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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One More Reminder for Interviewing Faculty at the AALS

In addition to Paul's list, I'll add one more: Please be courteous and let candidates know as soon as they are no longer in the running.  Some appointments committees don't do this, presumably because it's not really pleasant to have to tell applicants that they've been rejected.  (I'm still waiting to hear from some schools I interviewed with in 2000. Maybe they forgot my e-mail address?) Enduring that slight unpleasantness is a big favor to candidates, however, as they need to plan their futures in light of the options they have.  So please don't leave candidates guessing if you know that they're off your list.  

Posted by Orin Kerr on October 15, 2014 at 04:31 PM | Permalink


I found that most hiring committees were willing to, at a minimum, give me the straight story if I called/emailed them to explicitly ask. As a result, I would encourage candidates to follow up directly if having more information would be useful to their decision-making process.

In any case, good luck everyone!

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Oct 16, 2014 9:31:45 PM

Orin -- Sorry for the delayed response, but after careful consideration, we have decided to go in another direction.

Posted by: 2000 Yale Law Hiring Committee | Oct 15, 2014 8:53:24 PM

Thanks for this reminder, Orin. I have more lengthy thoughts for hiring committees at the link below, but you capture the most important point well. I am also still waiting on some rejection letters from years ago, and one school rejected me a full 12 months after our AALS interview (after I had already started in my new position.) http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/business_law/2014/09/some-thoughts-on-hiring-committees.html

Posted by: Haskell Murray | Oct 15, 2014 5:57:28 PM

Of course you can have too much of a good thing. I got not one, not two, but three identical letters, each a few days apart, telling me I wasn't wanted at George Mason. I knew my claims at to what constituted a rent in the GSE sector had not gone down well, but even so...

Posted by: Michael Froomkin | Oct 15, 2014 5:22:31 PM

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