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Monday, August 21, 2023

Number of FAR Forms in First Distribution Over Time - 2023

The first distribution of the FAR AALS forms came out this week. Here are the number of FAR forms in the first distribution for each year since 2009.


2009: 637; 2010: 662; 2011: 592; 2012: 588; 2013: 592; 2014: 492; 2015: 410; 2016: 382; 2017: 403; 2018: 344; 2019: 334; 2020: 297; 2021: 328; 2022: 272; 2023: 348.

(All information obtained from various blog posts, blog comments, Tweets, and Facebook postings over the years and not independently verified. If you have more accurate information, please post it in the comments and I will update accordingly.)

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on August 21, 2023 at 12:48 PM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


I'd love to see the # of FAR applicants graphed against the number of LSAT takers and/or # of law school applicants.

Posted by: Adam Levitin | Aug 26, 2023 9:09:12 PM

SecondAspirant | Aug 25, 2023 4:39:47 PM, yes, I will put up a post on Monday where people can report hearing from schools. Here is a link to last year's post so you can see what it will look like:


This year's post will go up first thing Monday morning.

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Aug 25, 2023 6:54:28 PM

Is there a place on the internet, maybe in the nooks or crannies, where people report hearing from schools? There's no law entry on the Academic Jobs Wiki.

Posted by: SecondAspirant | Aug 25, 2023 4:39:47 PM

Very useful data. Thank you for posting it. Applicants should not be discouraged by the slight increase in FAR applications per se. Not all candidates/applicants are vying for the same position. I wonder whether there is more granular data as to the number of applicants for each doctrinal area for which there are advertisements. On the other hand, the number of total applicants, and applicants per doctrinal area is higher than the FAR numbers would suggest, as many law schools accept non-FAR applications.

Posted by: lawnerd | Aug 25, 2023 11:36:53 AM

Re AspiringLawProfessor:

I suspect that the advantage of the extra time (and possibly credential) of your fellowship will significantly outweigh these sorts of relatively slight variations in overall #s.

Posted by: a non | Aug 23, 2023 11:36:55 AM

Sometimes I want to kick myself for having not just taken a chance and applied to TT positions last cycle. Instead, I applied to fellowships, and while I successfully got one, I still worry about what next cycle might look like...

Posted by: AspiringLawProfessor | Aug 23, 2023 9:34:20 AM

And according to Wayne Unger's tweet (partially based on Prof Lawsky's separate post on hiring committees), this cycle there are "253 doctrinal TT lines open + at least 44 clinical + at least 23 LRW." This is a lower number of openings than last year. So, more FAR candidates this year and fewer slots this year should mean better odds for hiring committees, worse for candidates.

Posted by: JBF | Aug 21, 2023 5:15:02 PM

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