Law schools roundup

by Walter Olson on July 26, 2013

  • “How To Fix Law School” symposium at New Republic with David Lat, Paul Campos, Mike Kinsley etc. follows up on Noam Scheiber article on erosion of BigLaw business model, which in turn drew semi-rebuttal from Mark Obbie at Slate;
  • “So the poor defendants have to spend thousands on legal fees, while law students get their ‘practice.'” [John Stossel]
  • Brian Tamanaha vs. Simkovic and McIntyre “law degree worth a million bucks” study [Balkinization, response here, Adler, Caron]
  • Amid crisis, tone-deaf ABA “actually in the process of trying to make it harder for accredited law schools to fire professors and control their costs” [Elie Mystal]
  • Foundation case studies include Carnegie 1921 report on legal education, Olin support for law and economics, and some others related to law schools [J. Scott Kohler and Steven Schindler, Philanthropy Central]
  • “Shifts in law professors’ views” [Kyle Graham]
  • Bring on the strong verbs, and not just in legal writing [Ross Guberman] In recent Nike shoe case, Chief Justice Roberts wrote rings round Justice Kennedy [same]

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1 wfjag 07.31.13 at 12:59 pm

Apparently some law schools teach the meaning of caveat emptor by personal experience. See, MacDonald v. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Nos. 12–2066, 12–2130, — F.3d —-, 2013 WL 3880201 (6th Cir. July 30, 2013) (affirming motion to dismiss; plaintiff, law students, not covered by Michigan Consumer Protection law; law school was not liable under for fraudulent misrepresentation and law school was not liable for fraudulent concealment, since even if the representations misleading, materially incomplete or objectively untrue, law students could not and did not reasonably rely on representations of law school).

I suppose there are also legal ethics lessons provided the students, also.

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