Thursday, August 14, 2008
Harvard and Stanford's Teaching Candidates in 1997--Some Perspective on the Law School Teaching Market
Cleaning up my old office in Texas, I came upon the September 1997 "Teaching Candidates Resume Book" from Harvard Law School (I was Chair of appointments at Texas in 97-98). There were 56 candidates, of whom I recognize a little more than a half-dozen names as "established" academics more than a decade later. That doesn't mean that more didn't make it into teaching, just that only a handful have established national reputations in their fields. I recognize only two as being on faculties at top law schools (Stanford and Georgetown, in this instance). The Stanford "Book," by contrast had 34 resumes, from which I recognize a half-dozen names, though none of these folks made it to any of the top law schools. I should add that, in each case, I'm sure more than the folks whose names I recognize made it into law teaching positions.