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Populist Outrage, Reckless Empirics: A Review of Failing Law Schools


Michael Simkovic


Seton Hall Law School; Fordham University School of Law; Harvard Law School - John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics

Frank McIntyre


Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick

March 1, 2013


Abstract:     
The authors of "The Economic Value of a Law Degree" (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2250585) review Brian Tamanaha's "Failing Law Schools."

The review focuses on problems with empirical claims in "Failing Law Schools" regarding outcomes for law graduates and also regarding law faculty compensation. The review also discusses Professor Tamanaha's proposals for reform of legal education in light of economic theory and the empirical economics literature, and finds reasons to doubt that Tamanaha's proposed reforms will have the effects he predicts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Economic value of a law degree, failing law schools, Tamanaha, labor economics, legal education, law school crisis, law school reform, Human Capital

JEL Classification: C1, I2, J24, J31, J44, J6, J7, K4, L31


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Date posted: August 6, 2013 ; Last revised: November 26, 2014

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Simkovic, Michael and McIntyre, Frank, Populist Outrage, Reckless Empirics: A Review of Failing Law Schools (March 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2306337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2306337

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Michael Simkovic (Contact Author)
Seton Hall Law School ( email )
One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5210
United States
Fordham University School of Law ( email )
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States
Harvard Law School - John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Frank McIntyre
Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick ( email )
111 Washington Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
United States
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