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George Mason Law School in National Review:

In the spirit of blatant institutional self-promotion, the March 23 issue of National Review has an article on George Mason Law School by John J. Miller, entitled "A Law School With A Twist: At George Mason University, the Left doesn't reign, believe it or not." It is in the print version of the magazine and I have not been able to locate it on-line. The article describes in some detail the Mason "Moneyball" philosophy, Henry Manne's entrepreneurship in building the law school, the law school's willingness to buck academic orthodoxies, and notes that we are only one of two law schools in the country with a Nobel Laureate in Economics on our faculty (Vernon Smith, who teaches every spring in the law school and is teaching "Spontaneous Order and the Law" this semester).

KMAJ (mail):
You actually have two Nobel Laureates in Economics on your faculty, you forgot James Buchanan, Nobel Laureate 1986.
2.26.2006 6:08pm
Nicolas:
And an important one. (public choice theory)
2.26.2006 6:39pm
Average Joe (mail):
James Buchanan is on the Economics Faculty at George Mason but he is not on the Law School Faculty. As Todd noted, Vernon Smith is on both the Economics and Law Faculty. Of course, having even one Nobel Laureate in Economics on the Law School Faculty is unusual and remarkable. I look forward to reading the article.
2.26.2006 6:49pm
Eric Crampton (mail):
When Gordon Tullock gets his richly deserved Nobel, the count for both Econ and Laws at GMU will go up by one...
2.26.2006 7:09pm
Zywicki (mail):
I wish we could claim Buchanan, but alas Average Joe is right--he is in the Economics Department. And I agree 100% that Gordon is long overdue!
2.26.2006 7:16pm
canadianllb (mail):
Sir, that's a month away. It'll probably be online in four weeks?
2.26.2006 8:40pm
Goldy Gopher (mail):
I suppose law school is a safe place to put Nobel Laureates in Econ so they don't blow anything up. (see: Merton and Scholes and Long Term Capital Management.)
2.26.2006 11:26pm
KMAJ (mail):
Even though in the econ dept, George Mason can claim him. Doesn't Buchanan teach Constitutional Economics ? They should move that course under the law school umbrella, then you could claim two.
2.26.2006 11:30pm
Goldy Gopher (mail):
Instead of "Spontaneous Order and the Law" when will Law/Econ types teach "Barriers to Entry and the Law: why we can make the cost of attendance over $40k per year, and why you can pay it back!"?
2.26.2006 11:39pm
GMUSL 2L (mail):
Goldy,

Why not actually look at Mason's tuition figures?
2.27.2006 12:10am
Goldy Gopher (mail):
I did: Total estimated cost is over 40k for out of state full time. http://www.law.gmu.edu/admission/money.html

But I'm surprised you construe it as an attack on GMU; it's a knock on law school in general: the same critique could apply to any law school, including mine...unless you believe that you really need to be in school for 3 years and pass a bar exam before doing the work that lawyers do or that the ABA exists for reasons other than to keep lawyer's salaries high...
2.27.2006 1:01am
qwerty:
anyone know where i can find the book list for "spontaneous order and the law?"
2.27.2006 10:54am
Erick:
The syllabus is Here

In case my link doesn't work, the books listed are:
Order without Law, by Ellickson
Legislation and Liberty by Hayek
The Wisdom of Crowds, by Surowiecki

The recommended, but not required, text is Experimental economics by Davis and Holt.
2.27.2006 12:20pm
Erick:
From looking at the syllabus a little more, there's also various articles assigned each week. Looks like my link worked so I won't bother to list them.
2.27.2006 12:21pm
GregC (mail):
Unfortunately, for Gordon Tullock, the Bank of Sweden doesn't award economics Nobels to those without formal training in economics. My hunch is that's why Gordon got screwed back in '86. If memory serves, L&E god Ronald Coase is the only econ Nobelist without a PhD in economics -- though Coase did study economics at university.
2.27.2006 2:51pm