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January 14, 2013
Short Takes On The News: Digital Libraries, Law School Dean Salaries, and Law School in Two Years
CNET is reporting on one version of the digital library of the near future. It will be realized in Bexar County, Texas, which includes the city of San Antonio. There will be no books, only rows of terminals. Residents will be able to check out e-readers for loan periods up to two weeks. The County will spend about $250,000 for access to the first 10,000 books available through the system. The design of the facility is said to be based on an Apple store. The library system is adding the digital library to its existing system. More details are in the San Antonio Express-News.
Las week I referenced an editorial written by Massachusetts School of Law Dean Lawrence Velvel where he ripped into the ABA and other law school actors for creating unnecessary overhead and raising the cost of law school. One of his targets was the library and its personnel and associated costs. The Boston Globe wrote a story yesterday that disclosed the salaries of deans from various schools. Dean Velvel comes in at $292,861. His salary is modest compared to others. John F. O'Brien of the New England School of Law is up there at a whopping $867,358. The Dean at Georgetown is around $300,000 while the Deans at Michigan, Texas, and Virginia are in the mid $400,000s. So tell me again while law school is so expensive? More information from the Globe is here and here.
Karen Sloan in the National Law Journal reports that New York educators and court officials will meet on January 18th to discuss whether law students should be allowed to take the New York Bar after two years of law school. I would think that law schools would be opposed to the idea. Anyone who passes would certainly deprive law schools of a full year of tuition income in a climate where enrollment is dropping. The fact that a major court such as the New York Court of Appeals would even consider such a move must be scary. It could propel other courts to take similar action. Schools, at the very least, will need to explain the value of the third year. I’m looking forward to hearing how this turns out. [MG]