If At First You Don’t Succeed

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3 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Being realistic in your “brutally honest” paragraph, shouldn’t your ANDs all be ORs?

  2. Michael D. Cicchini says:

    This is refreshingly honest, and accurate. I graduated first in my class, subsequently published three times in good journals (e.g., Seton Hall L. Rev.), and have an outstanding trial record as a practitioner. Despite this, I was unable to land a single interview in the so called “meat market” process.

    The problem is that while academics are very open to diversity when it comes to gender, race, etc. – as they should be – they’re very narrow minded when it comes to diversity of backgrounds and experiences. If a candidate differs in any way from the mold they’re comfortable with, e.g., didn’t go to a top school, OR didn’t do a clerkship, OR has “too much” work experience, etc., the candidate is out of luck.

    Professor Ferzan and Jason are right: you need to know when to abandon the search and move on to something else. If you don’t fall into the exact mold that search committess are looking for, your chances for interviews will be few.

  3. David W. Case says:

    Graduates of mid-tier law schools may have to be extremely creative in positioning themselves to have the best chance of success in such an extremely competitive job market. I wrote an essay from that perspective about my experiences with the teaching market (which included 3 trips to the FRC on the candidate side) that some may find useful — “The Pedagogical Don Quixote De La Mississippi” — which can be found at 33 U. Memphis L. Rev. 529 (2003).