Saturday, January 28, 2017
ABA-Accredited Law Schools Have Experienced 16% Drop in Full-Time Faculty, Since 2010
Excellent News!: On January 17, 2017, Matt Leichter posted a Law School Tuition Bubble entry labeled “Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty?” Take a look at this opening:
“Facing shrinking enrollments, many law schools have responded by cutting their faculties. The phenomenon is worth measuring because faculty reductions aren’t always announced publicly, often appearing in the guises of retirements and quiet buy-outs. Consequently, the ABA’s 509 information reports can shed light on changes in law-school faculties. Here’s the cumulative distribution through 2016.
As with previous years, I will estimate the decline in fall full-time law-school faculties among the 201 law schools that aren’t in Puerto Rico. Note, however, that it’s unclear whether the term “full-time faculty” used in the 509 information reports includes full-time employees of a law school (as defined by the ABA’s annual questionnaire) who are on leave but have a right to return. Past editions of the Official Guide explicitly excluded full-time faculty who were on leave or sabbatical from their two-page spreads, which now exist as the online 509 information reports. The “Guide to the Data” pdf file accompanying the 509 information reports doesn’t specify either.
I assume the ABA is continuing to exclude faculty on leave or sabbatical and only counts faculty teaching courses in the fall or spring terms, even though it isn’t clear. Consequently, minor fluctuations might mean even less than I thought before, and although I’m obviously aware more faculty teach in the spring, I choose to track fall full-time faculty because the figures represent more recent developments. Additionally, full-time faculty who have shifted to the category “deans, librarians, and others who teach” are excluded as well. This may explain why there are fewer full-time faculty in the fall than spring as full-timers teach most of their courses then.
The peak for fall full timers occurred in 2010 (9,093), but that estimate includes the “other full-time faculty” category (clinicians and legal-writing instructors, if I recall), which the ABA no longer tracks independently. Fall full-time faculty fell by 3.3 percent this year (-261). Last year the decline was 3.4 percent (-242), so things are smoothing out. Since 2010, the cumulative decline has been 16.1 percent.” [Emphasis mine]
After the detailed chart provided, Leichter provides the following, abridged synopsis:
WMU Cooley retains its crown as number one.
No. 2, American, appears to have lost 43 percent of its fall full-time faculty this year—half since 2010. This may be a misreporting by the law school.
The same goes for number three, John Marshall. It’s lost nearly two-thirds of its faculty since 2010.
Finally, five law schools are running with fewer than ten fall full-time faculty, La Verne (9), Lincoln Memorial (8), Concordia (8), Appalachian (7), and the doomed Indiana Tech (5).” [Emphasis mine]
TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer had 101 full-time pigs in 2010, and are now down to 41 full “professors.” The notorious trash pit used to publish its own set of rankings, and one year rated itself as the 12th greatest, most fantastic, and amazing law school in the entire country. Hell, American University actually had 104 full-time swine in 2010, and have since shed 52 fleas – as of 2016. That’s a nice start.
Other Coverage: On January 18, 2017, Paul Caron covered this development in a piece entitled “Law Schools Have Shed 1,460 Full-Time Faculty (16.1%) Since 2010.” Check out this stub from the article:
“Matt Leichter has published the 2016 edition of his Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty? Law schools have shed 1,460 full-time faculty (16.1%) since 2010, and 261 full-time faculty (3.3%) since last year.
149 law schools have shed full-time faculty since 2010, with 20 law schools shedding 20 or more full-time faculty[.]”
How do you like that, law school pigs?!?! It seems pretty clear that the pace is picking up, bitches. Then again, you cockroaches claim that you are performing a “public service.” Have fun earning $600K salaries in Biglaw. Here are some comments from the TaxProf Blog post.
Courtesy of “mike livingston” on January 18, 2017 at 4:12:26 am:
“Shed? It sounds like a dog.”
Followed up by user “Davod” on January 18, 2017 5:22:15 am:
“Shed 1,460 full-time faculty to pay for the employment of 200 administrators (Semi-pun).”
It’s great to see that the law school pigs have shed a few pounds. Then again, it’s only fair that the bitches and hags feel the effects of their own greed and lust for federal student loan money. I suppose it was inevitable.
Conclusion: It’s about damn time that ABA-accredited cesspits reduce the number of full-time parasites. Collectively, they have lowered their “standards” and admitted more cretins. Of course, the pigs prefer to lay off non-faculty staff first. How “honorable,” huh?!?!
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