Category Archives: Law Schools

“Deconstructing the First Year: How Law School Experiences Lead to Misunderstandings of What Lawyers Do”

Great post you should read by this title at Clinicians With Not Enough To Do.

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Lolita Buckner Inniss, “On Being a Black Woman Lawyer (Or, The Sound of Silence)”

Read her essay by this title here. It begins: There are right now two lawsuits being prosecuted by black women lawyers that are quietly making their way around the Internet. A little too quietly for my taste. …

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Four of Five Finalists for the Deanship at the University of Maryland School of Law are women.

Brian Leiter has the names here. All five are terrific candidates.

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Law School Grade Reform – Not So Fast

Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems.   Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading

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Don’t Most of Us Wish…

This CNN article asserts that law professors (Number 14 on the list of “Jobs with under 40-hour work weeks”) work an average of 35.2 hours per week and 1664 hours each year, and earn $158,353.   To which I reply: … Continue reading

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The Awesome Candidate X Has A Shiny New Job!

Candidate X guest posted here, asking for advice about going on the teaching market while breastfeeding an infant. FLP readers offered a lot of kind support both on blog and off. No surprise there – you’re feminists! Here’s an update … Continue reading

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Four Oklahoma City University law professors allege discrimination and harassment.

Details here and here. Paul Secunda has some observations here.

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A Sermon Against Preachy People

Here, at A  Woman In Law School.

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How much ad revenue can various for profit blogs reap off the misery and misfortunes of a desperate and depressed law student?

A lot, apparently. I’m not going to link to any of them, because whether they are being disgustingly licentious or self-aggrandizingly professing great concern, at the end of the day they are all about the links and the clicks and … Continue reading

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Funniest Blawgprof Post I’ve Seen In Weeks:

Law Schools Ranked By the Number of Corrupt Public Officials They Graduated As usual, Yale and Harvard come out on top. (You might have already guessed the source.)

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Deanships and Diversity

There are currently between 10-15 active law school dean searches being conducted around the country. It’s no secret that women, people of color, and every other category of academic short of a white male are under-represented in the higher reaches … Continue reading

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Today Is Final Day to Comment on ABA’s Proposal to Eliminate Student-Faculty Ratio Data

Paul Caron has a critique of the proposal here. The impact on student/faculty ratio was one of the arguments that finally persuaded the doubters at my law school to hire a professional, full time legal writing faculty, which has been … Continue reading

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10 Things You May Not Have Learned In Law School

“10 things I didn’t learn in law school” is here, at A Public Defender. Don’t miss the Kingsfield clip at the end! Via Law Ingenue.

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Rutgers School of Law-Newark Celebrates Women Reshaping American Law, February 13, 2009

From Feminist Law Prof Suzanne Kim (Rutgers-Newark), this notice of an upcoming conference: Rutgers School of Law-Newark is pleased to be celebrating its  centennial this year.   To honor the law school’s tradition of contributing to  social justice, we are … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For

So I’m probably the only one who missed this interesting development in the ongoing saga of reform of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. There has been much hoo-ha and concern about the Special Committee Reports on … Continue reading

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Rethinking Faculty Recruitment

Instead of the traditional Faculty Recruitment Conference, what if the AALS coordinated a matching program à la medical school residencies?   My talented colleague Karl Coplan made this suggestion during a recruiting break today.   I have initial thoughts on … Continue reading

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Love-Hate at the Faculty Recruitment Conference

I  simultaneously like and dislike  the Faculty Recruitment Conference.   I like meeting people, reading the scholarship of professors-to-be; talking to candidates about their interests in teaching and scholarship; seeing friends from other faculties; spending time with my current colleagues … Continue reading

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How does one juggle breast feeding and landing a law teaching job? Advice needed!

I’m writing for advice on an issue peculiar to female law profs and I was hoping that I could post a question on Feminist Law Profs seeking advice. Specifically, I am on the legal teaching market this year and I … Continue reading

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Dean Search at Texas Tech School of Law

Texas Tech University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The preferred date for the individual to begin duties is on or about July 15, 2009. Texas Tech University, with over 28,000 students, … Continue reading

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On Grades, Sorting, and Sucking Up

Brian Leiter has another post about grading changes at several top law schools, noting: “There are rumors aplenty that Columbia and NYU may move to something like the Yale system of essentially two grades–Honors/Pass–now that Harvard and Stanford are going … Continue reading

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Gender Imbalance In Law Reviews, A Continuing Saga

Concurring Opinions features the tables of contents of select law reviews when new issues appear. Judging by the first names, admittedly an imperfect measure, it looks like neither the Michigan Law Review nor the Boston College Law Review published anything … Continue reading

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The increasing irrelevance of grades, and what it might mean for women law students.

Both the percentage and actual number of enrolled women students has been dropping at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and at a number of other law schools I am aware of. Part of the explanation is that … Continue reading

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Feminist law prof glass ceilings

Inspired by recent events at my own institution as well as conversations with other feminist law profs I’ve run into at recent conferences, here’s a pattern I see – wonder if others experience this.   One fem law prof summed … Continue reading

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“Law and Poverty” is a “Waste of Time,” Scalia Says

From the Chicago Sun-Times: On the eve of today’s 221st anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s adoption, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told conservative lawyers in Chicago that the University of Chicago Law School : where he used to teach … Continue reading

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NAPW Law Student Writing Competition 2008-2009 Academic School Year – $1,000 first prize

The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender … Continue reading

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Door du Jour

Ever notice how a law school has a unique “office door” culture?  Apart from the institutional open door/closed door vibe, schools also seem to have unique institutional personalities in terms of what professors do (or do not) post on their … Continue reading

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ABA Video/Essay Competition, “Gender Diversity: Have We Solved the Problem?”

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has announced its Video/Essay Competition on the topic,  ”Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?”   The competition is open to law students and … Continue reading

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The AALS Speaks

This just in from the AALS: Statement Adopted by AALS Executive Committee August 15, 2008 The AALS 2009 Annual Meeting will take place January 6-10, 2009, in San Diego, California. Several years ago the Association booked rooms at the San … Continue reading

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Isaac Royall and Janet Halley

Because Al Brophy is both incredibly cool, and also a good friend, I think he will let me get away with pirating this post: This morning’s CLIP service brings news that Janet Halley’s talk on becoming the Royall Chair at … Continue reading

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A Few Observations About Mentoring

So I’m at a really great law prof conference. Best highlight so far was seeing Bridget Crawford, and listening to her interesting observations about the intersection of tax law and feminist legal theory.   In addition to being a brilliant … Continue reading

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Imagining Sadie ~ Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

“Imagining Sadie”is a short film produced by Penn Law students Haley Goldman, J.D. 2009; B.B. Liu, J.D. 2008; and Melissa Mao, J.D. 2009.   It tells the story of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander as she exists in the imaginations of … Continue reading

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Centennial Events at New England School of Law

This year the New England School of Law celebrates its centennial.   It was founded in 1908 as a women’s law school.   The school’s website (here) lists   some of the great events planned to mark the occasion, including … Continue reading

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On Bullying in the Academic Workplace

Check out Historiann’s posts here and here.

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Kotkin on “Gender and the Elite Law Reviews”

Feminist Law Prof Minna Kotkin (Brooklyn) has posted to ssrn her article, “Gender and the Elite Law Reviews: An Empirical Study of Authorship.”   Here is the abstract: Have you ever stood in the faculty library looking at the covers … Continue reading

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More Ground to Break at Marquette Law School

  Last week Marquette Law School sent a postcard announcing, “More than 800 people . . . picked up a shovel to break ground for the future home of Marquette University Law School.”   Marquette received a generous gift from … Continue reading

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Good Income Tax News on Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

Some law schools have set up Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAPs) for graduates who do public-interest work.  Under these programs, some or all of the graduate’s student loans may be forgiven after a certain number of years of public-interest lawyering. … Continue reading

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Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals

My colleague Allen Rostron and I have updated our charts about law review submissions/expedites and law review rankings from different sources for the summer and fall 2008 submission season. The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods … Continue reading

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“Counting Outsiders: A Critical Exploration of Outsider Course Enrollment in Candian Legal Education”

Feminist Law Prof Kim Brooks and  co-authors Natasha Bakht (Ottawa), Gillian Calder (U Victoria),  Jennifer  Koshan (Calgary), Sonia Lawrence (Osgoode Hall), Carissima Mathen (New Brunswick) and Debra Parkes (Manitoba) have posted to SSRN their article, “Counting Outsiders: A Critical Exploration … Continue reading

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Rachel J. Anderson, “Revisiting the Imperial Scholar: Market Failure on Law Review?”

Abstract: This article argues for reforms in the institution of student-run law reviews. Specifically, it calls for an increased understanding of the potential for bias in the article-selection process. Further it calls for institutional retraining to support the implementation of … Continue reading

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Profile of FSU’s Steven Gey

He’s a wonderful person, as I don’t have to tell anyone reading this post, and reading this article will make you weepy. Via Leiter.

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Response of (Right On!) Members of the Wash U. School of Law Faculty To The Schlafly Honorary Degree

May 9, 2008 Chancellor Mark Wrighton Washington University in St. Louis One Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130 Dear Chancellor Wrighton, We are extremely disappointed that the University has chosen to honor Phyllis Schlafly with an honorary degree at this … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the Class of 2008!

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“Harvard Law Faculty Commits to Open Access to Scholarship”

Info/Law has the scoop. Here’s an excerpt: I’ve been sitting on this post for what seems like an eternity, but the news embargo has been lifted, and we’re all free to share the fantastic news from Harvard Law School, where … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dildo?

From the University of Wisconsin’s Badger Herald, this article, “Law School Shuts Down ‘Sex Toys 101′ Talk:” The University of Wisconsin Law School canceled an event with controversial sexual content last Wednesday, and some students are calling the action a … Continue reading

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Does A Recent Article In The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part Deceptively Conflate Record Keeping And Censorship Intentionally?

A recent article in the Yale Law Journal Pocket Part does an insidious job of conflating a law requiring record keeping with government censorship in the context of pornography. Is the falsity intentional? The analysis certainly seems driven by a … Continue reading

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“My teaching philosophy is starting to mirror that of Morpheus in The Matrix, who told his pupil, Neo: ‘I can only point you to the door. It is you who has to walk through it.’”

So says Anxious Black Woman, in this post entitled “Advocacy on Behalf of Students of Color.” It gave me a lot to think about, for both general and specific (but unfortunately non-bloggable) reasons. Some students arrogantly demand special privileges, while … Continue reading

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“Joyce E. McConnell Named 16th Dean of West Virginia’s Law School”

Details here. Joyce is a terrific choice. She is not the first female dean at this law school, but her selection is still excellent news. –Ann Bartow Mono ringtones Larry the cable guy ringtone Ringtones samsung x427m Nokia 3310 free … Continue reading

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South Carolina Law Students Vote Susan Kuo “Best Professor”

And I think they got that one exactly right! Learn more about Feminist Law Prof and all around great colleague Susan Kuo here.

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Announcement: 2008 Law School Summer Boot Camp for Students of Color

Having more lawyers of color is essential to the well-being of communities of color. In fact, a recent National Jurist Article, a journal for law students, talked about the disappearing black and Latino law student. This is particularly problematic. The … Continue reading

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“JoAnne A. Epps named dean of Temple’s Beasley School of Law”

Read the official announcement here. Below is an excerpt: … As associate dean of academic affairs at Temple Law since 1989, Epps has served as the primary liaison between the dean and the law faculty; overseen student administrative operations, from … Continue reading

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