A few interesting tidbits from the law school scene:
- This January at the meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), law schools deans will consider changes to the law school curriculum, largely unchanged for decades, according to a report at Law .com . The evaluation comes on the heels of a large favorable report on law school education that nonetheless challenged law schools to become more grounded in actual legal practice. The deans will also consider changes to law school admissions practices and encouragement of careers in public law.
- I’m sure most of you heard about the hiring, firing, and re-hiring of Duke professor Erwin Chemerinsky as UC Irvine’s new law school dean by UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake . The LA Times has an article providing background and Drake’s admission that he "bungled" Chemerinsky’s appointment. He says he withdraw the initial offer for "personal reasons" and denies that "outside pressure" or Chermerinsky’s views or outspokenness had anything to do with his actions. Both men have assured the world that they have made up. Drake apologized to the UCI faculty and it seemed to accept his apology.
- The increase in first year associate salaries is the most concrete evidence of heated competition among top law firms for first year associates. "Innovative" recruiting tactics are another. The law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges has decided to replace the second interview at the firm office with a weekend at Deer Valley in Utah in October. Quinn describes the move as "an experiment we are going to try this year with the call backs from law schools whose on campus interviews are late in the season (chicago, yale, harvard and texas)." Response, at lease in the form of comments on the firms blog, has been mixed, to put it mildly.