Born Digital Records from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Placement Bulletin files include advertisements for entry level and experienced. I am struck by how many schools are interested in some aspect of criminal law/ procedure and also in evidence. Health law is also in demand. Description and Holding Information. AALS, Placement Bulletin. An occasional publication of the American Association of Law Schools,, Wash., prep.& publ. by.

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The conference is typically held in October, though materials must be submitted to the AALS as early as August of the given hiring year. This short and informal guide is intended to outline the application process as well as to give more informal hints to applicants, particularly senior graduate legal studies students. The hiring process occurs over the course of an academic year.

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In other words, the hiring season—for which the AALS hiring conference will be held in October —contemplates that successful candidates will begin their tenure-track positions in the following academic year, or Fall Off-year hiring is possible, meaning that it is possible to negotiate starting in Summer for schools offering summer classesor to negotiate starting in Spring Registration for the hiring conference occurs in August, followed by interviews in Washington, D.

The FAR is an online database, into which candidates upload their biographical and professional data. The website for the FAR is available here: Fee waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

There are four separate deadlines for registration and payment, ranging from August 8 to January 23, In previous decades, the AALS compiled hard copies of candidate FAR forms and distributed them to the member schools as a collective volume of resumes.

Whether schools still request hard copies, over the past years, there has been an increasing tendency to use electronic copies of forms. Additionally, for most schools, hiring has become progressively more competitive, meaning schools attempt to conduct their searches very early in the calendar year. While certain schools continue their hiring well into the academic year note: VAP applications extend beyond timeline for tenure-track positionsand will consider FAR forms submitted through the last AALS distribution, a candidate is tactically better positioned to submit their form by August 8, There is no logistical benefit to submitting a form prior to August 8, given that the hiring database becomes available to schools only on August 16, and not earlier.

The four distribution dates in are:. The FAR website does not allow candidates to upload cover letters, or any supplementary application materials. Applicants are limited to an online form that is subsequently condensed to one 8. However, given the constraints on hiring committees, i. Hiring committees routinely perform their initial searches by doing keyword searches of relevant FAR fields. Thus, if a school is interested in interviewing for a Civil Procedure tenure-track line, and a school is only willing to consider an applicant with previous federal clerkship experience, a hiring committee can restrict their search to only those candidates who have indicated they have federal clerkship experience on the FAR form.

If an applicant omits this information from the FAR form, even if they have held a federal clerkship that is indicated on, say, their CV, their candidate profile will not register on the radar of the given search committee. Because of this, the FAR form is of critical importance. Moreover, of the relevant fields, the ones that have greatest significance are fields inquiring about course preference.

Rather, committees are charged with interviewing for particular teaching needs. In other words, a school may need someone to teach Business Organizations, or International Law, and the faculty will charge a committee with recruiting candidates who have similar interests. On a practical level, a committee then translates their charge into a FAR keyword search that seeks to identify candidates who have expressed an interest in teaching Business Organizations or International Law in fields The FAR registry will then generate a list of, say, candidates who have expressed an interest in teaching that particular course.

This is a very difficult decision, and results in some arbitrary choices both from the perspective of the candidate, and from the perspective of the hiring committee. Other tricky questions concern geographic preference. The American academic market is national, mobile, and presupposes that successful candidates are willing to relocate to the location of the given school.


Unless absolutely constrained by family or other considerations, it is recommended to leave geographic constraints open, so as to maximize chances of attaining a larger number of interviews. You can use this space to provide information about why you want to teach the suggested courses, to highlight a publishing record or agenda, or to provide more information and context about your application. Be prepared to explain why you have listed the courses you would want to teach and be willing to teach.

And very importantly, have someone else read your form before you post it. In terms of geographic preferences, limit yourself if you know for certain that you will not move beyond a particular area. On the other hand, there is a strong preference to situate oneself in a bustling intellectual community like New York or Boston.

At this stage you job is far more straightforward: Once the FAR forms are open for distribution on August 16, schools will begin contacting candidates to schedule interviews in D. Some schools begin this process immediately, some will continue all the way through October There is little consistency between schools, and between a particular school year after year.


The timing depends on the workload, hiring needs, and timing of the given committee. Remember, at this point, the academic year has just started, committee members are juggling teaching, scholarly conferences, publications, and perhaps multiple faculty hiring lines.

Remember, too, that you are just one name, one 8. This can occur at three points: With respect to number 2it is best to wait until after your D. I know of one person who received an AALS interview based on a response to a Placement Bulletin post, so it cannot hurt. Admittedly, this was pretty lucky but I felt I had nothing to lose in targeting a number of schools that I knew were hiring in my area and that I was specifically interested in.

If you intend to contact people at target schools, you should be aware that there may be other factors that impact their reactions to you. There are three important points regarding visiting assistant professor positions and the AALS meat market. Therefore, it is non-uncommon to hear people say that a VAP is now a prerequisite for a tenure track job. While this is technically not true, statistics suggest that teaching experience is increasingly an important hiring consideration for schools.

However, experience shows that if a school is interested in a candidate, but there may not be a precise curricular fit between a candidate and school, a school may opt to offer a candidate a one or two year visiting position. Aside from the August 8 deadline to submit the FAR form and payment, and the October faculty recruitment conference dates, every school has a different schedule for call-backs, offers, and for sending out rejection notices.

In addition to the FAR, some candidates have found it useful to provide additional materials to prospective employers. These would be timed between the first and second AALS dispersal.

At this point, we can skip forward to D. Although particular group dynamics will vary, one thing should be very clear: Given that you made it to the interview, baseline competence or brilliance, depending on your self-image is assumed. The committee basically wants to know whether you will fit neatly into their conception of a colleague, and whether you are interested in teaching courses that they need taught at their American law school.

For most candidates with an international law background, an ideal course package will mean international law podium classes public international law, international business transactionsplus some combination of seminars on specialized fields. This means being able to convey to the hiring committee that you are not just qualified to teach those courses, but that you are generally interested in doing so for a period of five to ten years, if not for the rest of your academic career.

Chances are you have a primary and secondary law degree, possibly an LL. You have published, and have some legal practice experience. However, to the faculty hiring committee members, your LL. The biggest mistake that non-US candidates can make at this point is to think that they are in a somehow different boat than a traditional American candidate. The committee is just as concerned about the candidate with the JD from Chicago, a federal clerkship, and three years of BigLaw experience defending Giant MNCs from employment discrimination claims.


In some ways, you may be more qualified to teach the American first year property course, and may actually have an interest in doing so, but you must be able to communicate that effectively to the committee.

That way, at the D. Please note, by saying that you want your teaching to influence your scholarship, you are in no way obligating yourself to change your actual research agenda. Nor do you have to make this connection necessarily there is some disagreement concerning this. But this is meant to simply illustrate one way of connecting an international law-type research agenda with a straightforward American doctrinal first year course.

You two are in absolutely identical shoes in this respect. All of the above, of course, assumes that you have an interest in some American subjects. In that case substitute Torts or Immigration for Property, or whatever it is. It is a great equalizer in the sense that, at the end of the day, it is just you and a blackboard, and you have to convince your future colleagues that you are: It is also a great opportunity to distinguish yourself, because by this point, you are one of about three or four candidates, versus twenty to thirty in D.

There is a lot written on the mechanics of a job talk, and on successful strategies, for instance here. Across the board, the best thing a candidate can do is practice! This is important because it will expose many of the potentially tricky substantive questions you are likely to encounter from an unfamiliar audience, as well as give you confidence to know that stylistically, your presentation will be well-paced and well-received.

You should also think carefully about Powerpoint use and its costs and benefits. Very often we see a bunch of talks where the slides are nothing more than just thoughts from the talk. People tend to tune out and look at the slides so be careful how you use them. In the talk itself, be very clear what your project is and how it adds to the literature.

You will also have a series of office interviews with two or three people in a number of faculty offices. Do not ask about research support, tenure policies, or anything salary related as this will most likely be the kiss of death.

Do not suck up to the senior colleagues while ignoring the junior colleagues. Junior faculty members have the same voting power as tenured faculty and they will notice your lack of respect and vote you down. If you get asked a question that you are uncomfortable with, be graceful but not evasive. Try to stay even-keeled through the office interviews, positive and comfortable but not cocky or overeager. The IGLP network has proven to be very useful for bouncing around job talk ideas, getting a vetting, or just for having frank conversations about your ostensibly duplicitous role as a candidate navigating the other AALS — Autopoietic Academy of Lost Souls — when really, your actual purpose may be a still other form of AALS — to Awaken, Agitate, Liberate, Serve.

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The people below have all navigated either the VAP, entry-level, or lateral job market some all three and have agreed to share their personal contact information to members of the IGLP network, broadly defined. We all placemennt folders of previous cover letters, research agendas, email templates, CVs, FAR-forms, etc.

The spreadsheet is compiled by volunteers who sort dozens of anonymous submissions by candidates. Join our Mailing List. The Distribution Nulletin previous decades, the AALS compiled hard copies of candidate FAR forms and distributed them to the member schools as a collective volume of resumes.

The four distribution dates in are: There are wide ranging thoughts on this: