Fantasy Law School League
Folks have joked about the idea of running a “Fantasy Law School” league (a la a fantasy football league) for some time now. But the recently-posted Leiter rankings, combined with USNews and a wealth of statistics (pseudo and otherwise), indicate that we are entering a brave new era in the evaluation of law school quality and talent. No more fuzzy and impressionistic scouting of talent; bring on the new and more scientific “Moneyball” approach. Herewith, some proposed rules (comments and suggestions welcome):
1. Season: 1 year, starting Sep. 1
2. Maximum 10 law schools per league, 15 law professors per school.
3. Required positions: Dean, Contracts, Property, Torts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Corporations, Evidence, Tax, Junior Faculty Member (less than 5 years), Student Body (pick school). Remaining positions are optional, but must be in different subject matters. Subject matter positions are for teaching, and may be completely disconnected from research.
(a) donations: $200k = 1 point.
(b) citations: 1 cite in Westlaw’s JLR or SCT = 1 point.
(c) ssrn downloads: 10 downloads = 1 point. (gaming of downloads will result in forfeit).
(d) law review articles: top-10 journal = 10 points. 10-30 journal = 5 points. remaining = 1 point.
(e) books: top-5 academic press = 20 points. casebook, new = 10 points, new edition = 5 points. all others = 1 point.
(f) entering class median LSAT: 170-180 = 10 points, 165-170 = 5 points, 160-165 = 1 point.
(g) entering class median GPA: 3.8-4.0 = 10 points, 3.6-3.8 = 5 points, 3.4-3.6 – 1 point.
(h) blogging: 20 posts = 0 points. 40 posts or more = -1 point.
5. Multiplier: points will be doubled for junior faculty (under 5 years)
6. Draft: date: August 1. random initial order, S-draft (e.g. first round: 1,2,3 … second round: 10,9,8 …).
7. Trades: no limits on number of trades. trades may be vetoed w/in 2 days by vote of 50% of other players.
8. Waivers: players may pick up unclaimed professors at any time, subject to maximum professor limit.
Now if only we could get someone to write a program to track this …