Ben Barton News

Barton Talks to Bloomberg About the Question ‘Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?’

Ben Barton, Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law, in the Bloomberg article “Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?” says willful ignorance kept law schools accepting students even as the legal business was declining. The article features sample bar exam test questions labeled “Could You Pass the Bar Exam?”

Law Professor: Legal Profession’s Challenges Bring Benefits

Today’s legal profession faces a number of challenges, including a smaller job market and fewer law school applicants. But College of Law Professor Benjamin Barton argues that these struggles may transform the practice of law and benefit American consumers.

Five Professors Named Fulbright Scholars

Four UT professors are spanning the globe as Fulbright Scholars this year. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year.

NIMBioS Study Puts Supreme Court Under the Microscope

The current Supreme Court may be criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, but according to a study conducted by UT law professor Ben Barton, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history. The study, published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity.