September 03, 2020

8 more accredited law schools advertise in 2nd AALS jobs bulletin...

...bringing the total number of schools advertising up to 40 (this includes some of the law schools which I alluded to previously that weren't in the first bulletin).  A number of highly ranked law schools are looking selectively this year, although they have not advertised in either bulletin.

September 3, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 31, 2020

I talk with Orin Kerr (Berkeley) on "The Legal Academy"...

...about law school hiring trends, rankings, the effect of COVID on the teaching market, and other topics. (Link now added!)

August 31, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

August 25, 2020

The first Faculty Appointments Registry is out...


...with only 297 candidates, down from just under 400 last year.   That's good news, given that there are also fewer jobs.   The new format, however, is a bit harder to search than last year's.  Last year, for example, it was quite easy to search by subjects a candidate was interested in.

ADDENDUM:  Unless I'm missing something (and I may be, given my technical ineptitude), a school needing a contracts professor can't search the 297 candidates to find those interested in teaching contracts!   E-mail me if I'm wrong.  I find it hard to believe they could have reduced the search functionality of the website so dramatically.

CORRECTION:  Thanks to Professor Lawsky, I can report that the first FAR last year had 334 candidates, not "just under 400" (which was more like the final tally after all distributions).

UPDATE:  Professor Jamie Macleod (Brooklyn) helpfully explains how to search by subjects taught:

  1. When viewing the long list of applicants unfiltered, click “Filter”.
  2. At the bottom right corner of the drop-down box that appears, click “Filter by Form Responses”.
  3. In the new window that appears, click “Select Form”à”Position Sought and Teaching Preferences”.
  4. I’m guessing the rest is self-explanatory. But do note that you can then click “Save” and name the filtered view you create, then return to that filtered view later by clicking “Saved Views” (which is next to the “Filter” button).

August 25, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink

August 18, 2020

With no "meat market," how soon will interviews be scheduled?

The first FAR distribution occurs this week, but with the traditional "meat market" in Washington, DC cancelled, I expect that schools may start scheduling Zoom interviews to occur before August is over.  I've advised our job candidates to be prepared for that possibility in any event.  Thoughts from readers on hiring committees at their schools?  Submit comments only once they may take awhile to appear.

August 18, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 14, 2020

AALS jobs bulletin is out

I count 32 AALS-member schools that are advertising, in several cases for multiple positions (roughly half the number last year, if my memory is correct).  As noted earlier, more than 100 schools have constituted appointments committees, but some are only looking at laterals I've learned, while others are probably constituted in case it's possible to hire.  I should note I've already heard from one law school (not a top 20 school) that is planning on hiring that has not advertised in the bulletin.

UPDATE:  I've now looked at the first AALS job bulletin from last August, and there were 76 accredited schools advertising, some (again) for multiple positions.  So the drop this year is by more than 50%.  Some schools may yet return to the market, of course, depending on developments in the months ahead.

August 14, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

August 11, 2020

Hiring committees for 2020-21...

MOVING TO FRONT--ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 29 can announce yourselves and your hiring plans here.

August 11, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

July 20, 2020

An early sign about this year's job market for law teachers

According to a widely circulated list of hiring chairs at different law schools in the U.S., 117 have already named appointments chairs, compared to 138 last year.  That's not as big a drop-off as I had feared we might see.  Bear in mind that last year's 138 hiring chairs yielded 88 rookie hires at 66 law schools according to Professor Lawsky's data (of course, some schools hired laterals, not rookies).   Still, while this will definitely be a tighter job market, it may be somewhat better than many had feared.

July 20, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

June 18, 2020

This year's surprise for academic job seekers

The AALS has revised the FAR form.  On the plus side, they've done away with the "community service" category; eliminated the need to explicitly rank the "preferred teaching subjects" (which always led to endless and pointless strategizing) and cut the "additional subjects" altogether (perhaps recognizing that the old "preferred subjects" were the key); and will permit candidates to upload a document with their references, so no more agonizing about the "big three" for the FAR form.  On the negative side, it's no longer possible to print out a draft of the FAR form for review (that was dumb!).     Candidates can still upload the CV, research agenda, and job talk, as before.

June 18, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers | Permalink

June 01, 2020

With 95% of the Fall 2020 admissions cycle complete, applicants are down 3.2% nationwide

Details here.   That's not good news in terms of next year's academic job market in law schools, given the other negative pressures on law school hiring related to the pandemic.

June 1, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 15, 2020

Lawsky's Entry-Level Hiring Report for 2019-20

Professor Lawsky (Northwestern) has released her typically excellent entry-level hiring report for this academic year.   I'll have more to say about some of what we learn from these results in a subsequent post.

I'll add one data point:  Professor Lawsky reports the number of graduates by school who got law teaching job, but not how many were on the market.  Using the first FAR distribution (not a perfect metric, since it includes LLMs as well as JDs, but that effect probably washes out across schools), here are the schools ranked by the success rate of their graduates on the market (for all schools that placed at least two graduates and had at least five graduates on the market):

1.  University of Chicago (57% [4/7])

2.  Stanford University (53% [9/17])

3.  Yale University (51% [18/35])

4.  University of California Berkeley (46% [5/11])

5.  Harvard University (33% [12/36])

6.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (23% [3/13])

7.  New York University (20% [6/20])

8.  Columbia University (15% [2/13])

9.  Georgetown University [14% [3/22])

Northwestern had only three graduates on the market, but placed two of them, so 67%!

I've calculated this a couple of times before:  here are the results for 2019 and 2016.

May 15, 2020 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink