TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 28, 2014

Law schools paid federal appeals judges anywhere from several thousand dollars for a lecture to nearly $278,000 for full-semester teaching in 2012 — at once buying prestige and giving students a direct line to some of the judiciary's top legal minds. Fifty-seven active and senior appellate court judges reported income from U.S. law schools, according to the most recent financial reports reviewed by the National Law Journal. Judges are "cost-effective" hires, Vanderbilt Law School professor Tracey George said. Skills that make a good judge often carry over to the classroom, she said, and law schools see returns if students build relationships that lead to clerkships and jobs. "Judges are appealing because not only do they have the special expertise … they have status," she said.