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Monday, March 14, 2016

Entry Level Hiring: The 2016 Report - Call for Information

Time once again for the entry level hiring report.

I will gather the following information for tenure-track, clinical, or legal writing full-time entry-level hires: 

Basic Information: Name, Hiring School, JD Institution, JD Year of Graduation

Other Degrees: Type of Degree,  Degree Granting Institution, Degree Subject

Fellowship, VAP, or Visiting Professorship: Institution and Type (e.g., VAP, name of fellowship, etc.)

Clerkship: Court (e.g., 9th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court, etc.)

Areas of Speciality (up to four) (if you are a clinical or LRW hire, please list this as your first Area of Specialty)

Type of Position: Tenure Track or Non-Tenure Track (if you are clinical or LRW and also tenure-track, please indicate this)

The information will be aggregated on this spreadsheet (which is reproduced below and which you can view and download by clicking on this link); scroll across to see all of the information we will be aggregating.

Please leave the information in the comments, and, to protect those on the job market, please sign the comment with your real name. (Ideally, the reporting person would be either the hired individual or someone from the hiring committee at the hiring school.) If you would like to email information instead of posting it, please send it to Sarah Lawsky at slawsky *at* law *dot* uci *dot* edu. Remember: you can't edit the spreadsheet yourself. To get your information into the spreadsheet, you must either post in the comments or email me.

I will also gather the names of schools that are doing no entry-level hiring this year (that's the second tab on the spreadsheet), so if you know for sure that your school is not doing entry-level hiring, please post that in the comments or email me.

If you see any errors, or if I have incorporated your information into the spreadsheet but you are not yet ready to make it public, please don't hesitate to email me, and I will take care of the problem as soon as I can.

Other links:

This report follows in the tradition of Larry Solum's excellent work over many years. 

2015 initial post, 2015 spreadsheet, 2015 report (with graphs).

2014 initial post, 2014 spreadsheet, 2014 report (with graphs).

2013 initial post, 2013 spreadsheet, 2013 report (with graphs).

2012 initial post, 2012 spreadsheet, 2012 report (with graphs).

2011 initial post, 2011 spreadsheet, 2011 report (with graphs).

All PrawfsBlawg entry level hiring report tagged posts.

Added 3/21/15: Some clarification: the list does not include people who were full-time non-tenure track clinicians who are now moving to a tenure track job at a different school, as these don't seem like true entry-level hires to me. This is the situation where a person is at a school that does not provide tenure to clinicians, and then moves to a school that does provide tenure to clinicians.

The list does include people who had a non-professor job in a law school and then moved to a professor job that was tenure track. Thus a person may have worked at a law school for many years, but still be considered an entry level hire. To indicate this situation, I will put their previous job at a law school in the "fellowship" category, and note "non-TT to TT" in the "Notes" category. This is not to indicate that this isn't an entry-level hire, but rather to give information about the nature of the item listed as a fellowship. (I.e., not a temporary position, as fellowships usually are.)

[Originally posted 3/14/16; edited 3/21/15.]


Posted by Sarah Lawsky on March 14, 2016 at 09:00 AM in Entry Level Hiring Report | Permalink


Anonymous comments speculating about particular people in programs are nasty, especially because everyone knows that geographic constraints, family situations, and other personal reasons can affect the decision to go on the market or take an offer. In the past, those sorts of comments speculating about people have been removed.

Posted by: Speculation | Apr 25, 2016 9:56:28 PM

It appears that at least some of the yale phds didnt place at all. And considering that this is their first class - where people thought going through with the program would all but ensure landing a tenure track job - i wonder if it will be a matter of time before the program is discontinued. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing

Posted by: Anon | Apr 25, 2016 2:16:57 PM

Sarah, you are correct. He is a junior lateral, not entry-level.

Posted by: AnonProf | Apr 16, 2016 12:32:29 AM

I must be missing something -- that seems to support the proposition that he is a lateral. That link states, "Nicholson is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law."

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Apr 15, 2016 6:59:26 PM


Posted by: information to the contrary | Apr 15, 2016 6:55:22 PM

My understanding is that Price is a lateral; he is listed on Leiter's site:


And here is his web page at UNH, where he is listed as an assistant professor:


If someone has information to the contrary please let me know.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Apr 15, 2016 6:52:39 PM

What about Nicholson Price at Michigan? That's all the info I have.

Posted by: jim | Apr 15, 2016 6:33:01 PM

Two hires in law and Econ that haven't yet been reported: Zach Liscow (https://sites.google.com/site/liscow/) has accepted an offer from Yale, and Ofer Eldar (https://sites.google.com/site/ofereldar9/) has accepted an offer from Duke.

Posted by: Anonprof | Apr 1, 2016 9:26:15 PM

Texas Tech is delighted to say that Tracy Pearl has accepted our offer of a tenure-track position as Associate Professor Law. She received her J.D. from Boston College in 2006, her M.Sc. in comparative social policy from Oxford in 2003, and her B.A. in public policy from Duke in 2002. Last year and this year she has been a Visiting Assistant Professor here and from 2012-2014 she was a VAP at Florida International University. Following graduation from law school she clerked at the Eastern District of Virginia and then at the Tenth Circuit. She will teach Crim, Torts, and Environmental Law.

Posted by: Eric Chiappinelli | Mar 30, 2016 3:28:57 PM

As Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee at BU Law, I'm delighted to let you know that Rory Van Loo has accepted our offer for an entry-level tenure-track position. Rory got his J.D. from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 2007. He expects to receive his Ph.D. in Law from Yale this spring. His primary teaching and research interests are in Commercial Law and Contracts.

Posted by: Nancy J. Moore | Mar 28, 2016 10:44:10 AM

Ion Meyn UC Santa Cruz BA 1996; UC Hastings JD 2000 to Wisconsin

Posted by: Alta Charo | Mar 26, 2016 10:41:22 AM

That is, Yaron Nili - sorry for typo

Posted by: Alta Charo | Mar 26, 2016 10:39:50 AM

Wisconsin hired Yaron Niki (already listed) and Ion Meyn (BA UC Santa Cruz 1996, JD UC Hastings 2000

Posted by: Alta Charo | Mar 26, 2016 10:39:21 AM

The University of Nebraska College of Law hired Ryan Sullivan (Nebraska JD with high distinction, 2010) as a tenure track clinical professor. We also hired Maggie Wittlin (Yale, 2011) as a tenure track professor teaching Evidence and Civil Procedure (she is already in your spreadsheet). We are extremely happy to have these two join our faculty!

Posted by: Richard Moberly | Mar 18, 2016 2:51:46 PM

Richmond made three entry-level hires this year – one in constitutional law and two in criminal law. In constitutional law, we hired Jud Campbell, who is the Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. He graduated from Stanford Law in 2011 and clerked for Judge Sykes on the Seventh Circuit and Judge Cabranes on the Second Circuit.

In criminal law, we hired Erin Collins and Paul Crane. Erin is the Executive Director of the Clemency Resource Center at NYU Law and a former Acting Assistant Professor in the NYU Lawyering Program. She graduated from NYU Law in 2006. Paul is a Bigelow fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from UVA Law in 2007 and then clerked for Judge Wilkinson on the Fourth Circuit and Chief Justice Roberts on the U.S. Supreme Court. We are excited for them to join our faculty!

Posted by: Jessica Erickson | Mar 16, 2016 12:06:16 PM

Congratulations! It was a pleasure to meet you. Duquesne is quite lucky to get you.

Posted by: Steven R. Morrison | Mar 14, 2016 8:44:57 PM

I am delighted to be joining the Duquesne University School of Law to teach Corporations and Contracts as a tenure-track assistant professor starting August 2016! My research specializations also include securities regulation and entrepreneurship. SCO

Posted by: Seth Oranburg | Mar 14, 2016 8:20:34 PM

Wisconsin hired Yaron Nili (LLB, Hebrew University '06; MBA, Hebrew University '07; LLM, Harvard, '07; SJD, Harvard, '15). We're very excited!

Posted by: Susannah Tahk | Mar 14, 2016 3:02:54 PM

Akron Law has hired (1) Dan Brean, a 2008 Pitt Law grad, Fed Cir clerk, as a tenure track assistant professor. Areas of specialization: Patent Law / IP / Litigation. (2) Camilla Hrdy, a 2010 UC Berkeley Law grad; S.D. Tex Clerkship; VAPs at Berkeley, Yale, and Penn; as a tenure track assistant professor. Areas of specialization: IP (patents) / Local Government / Civil Procedure. (3) Elizabeth Knowles, a 2012 Thomas Jefferson grad. Dir. of ABA Immigration Justice Project. Area of specialization: Clinical - immigration (non-tenure-track, assistant clinical professor). Excited to have them join us!

Posted by: Sarah Cravens | Mar 14, 2016 2:35:45 PM

Wayne Law has hired Will Ortman, a 2006 Chicago grad, law clerk for Judge Tatel, and Harvard Climenko Fellow, as a tenure-track assistant professor. Areas of specialization: criminal and administrative law. We're really delighted.

Posted by: Jon Weinberg | Mar 14, 2016 12:51:57 PM

Yes, untenured lateral moves continue to happen. I moved a couple of years ago. In fact, the perception among my peers is that junior lateral moves are now more common, not less (they are still rare, to be sure).

Posted by: Untenured lateral | Mar 14, 2016 12:19:39 PM

Are there untenured lateral moves anymore? I thought that market dried up a few years ago. Is there some reason to think that has changed?

Posted by: Anon | Mar 14, 2016 12:01:23 PM

Thanks, Sarah -- I missed that!

Posted by: AnonProf | Mar 14, 2016 9:32:15 AM

Leiter does untenured laterals now too. No move goes unreported!



Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Mar 14, 2016 9:23:43 AM

It's too bad there isn't anywhere that collects junior lateral hires. Leiter does hires with tenure, and Prawfs does entry level.

Posted by: AnonProf | Mar 14, 2016 9:14:18 AM

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