Spring 2015 Careers in Law Teaching Lunch Workshops
Wednesday, January 28, 12:10 in JG 502: "There Are Many Paths Into Law Teaching—How Might You Start Blazing One?"
Speakers: Vincent Blasi & Peter Strauss
This introductory session is intended to introduce Columbia Law students to the ins and outs, ups and downs, and whys and wherefores of an academic career. It is the first of a series of weekly lunch workshops held throughout the semester on the subject of academic careers. This session will provide a brief overview of the mechanics of going on the market as well as a discussion of what teaching is like, why we do it, and why you might want to consider it too.
Wednesday, February 4, 12:10 in JG 502: "What I Wished I Had Known or Thought Harder About While in Law School"
Speakers: Robert Jackson & David Pozen
Two members of our faculty will lead an informal discussion of steps aspiring professors should take while in law school, with some emphasis on how to find mentors and create fond lingering memories of your work here.
Wednesday, February 11, 12:10 in JG 102A: "Diverse CLS Graduates Discuss Their Journey Toward Becoming Full Time Faculty"
Speakers: Lynnise Pantin, Russell Robinson, Rachelle Holmes Perkins & Bennett Capers
Come and listen to a panel of diverse CLS Alumni discuss their journey and experiences in becoming full time faculty at various law schools.
Wednesday, February 18, 12:10 in JG 546: "Developing Your Research Agenda--Generating Paper Ideas and Then Following Through"
Speakers: Bernard Harcourt, Solangel Maldonado & Pamela Bookman
Full-time teachers are generally classed as academic/research-centered or clinical/practice-centered. Long ago, law schools filled entry-level academic positions based on credentials such as law school grades, journal experience, and other badges of accomplishment. Although formal credentials remain important, in recent years appointments committees have sought candidates with a scholarly track record that shows promise of blossoming into a full-scale set of research projects. If and when you try to obtain an academic position, you will be expected to have a scholarly agenda, i.e., a set of themes or topics that connects your initial and future projects in a way that will, if all goes according to plan, establish you as a legal scholar with a distinctive voice and something to say. (Aspiring clinicians might face this as well.) This session will focus on how to develop a scholarly agenda—or at least how to think about having one—while you are here.
Wednesday, February 25, 12:10 in JG 546: "Finding Your Way Into Clinical Law Teaching"
Speakers: Barbara Schatz & Elora Mukherjee
The discussion will focus on the ways one might prepare for a career in clinical teaching and how this is similar to and different from other types of teaching careers. We will also talk about the various types of clinical teaching positions that are available.
Wednesday, March 4, 12:10 in JG 546: "The Years Between--from Private Practice to Teaching"
Speakers: Kathryn Judge & Alex Raskolnikov
Join professors who have made the transition from private practice to law teaching for a discussion of questions such as these: How does practice differ from teaching? Why might one prefer to teach? What steps should one think about and begin to take to get ready to go on the teaching market while still in practice? How does one plan a scholarly agenda from the trenches of practice? You might wish to teach your specialty; what if you’d rather move to a different subject?
Wednesday, March 11, 12:10 in JG 546: "The Years Between--from Government Practice to Teaching"
Speakers: Richard Briffault & Daniel Richman
Members of the panel will discuss their work in government and the prospects and process for moving from there to careers in the legal academy (and back).
Wednesday, March 25, 12:10 in JGH 546: "The Years Between--from Public Interest Practice to Teaching"
Learn from people who have made the transition from public interest law to law teaching for a discussion of questions such as these: How does this form of practice differ from teaching? Why might one prefer to teach? What steps should one think about and begin to take to get ready to go on the teaching market while still in practice? Can/should you build a scholarly agenda on the work you have been doing in the trenches? How can you (do you want to) build connections from that work to curricular needs?
Wednesday, April 1, 12:10 in JGH 546: "Years Before or Between--Making Use of Having Studied Law Abroad in the American Teaching Market"
In an increasingly global world, training in a foreign legal system, either initially or subsequent to earning an American degree, can be an asset on the American teaching market – but it also presents challenges among colleagues and in the classroom. If you are an American, should you seek out foreign training? How and where? If you were trained abroad, what difficulties might you face? How can you best position yourself for an American teaching career?
Wednesday, April 8, 12:10 in JGH 546: "Law School Work in Other Than a Full-Time Faculty Position"
Want to teach at law school while practicing law? Want to teach outside of the formal classroom or pursue the path of librarianship? Come hear from members of the Columbia Law School community who have taken creative paths to law school teaching.
Wednesday, April 15, 12:10 in JGH 546: "Possible Intermediate Steps to the Transition: VAPs, Legal Writing Programs, Fellowships and Publishing"
Speakers: Philip Genty & Ilene Strauss
Practicing law can be helpful in many ways for entering the legal academy, but it can be difficult to publish while practicing. How can fellowships, positions like the Columbia Associates program, or the increasingly common temporary positions often labeled as Visiting Assistant Professorships help you transition into academia? Come learn about these things and more.
Wednesday, April 22, 12:10 in JGH 546: "Getting on the Market--What You Do When You Are Ready to Teach, and Some Thoughts About When to do It and the Market’s Variations"
The title says it all. This final session will speak to the mechanics of the teaching market as you will encounter it, and from the perspective of the faculties considering your application (alongside many others). Are there keys to likely success?