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Thomas C. Arthur seems to view the job of Emory University School of Law’s next dean at least in part as a competition with the University of Georgia’s law school. Dean candidate and Emory law professor Arthur, 55, indicated as much in his remarks to students and faculty on Monday. Arthur referred to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, in which the University of Georgia’s law school and Emory’s tied for 27th place. He then asked, what happens when a prospective student gets a letter of acceptance to Emory law? In Arthur’s scenario, the student’s father looks up from an issue of the magazine and asks the lawyer-to-be why he should pay more than $25,000 a year for Emory when Georgia costs so much less? Arthur’s answer: The U.S. News rankings don’t cover teaching quality, and Emory’s teaching quality is better than that at some top-10 and Ivy League schools. “That’ll be the headline of the Fulton County Daily Report,” he said. “Fact. Fact. Quote me: We’re better than Georgia.” But, another fact: Though tuition is vastly different — $26,318 per year at Emory compared with $5,272 for in-staters at UGA and $18,730 for out-of-stater — many of Emory’s objective statistics are very similar to UGA’s. UGA’s median LSAT score is 162 to Emory’s 161; UGA law students’ median entering GPA is 3.65 to Emory’s 3.5. And, among first-time test-takers, 94 percent of Emory’s graduates passed the July 2001 Georgia bar exam, compared with 93 percent of UGA’s. AN IMAGE PROBLEM? Emory has an image problem, Arthur told the audience. Part of that problem stems from “the mess … that happened last November,” he said, apparently referring to the school’s first, failed dean search, which ended after at least one candidate withdrew his name from consideration. Arthur complained about the Daily Report‘s airing problems involving the first search and Emory insiders who he said leaked information to the newspaper. “I don’t think we deserve to look that way because of one jerk that betrayed the confidence of the faculty. … I think we need to mend some fences,” Arthur said. A student raised his hand, saying he thought the school did have an image problem among students. He asked what Arthur would do about that. “We understand that one of the most important credentials you have is your Emory degree,” Arthur said. He emphasized that professors, who also care about the quality and prestige of the place where they teach, have interests similar to those of students. He said the school needed to focus on what it did well, and on “why we’re a better law school than Georgia.” But according to Arthur, Emory shouldn’t just be better than UG — it needs to vault itself into the top 15, and then into the top 10. One of the school’s top priorities, he said: “To get out of this not even 25 land that we’ve slipped into.” Moving into the top 15 wouldn’t be all that difficult, he said, but moving into the top 10 would be very hard. That’s because in the top 10, Emory is competing with old-line Ivy League schools that have had extensive alumni support, large endowments, excellent facilities and top-notch faculty for 50 years. “They’re not going to step aside and let us go by them,” he said. “Is there something we can do that’s different? That’s new?” INNOVATION IDEA Arthur says that in the early 20th century, the law schools at Columbia and Yale caught up with Harvard by introducing a new concept — legal realism — to their teaching, and, like them, Emory needs an innovative hook to move it up the ladder. Arthur’s idea for that innovation: Focus on international law. He’s not the first of the current dean candidates to raise that idea. Candidate Thomas J. Schoenbaum of the University of Georgia talked at length on that concept. But, more than Schoenbaum’s, Arthur’s speech stressed injecting international law into subjects now taught almost wholly from the American perspective, such as antitrust law. “The globalization phenomenon … is going to suggest that lawyers who know other than Anglo-American law will have the competitive advantage,” he said. THE MONEY PROBLEM According to Arthur — and he’s the third of Emory’s five dean candidates to make this a major focus of his on-campus speech — another big issue for Emory Law is money. The law school must do more than simply ask the university administration to increase its allowance, he explained. Emory law school must document its case, comparing its budget, its endowment and its faculty with those of other law schools, and outlining what it will do with the money. Arthur offered several ideas how the school could spend a cash infusion: � Improve the student-to-faculty ratio (which is now 11 to 1); � Attract and keep top law professors by offering higher salaries, research leaves and summer grants; � Attract top students, including those with other graduate degrees; and � Improve the school’s buildings and facilities. Arthur said he didn’t know what budgets top law schools had. However, he said Emory’s yearly budget was about $2 million behind Cornell’s law school, and $3 million behind those of Duke and the University of Southern California. But audience member and law professor Marc Miller said another $3 million would allow Emory only to hold its place and that it wouldn’t move the school significantly forward. In an earlier presentation, dean candidate Polly J. Price, also an Emory law professor, said the school’s annual budget of $20 million needed to increase by $4 million to $5 million. “I know that an application for serious bread was made to the Woodruff Foundation several years ago,” Arthur said. He said the foundation has not denied the application, but it hasn’t offered the school money, either. He also said that for most law schools, the biggest source of income was alumni donations. Emory didn’t have classes of more than 100 students until the early 1970s, he said, and people from those years are, at this point in their lives, more concerned with getting their kids through college than with academic giving and estate planning that might benefit the law school. ONLY 20 PERCENT OF ALUMNI GIVE Only about 20 percent of Emory alumni give, he said. He praised the law school’s third-year class, about 65 percent of which donated money to fund loan forgiveness for graduates who take public interest jobs. Arthur received his bachelor’s degree from Duke in 1968, and his law degree from Yale in 1971. He then joined Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, leaving a partnership there to join Emory’s law faculty in 1982. He teaches antitrust, civil procedure and administrative law. Arthur is interim vice provost for international affairs and interim director of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning. At Emory, he also has served as associate dean for academic affairs and participated in a prior dean search-the one that produced dean Howard O. Hunter, whose job this dean search is designed to fill.

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