Sunday, September 04, 2011
Reminder: Please post information regarding your law school's AppComms!
Just a reminder now that August is almost half over and the FAR forms are almost out: our beloved Sarah Lawsky is governing the Hiring Chair Thread, which you can find over here. If you're a prawf, please post in the comments the name/s of the members of your hiring committee for your school, and indicate any areas of interest.
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Why is this important? I can see how it is useful to the community to know what needs each school is trying to fill, but what's the relevance of committee membership?
Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Jul 14, 2011 10:33:30 AM
This spreadsheet was suggested to me by someone who is involved in academic hiring at a top law school; the person told me that at least some top schools provide similar spreadsheets for their VAPs so that the VAPs can send targeted letters to the committee chairs or to a member of the committee who works in their area. I am hoping to level the playing field a bit for people without fellowships.
(Additionally, some people like to know who is on the committee they'll meet at the AALS conference so they can read articles by those people in advance of the conference. If you have an interview, though, you can always ask the person who invites you who is going to be there.)
Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Jul 14, 2011 11:38:33 AM
Ah, that makes sense. Some schools game the system by encouraging their VAPs to work personal connections and make targeted outreach to committee members, so now everyone has to do it. Not that I approve, but I do support this effort to level things out. Now the system only favors those who are well-enough informed to look for this list at Prawfs and take advantage of it, which we can hope is a wider circle.
Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Jul 14, 2011 1:55:06 PM
It seems like a good idea to me, and I would/will find the information useful if/when I go on the market.
Posted by: Jarod Bona | Jul 14, 2011 1:58:53 PM