Would you pay $2000 a year for access to a law library? Not just any old crappy law library, but a really nice law school's library?
...Yeah, neither would we. Except that we did, and so did you: Law School Libraries: What Are They Good For?
The Tenure Paradox - Robot pimp
Slap on the Wrist for "Non-Consensual Sex" - Lampshade, Esq.
Intelligence: The Gathering - Graphic and Gratuitous
Grads are the New Illegals - Robot Pimp
Meet Entitlement Eric - Robot Pimp
Wherein I Solve World Peace - Lampshade, Esq.
A Necessary Delusion - Shadow Hand
Do you even need to shave overhead? - Lawyerlite
LSAT Jenga - Publius Picasso
...Should have some links here or something.
It's here, the day scambloggers have been waiting for: The ABA is overhauling its accreditation standards.
Oh...wait, what? Oh, just the LLM accreditation? Well, I guess that's still exciting... ?
Oh...wait, what? This doesn't affect accreditation?
Nope. LLM programs are not covered under ABA accreditation. They must not substantially interfere with the quality of the JD program. The new ABA rules are not regulations on the schools themselves, but a model rule it hopes states will adopt for foreign lawyers with an LLM attempting to sit for a state bar.
Under the new rules, students would be required to take a minimum of 26 hours to complete an LLM, and must take classes in constitutional law, civil procedure, history of the United States legal system (something not required for a JD), and legal writing and research.
The curriculum makes sense, if the typical LLM student is fresh out of a foreign law school and wants to practice law in the US. If you want to ensure minimum competency before letting them sit for the bar exam, these are the big things to cover to catch them up on the differences between their nation's laws and the United States. But, the rules are terrible if you look at the number of foreign LLM candidates who have been working for year, and either want to return to their home country or are very familiar with American law already. It makes even less sense when you look at the number of LLM candidates who are Americans going back for more (like almost every tax LLM).
In the end though, rather than changing the LLM program to ensure minimum competency before letting foreign lawyers practice law in the US, couldn't there just be a test? If you need to learn the basics, take those classes. If you know the basics and want an advanced education, take more focused, advanced classes. Either way, you still have to take the same test at the end.
Now, can anyone think of a good test of minimum competency for lawyers?
[National Law Journal via Law.com]
A lot of hullabaloo has been made lately about law faculty salaries, since that information is available for faculty of public universities. The numbers, noted by AboveTheLaw and TaxProf, are of course getting special attention because of rising tuition dollars and a still very weak job market.
The market is so weak at UVA, for example, that in March students launched an unemployment awareness campaign by wearing t-shirt indicating their jobless status.
Many students, even at elite institutions like UVA, are up to their eyeballs in debt, with no sign in site for how they will manage to get jobs. All the while, many law professors are getting rich off of debt-financed tuition. Yes, not just comfortably middle-class, but rich. Professors make very nice salaries, and on top of that get money from text book royalties, publishing study guides, speaking engagements, consulting gigs, and even the occasional client.
So, how much does the top dog at UVA earn? Dean Mahoney pulls in a cool $450,000 a year. There is a sharp drop, with Professor Rutherglen earning a mere $334,300. UVA has 23 faculty members who earn over $250,000 a year, and another 34 who earn between $150,000 and $250,000.
And then you get down to some non-faculty earning big bucks. William Hopson, senior career counselor, earns $125,000. Priscilla Lawson, assistant dean for career services, banks $72,800, while Patricia Harlowe, associate director of career services operations, takes home $54,181.
The law library has 16 people on staff who combined earn over $1.1 million a year, with an average salary over $70,000.
While we don't support putting students on payroll to inflate employment stats, putting them on payroll so they have jobs and can build experience is completely fine. Cut down on the greed and wasteful spending just a little bit, and maybe hire a ton of students for $35,000 a year to operate a non-profit clinic after graduation if they don't have other jobs, and let students intern there during their summers.
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