Thursday, August 18, 2022
The first FAR is out...
...and there are only 272 applicants for law teaching positions! Since this year is, I expect, going to have even more schools searching than last year, this will be a great year to be a job seeker. I do wonder whether the second FAR distribution won't have more resumes than usual. 272 is very low.
UPDATE: Professor Lawsky has the comparative data. This is an all-time low since I've been in law teaching (1993), so even further back than Professor Lawsky's data. In the 1990s, it was not uncommon for there to be 1,000 applicants in the first FAR, although back then, at least half were not really serious candidates. As more information has become readily available about entering law teaching, and as the requiremnts for being a viable candidate have risen, the number of applicants has declined. But this year's number really is astonishingly low.