Law Professors and Consulting

A question for lawprofs out there: what role, if any, does consulting play in your life as a professor? My sense is that lawprofs have widely diverging experiences on this score, and I’d be interested in hearing about some of them.

Because of the whole tenure-thing, I’ve made very little time for consulting. Yet on a couple of occasions, I’ve helped out on litigation raising interesting issues in my area of expertise. And those experiences have, on the whole, been extremely positive, informing my understanding of these areas in important ways (and sometimes helping to pay the bills, to boot).

Yet this has largely been the result of happenstance, without any concrete plan. Do other folks approach this more systematically? What considerations go into deciding whether to consult? Do you view consulting as an integral part of your research agenda? Or more like a side-activity?

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2 Responses

  1. Kaimi says:

    It’s been a non-factor for me so far. I’m still waiting for someone willing to pay me ridiculous amounts of money for consulting. However, I’m mostly worrying about writing and class prep. Consulting will happen when it happens.

  2. I’ve done some consulting work. I’m picky in the cases I agree to consult on, as I will only agree to work on ones that are interesting and important. I value my time as an academic greatly, and although I enjoy consulting a little on the side, I view this more as a hobby. I deliberately try to avoid having consulting impinge upon my time for research and writing scholarship — which always comes first and foremost.