A break from Bear Stearns - though can you believe that a firm with a sweet skyscraper in Manhattan, if nothing else, would go for $270 million? Skyscrapers in that town cost a billion! - to point you to Paul Secunda's how to lateral essay. He's put it in 10 easy steps. Given the reception for Jeff Lipshaw's should I be a law professor piece, I think Paul should probably title the paper "How to Win Downloads and Influence People."
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1. Posted by Gordon Smith on March 17, 2008 @ 10:50 | Permalink
Way back when, I blogged about the hiring process for law professors. It felt like a tired subject at the time -- I was far from the first to write about the process -- but I was chairing Wisconsin's appointment's committee, and I thought an insider's view in real time would be sort of cool. That series of posts attracted a whole bunch of links from other blogs.
Since then, a gazillion people have done similar things from all angles, and each time it happens, people link to the new series. In light of Jeff's success, I am wondering whether we all missed the boat by not writing essays and posting them on SSRN.
2. Posted by David Zaring on March 17, 2008 @ 11:15 | Permalink
I loved your entry level hiring posts back when I was on the market! And I am readying my review essay on essays born from blog posts about the hiring market as we speak.
3. Posted by Scott Mos on March 18, 2008 @ 14:50 | Permalink
If we're after SSRN downloads, we're all missing the boat in appealing only to profs; stay tuned for my upcoming piece, "how to get an A in law school classes without studying at all."