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

27 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2013 Last revised: 26 Nov 2014

Michael Simkovic

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

Frank McIntyre

Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick

Date Written: 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.

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

Suggested Citation

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

Michael Simkovic (Contact Author)

USC Gould School of Law ( email )

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Seton Hall Law School ( email )

One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5210
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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