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August 16, 2012

Dean searches and new ideas

It appears that there are about 30-some dean searches going on this year, which strikes me as a high number.  I suspect that every single candidate for every one of those searches (a group that I am, thankfully, not a part of) is being asked a variation of the same question:  "How could you, as Dean, help us remake our school to survive the tremendous changes in the legal market over the past five years?" 

Sadly, we don't know what answers have been given-- but I'm sure there have been some good ones (at least good enough to get someone the job). 

I suspect that the truest answer is also one that is often least popular with legal academic:  That schools need to slim down, focus more on teaching, and be less indulgent of faculty. 

What a dilemna for dean candidates!

For those of you who have been part of searches, what good answers have you heard?

-- Mark Osler

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As Mr Olson, "there are about 30-some dean searches going on this year, which strikes me as a high number". I suspect that every single candidate for every one of those searches (a group that I am, thankfully, not a part of) is being asked a variation of the same question: "How could you, as Dean, help us remake our school to survive the tremendous changes in the legal market over the past five years?"
Sadly, we don't know what answers have been given-- but I'm sure there have been some good arguments(at least good enough to get someone the job).

I suspect that the truest answer is also one that is often least popular with legal academics and the common citizen: schools need to be slimmed down,
focusing more on teaching, and be less accommodating to the faculty and parents.

Lets face it, education starts in the home. We have too many people depending on you, the average citizen to help them survive. Don't get me wrong, they deserve the right to survive and make a better living for themselves but not at the expense of the almighty dollar. I live on the border in laredo texas, right next to Nuevo Laredo. I have experienced a wide range of unimaginable actions that make me upset.

Your idea of slimming down academics I feel is a logical one. As Americans we no longer possess the drive or ambition that seek unimaginable feats. We are too focused on our individual self preservation that we have become greedy. We have become a nation of narcissist that only think about our selves.

I agree with you 100 percent that citizens from all areas of the country need to join and influence one another to make the next step in our evolution. The class room has changed. It is no longer a room were random people attend to simply receive a piece of paper, it has become a gathering of unique individuals that are seeking the same thing.

Universities are too focused on their bottom line that it seems unimaginable that they are in it to the advancement of society. At least in my experience.

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