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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Job talks: topics to avoid

Once again the law blogosphere is alive with discussions of the hiring process.  A few years ago (okay, six) I posted some job talk topics that I thought candidates should avoid.  Since recycling is now part of our moral duty, I'm recycling this old material -- with five new topics added in to justify it.

Here are the top-ten topics to avoid from 2005:

10.  Time Travel and Originalism: Using Technology to Learn What the Founders Really Meant

9.  The Right to Bear Arms Should Include Surface-to-Air Missiles

8.  The Law and Economics of Negligence: What I Learned in 1L Torts

7.  The Sex Life of Law Students: My Three-Year Empirical Study

6. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?  A Deontological Approach to Epistemological Failure

5.  The Law & Economics of Law & Order

4.  La Cosa Blogstra: Why volokh.com is a Criminal Conspiracy under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 371

3.  Barking Up the (Wrong) Poisonous Tree: Is Tainted Evidence Admissible If It Would Have Been Found By Dogs?

2.  Parsing Rule 10b-5: Thoughts from Das Kapital

1.  In re Random Corp. Class Action Litigation: Illuminating Points I Made in My Brief


I think #9 looks a little different in hindsight, no?  And here are five more:

11.  Rethinking the Eighteenth Amendment: An Argument for Repeal

12. Scoop or Else: Using DNA Evidence to Track Down Dog Waste Offenders

13. Chicken Chicken?: A Response to Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken

14. Don't Mess with Texas: Why Secession Just Makes Sense

15. Capital Punishment for Misdemeanor Offenses: A Retributive Approach

Posted by Matt Bodie on October 27, 2011 at 03:42 PM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


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16. If the penalty is capital punishment, is it still a misdemeanor?

Posted by: Steven Lubet | Oct 27, 2011 4:46:02 PM

Why o' why don't you post more, Matt? This blawg is so much better with you.

Posted by: Holling | Oct 27, 2011 3:57:41 PM

Actually, #15 looks a lot like Becker (1968) -- the leading law and economics article on criminal punishments. True, it is not a Kantian retributive approach, but it leads right to the conclusion of capital punishment for misdemeanor offenses.

Posted by: TJ | Oct 27, 2011 3:51:36 PM

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