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November 17, 2006

How does innovation impact law school hiring?

The law school faculty hiring season is now in full swing, and that has me thinking about how innovation impacts law school hiring processes and decisions.  As a faculty member who is usually just on the periphery of most hiring decisions, I tend to view a faculty candidate more favorably if he or she has a track record of (or at least an interest in) law school innovation.  But I am probably not representative of most faculty members, and debates over particular candidates typically focus on "scholarly potential" and rarely on "innovation potential."

Moreover, I suspect and fear that faculty candidates who appear a bit too innovative may actually hurt their prospects in the law school hiring market.  Despite the fact that most law faculties tend to be politically liberal, many faculty members can be quite reactionary when new persons champion ways to shake up the prevailing law school universe.

Posted by DAB.

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