Wednesday, April 5, 2006
The gulf between tenure-track and non-tenure-track teachers at U.S. law schools may widen, if law school deans get their way. According to the National Law Journal, the American Law Deans Association is petitioning the U.S. Department of Education to remove the ABA's role in setting tenure standards. The ABA has been pushing tenure for such folks as clinicians, librarians, and even (gasp!) legal writing instructors.
Enough is enough, say the deans -- the law schools themselves ought to be able to determine the tenure status of such low-lifes without interference from a bunch of lawyers who couldn't tell Important Cutting-Edge Scholarship from second base. What do they think we are -- teaching institutions?