Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 20, 2017

ABA Proposes To Eliminate Requirement That More Than 50% Of Law Teaching Be Performed By Full-Time Faculty

ABA Section On Legal Education (2016)ABA Journal, ABA's Legal Ed Section Seeks Comments on Proposed Revision to Admissions Test Standard:

Should the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar devise a process to validate non-LSAT entrance exams? The council has requested notice and comment on how such a test might be established. The proposed revision to Standard 503 calls for the council to establish a process that determines reliability and validity of other tests besides the LSAT. That’s a change from the current version, which directs law schools using alternate admissions tests to demonstrate that the exams are valid and reliable. Any changes would not take place prior to the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. ...

[T]he council also requested notice and comment for a proposal to modify Standard 403 to require only that the first-third of a law student’s courses be delivered by full-time faculty. The current version of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools also requires that faculty teach more than half of all credit hours offered by accredited law schools.

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I like how Nah implies that tenured professors place their students as a high priority. In my experiences, the adjunct prawfs care far more about their wards than the tenureds. Far. More.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 20, 2017 7:21:14 PM

Can you say "They will hire poorly paid adjunct professors"? I thought you could. Now can you say, "No tution cuts will follow." Yes, you understand quite well what's going on here.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Mar 20, 2017 3:32:44 PM

Most law schools don't have anywhere near half of classes taught by adjuncts, as they are allowed to do under the current standards.

But perhaps law schools should be required to disclose exactly what percent of classes are taught by adjuncts.

I'm not sure that students want to be taught by professors who value an entire semester of teaching at about what they could bill out in 4 hours of work for clients, and for whom students will always be a low priority.

Posted by: Nah | Mar 20, 2017 12:10:15 PM

A transparent cost-saving measure. Still, it would be nice to see some pressure applied to law profs' sinecures. Adjuncts will replace us all.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 20, 2017 8:25:30 AM