May 11, 2009
So you want to be a law professor ...
Posted by Gordon Smith

Five years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts entitled "So you want to be a law professor ..." You will have to trust me on this, but it was a fairly novel idea at the time. Since then, of course, every new lawprof blogger has had the same idea.

Anyway, after talking to a student today about a teaching career, I realized how hard it had become to find my posts because they were buried in archives. If you are interested in reading them, have a ball:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

I read through the posts again quickly and noticed that some of the links are broken. Sorry about that.

Otherwise, it seems like pretty solid advice. If I would change anything, it would be to emphasize research skills and research agenda even more than I did then. Every credible candidate nowadays has publications, but do you have the potential to say something important and interesting? That's what I want to know, and I draw my conclusions based primarily on what you have already written. If you tell me that you have a world-beating research agenda, I should be able to see at least some glimmer of it in your published writing.

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