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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Bull and Bear Markets for Law Professors

From LawProfBlogMaster Paul Caron:

My friend and former colleague Sara K. Stadler (Emory) has posted a wonderful essay, The Bulls and Bears of Law Teaching (forthcoming in Washington & Lee Law Review), on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

This Essay provides readers with a unique perspective on the world of law teaching:  Employing a quirky methodology, Professor Stadler predicts which subjects are likely to be most (and least) in demand among faculties looking to hire new professors in future - rating those subjects, like so many stocks, from "strong buy" to "weak buy" to "weak sell" to "strong sell." To generate the data on which her methodology is based, Professor Stadler catalogued, by subject, almost every Article, Book Review, Booknote, Comment, Essay, Note, Recent Case, Recent Publication, and Recent Statute published in the Harvard Law Review between and including the years 1946 and 2003. In the end, she found an interesting (and, she thinks, predictive) relationship between the subjects on which faculty choose to write and the subjects on which students choose to write.

Larry Solum says "I love this essay!" -- and I agree.  After all, Sara rates tax as one of her "strong buys".  [I guess I'd add the same comment, because health is rated a "strong buy," as well.]

Strong Buy Weak Buy Weak Sell Strong Sell
Bankruptcy ADR Civ Prof/Evid Admin.
Education 1st Amendment Contracts Antitrust
Energy IP Corporations Commercial
Family-Gender Int’l & Comp Crim Law/Pro Con Law
Health Int’l Trade Election Environmental
Labor & Emp Law and... Legal History Jurisprudence
Tax Media Property Admiralty/T&E
Torts Cyberlaw

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