ABA Task Force on Legal Education: Down with Status

You may also like...

6 Responses

  1. George Conk says:

    Agreed, but is there no there there?
    A key event in my career was a article published in the Yale Law Journal which had a policy of blind review. I have often wondered if my lucky break was due to that. Mark Tushnet discusses this problem in a post today at Balkinization and I comment on it at: http://blackstonetoday.blogspot.com/2013/08/tuhnet-legal-scholarship-in-law-reviews.html

  2. Orin Kerr says:

    I agree that this was a very odd recommendation. Read charitably, perhaps they were saying that faculty should be less concerned than they are with their school’s U.S. News ranking.

  3. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    George: Yes, there is great deal of intellectual snobbery at a great many American law schools; but there is a great deal of intellectual snobbery all around us, at universities here and abroad; global professional service firms such as McKinsey or Goldman or Wachtell or Ogilvy; blue chip companies such as Apple and IBM; the Mayor’s office; the President’s cabinet; on and on. The idea that any sub-culture can simply elect to “reduce the importance of status in measuring personal and institutional success” seems naive at best.

  4. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Orin: That would be nice. But if that is what they meant, why not say so? They singled out US News in another context, expressly urging it to make a specific change. As written, it remains disturbingly vague, naïve at best –and probably much worse.

  5. George Conk says:

    True. As one who has lectured at a dozen Chinese law schools and worked with Chinese visiting scholars for the past ten years, I can report that the nation whose army once abolished indicia of rank has embraced ranking with a vengeance.

  6. Ray Campbell says:

    I took it to mean that legal educators need to find better, more disciplined metrics to measure institutional success. Tiffany may have greater ‘status’ than Borsheims, and there may be intellectual snobs at both companies, but I’m pretty sure that Warren Buffet doesn’t see maximizing the ‘status’ of Borsheims as being his main managerial goal.