Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tamanaha: The Irresponsibility of Law Schools

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The irresponsibility of law schools would seem more likely to be the teaching of Case law theory - Stare decisis (settled law) instead of the actual Constitution as defined by the Federalist papers and the word meanings of the time of writing.

Read and research as I might, I can not find where America adopted the British Common law and the principle of Democracy concept of case precedent and settled law as impenetrable.

Posted by: Lock Piatt | Oct 20, 2010 3:17:43 PM

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Posted by: Nolo Contendre | Oct 19, 2010 11:11:33 AM

Not sure why we're blaming law schools here. If the trend keeps up, sure. It isn't uncommon for schools to have a higher yield rate on acceptances during economic downturns. Based on last year's data school will probably lower their acceptance rates to compensate for the higher yield. If they don't, then let us call them irresponsible.

If we want to talk about irresponsible, let us talk about schools' decision to jack up tuition rates in the last ten years for no other reason than that they could. How on Earth does the University of Michigan's law school justify its faculty getting paid more than surgeons in the medical center or scientists in the engineering school? Is it for their contribution to society (articles in STUDENT-reviewed journals and the teaching of a couple of classes) or for their ability to convince deans at other schools to rate Michigan Law favorably in the USNWR rankings?

Posted by: Nolo Contendre | Oct 19, 2010 11:10:49 AM