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Monday, March 01, 2021

Entry Level Hiring: The 2021 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 that will be aggregated.

The spreadsheet includes some information that I pulled from public sources, such as Twitter or law school websites. When that is the case, I've included the relevant link (in a column to the right--just scroll the spreadsheet over). If I have included your information from a public source and you would like me to correct or update it, please just let me know.

You can either leave information in the comments or email it to me. You cannot edit the spreadsheet yourself.

If you leave information in the comments, 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 sarah *dot* lawsky *at* law *dot* northwestern *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.

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.


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.)

Other links:

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

2020 initial post, 2020 spreadsheet, 2020 report (with graphs)

2019 initial post, 2019 spreadsheet, 2019 report (with graphs).

2018 initial post, 2018 spreadsheet, 2018 report (with graphs).

2017 initial post, 2017 spreadsheet, 2017 report (with graphs).

2016 initial post, 2016 spreadsheet, 2016 report (with graphs). 

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.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on March 1, 2021 at 10:18 AM in Entry Level Hiring Report | Permalink


Thank you for all the Twitter sleuthing! I really appreciate it. Here's what I could figure out - if this doesn't seem right please let me know! (Posting in comments works, or also feel free to email me directly.)

Decosimo - lateral hire in same position, from position without tenure to position with tenure; not entry-level
Nelson - on spreadsheet
Stepnitz - not hired in law school
Hill - on last year's spreadsheet; he was hired last summer and started early
Berrera - appears to be EJW fellowship and not permanent hire

Thank you again--this is really helpful--and if I'm incorrect about any of the above definitely happy to make changes.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | May 12, 2021 7:40:58 AM

Harmony Decosimo, Pace, TT legal writing https://twitter.com/haublawatpace/status/1321801558040956930?s=21

Posted by: Pace Hire | May 11, 2021 11:13:10 PM

Ryan Nelson, South Texas College of Law, https://twitter.com/cardozolaw/status/1368940387755307012?s=21

Posted by: South Texas | May 11, 2021 9:31:23 PM

Abigail Stepnitz, Drake https://twitter.com/abigailstepnitz/status/1349130945371148289?s=21

Posted by: Drake | May 11, 2021 9:28:35 PM

Sean Hill, OSU, https://twitter.com/chris_j_walker/status/1383131173963108355?s=21

Laura Berrera, OSU, non TT clinical, https://twitter.com/chris_j_walker/status/1383131177016553484?s=21

Posted by: OSU News | May 11, 2021 9:24:21 PM

Nadia Bankteka at McGeorge


Posted by: anon | Apr 12, 2021 4:08:58 PM

Shirley Lin hired at Pace

Posted by: jbf | Mar 18, 2021 5:52:10 PM

Whiteness rankings for law schools have come out. See link below. Perhaps law school hiring will change if schools use these rankings to actively drive down the whiteness at their law schools. This could be as important to some as US News rankings...


Posted by: whiteness rankings | Mar 12, 2021 3:35:29 PM

The lesson here seems to be that trends from previous years are only worsening. Candidates must have 1-2 additional degrees, 1-2 fellowships, and ideally also a clerkship to get hired as an *entry-level* assistant professor. This spreadsheet doesn’t even track publications, of which some of these candidates already have multiple.

Posted by: Qualifications | Mar 10, 2021 12:07:05 PM

@andanon | Mar 4, 2021 4:01:47 PM - Penn State-Dickinson. I've updated the spreadsheet. Thank you!

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Mar 4, 2021 5:09:11 PM

The Penn State hire: Is that Penn State-University Park or Penn State-Dickinson?

Posted by: andanon | Mar 4, 2021 4:01:47 PM

Hillel Nadler, Wayne Law, Chicago '14
Senior Research Fellow, Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard
7th Circuit
Tenure track

Posted by: Jon Weinberg | Mar 3, 2021 5:00:04 PM

Basic Information: Nate Atkinson; Wisconsin; Stanford; 2018
Other Degrees: PhD; Stanford Graduate School of Business; Business
Fellowship: ETH Zurich; Postdoctoral Scholar of Law, Business and Economics
Areas of Specialty: Business Organizations; Contracts
Type of Position: Tenure Track

Posted by: Susannah Tahk | Mar 1, 2021 5:47:34 PM

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