June 12, 2024

Hiring committees for 2024-25...

May 22, 2024

The zombie SEALS hiring conference is back, unbelievably

It emerged just before the pandemic, and it was a terrible idea then, and it's still a terrible idea.  Fortunately, it got almost no uptake, and I'm sure that will continue.  All job seekers should ignore it, and focus their energy on the real hiring process through the AALS.


May 22, 2024 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

March 20, 2024

Lawsky's entry-level hiring report for 2024

If you've recently accepted a tenure-track job in law teaching, submit your information to Professor Lawsky here.


March 20, 2024 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

February 13, 2024

Fellowships/VAPs for aspiring law professors

The Blog Emperor has updated his valuable listing.


February 13, 2024 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

January 23, 2024

What do you need to find out now that you've gotten a tenure-track offer?

MOVING TO FRONT (FROM DEC 11, 2023) SINCE MANY SCHOOLS HAVE NOW MADE OFFERS (ORIGINALLY POSTED NOVEMBER 24, 2009--I HAVE UPDATED CERTAIN NUMBERS)--SEE ALSO THE COMMENTS, WHICH HAVE HELPFUL ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

With luck, some of you seeking law teaching jobs will have gotten offers of tenure-track positions.  What then?  Here's roughly what I tell the Chicago job candidates we work with that they need to find out, and in the interest of having it written down in one place and for the benefit of others too, here it is (not in order of importance):

1.  You will want to get (in writing eventually) the basic salary information, obviously, and the nature of summer research support and the criteria for its award (is it automatic for junior faculty?  contingent on prior publication [if so, how much?]?  awarded competitively (if so, based on what criteria/process)?).   You should also find out how salary raises are determined.  Are they, for example, lock-step for junior faculty?  Fixed by union contract?  (Rutgers faculty, for example, are unionized, a huge advantage and why they are among the best-paid faculty, not just in law, in the country.)  Is it a 'merit' system, and if so is it decanal discretion or is their a faculty committee that reviews your teaching and work each year?

2.  You should ask for a copy of the school's tenure standards and get clear about the expectations and the timeline.  Does any work you have already published count towards meeting the tenure standard?

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January 23, 2024 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink | Comments (14)

November 06, 2023

Fellowships for aspiring law teachers, 2023-24

The Blog Emperor has updated his invaluable list.


November 6, 2023 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

September 04, 2023

Bigelow Fellowship at Chicago now accepting applications

Those interested in law teaching with strong qualifications can apply here.   Bigelow Fellows are fully immersed into the intellectual culture of the Law School and receive excellent mentoring.   The Bigelow is the most powerful credential on the law teaching market, and Bigelows are in demand every year.  Every Bigelow in the last twenty years has received one or more tenure-track job offers.  Recent placements include Harvard, Chicago, Penn, Berkeley, Stanford (twice), Virginia, and Georgetown, among other leading law schools.  You can see a full list of Bigelow alumni here.


September 4, 2023 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

August 25, 2023

Job seekers in the first FAR jump from last year's low: 272 to 348

That's actually the highest level since 2018, but well below the levels prior to that.  I suspect it will still be a good year for job seekers, given the number of schools that are in the market.  Good luck to all job seekers and hiring schools!


August 25, 2023 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 16, 2023

Professor Lawsky's spread sheet of hiring schools and hiring plans: now searchable!

Professor Lawksy (Northwestern) writes:

I keep a spreadsheet each year of law school hiring committees and hiring plans [Noted here--BL]. It's available through PrawfsBlawg and here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TC_5Vr_pi_28-V0JLCvO7ArIDkopzW2gpXXaU-epFEY/edit#gid=0

I've now written a tool that allows people to filter this spreadsheet by subject areas, locations, and entry level vs. lateral and download customized spreadsheets with just their interests:

https://www.lawskyprojects.org/hiring

I hope that this tool will be helpful for everyone who's on the job market this year (since, to my knowledge, AALS doesn't provide anything like this for candidates). The information is admittedly incomplete, but right now I am at 80 unique schools, which is something, and I am working on getting information about more schools. Basically, it is just a filtering tool, but some people may find it useful.

What a great resource!


August 16, 2023 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

August 03, 2023

Heads up: some schools with automated application systems are asking for letters of reference *now*

In the past, most recommendations were over the phone or via email, and were less formal than a letter of reference, which usually came later in the process, when a school was serious about a particular candidate.  That started to change a bit a few years ago, but now some schools, which require candidates to apply online, are asking recommenders for letters now (before the FAR is even out!).   (The case brought to my attention is the University of Utah.)   This is an unhappy development for recommenders, but they need to be aware!


August 3, 2023 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink