Friday, July 30, 2010
The New Realities of the Legal Academy...
But times have changed. When the Association of American Law School’s created the annual Faculty Recruitment Conference (or FRC) and the associated Faculty Appointments Register (or FAR), the landscape of the legal academy was forever changed. The change was slow in coming. For many years, candidates were selected for interviews at the FRC on the basis of the same old credentials and connections, but at some point (many would say the early 1980s), the rules of the game began to change. In baseball, a similar change is associated with Billy Beane, the manager of the Oakland Athletics, who defied conventional wisdom and built winning teams despite severe financial constraints by relying on statistically reliable predictors of success. The corresponding insight in the legal academy (developed by hiring committees at several law schools) was that the best predictor of success as a legal scholar was a record of publication. It turns out that law school grades, law review offices, and clerkships are at best very rough indicators of scholarly success. But those who successfully publish high quality legal scholarship are likely to continue to do so. This foreword explores the implications of the new realities of the legal academy for candidates seeking to become law professors.
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Humm, don't think it's changed all that much. Kind of like finding out you have malignant mixed Mullarian tumor instead of angiosarcoma. You can publish and get a PhD and have those markings of merit, but if you're JD isn't from a top school and you don't have lots of connections - you're still out of luck.
Posted by: anan | Aug 3, 2010 4:24:17 PM