Unfortunately there are many key aspects to the job -- staying alert during long administrative meetings, sucking up constantly to rich people, uttering pious nonsense on appropriate public occasions -- that I would be terrible at. But if (or rather when) some intrepid chancellor decides he or she needs a ruthless hatchet man, who will know how to cut a payroll drastically with little or no loss of educational quality . . .
Also, I wouldn't ever do stuff like this:
This missive was sent to me by an understandably exasperated Emory student, who wonders what exactly the $45,000 per year in tuition he and his fellow students are charged is going towards. Now on one level what's another $135 when you're being billed $135,000 in tuition alone for an opportunity to go try to find a job in Nebraska? But on quite another, we're talking about a grand total of $37,000 or thereabouts, which the school is passing through to its 2Ls, rather than digging around in the couch cushions of the school's $50 million per year operating budget.From: ELS 2014 Students [LAW2014STUDENTS@LISTSERV.CC.Class of 2014 and certain members of the Class of 2013:
EMORY.EDU] on behalf of Jones, Lindsay [LRJONES@emory.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12:17 PM
Subject: Mandatory Registration and Payment for Trial Techniques Program
All Emory Law Students are required to register for the Kessler-Edison Program for Trial Techniques during their second year of study. Those students in their third year of study who did not register or complete the program during their second year because of a joint-degree waiver during their second year, or due to conflicts or other reasons that prevented them from completing the program during their second year, must also register and complete the program as a prerequiste to graduation.
In order to complete your registeration for the program, all students will be required to pay a course materials fee on-line via a credit card. The fee of $135 covers the cost of hard copy and electronic case files and other reading materials, as well as a ditigal video card, which will be distributed to students on the January 7, 2013, at the beginning of the spring semester, and during the week long May session of the program that commences on May 4, 2013, and concludes on May 10, 2013. In addition, the program provides lunch for students on the weekend and trial dates of the program (four days), as well as two receptions with faculty.
To register and pay for your course materials fee, go to the following link:
Students must visit register and pay their course materials fee by December 1, 2012.
Hon. Lindsay R.M. Jones,
Center for Advocacy and Dispure Resolution
Emory University School of Law
Leaving aside matters of ethics, law school administrators need to understand that the symbolic optics of this sort of thing are terrible. It's not 2007 any more -- the natives are getting restless, and you should really avoid annoying them unnecessarily. If you have to, tell your faculty that they'll be taking a couple of fewer trips to Lake Como -- oh the joys of "international law!" -- and cut back on the free booze at the AALS reception, or whatever.