I have always wondered about emeritus status on law faculties (or any faculties for that matter). I've been at a number of different schools in different countries, and emeritus status has meant something different at each one. At some schools it seems to be a really big deal and requires some kind of formal approval from a body higher than the law school (eg university, board of trustees, the Almighty, etc), and at others it seems to be an honorific informally awarded from within the law school on achieving retirement status. At my current school, at least since I've been here, most everyone who has retired has been given an emeritus title, but that wasn't the case at the last school I was at. Is there any common understanding of emeritus status nationally or globally? Or is it horses for courses?