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Monday, July 06, 2020

Hiring Plans and Hiring Committees 2020-2021

I am collecting information about (1) whether a particular school plans to hire in 2020-2021, and (2) if so, information about the school's hiring committee and hiring interests.

Please share in the comments the following information related to the 2020-2021 law school faculty hiring season. (A spreadsheet is below. You cannot edit the spreadsheet directly.)

(a) your school;
(b) whether your school is pursuing entry-level hiring in 2020-2021 (this could be yes, no, maybe, or something else);
(c) whether your school is pursuing lateral hiring in 2020-2021 (this could be yes, no, maybe, or something else).
If your school does plan on pursuing hiring in 2020-2021:
(d) the chair of your hiring committee (please note if you have different chairs for entry level and lateral candidates--we hope that this information will be useful for both entry level and lateral candidates);
(e) other members of your hiring committee (again, please note if there is a distinction between entry level and lateral committees); and
(f) any particular subject areas in which your school is looking to hire.

Additionally, if you would like to share the following information, candidates might find it helpful to know:

(g) your committee's feeling about packets/individualized expressions of interest (affirmatively want to receive them, affirmatively don't want to receive them, or don't care one way or the other); 
(h) your committee's preferred way to be contacted (email, snail-mail, or phone); 
(i) the website, if any, that candidates should use to obtain information about the position or to apply;
(j) the number of available faculty positions at your school; and
(k) whether you are interested in hiring entry-level candidates, lateral candidates, or both.

I will gather all this information in a downloadable, sortable spreadsheet. (Click on that link to access the spreadsheet and download it; you can also scroll through the embedded version below.)

If you would like to reach me for some reason (e.g., you would prefer not to post your committee information in the comments but would rather email me directly), my email address is sarah dot lawsky (at) law dot northwestern dot edu.

Remember, you cannot edit the spreadsheet directly. The only way to add something to the spreadsheet is to put the information in the comments or email me directly, and I will edit the spreadsheet.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on July 6, 2020 at 11:36 AM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


The University of Washington School of Law is hiring for at least three positions: (1) a professor with primary expertise in Indian Law and one or more of the following (a) criminal law and procedure, (b) property law, and/or (c) corporate law. The candidate can be an entry-level tenure-track professor up to a senior lateral. (2) a legal research and writing (LRW) professor (3) a fellow for our Center for an Informed Public, which addresses strategic misinformation. We have just received budgetary approval to launch our searches so feel welcome to reach out.

The Chair of the Hiring Committee is Professor Mary D. Fan. Committee members include Professors Ryan Calo, Christine Cimini, Lauren Sancken, and Scott Schumacher.

Posted by: Mary D. Fan | Nov 24, 2020 6:04:44 PM

The hiring thread: https://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2020/08/law-school-hiring-spreadsheet-and-clearinghouse-for-questions-2020-2021.html

Posted by: Marlins | Oct 9, 2020 10:20:34 PM

Is there a separte page that candidates would come and talk with each other (Like the submissions thread)? Or is this it?

Posted by: candidate | Oct 9, 2020 8:52:51 PM

LSU is looking to fill positions in Commercial Law, Immigration Law Clinic, and Legal Writing (more information and how to apply is in our ad below).

The LSU Appointments Committee consists of: Christina Sautter (Chair), Grace Barry, Elizabeth Carter, Ray Diamond, Keith Hall, and Bob Lancaster.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member in commercial law, including, but not limited to, bankruptcy. Applicants should have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials and publications or promise of productivity in legal scholarship, as well as a commitment to outstanding teaching.

We additionally seek to hire a full-time faculty member with security of position to direct the Immigration Law Clinic as part of LSU Law’s Experiential Education Program. The Immigration Law Clinic is a fully in-house, one-semester, 5 credit clinic in which students represent non-citizens in their defensive proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and affirmative applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials, substantial experience in Immigration practice and be admitted and in good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction. Prior clinical teaching experience and fluency in Spanish is preferred. We may consider applications from persons who specialize in other areas as additional needs arise.

We also seek to hire a full-time Assistant Professor of Professional Practice to teach legal analysis and writing. A successful candidate will teach the fundamentals of legal reasoning and writing by way of predictive and objective memoranda in the fall semester and advance those skills by teaching persuasive writing of an appellate brief and appellate oral advocacy in the spring semester. The legal writing faculty collaboratively develop the course materials that are used across the 1L curriculum. Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials, and should have at least two to three years of post-J.D. experience in a position or positions requiring substantial legal writing.

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center of LSU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from female and minority candidates.

Applications should include a letter of application, resume, references, and teaching evaluations (if available) to:

Christina M. Sautter
Chair, Faculty Appointments and Adjuncts Committee
c/o Pam Hancock (or by email to [email protected])
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Louisiana State University
1 East Campus Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-0106

Posted by: Christina Sautter | Sep 19, 2020 4:41:44 PM

A "look-see" visitor is a professor brought in to visit for a term or year as a potential long-term hire. A "podium" visitor, by contrast, is someone just hired to fill a gap--a temporary need if the usual professor is on research leave, prof is doing a short-term deanship, or budget does not currently allow for permanent hire, etc.

Posted by: Been There | Sep 10, 2020 10:26:11 PM

One quick clarification: I intended this as a general question, not just in the context of the Tulsa posting. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: newanon | Sep 7, 2020 1:47:25 PM

For the uninitiated, what is a "look-see" visit? Does it imply something about the chances of the visit turning into a permanent position?

Posted by: newanon | Sep 7, 2020 1:45:52 PM

Hi - We're looking for 2-3 visitors. These are not "look-see" visits but do carry the possibility of consideration for future permanent hiring.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA COLLEGE OF LAW invites applications from both entry-level and experienced faculty for possible visiting faculty positions beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. We seek candidates with superior academic records whose performance to date has demonstrated excellence in scholarship and teaching or a strong potential to excel as scholars and teachers. The areas of interest may include, but are not necessarily limited to, contracts and related UCC courses, corporate law, business law, transactional law, energy and natural resource law, torts and other first year and/or required or elective courses. The University of Tulsa College of Law, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is committed to equality of opportunity in its employment of faculty and staff, without discrimination on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. If you would like to learn more about the College generally, you may visit our website at www.law.utulsa.edu. Please submit letters of interest, résumés and diversity statements to Prof. Robert Butkin, Chair, Appointments Committee, University of Tulsa College of Law, 3120 E. 4th Place, Tulsa, OK 74104, or by email to [email protected]

(Other members of the committee are Betsy Rosenblatt, Warigia Bowman, Ido Kilovaty, Aila Hoss, and (student) Julie Combs.)

Posted by: Betsy Rosenblatt | Sep 4, 2020 1:28:47 PM

@GrumpyEntry - No, but they did call and offer me an interview, so I guess they are just going off the FAR for now?

Posted by: Mo Radvice | Sep 4, 2020 10:01:49 AM

@theRealAnonymous - Just to be clear, I put that caveat in because I thought my comment could come across as being fodder for people who like to find reasons to rant on these kinds of boards. But I think diversity is a good thing, and I don't have a problem with a school using diversity as a factor in hiring, even though it doesn't help me personally. Plenty of other factors do, like the fact that hiring institutions care about where one obtained one's degree. The fact that I was able to go to a T3 law school has partly to do with my background being very privileged. So I was being entirely serious in my parenthetical. My point was that anon y mouse should use any diversity he could contribute to a law faculty to his advantage in the hiring process, as should any applicant.

Posted by: Mo Radvice | Sep 3, 2020 8:34:55 AM

Was anyone able to access the UCI position webpage? It seems like the links has been broken for awhile now...

Posted by: GrumpyEntry | Sep 3, 2020 1:22:56 AM

You know we are headed in the wrong direction when you see folks feeling the need to post the following (as @MoRadvice did) even in an anonymous forum: "Unfortunately I’m a straight white male, so that doesn’t help me [in this particular context—I’m well aware of how I’ve benefited from my privileged position in life so don’t flip out on me please]." Are we in Xinjiang?

Posted by: theRealAnonymous | Sep 2, 2020 12:07:33 PM

Unfortunately as has been addressed on this forum before visual diversity is far more important in hiring than other forms.

Posted by: anon0 | Sep 1, 2020 8:36:09 PM

Thank you everyone for the helpful info! It sounds like I need to get a few publications under my belt before expecting serious consideration, so I will keep pursuing that, and adjust my time horizon accordingly.

I got my JD from Rutgers, for whatever that's worth. Looks like ol' Rutgers has fallen in the rankings since I graduated, so that doesn't help.

In terms of diversity, I hadn't really thought about that before. I am transgender so I look just like your average white guy (ok, slightly shorter than average). I can't speak to race issues, but do I know first-hand how men and women are treated differently, both in the profession and in life in general. Hell, I could write a book just on that, with examples running the gamut from enraging to hilarious. I might actually do that some day just for fun.

Thanks again everyone for the info and reality-check.

Posted by: anon y mouse | Sep 1, 2020 3:53:30 PM

Anon y mouse - also depends on where your degree is from. I was also a B student and not on law rev. But I did graduate from a T3 institution. I also have a graduate degree in another field, so that gives me an added credential. I have what sounds like similar practice experience (a bit under 10 yrs). I’ve been on the job market several times. The first time I had zero publications, got three screening interviews and zero callbacks. The second time I had two publications and got a dozen screening interviews and one callback. This year I’ll have three publications, but it’s also a bad hiring year, so I’m not holding my breath. Bottom line is if you did graduate from a top-tier school you do have a shot even without the grades etc., but the publications matter a lot (as others have noted) and most likely you’re going to need more than one year of trying to get a job. The reality is if you graduated from a lower-ranked school it’s very unlikely. I’m not saying that’s fair, but that’s the advice I’ve gotten and everything I’ve seen in this process suggests that’s very accurate. The other thing is, let’s be honest, if you can check a “diversity” box you do have an advantage. Unfortunately I’m a straight white male, so that doesn’t help me [in this particular context—I’m well aware of how I’ve benefited from my privileged position in life so don’t flip out on me please]. If you meet a particular diversity need/desire at a school, then you’re in a much better position going in, and you can and should make that very apparent in your cover letter and other materials.c

Posted by: Mo Radvice | Sep 1, 2020 1:46:57 PM

anon: Thank you for the information and advice. I really appreciate it.

Posted by: anon y mouse | Sep 1, 2020 11:37:38 AM

@anon y mouse

I expect you will probably have better luck with LRW or clinical positions than doctrinal ones teaching con law or admin. I teach in neither of those areas but con law, at least, was typically described to me as one of the most competitive areas because so many people want to write and/or teach in it. Because of that, so many of the people who are hired into those positions have the shiniest credentials (think SCOTUS clerk, Bristow, fancy appellate litigation—but not too much of it lest you come off like a practitioner rather than a scholar!).

More generally you might look at some of Sarah Lawsky’s awesome hiring reports on this site or the info on Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports for a sense of where you’d want to be publication-wise (and otherwise) if you’re serious about this. Also, Leiter recently guested on an episode of Orin Kerr’s Legal Academy Youtube series that basically sums up a lot of the stuff he and others say often.

I wasn’t a great student in LS either which meant I missed out on checking some boxes for the entry level market (although I had some other now standard credentials). It can be done. But it requires some “compensatory” steps and, in any case, it requires a good deal of advance planning.

Posted by: So&So | Sep 1, 2020 11:22:14 AM

anon y mouse: I would focus on publishing several papers in an area of interest, and perhaps getting some teaching experience, before worrying about playing the odds on particular areas of subject expertise in hiring. You need to "check the boxes" to meet the standard for hiring in general before you get to the specifics of "fit" for any one position.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 1, 2020 11:13:57 AM

Thank you anon. I have a draft in the works, but I have not yet actually published anything. So it sounds like tough odds.
What are some of the more difficult to fill positions? The bulk of my experience is in civil litigation on constitutional issues, most of it at the appellate level. But I also have a lot of experience with Admin Law and a couple other things.

Posted by: anon y mouse | Sep 1, 2020 9:27:22 AM

anon y mouse - For tenure track (but not legal writing*) positions, this is mostly based on your publication record and what sort of helpful niche you fill (re teaching needs and/or diversity). The good news for you is that your law school record isn't going to hurt you significantly if you have a strong publication record, especially if you also meet a difficult-to-fill law school need (again, re your specific teaching interests and/or diversity). The bad news is that your experience isn't going to significantly help you if you don't have a strong publication record, especially if you don't meet a difficult-to-fill niche.

*I don't know how this works for legal writing positions.

Posted by: anon | Aug 31, 2020 9:19:16 PM

Is there any data available on the qualifications of entry level hires? I was a B+ student in law school, and I was not on law review. I don't have any super duper awards.

However, I have been practicing for over 10 years and have had a number of interesting constitutional cases and appellate arguments. I'm interested in teaching the first year courses, especially Con Law, and also practical skills courses like legal research and writing and oral advocacy. But because I was not a stellar student and not on law review, would I even have a prayer of being hired?

Posted by: anon y mouse | Aug 31, 2020 8:00:28 PM

California Western School of Law Hiring in Criminal Law, Contracts and Legal Skills

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for two tenured or tenure-track positions to begin on or about August 1, 2021. We are looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and demonstrated potential to be productive scholars. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong desire to teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Contracts.

We are also seeking applications for a full-time Legal Skills Professor. The initial appointment is for two years, with possible re-appointment and long-term non-tenure-track status. Responsibilities include teaching two sections of Legal Skills I (objective analysis, writing, and research) in the fall and two sections of Legal Skills II (persuasive writing and oral advocacy) in the spring. Legal Skills Professors participate in the faculty governance of the law school.

We particularly welcome applications from individuals who would contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of our faculty.

Established in 1924, CWSL is an ABA accredited and AALS member, non-profit law school, and has the distinction of being San Diego’s oldest law school. At CWSL we pride ourselves on the diversity of our student body. This year, around 50% of our incoming students are from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to having a faculty that reflects our student body and our community. CWSL continues to rethink the status quo in legal education – balancing a rigorous practical education with cutting edge scholarship and community service. As a result, our graduates have a reputation for being uniquely practice-ready.

CWSL is located in downtown San Diego, literally overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A city of breathtaking beauty, we have perfect weather, miles of beaches, and nearby mountains. We are a family-friendly, diverse city with small city traffic and walkable neighborhoods.

Application materials should include a cover letter, C.V., research agenda, and a diversity statement that addresses how you will contribute to CWSL’s goal of creating a diverse faculty. Please direct application materials and questions to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Ken Klein, at [email protected]

Posted by: Erin Sheley | Aug 28, 2020 8:40:12 PM

Any interviews starting yet? In past years, this has been a great forum to share info!

Posted by: interviews | Aug 28, 2020 4:14:02 PM

UCI: Your link to your application doesn't work!

Posted by: sad_applicant | Aug 27, 2020 10:12:26 AM

The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for tenured/tenure-track faculty positions beginning July 1, 2021 in all subject areas, with particular interest in candidates who teach and write in constitutional law or criminal law.

UC Irvine School of Law is a visionary law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers and driven by professional excellence, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. UCI Law, founded just over ten years ago, is the newest public law school in California, ranked 12th in the nation for scholarly impact, and is highly regarded for its faculty and expert practical training. UCI Law offers a distinct, innovative approach to legal education that features experiential learning and interdisciplinary studies. Committed to values of public service, excellence in scholarship and teaching, and fostering a diverse, inclusive community, UCI Law is home to distinguished faculty and passionate, talented, and socially conscious students.

Applicants must hold a J.D. degree or equivalent, or a Ph.D. from an accredited institution and have demonstrated potential for outstanding teaching and scholarly achievements. Scholars from all areas of interest are encouraged to apply.

For more information about UCI Law, visit: www.law.uci.edu

Interested candidates should submit application materials using UC Irvine's online application system, AP Recruit: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06364

The University of California Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. UCI supports equity, diversity, and inclusion in faculty recruitment through the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Awards program: https://inclusion.uci.edu/chancellors-inclusive-excellence-awards/. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports worklife balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Committee: Alex Camacho & Sameer Ashar (co-chairs), Associate Dean Mehrsa Baradaran (ex officio), Kaaryn Gustafson, Stephen Lee, and Dean Song Richardson (ex officio)

Posted by: Sameer Ashar | Aug 24, 2020 1:24:55 AM

The University of South Carolina School of Law seeks to hire at least two entry-level or lateral faculty members. We have needs in business law, commercial law, professional responsibility, sales, and a criminal practice clinic; however, outstanding candidates from other areas will be considered and are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina School of Law is deeply committed to an inclusive community. We are particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty and welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, and others whose backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints would contribute to the diversity of our institution.

Candidates should have a juris doctorate or equivalent degree. Additionally, a successful applicant should have a record of excellence in academia or in practice, the potential to be an outstanding teacher, and demonstrable scholarly promise.

The University of South Carolina School of Law also invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position of Graduate Program Director. The Graduate Program Director is responsible for all aspects of the School of Law’s non-J.D. graduate programs, including program oversight, marketing and recruitment, admissions, student affairs and career services. The Graduate Program Director’s initial responsibilities will focus upon implementation of a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in Health Systems Law and a Health Care Compliance Certificate program. Candidates should have a juris doctorate or equivalent degree. Additionally, a successful applicant will have program development experience in instruction, admissions, student affairs, online course development, or related area in higher education; and experience supervising faculty and/or staff.

Interested persons should apply by clicking the link for the position for which you are interested and complete the application by selecting “Apply for this Job” at the top of the page.

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Criminal Practice Clinic)—FAC00071PO20—http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/85944

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Business Law, Commercial Law, Sales)—FAC00072PO20—http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/85860

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Professional Responsibility/Other)—FAC00073PO20—http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/85947

Professor of Practice (Graduate Program Director)—FAC00074PO20—http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/85862

Although a formal application is required in order to be considered, candidates are welcome to contact the hiring committee with any questions regarding the application process at [email protected]

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Committee Chair: Elizabeth Chambliss
Committee Members: Ann Eisenberg, Lisa Martin, Claire Raj, Wadie Said, Emily Winston, Marcia Zug
Please direct all expressions of interest to [email protected]

Posted by: Elizabeth Chambliss | Aug 21, 2020 11:07:08 AM


Posted by: a | Aug 20, 2020 4:49:12 PM


Posted by: a | Aug 20, 2020 4:49:11 PM

@a non You're talking about the placement bulletin (job postings) and not the FAR (registry of candidates). I would also like to see this comparison

Posted by: ron | Aug 20, 2020 1:47:34 PM

To clarify: I'm curious about how the number of positions advertised in the FAR compares, not how the number of applicants does.

Posted by: a non | Aug 20, 2020 1:03:40 PM

a non,

Well, a quick Google search revealed this: https://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2019/08/number-of-far-forms-in-first-distribution-over-time-2019.html

Posted by: AnonProf | Aug 20, 2020 11:38:03 AM

How does the number of entry-level positions listed in this year's FAR compare?

Posted by: a non | Aug 20, 2020 11:35:37 AM

Only 297 in distribution 1.

Posted by: anon | Aug 20, 2020 10:49:44 AM

How does the number of candidates compare to previous years?

Posted by: Anon | Aug 20, 2020 10:14:32 AM

FAR forms are in, bulletin is out. Market looks just as bad as everyone expected, but there are some good candidates out there! Good luck all.

Posted by: good luck | Aug 20, 2020 2:15:22 AM

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Our current hiring focus is a tenured, lateral candidate to be the inaugural Michael Paul Galvin Chair in Entrepreneurship & Applied Legal Technology. The full announcement is below.

Hiring Committee Chair: Greg Reilly
Hiring Committee Members: William Birdthistle, Sungjoon Cho, Steve Heyman, Ed Lee, Carolyn Shapiro

AUGUST 17, 2020

Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology is excited to announce its search for the inaugural Michael Paul Galvin Chair in Entrepreneurship & Applied Legal Technology. We seek a tenured scholar (at any rank) researching and teaching in the fields of (i) intellectual property (with a focus on innovation and/or the patent system), (ii) business law (with a focus on issues related to technology, start-ups, entrepreneurship, etc.), (iii) the legal regulation of emerging technologies, or (iv) applied legal technology. In addition to residing in the law school and teaching law school classes, the Galvin Chair will be affiliated with Illinois Tech’s Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. The Kaplan Institute teaches innovative and entrepreneurial students from across Illinois Tech how to convert their creative ideas into significant and viable businesses, services, and new solutions. The Galvin Chair is expected to engage in interdisciplinary research in furtherance of the Kaplan Institute’s mission and help facilitate law student involvement in the Kaplan Institute.

Required qualifications for the Galvin Chair include: (1) a JD or PhD with experience teaching law classes; (2) a record of scholarship, including in one or more of the fields identified above, appropriate for appointment as a tenured professor; and (3) experience and/or interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching in furtherance of the Kaplan Institute’s mission. Preferably, the successful Galvin Chair candidate will have administrative experience and experience/interest in integrating computational thinking into the law school curriculum.

Chicago-Kent is an equal opportunity employer. Since our founding as a law school serving Chicago’s immigrant and working-class communities, we have been committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and fostering the inclusion of underrepresented groups in the legal profession. We accepted women and students of color from our inception, graduating our first African-American woman in 1894. Today, we continue our dedication to providing opportunities for all, regardless of age, citizenship status, class, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

The Galvin Chair is named for Michael P. Galvin, a 1978 graduate of Chicago-Kent, chairman of the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees, and president of venture capital firm Galvin Enterprises, Inc. The Chair is endowed through the generous donation of Galvin and his wife Elizabeth as part of a 2019 landmark $150 million combined gift from prominent Illinois Tech leaders to help the university drive Chicago’s continued tech rise.

We welcome expressions of interest by qualified candidates, as well as nominations. Please send them, preferably with a current CV, to Hiring Committee Chair Greg Reilly at [email protected]

Posted by: Greg Reilly | Aug 17, 2020 5:23:10 PM

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law is looking to hire candidates for two entry-level, tenure-track positions. The committee chair is David Han, and the other committee members are Babette Boliek, Naomi Goodno, Barry McDonald, and Ahmed Taha.

We welcome candidates across all areas of law to apply, with some areas of particular interest including Criminal Law, Evidence, Tax, and Torts. Please direct inquiries to David Han at [email protected]

Posted by: David Han | Aug 13, 2020 8:02:33 PM

LEWIS & CLARK LAW SCHOOL invites applications from entry level candidates for two positions to begin in the 2021-22 academic year. We seek candidates who could teach constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and related courses. Lewis & Clark is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of our community. Information about Lewis & Clark Law School is available at https://law.lclark.edu/. Interested persons should send a resume or c.v., references, a writing sample, and an indication of specific teaching interests to Kerry Rowand, Executive Assistant, by email at [email protected], or by postal mail at Lewis & Clark Law School, 10101 S Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR 97219.
Chair: Tung Yin.

Posted by: Tung Yin | Aug 13, 2020 6:13:16 PM

Washington and Lee University School of Law is looking to hire a tenure-track clinical professor for a Civil Rights and Racial Justice Clinic. J.D. King is the chair of the committee, which also includes David Baluarte, Beth Belmont, Sarah Haan, and Brandon Hasbrouck. Candidates may apply and find a full position description at http://apply.interfolio.com/77932

Posted by: J.D. King | Aug 13, 2020 1:18:31 PM

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law invites applications for faculty positions at the rank of associate professor (tenure track) beginning academic year 2021-2022. Candidates should be aspiring entry-level law faculty or junior lateral candidates.

The hiring committee chair is Prof. RonNell Andersen Jones. Other committee members are Jorge Contreras, Matthew Tokson, Shima Baughman, Amelia Smith Rinehart, Alexander Skibine, and Robert Keiter.

Although all qualified candidates will be considered, the College of Law seeks candidates with teaching interests primarily in the areas of administrative law, business associations, civil procedure, commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, clinics/experiential learning, and federal courts, and secondarily in the areas of environmental law, property, and torts.

Candidates should submit an application to the University of Utah Human Resources website: https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/106394.

We anticipate hiring 1-2 faculty members this cycle.

Posted by: RonNell Andersen Jones | Aug 6, 2020 3:20:28 AM

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks entry-level and lateral candidates to join our dynamic intellectual community. We are deeply committed to a community of equity and inclusion, and are particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty. We hope to make multiple hires and are open to a variety of teaching and scholarly interests.

St. John’s Law School is located in New York City in the borough of Queens, one of the most diverse urban communities in the United States. St. John’s Law School is part of St. John’s University, a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan, and global institution with campuses in New York, Rome, and Paris that is committed to academic excellence and service to those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages. St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, disability, religion, age, status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status), marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or any other classification protected under federal, state, or local law.

We will consider candidates listed in the FAR, as well as those who apply directly. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, the names of three references, and teaching evaluations (if available), and should be sent in PDF format to Professor Anna Roberts, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, at [email protected]

(Other members of the committee are Renee Allen, Elaine Chiu, Kate Klonick, Jeremy Sheff, and Mike Simons.)

Posted by: Anna Roberts | Aug 5, 2020 8:34:57 PM

Notre Dame Law School is looking to hire one or more candidates at both the entry-level and lateral levels. We will consider candidates from a wide array of curricular areas. The corresponding vice-chair is Jeff Pojanowski ([email protected]). Other members of the committee are Roger Alford, Sam Bray, G. Marcus Cole, and Julian Velasco. If you are participating in the FAR process, please don't send voluminous email packets to the vice chair.

Posted by: Jeffrey Pojanowski | Aug 3, 2020 2:13:05 PM

Tulane University Law School is seeking either an entry-level or pre-tenure lateral candidate for a tenure-track position teaching criminal law.

Our hiring committee chair is Martin Davies, and the other members of the committee are Adam Feibelman, Stephen Griffin, Catherine Hancock, Ann Lipton, Sarudzayi Matambanadzo, and Sally Richardson.

We invite applicants to upload their materials to interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/77159. Alternatively, you may send packets to our hiring committee chair, Professor Martin Davies, at [email protected]

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose research and teaching interests include such topics as race and the law, critical race theory, and related criminal justice topics including social movements in criminal law (including Black Lives Matter), prisons and prison abolition, mass incarceration, and policing. The appointments committee especially invites applications from candidates who will enhance the diversity of the law faculty.

Posted by: Ann Lipton | Jul 31, 2020 3:22:30 PM

Tulane University Law School is seeking either an entry-level or pre-tenure lateral candidate for a tenure-track position teaching criminal law.

Our hiring committee chair is Martin Davies, and the other members of the committee are Adam Feibelman, Stephen Griffin, Catherine Hancock, Ann Lipton, Sarudzayi Matambanadzo, and Sally Richardson.

We invite applicants to upload their materials to interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/77159. Alternatively, you may send packets to our hiring committee chair, Professor Martin Davies, at [email protected]

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose research and teaching interests include such topics as race and the law, critical race theory, and related criminal justice topics including social movements in criminal law (including Black Lives Matter), prisons and prison abolition, mass incarceration, and policing. The appointments committee especially invites applications from candidates who will enhance the diversity of the law faculty.

Posted by: Ann Lipton | Jul 31, 2020 3:22:29 PM

Thanks very much for this query, Brian. Wayne State will be hiring up to three people for this coming year. Here is the ad we submitted to AALS:

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL is seeking to fill up to three tenure-track or tenured faculty positions. We encourage applications from candidates who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and whose scholarship engages with questions of social justice.

Although we welcome applications from candidates in all fields, we have particular interest in the following areas: (i) race and the law and/or critical race theory, (ii) tax or a combination of tax and business, and (iii) criminal law and criminal procedure.

One of the three positions we seek to fill is the Coleman A. Young Foundation Endowed Chair of Urban Affairs. This Chair will be held jointly in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Law School. The position provides a unique opportunity to promote high-impact activities and research on matters central to modern urban affairs. The holder of the chair will occupy a highly visible and influential position in the university, the metropolitan Detroit area and the broader community by playing a leadership role on issues of urban affairs in academia. The minimum qualifications for the Young Chair are: (a) an earned doctorate and/or a JD; (b) a substantial record of published work based either on research or reflections on practice; or (c) career experience in related government or foundation management, urban policy, health policy, social justice policy, or a related field; and (d) a record of direct involvement in public service achievement.

Wayne Law warmly welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who will contribute to the diversity of the faculty.

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and any other relevant materials to Professor Gregory Fox, Faculty Appointments Committee Chair, at [email protected]

Posted by: Greg Fox | Jul 31, 2020 2:07:58 PM


Thanks so much for posting. One question -- your full ad also says, "Secondarily, we are also interested in outstanding candidates in a variety of other areas." How does that work vis a vis the primary areas you've identified? Thanks again.

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 31, 2020 11:39:01 AM

University of Iowa

We're looking to hire one to two entry level or lateral candidates.

Adrien Wing is the Chair, and the other members are Stella Burch Elias, Emily Hughes, Robert Miller, and Chris Odinet.

Our hiring areas are: Constitutional Law; Criminal Law & Procedure; and Environmental Law & Natural Resources.
Candidates can apply via AALS or through [email protected], https://jobs.uiowa.edu (refer to Requisition #73983)

Posted by: Chris Odinet | Jul 31, 2020 11:07:34 AM

Penn State Law in University Park is conducting a search for tenured or tenure-track faculty in the 2020-2021 academic year. This is part of a multi-year strategic hiring plan and we will consider both entry level and lateral candidates. Lateral candidates may be at the assistant, associate, or full professor levels.

Our searches will consider candidates in all subject areas. Penn State Law particularly encourages applications from candidates who would add to the diversity of the law faculty.

Candidates must have a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, a distinguished academic record, and demonstrated potential to produce outstanding scholarship. Penn State Law will consider all entry level candidates in the AALS Faculty Appointments Register, as well as through application directly to Penn State Law. Candidates applying directly should submit a cover letter, C.V., and draft work-in-progress. Specific inquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Takis Tridimas, at [email protected] Please do not send any candidate materials to this email. All applicants must apply via Workday through the following link:

Penn State Law is located on Penn State’s University Park, Pennsylvania campus. For more information, please visit our website at https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Posted by: Panagiotis Tridimas | Jul 31, 2020 5:45:25 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for entry level or junior lateral candidates for one tenure-track position or a clinical professor of law or a podium visitors to begin as soon as practicable. The Law School seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. Candidates should have an excellent academic background, demonstrated potential to be a productive scholar, the commitment to become an engaged classroom teacher, and a commitment to Cultural Competence, understanding implicit bias, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging as these concepts relate to legal instruction. In addition candidates should be willing to serve as a mentor or role model for ethnically and racially diverse students. We welcome applications from candidates interested in all areas of law.

Oklahoma City University School of Law is located in downtown Oklahoma City and is deeply engaged in the legal, business, and governmental communities. Oklahoma City was named “America’s Most Livable Community” last year and is consistently ranked among the most affordable and prosperous cities, among the top cities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and among the best run large cities.

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity. The School of Law aspires to be a leader among our peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in the area of social justice and in responding to the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse population. In an effort to enrich our academic environment and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the Law School actively encourages applications from members of all ethnic and racial groups historically underrepresented in the teaching and practice of law. For the university’s complete nondiscrimination policy, please see https://www.okcu.edu/admin/hr/policies/general/nondiscrimination-policy-equity-resolution-process/nondiscrimination-policy/.

Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Applications should be submitted online at https://www.okcu.edu/admin/hr/careers/ . Please direct inquiries to Professor Danné L. Johnson, Oklahoma City University School of Law, 800 N. Harvey Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102, [email protected] 405-208-5861

Posted by: Danne L. Johnson | Jul 29, 2020 7:08:43 PM

As a candidate, I would really love to see this “widely circulated list.” Thank you, academic gatekeepers.

Posted by: Candidate | Jul 28, 2020 2:29:34 AM

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
We're looking to hire three entry level candidates or laterals for tenure track positions.
Steve Clowney is the Chair. The other member of the committee are Cyndi Nance, Sara Gosman, Jordan Woods, Beth Zilberman, and Alex Nunn.
We're hiring in three broad areas: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Business/Corporate.

Posted by: Steve Clowney | Jul 27, 2020 10:58:10 AM

Does anyone know of any schools that will definitely be having dean searches this year but might not have announced them just yet?

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 21, 2020 5:27:33 PM

No need to freak out -- Brian Leiter has more information --
People aren't participating in this post for whatever reason, but the committees are apparently being constituted. (Separate issue about the fact that there is a "widely circulated" list that isn't public--that's a service that AALS could be providing but isn't.)

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Jul 21, 2020 11:50:55 AM

So....are we allowed to start freaking out yet? In past years, we would have had several posts by now.

Posted by: Anon | Jul 21, 2020 11:39:47 AM

Don't spend too much time reading tea leaves. We should expect hiring committees' schedules to be heretic and the budget approval process from the schools/universities slower this year.

Posted by: Anon | Jul 13, 2020 10:49:21 PM

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?

Seriously though I suspect there will be very little hiring this year and most of it will be junior laterals (take a look at Leiter's post of lateral moves, there's been more and more junior lateral hires each year).

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 13, 2020 3:53:27 PM

Is there a sense from past years as to when the spreadsheet begins to get populated? Pre or post bulletin?

Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2020 3:45:53 PM

is anything coming? thanks !

Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2020 1:12:36 PM

The silence here is deafening.

Posted by: anon1 | Jul 13, 2020 12:44:45 PM

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