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November 22, 2006

One Year Teaching Positions at Law Schools

Link: TaxProf Blog: Teaching Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors. Paul Caron has very helpfully collected a list of one or two year fellowships, which offer important transitions to the legal academy. The schools he's identified are listed below. For law schools, these short-term positions offer a useful means to fill teaching slots. For aspiring professors, these positions offer an opportunity to learn how to teach and to begin writing.
For practitioners and others contemplating joining the law professor ranks, many law schools offer wonderful opportunities to transition into the legal academy with one- or two-year fellowships which allow you to enter the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference (the "meat market") armed with teaching experience and published scholarship under your belt: Alabama Chicago Chicago-Kent Columbia Connecticut Duke Florida Fordham George Washington Georgetown Harvard Iowa New York University Northwestern Stanford Temple Texas UCLA Wisconsin Yale:
Anupam Chander

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These fellowships sound great, but they also sound like they are extending the tenure timeline for professorial entrants. Leaving aside the no-doubt beneficial aspects of the fellowships, would an economist conclude that they effectively make entry longer, more costly, and more laborious? If they become the norm, would the path to tenure be extended or shortened? I am suspicious (paranoid?) when guilds impose new stages of professional development.

Posted by: Nottaprof | Nov 22, 2006 11:39:44 AM

Alternatively, they may be allowing entrants to enter earlier than they would. In other words, if fellowships hire candidates sooner than they would be hired in the market (because they didn't have a couple of pieces under their belt etc), then there may even be a positive effect on time to tenure. Moreover, since some candidates can't write while in practice, the fellowships may broaden access by giving time and support for scholarship. Of course, this latter point may be a mark against fellowships since one proxy for productivity used to be the ability to write under the extreme time pressure of a practice environment.

Posted by: Anon | Nov 22, 2006 3:39:22 PM

Are any of these short term positions available for attorney's with 30 years practice experience ?

Posted by: A. Jane Fulton | Oct 9, 2008 9:22:17 PM

I am a 40 year+ highly experienced criminal defense attorney with the Criminal Practice of New York's Legal Aid Society. I have been teaching young lawyers how to try criminal cases for 20 years. I will be retiring in the near future, and am looking
for a part time or adjunct position in the NY metropolitan area.

Posted by: Alan L. Peck | Apr 25, 2011 12:16:43 PM

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