Law schools roundup

by Walter Olson on February 1, 2011

Just four weeks to official publication date (now March 1) for my book, and it seems as if everyone’s talking about the state of the law schools:

  • Bruce Antkowiak (Duquesne): “Why Law Schools Must Reform” [Dan Hull, WSJ Law Blog] “Law Schools: Tournaments or Lotteries?” [Kevin Carey, Chronicle of Higher Ed] Law schools still reluctant to grapple with oversupply problem [George Leef, Pope Center] Oregon joins trend toward restoring mentorship/apprenticeship as part of legal training [AtL] “…because there was no compelling need for additional law graduates” [1985 Missouri decision via AtL]
  • Study: free representation from Harvard legal clinic actually worsened outcomes for jobless claimants [Greiner/Pattanayak via Ayres/Freakonomics ("Iatrogenic legal assistance?"), Hoffman/ConcurOp, more, yet more]
  • Critical Race Theory makes good? Noted CRT-er Angela Onwuachi-Willig in line for possible appointment to Iowa high court [Wenger, ConcurOp]
  • “The rise and fall of law faculty blogs” [Kerr]
  • Too much heed paid to “consent,” “autonomy”? Noted feminist Prof. Robin West praises Ohio State’s Marc Spindelman for proposal to have more lawsuits over HIV transmission [Jotwell] Some high-profile lawprofs call for less online freedom in pages of new book ["The Offensive Internet"; Citron, Greenfield, Ron Coleman]
  • All publicity is good dept.: along with the glowing advance notices, my forthcoming Schools for Misrule has also drawn brickbats [Brian Leiter; some ABA Journal commenters].

{ 2 comments }

1 Dan Hull 02.02.11 at 12:10 pm

Thanks, sir. It’s an important issue: getting a usable “product” from the law schools. Right now, employers pay through the nose to complete the job that Profs and Deans are either too isolated or too effete to even start.

It’s not just Recession-related. It’s been a problem at our shop for over a decade. We invest in new hires who can’t–or won’t–think on their own. We do try–but we can’t do it all ourselves. Burning daylight here–and it’s very difficult to find any exception of any pedigree from any school in the U.S. that breaks the pattern.

2 Le Mur 02.03.11 at 9:31 am

Critical Race Theory

I love these cute new terms for anti-white racism.

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