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; University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Frank McIntyre

Amazon.com

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 )

699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

701 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Frank McIntyre

Amazon.com ( email )

Seattle, WA 98144
United States

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