This weekend Arizona State's law school hosted a conference for aspiring law professors, which featured Prawfsblawg's Paul Horwitz, along with 15 other law faculty, mostly from ASU and Arizona. One topic which I've been told came up quite a bit in the discussions is how to handle the potential awkwardness of questions regarding the crisis in legal education.
Should a candidate doing screening interviews at the annual DC hiring conference raise the issue in that context, or even allude to it? This is a tough issue, pragmatically speaking, given that there's a pretty compelling argument that half the schools at the conference ought to be closing their doors rather than hiring yet more faculty.
Take a look at this spreadsheet, which gives a very fragmentary glimpse into what various hiring committees are looking to do this year. Chapman -- a massively overpriced law school with horrible placement statistics located in the middle of the most saturated legal market in the country -- is looking to hire three more professors. Suffolk is looking for a few good men (or women). Hofstra wants to fill two or three junior slots. And so forth.
It would be interesting to know what advice aspiring legal academics were given on this obviously touchy subject, especially since, law faculties being what they are, it's likely that many hiring committees include some people who remain in partial to complete denial on the subject (It's arguable that some level of denial regarding the future of legal education would almost be a prerequisite for being on most law school hiring committees at this point).
Anyway perhaps someone who was there can help shed light on this topic.
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