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On July 14, Google released the 2016 version of its Google Scholar rankings of journals. Bryce C. Newell collected the rankings for flagship law reviews in a post on Prawfsblawg. Brian Leiter colorfully refers to the rankings as "BS," asserting that Google Scholar is "worthless for measuring journal impact." Leiter... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at W I T N E S S E T H:
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The law school world is currently enthralled with the idea of "experiential education." The push for experiential education comes from bar associations, accrediting agencies, and especially from lobbying groups of a certain segment of the law professoriat. I am a big supporter of what I call "practical education" in law... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at W I T N E S S E T H:
Last week I posted my annual law review ranking for main law reviews based on Google Scholar Metrics. Google produces a ranking of journals based on the number of citations to recent articles in Google Scholar. This is an important complement to other citation ranking systems such as Washington and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at W I T N E S S E T H:
The spring law review season is now in full swing, so it's time for my annual law review ranking based on Google Scholar Metrics. Google produces a ranking of journals based on the number of citations to recent articles in Google Scholar. This is an important complement to other citation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at W I T N E S S E T H:
Law School Transparency, an advocacy organization for the interests of law school applicants and students, recently released a report entitled 2015 State of Legal Education. The report touches on many issues related to the current law school climate, but one central focus is on explaining about the effect of declining... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
An interesting new study by Adam Bonica, Adam S. Chilton, and Maya Sen links lawyers' demographic variables (including law schools and law firms) to political ideologies using campaign contribution data. Here are the top-ten most liberal and conservative law school graduates according to the study. A couple of these look... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
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The price of law school casebooks (as well as college textbooks generally) seems to grow every year. At the present time, many casebooks cost over $200 when purchased new. The high cost is made worse by the appearance of a new edition every few years, which makes the cheaper used... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
I don't usually get involved in the minutiae of law school accreditation but there is a rather important decision being made by the American Bar Association at the end of this month and your voices are not being heard. The American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
HeinOnline recently rolled out an exciting new feature that I haven't seen blogged about much, it's ScholarRank system. Hein uses a combination of citations from articles and cases to rank the top 250 legal scholars. By counting cases as well as article citations, the measure is more comprehensive than many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
This short survey is part of an ongoing effort to develop a law school curriculum that better serves the needs of students. If the best answer is not listed, please click on "Other" and enter a response. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
Apparently now is the time when I'm supposed to do my taxes. I always do mine on October 15, the very last day before the automatic extension expires, but the Google Trends chart below for "turbotax" searches suggests most people procrastinate less. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
The SEC has published a new set of guidelines for debt tender offers. The guidelines revise a set of no-action letters that have been issued over the years allowing issuers to complete debt tender offers without keeping them open for 20 business days under 14e-1(a) and/or without keeping them open... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
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Posted Feb 8, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
Yesterday the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a roundtable on proxy voting to take place on February 19. The roundtable is to focus on two key questions: (1) whether to facilitate use of universal proxies, and (2) increasing retail shareholder participation in the proxy process. The universal proxy idea would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
I was honored to participate yesterday on a panel on the JOBS Act at The Future Direction of Investor Protection at The George Washington University Law School. Other members of the panel were Donald C. Langevoort (Georgetown), Steven M. Skolnick (Lowenstein Sandler LLP), Robert B. Thompson (Georgetown) and J.W. Verret... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at W I T N E S S E T H:
One of the most daunting tasks college students face is the choice of a major. When students seek advice from counselors, they are often told to "follow their passions," on the theory that the choice of a major has little impact on future success. Students are often told that the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
In the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, the teacher Koheleth argues that (almost) everything is meaningless. But one passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes stood out to me today as potentially rectified by sage legal advice from an estate planner: I hated all the things I had toiled for under the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
A little known fact about me is that in addition to business law subjects I have sometimes taught Admiralty and Law of the Sea. This subject, which I refer to as "The Law of Boats" is one that has interested me for many years although I never practiced in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
How do law schools rank in sending their graduates into senior positions in publicly traded companies? This second annual study on JDs in the boardroom tallies the schools' results. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
Predict your law school class rank based on LSAT and undergraduate GPA using this online calculator. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
In a recent paper, Jeffrey Manns (GW Law) and I use a new empirical technique to estimate the value of Delaware corporate law relative to that of other states. We find that the capital markets place little, if any, value on Delaware corporate law, suggesting that Delaware's dominance is instead... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
We all yearn for the glory days of the past, and I am no exception And as I looked back through my old posts earlier today, I grew nostalgic for the early days of WITNESSETH. So I thought I'd post a ranking of my own "most wanted" posts-- those that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
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Posted Sep 8, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
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This post illustrates how law school graduate employment outcomes vary with US News rank of law schools, with special focus on "big firm" jobs. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H:
Over the weekend I came across an essay by Jerome Frank entitled, "Why Not a Clinical Lawyer-School." The essay is dated June of 1933, but it could have been written yesterday (or tomorrow) in any legal blog (with some updating for gender-inclusive language). Most of its recommendations are almost exactly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at W I T N E S S E T H: