Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More on Value-Added Law Schools

I previously blogged the interesting posts by Jason Solomon (Georgia) on value-added law schools.  His subsequent posts (here and here) have been equally illuminating, culminating in today's post:  Paul Caron, Moneyball, and the Most Important Chart In the History of Legal Education (based on this TaxProf Blog post):

Assessing “value added” on a relative basis by school is not only knowable; we actually know it for many schools. So we just need to present the data in a convenient and user-friendly way for survey respondents, and then the rankings will move for at least a handful of schools, beginning next spring – and then we get our race to the top, beginning next summer. Caron's chart tells us: it can be done. Which is why, in my humble opinion, this chart might well be the most important in the history of legal education.


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Agreed. While law school does provide a short-term (approx. 3 year) boost to the general economy by removing some of the dregs of society, unfortunately that is offset when the aforementioned dregs finish law school and begin plying their trade in the form of a plaintiff's trial attorney. Any value-added analysis, to be complete must account for the before-and-after effect.

Posted by: thomas | Jul 16, 2008 6:17:13 AM

Why the knock on plaintiff's lawyers, Thomas?

Posted by: Bill | Jul 19, 2008 11:27:44 AM