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Friday, February 07, 2014

A Series on Funding Legal Scholarship

Next week I'll be running a series on funding legal scholarship.  The series stems from my experience as associate dean for research a few years back, along with several trends that are converging to put pressure on the traditional methods of supporting legal scholarship.  These trends include: (1) strong incentives to cut the costs of legal education, both from drops in student bodies and cuts in tuition (sticker and post-merit-scholarships), (2) an increasing emphasis on practice-readiness and skills training, (3) a huge drop in entry-level tenure-track hiring, and (4) concerns about the value of legal scholarship to the schools, the profession, and the society as a whole.

These posts will not be about the value of legal scholarship -- at least not directly.  Instead, they will focus on the ways in which we fund the production of legal scholarship.  This moment of great market flux provides an opportunity to reassess where we are and think about how things will be changing and how they could be changing.

The series will address the following topics:

  • Monday: The Traditional Law School Model
  • Tuesday: The Grant-Funding Model
  • Wednesday: The Sales Model
  • Thursday: The School- and Field-Supported Models
  • Friday: The Future of Funding Legal Scholarship

I hope you will join us for the series.

Posted by Matt Bodie on February 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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Looking forward to the series.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Feb 7, 2014 6:06:23 PM

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