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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Law faculty life

Two items on law teaching:

1) Orin Kerr posts a Twitter poll (with all the usual caveats) asking about school culture: Spend time at school; teach-and-go-home; somewhere in the middle. Only about 30 % of respondents answered, with teach-and-go-home narrowly edging middle and both doubling up spend time at school. I am a bit surprised that the teach-and-go folks were honest and did not choose middle to try to sound better. There likely is a gap--real or perceived--between what an individual faculty member would say about herself and what she says about the school's culture (the question asked). I think it is easy for an individual to make herself sound better than the general culture. Orin speculates that the move from presence began with the internet and never returned after COVID and that it varies in urban and non-urban schools.

2) As recruitment-and-hiring season nears, I saw a discussion somewhere about how soon after callbacks schools do or should notify those people who will not be hired. People believe schools have at least a courtesy obligation to notify rejected candidates relatively soon after the callback. I see the point, especially for people trying to figure out whether to accept an offer from another school or what their next steps will be. But it is worth noting that different universities, especially public, operate under different rules. Some universities have rules that a candidate is not rejected until the search closes and the search does not close until the job is filled. So while it might be courteous for schools to notify failed candidates soon after it is obvious they will not be hired, it is not always possible.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on June 30, 2024 at 09:31 AM in Howard Wasserman, Life of Law Schools, Teaching Law | Permalink


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