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Thursday, March 06, 2014

The 2013 Full Hiring Report

Alexander Tsesis, of Loyola-Chicago Law School, has individually contacted all 180 law schools that are members of the AALS and collected all of the hiring data for entry-level law school hires who began in 2013 (i.e., last year's report: this year will be the 2014 hiring report). 

I run some analysis of this information below, but let's be absolutely clear: all of the work on this project was done by Tsesis, to whom, if you are interested in this sort of thing, you owe a big thanks. (I'll start: Thank you!)Tsesis

Following is a data summary that compares the Spring Self-Reported Entry Level Hiring Report for 2013 (i.e., last year's report) to the full data set for 2013 (last year).

To remain consistent with previous analyses, while the Tsesis data spreadsheet contains all hiring information he received, the data analysis includes only tenure-track hires at U.S. law schools.

In the self-reported version, there were reports of 106 tenure-track hires, at 74 different law schools. The complete data set has 127 tenure-track hires, at 83 law schools. So the self-reported version got about 83% of the new hires.  

We had only two schools have been reported as doing no entry level hiring in 2013. In contrast, the complete data set has 86 schools reported as doing no entry level hiring.

(86 schools did no entry level hiring; 83 schools hired entry-level tenure-track professors, perhaps in addition to non-tenure-track long-term-contract entry-level hires; and 11 schools did not hire entry-level tenure-track professors, but did hire long-term-contract entry-level hires. This is a total of 180 schools.)

The two sets are quite similar. The biggest difference is in the percentage of fellowships: in the self-reported set, 78% of the hires had fellowships, and in the complete data set, 71% have fellowships. 


Here are the schools from which people got their JDs in the complete data set, with the increase in number of reports in parentheses. 

Q: How many tenure-track hires in 2013 got their JD from School X?

JD School.20140310

Yale 21 (+4); Harvard 18 (+2); NYU 13 (+1); Chicago 6; Duke 6 (+1); Berkeley 5 (+2); Michigan 5; Northwestern 4 (+1); Virginia 4; Columbia 4 (+2); Cornell 3; Georgetown 3; ; Other 35.

Schools in the "other" category with two JD/LLBs who reported hires: Stanford; Texas; UCLA.

Schools in the "other" category with one JD/LLB who reported hires: American; Boston U; Brooklyn; College of Mgmt Acad Stud; Diego Portales; Duquesne ; Florida; Fordham; George Mason; Hastings; Kansas; Louisana State; Melbourne; Mexico; Miami; Montana; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Penn; Phillipines (U of); Puerto Rico (+1); Russian University; Rutgers-Camden; SMU; Tulane; UC Davis; Washington (St. Louis); West Virginia.

Here is the full spreadsheet. This includes sheets with (1) All tenure-track and long-term clinical hires; (2) tenure track hires only (this is the data on which I ran the comparison, to be consistent with previous reports); (3) a list of schools that did not do entry-level hiring in 2013; and (4) a comparison of the self-reported data and the full data set. Hires that were not on the self-reported sheet are indicated by a  yellow highlight.

Three cheers for Alexander Tsesis!

[Originally posted 3/6/14; edited 3/6/14, 3/7/14 to remove four hires erroneously included; edited 3/9/14 to add one hire erroneously mischaracterized as non-tenure track; edited 3/10/14 to add one clinical and one tenure track hire and to remove Cardozo from non-hiring list.]

Update, 3/7/14: Brian Leiter provides updated placement rates.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on March 6, 2014 at 04:59 PM in Entry Level Hiring Report | Permalink


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In the text below the bar chart, Yale is listed as +2, indicating two additional hires beyond the self-reported data. In the spreadsheet, there are four highlighted names with Yale as the initial law degree. This seems to be a discrepancy.

SBL: Thank you--fixed!

Posted by: Sean | Mar 15, 2014 9:44:25 AM

Thank you for checking on this. Marie Boyd did indeed transition from VAP to tenure track position on January 1, 2014, but I determined that she qualified to be in the study of new hires who began during this academic year.

Posted by: Alexander Tsesis | Mar 7, 2014 10:32:48 PM

I believe Marie Boyd also was hired as a VAP at South Carolina. It subsequently transitioned mid-VAP into a tenure-track position.

Posted by: Anon | Mar 7, 2014 5:12:22 PM

3/7/14: Removed Chiesa, Roberts, Sitaraman, and Zhang from TT spreadsheet, updated the data and graphs accordingly.

3/9/14: Added Coleman to TT spreadsheet, updated data and graphs accordingly.

3/1014: Added Shaw to TT spreadsheet and full spreadsheet, Tinto to full spreadsheet, removed Cardozo from not-hiring list, updated data and graphs accordingly.

Thanks to all who have provided updates and edits so far--keep 'em coming--the goal is to have this be as accurate as possible, and crowd-sourcing is the best way to do that.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Mar 7, 2014 11:58:51 AM

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