Legal Theory Blog
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This is Lawrence Solum's legal theory weblog. Legal Theory Blog comments and reports on recent scholarship in jurisprudence, law and philosophy, law and economic theory, and theoretical work in substantive areas, such as constitutional law, cyberlaw, procedure, criminal law, intellectual property, torts, contracts, etc.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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Saturday, July 22, 2006
Legal Theory Bookworm The Legal Theory Bookworm recommends Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil by Mark A. Graber. Here's a blurb:
Friday, July 21, 2006
Welcome to the Blogosphere . . . . . . to Jurisdynamics hosted by Jim Chen with contributions from Daniel A. Farber and J.B. Ruhl.
Bernstein on Lochner David Bernstein (George Mason University - School of Law) has posted Lochner v. New York: A Centennial Retrospective on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Appointments Chairs Over at Prawfsblawg, the comments to the post entitled Faculty Appointments Chairs provide a list of the chairs are various American law schools.
Barton on Teaching & Scholarship--and some comments! If you are a legal academic, you should probably read this.
Benjamin Barton (University of Tennessee, Knoxville - College of Law) has posted Is There a Correlation Between Scholarly Productivity, Scholarly Influence and Teaching Effectiveness in American Law Schools? An Empirical Study on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
These five measures of research productivity cover virtually any definition of research productivity. Combined with four years of teaching evaluation data the study provides a powerful measure of both sides of the teaching versus scholarship debate.
The study correlates each of these five different research measures against the teaching evaluation index for all 623 professors, and each individual law school. The results are counter-intuitive: there is no correlation between teaching effectiveness and any of the five measures of research productivity. Given the breadth of the study, this finding is quite robust. The study should prove invaluable to anyone interested in the priorities of American law schools, and anyone interested in the interaction between scholarship and teaching in higher education.
And one more issue--what about peer versus student evaluations. Again, a bit more from the paper:
More research might result in more knowledge, which might result in more effective teaching.
More research might result in more knowledge, which might result in less effective teaching.
More research might divert effort from teaching, which might result in less effective teaching.
It is possible, however, that some of these effects might be observed with a different research design. If it were possible to do reliable assessments of the objective accuracy of information conveyed and to compare that to research productivity in the particular field, for example, there might be some correlation between productivity and teaching effectivenss (in the objective sense). But that would not necessarily correlate with student ratings of teaching effectiveness? Why not? Because generally law students are incapable of evaluating "knowledge of the subject matter." For one thing, they lack a good baseline for comparison, because the truth is that the general level of knowledge of subject-mater among legal academics is fairly shallow. And a student rarely learns enough about a subject to actually get ahead of the professor. Of course, we all know that occasionally newbie professors get caught in gaffs--but most experienced teachers learn how to avoid this--which is mostly a matter of not saying things you don't know, not mastering the subject so deeply that you can answer any question about any point accurately.
But with that caveat aside, this is clearly valuable research! Highly recommended for all legal academics!
Thanks Lisa Fairfax to via Dan Markel.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Beta Version of the New Legal Theory Blog If you would like to see the new look of Legal Theory Blog, here is the URL:
This post will move to the top of the blog until the transition is complete.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006