguery set vast areas of social life apart outside of economic models."
- Diane Coyle (Manchester), Economists Deal With the Pie on the Table, Not in the Sky: "Government decisions balance costs and benefits, winners and losers. It is best to do this explicitly, which is what economists do."
- Marion Fourcade (UC-Berkeley), An Ambivalent Authority: "Much of economic science is esoteric and preoccupied with internal struggles. Ideological divisions, exploited by politicians, defy clarity."
- Peter Henry (NYU), Analyze and Explain, Don’t Prognosticate: "Economics succeeds when used as a forensic tool, employing history and data, not creating unrealistic expectations."
- Orlando Patterson (Harvard) & Ethan Fosse (Harvard), Don’t Rely on Pseudo-Science: "Implementation of mainstream economic ideas has led to massive failures after expertise of other academics were ignored."
- Charles Plott (Cal-Tech), Failures Shouldn’t Obscure Widespread Success: "Economic science is the foundation of sound policies and techniques in business and government."
Monday, February 9, 2015
The School of Taxation and Business Law (TBL) at the University of New South Wales, Australia, will offer several Atax Research Fellowships ($7,500) in taxation, business law and related disciplines in 2015. Research Fellows normally spend four weeks working at TBL on a mutually agreed area of research. The preferred timing for successful applicants to undertake the fellowship is August-October 2015, but other times of the year may also be possible. The application deadline is March 31, 2015.
- Case Western Purchased Home of Former Dean in Settlement of Law Prof's Retaliation Lawsuit
- Malcolm Butler, Not Tom Brady, to Pay Income Tax on Super Bowl MVP Truck
- NLJ: Scandals Put Law Schools in Damage Control Mode
- The IRS Scandal, Day 639
- Is the Professor Bossy or Brilliant? Much Depends on Gender
- The Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Can America's Faith-Based Law Schools Restrict Sexual Activity to Heterosexual Marriage?
- The IRS Scandal, Day 640
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Deseret News National, Can America's Faith-Based Law Schools Restrict Sexual Activity to Heterosexual Marriage?:
Saturday, February 7, 2015
National Law Journal, This is Not the Attention Law Schools Want: Scandals Put Law Schools in Damage Control Mode:
Clockwise, from top left: Mark Sargent (Villanova), Lawrence Mitchell (Case Western), Ronald Murphy (Connecticut), John Dwyer (UC-Berkeley), John Patrick Shannon (Florida), Donald Marvin Jones (Miami), Barry Freundel (Georgetown), and John Attanasio (SMU).
Friday, February 6, 2015
- Above the Law, How An Associate Dean Uses Social Media In His Classroom
- Cynthia Batt (Stetson), A Practice Continuum: Integrating Experiential Education into the Curriculum
- Lisa Bliss (Georgia State) & Deborah Maranville (Washington), A Conscious Institutional Strategy for Expanding Experiential Education
- Jonathan Franklin (Washington), Law Libraries and Legal Education
Thursday, February 5, 2015