Survey of Law School Faculty: View of Law School Management

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  • 90 pages
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This study presents the results of a survey of US law school faculty about their law school’s management. The representative study presents their views on hiring full time and adjunct faculty, awarding tenure, law school asset sales and tuition abatement plans, and on other issues regarding the law school budget. Among the other issues covered: their opinion of how well law school management is handling fundraising, alumni relations, promotion, facilities management, library services, international and domestic student recruitment, and special events management.

In addition, faculty were asked to evaluate management’s efforts to foster grants and other financial support for faculty research, to publicize faculty research and achievements, and to furnish top line information technology support. Faculty also give their views on the apparent relaxation of student admission standards at many law schools and what this means for the future of the profession. In addition, faculty offer their opinions on what exactly they like and don’t like about their law school management, and where they would like to see their law schools go in the future. Many cite specific laws schools and policies worthy of emulation. 111 Faculty from 36 US law schools participated in the survey.

Just a few of the many findings from this 90-page perfect bound report are:

  • About 51% of interviewees older than 60 think that their institutions' management generally is more able than that of other law schools, while only 22% of the respondents aged 30-39 believe so
  • About 32% of the respondents think that their law schools should "increase faculty compensation in line with past increase", while only 14% believe that their law schools should "work to reduce faculty compensation costs along with other cost reduction measures.
  • Only approximately 18% of the interviewees from law schools ranked between 60 and 150 in US News & World Report Law School rankings are satisfied with the overall quality of help from law school management in obtaining grants and funding.
  • About 76% of the respondents from public law schools are satisfied with the overall quality of special events management at the law school, while only 60% of their colleagues from private law schools feel the same way.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE

LIST OF THE LAW SCHOOL’S OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
Characteristics of the Sample

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Qualification and Skills of Institutions' Management
Best Features of Institutions' Management
Greatest Deficiency of Law Schools' Management
Opinion about Increasing Number of Tenured Faculty and Reducing Non-tenured or Adjunct Faculty
Opinion about Increasing Non-Tenured or Adjunct Faculty and Making Tenure More
Difficult to Obtain
Opinion about Increasing Adjunct Faculty and Making Tenure More Difficult to Attain
Opinion about Increasing Spending on Fundraising and Alumni Relations
Opinion about Selling off Buildings or Facilities in order to Maintain Faculty Staff Size and Salaries
Opinion about Increasing or Reducing Faculty Compensation
Overall Quality of Support Services for Faculty Research
Overall Quality of Skill in Student Recruitment and Selection
Overall Quality of Skills in Advancement and Fundraising
Overall Quality of Provision of Information Technology to Faculty
Overall Quality of Inclusion of Faculty in Institutional Decision-Making
Overall Quality of Skill in Attracting International Students
Overall Quality of Skills in Promoting the Law School
Overall Quality of Help in Publicizing Faculty Research and Achievements
Overall Quality of Help in Obtaining Grants and Funding
Overall Quality of Help in Publicizing Faculty Research and Achievements
Overall Quality of Development and Maintenance of Law School Facilities
Overall Quality of Capacity to Control Growth of Bureaucracy and Related Costs
Overall Quality of Provision of Library Services
Overall Quality of Special Events at Law School
Opinions about Spending Priorities at the Law School
Change in Student Admissions Standards and Quality of Incoming Students over Past Five Years
Admired Law Schools

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? 
Table 1.2 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 1.3 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? Broken out by Title 
Table 1.4 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 1.5 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 1.6 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 1.7 Your institution's management is generally more able, less able or about as able as that of other law schools? Broken out for public and private law schools  What is the single thing you like most about your institution's management?  What is your law school management's greatest deficiency? 
Table 2 Increasing spending on each of the following would be a good or bad idea for your law school? 
Table 2.1.1 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? 
Table 2.1.2 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 2.1.3 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Title 
Table 2.1.4 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 2.1.5 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 2.1.6 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 2.1.7 Increase the number of tenured faculty, reduce non-tenured and adjunct faculty would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 2.2.1 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? 
Table 2.2.2 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 2.2.3 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Title 
Table 2.2.4 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 2.2.5 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 2.2.6 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 2.2.7 Increase non-tenured and adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to obtain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 2.3.1 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school?  Survey of Law School Faculty:  View of Law School Management
Table 2.3.2 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 2.3.3 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Title 
Table 2.3.4 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 2.3.5 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 2.3.6 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 2.3.7 increase adjunct faculty, make tenure more difficult to maintain would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 2.4.1 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? 
Table 2.4.2 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 2.4.3 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Title 
Table 2.4.4 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 2.4.5 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 2.4.6 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 2.4.7 Spend more on fundraising and alumni relations would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 2.5.1 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? 
Table 2.5.2 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 2.5.3 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Title 
Table 2.5.4 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 2.5.5 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 2.5.6 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 2.5.7 Sell off buildings or facilities in order to maintain faculty staff size and salaries would be a good or bad idea for your law school? Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 3.1 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? 
Table 3.2 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 3.3 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Broken out by Title 
Table 3.4 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 3.5 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 3.6 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Broken out by Number of students 
Table 3.7 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Broken out for public and private law schools
Table 3.8 Your law school should hold the line, increase or reduce faculty compensation? Other -- commentary 
Table 4 Rate the overall quality of the following facets of your law schools management 
Table 4.1.1 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. 
Table 4.1.2 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.1.3 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. Broken out by Title 
Table 4.1.4 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.1.5 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.1.6 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.1.7 Rate the overall quality of support services for faculty research. Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.2.1 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. 
Table 4.2.2 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.2.3 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. Broken out by Title 
Table 4.2.4 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 4.2.5 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.2.6 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.2.7 Rate the overall quality of skill in student recruitment and selection. Broken out for public and private law schools
Table 4.3.1 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. 
Table 4.3.2 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.3.3 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. Broken out by Title 
Table 4.3.4 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.3.5 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.3.6 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.3.7 Rate the overall quality of skills in advancement and fundraising. Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.4.1 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. 
Table 4.4.2 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.4.3 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. Broken out by Title 
Table 4.4.4 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.4.5 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.4.6 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.4.7 Rate the overall quality of provision of information technology to faculty. Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.5.1 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making
Table 4.5.2 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.5.3 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making Broken out by Title 
Table 4.5.4 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.5.5 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.5.6 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.5.7 Rate the overall quality of inclusion of faculty in institutional decision-making Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.6.1 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. 
Table 4.6.2 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.6.3 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. Broken out by Title 
Table 4.6.4 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 4.6.5 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.6.6 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.6.7 Rate the overall quality of skill in attracting international students. Broken out for public and private law schools
Table 4.7.1 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. 
Table 4.7.2 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.7.3 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. Broken out by Title   
Table 4.7.4 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. Broken out by age  of survey participant  
Table 4.7.5 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. Broken out by  Gender of survey participant  
Table 4.7.6 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. Broken out by  Number of students  
Table 4.7.7 Rate the overall quality of skills in promoting the law school. Broken out for  public and private law schools  
Table 4.8.1 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements    
Table 4.8.2 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements  Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking  
Table 4.8.3 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements  Broken out by Title  
Table 4.8.4 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements  Broken out by age of survey participant  
Table 4.8.5 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements  Broken out by Gender of survey participant  
Table 4.8.6 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements  Broken out by Number of students  
Table 4.8.7 Rate the overall quality of help in publicizing faculty research and achievements  Broken out for public and private law schools  
Table 4.9.1 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding.  
Table 4.9.2 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding. Broken out by  US News & World Report Law School Ranking  
Table 4.9.3 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding. Broken out by  Title  
Table 4.9.4 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding. Broken out by  age of survey participant  
Table 4.9.5 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding. Broken out by  Gender of survey participant  
Table 4.9.6 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding. Broken out by  Number of students  
Table 4.9.7 Rate the overall quality of help in obtaining grants and funding. Broken out for  public and private law schools  
Table 4.10.1 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school  facilities.  
Table 4.10.2 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school  facilities. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking  
Table 4.10.3 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school  facilities. Broken out by Title  
Table 4.10.4 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school  facilities. Broken out by age of survey participant  
Table 4.10.5 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school  facilities. Broken out by Gender of survey participant  
Table 4.10.6 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school facilities. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.10.7 Rate the overall quality of development and maintenance of law school facilities. Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.11.1 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. 
Table 4.11.2 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.11.3 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. Broken out by Title 
Table 4.11.4 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.11.5 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.11.6 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.11.7 Rate the overall quality of capacity to control growth of bureaucracy and related costs. Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.12.1 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. 
Table 4.12.2 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.12.3 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. Broken out by Title
Table 4.12.4 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.12.5 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.12.6 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.12.7 Rate the overall quality of provision of library services. Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 4.13.1 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. 
Table 4.13.2 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 4.13.3 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. Broken out by Title  
Table 4.13.4 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.13.5 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 4.13.6 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. Broken out by Number of students 
Table 4.13.7 Rate the overall quality of special events at the law school. Broken out for public and private law schools  What should your law school should be spending more money on?  What should your law school be spending less money on? 
Table 5.1 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following 
Table 5.2 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following Broken out by US News & World Report Law School Ranking 
Table 5.3 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following Broken out by Title 
Table 5.4 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 5.5 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following Broken out by Gender of survey participant 
Table 5.6 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following Broken out by Number of students 
Table 5.7 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the qualify of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following Broken out for public and private law schools 
Table 5.7 Over the past five years student admissions standards and the quality of incoming students at your law school have done which of the following. Other answers:  Which law schools other than your own do you feel have done the best in terms of adjusting to the new environment in which many law schools now find themselves?  What have they done that you admire?    

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