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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Teaching Loads

Over at The Conglomerate, Gordon Smith is gathering data about standard teaching loads at various schools.  We young profs (can we stop with that ridiculous spelling?) probably can help filling in the information here.  Write in with what you know.

Generally, first-year teachers get a reduced load -- but some schools seem to give a reduced load for the first few years.  I'd be interested in who is getting what on this dimension.

I believe my full load is an 11 credit year: a 5 credit Contracts course and a 6 credit Con Law sequence.  In my first year, I am only teaching one semester of Con Law.  I'd be interested in the deals others are getting at other schools.

Posted by Ethan Leib on April 13, 2005 at 10:50 AM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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Totally appropriate comment, Scott. In my defense, Gordon Smith's whole inquiry is premised on the hypothesis that there is a correlation between rank and load; hence my query's infelicitous formulation. Apologies. As you'll come to learn, respecting the hierarchy (whether Leiter's or the US News') is not one of my priorities.

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Apr 13, 2005 7:11:06 PM

I'm in my first year at Marquette Law. I had one three-credit course (employment discrimination) in the fall and then two courses in the spring: a four-credit 1L class (con law) and a seminar (class actions). The other new prof had the same "course types" in his first-year load. In future years, we have a four-course load, with the possibility of lighter loads for sabbaticals or special requests.

ps: Ethan -- I love the blog, but if I were you, I'd avoid formulations like "better and worse schools"!

Posted by: Scott Moss | Apr 13, 2005 7:02:34 PM

I have a 3 credit course and a 2/3 credit seminar in the spring, and a four credit course in the fall. There is a good chance I may be teaching an extra seminar in the following year. It appears that reductions in load are used as inducements of various sorts at FSU and other schools.

Posted by: AA2 | Apr 13, 2005 3:02:25 PM

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