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Thursday, May 05, 2005

More on the meat market

Paul is braver than I am -- I thought the cocktail party was just dreadful!  I don't think you should feel obligated to go.  What was helpful, however, was taking advantage of your school's hospitality suite, if they have one.  It was a nice place to relax between interviews and meet some other folks from your school. 

This brings me to my larger point -- before you go on the market, call your school and see what services it offers to law teaching candidates.  This may be so obvious as to not be worth mentioning, but I at least did not think to do it before my first foray onto the market (a fact which may be related to the numbers of years I had been out of school).  Imagine my surprise when I get to the meat market and see a very handsome book of all the teaching candidates from my alma mater, which I was not in because I had not known to submit my materials to the career services office. 

So please call career services and see what services, if any, it offers, and if there are faculty members who might be willing to chat with you about your candidacy (this is particularly useful if you are worried that you are so far out out of school that  none of the faculty members who taught you will actually remember you).  Also take advantage of any offer to review your CV, if career services is willing to do that for you. Finally, practice your job talk in front of an audience as many times as you can, preferably one including law faculty members.

Posted by Jennifer Collins on May 5, 2005 at 10:15 AM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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