"The faculty is also a great resource in helping students define their career goals and find employment. My professors were instrumental in leading me to each of my summer positions."
—Tad MacFarlan, '11
Michigan Law graduates can be found in virtually every law school in the country, and many of our alumni teach at law schools overseas as well. Michigan is known nationally and internationally for being among the small handful of law schools producing the vast majority of law academics. Recent graduates have accepted positions at Chicago, Harvard, Northwestern, NYU, Stanford, University of California Davis, USC, and William & Mary, to name just a few. Our graduates are represented on the faculties of the very top law schools in the country.
If this career path is one that interests you, there are several factors you should consider. The OCP staff, in collaboration with law faculty, have written a guide (PDF) to seeking a job as a law teacher.
If you are a student or an alum planning or considering a career in legal academia, Michigan Law wants to help.
AALS Faculty Recruitment ConferenceMost Michigan Law graduates planning to enter the law teaching market in 2020 should register for the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference. (Graduates interested in clinical teaching or teaching legal writing may or may not want to attend the conference. Let's have a conversation about it, since each case is different.) The 2020 conference has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Please visit www.aals.org and click the "Faculty Jobs" link to obtain more information about the how AALS supports faculty recruitment.
In advance of the recruitment conference, AALS distributes the qualifications and teaching interests (called a "FAR" form) of each registered candidate to all AALS member schools. Although there are four deadlines for four different distributions, we strongly encourage any graduate who is serious about securing a teaching job to register by the first deadline. In our experience, candidates who miss the first deadline fare poorly on the market.
AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference Registration Deadlines and DistributionsThe 2020 AALS deadlines are as follows:
CV ReviewMichigan faculty members are happy to review and comment on your CV and FAR form to help you put your best foot forward when you enter the teaching market. Please submit your CV as soon as possible, and at least three weeks before the distribution #1 deadline listed above. You may send the CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "CV Review" in the subject line of your email.
Distribution of Michigan CV BookWe will bind all submitted Michigan CVs in a book and forward them to faculty hiring committees at law schools across the country. We strongly advise you to submit CVs and FAR forms by August 12, 2020.
FutureLawProfs Email GroupIf you're on the market or even just thinking about it, you can join our listserv by emailing us at email@example.com.
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