Monday, May 15, 2023
Lawsky's entry-level hiring report for 2023
It's here! Very informative, as always. A few quick observations. Over the last five years, we've seen a decline in job applicants submitting FAR forms, from 344 five years ago, to 334, 297, 328 last year, and an all-time low of 272 this year. At the same time, there's been an increasing number of hires: 82 five years ago, 119 last year, 113 this year. Last year 76 schools were hiring, this year 79. Five years ago, only 60 school were hiring. I expect it will be a good year to be on the job market this fall (unless the Republicans force a default, in which case all bets are off!).
The data on the law school attended by newly hired faculty is informative, but not as informative as the relative success rate of candidates from each school would be. 100% of Chicago graduates on the market got tenure-track jobs. But I don't have the data on other schools, although you can see prior success rates here and here and here. My guess is schools with the largest number of graduates taking jobs this year had somewhat higher placement success rates this year than in the past, but I doubt any were at 100%.