Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard the same two reoccurring rumors and I’m wondering what opinions, of any, law professors have about them.
The first is that there is a slow but systematic trend in law schools to train students in quantitative methods. If this is true, my question is: to what extent are schools fulfilling this? That is, are they just encouraging students to take basic statistics classes, or are there more systematic efforts to require (for example) econometric classes? (Yes, I see that there is growing empirical legal research, but this seems to come from faculty, rather than law students.)
The second relates to the hiring of new faculty within law schools. On one hand, I see increased competition from JD/PhDs (suggesting that a JD is becoming necessary but not sufficient), while on the other hand, I’ve heard that law schools are becoming more interdisciplinary and even hiring those without a JD, but who have a PhD in another field. Can both of these be true, or am I wildly mistaken?
(If this has already been discussed, I’m happy enough if someone posts a link.)