Bainbridge on Law Professor Well-Being
‘Tis the season for discussions of happiness. Steve Bainbridge has joined the fray with Are Law Professors Unhappy? And, if so, Why? Check it out. He answers his titular question as follows: (1) no; and (2) “In sum, there may be miserable law professors, but I suspect it’s more likely because they’re miserable people than that they have a miserable job.”
Fun thought. When you put discussions of law professor happiness together with Jeremy’s recent post here, I think you could come up with a chart of some sort, where there is an optimal level of happiness resulting in maximized scholarly output. Really miserable professors, like me, right now, grading exam #120 out of #150, don’t write. Really happy professors also don’t write, but they feel good about it. What lateral hiring committees should be looking for is a baseline level of happiness mixed with tinge of anxiety and status-based competition.