Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The 25 Most Influential People In Legal Education

MIPThe 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education (2015), The National Jurist (Jan. 2016):

These key players continue to be major forces in shaping legal education.  Many have pushed for more practical training, lowering law school debt, maintaining standards in the face of dropping application numbers and better employment outcomes. ... As in years past, in creating our list, we sought nominations from the nation's law schools and added our own nominees.  We then narrowed the list to 48 and asked every law school dean and one professor from each school to rate them.  Here are the top 25:

  1. Bill Henderson (Professor, Indiana)
  2. Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine)
  3. Paul Caron (Professor, Pepperdine)
  4. Brian Leiter (Professor, Chicago)
  5. Blake Morant (Dean. George Washington; Immediate Past-President, AALS)
  6. Kellye Testy (Dean, University of Washington; President, AALS)
  7. David Yellen (Dean, Loyola-Chicago)
  8. Martin Katz (Dean, Denver)
  9. Frank Wu (Former Dean, UC-Hastings) 
  10. Michael Simkovic (Professor, Seton Hall)

I am especially delighted that six of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education blog in our Law Professor Blogs Network.

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Henderson, Simkovic, Chemerinsky, Testy (by virtue of her position at aals), Caron for the blog, Tamanaha, Kyle McEntee, all should be on the list.

Where are Judge Berch, Debby Merritt, Paul Campos, David Frakt, and a handful of others? Like them or not, aren't they among the more influential people in legal ed?

Posted by: Jojo | Jan 20, 2016 2:28:34 PM

One of ten is female? Explains a lot.

Posted by: Carla Spivack | Jan 20, 2016 8:35:07 AM

USNWR and the rankers (rhymes with wankers) for better or worse. They are a player. Since they are a corporation, they are a person. They are the tail that wags the legal dog.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Jan 20, 2016 7:43:28 AM

So this is a list of the people most responsible for the current state of legal education?

Posted by: Ketch | Jan 20, 2016 6:15:21 AM

With due respect, this is a list of the most popular people in legal education. We can't know who has lasting influence this soon.

Posted by: mike livingston | Jan 20, 2016 4:35:08 AM