It is that time again! Time for appointments committees, FAR forms, and the AALS hiring conference! If you are going to be on the candidate end of those things this year, or (even better) going to be a candidate next year (or so), then you should definitely make an effort to attend the 2014 Aspiring Law Professors Conference at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
I am being completely honest in saying that this conference has to be the most useful eight hours that you will spend if you are interested in going into law teaching. Whether you are in practice trying to decide whether to wade into academic waters or a VAP or fellow poised to pounce on the hiring conference in October, this conference is well worth your time and plane ticket. (There is no registration fee.) I was honored to be a speaker last year and came away believing that I had never added so much value at any conference before.
What do you get if you go? You get a few presentations and panels, but you also get one-on-one attention in a mock interview and/or mock job talk. Now, I know that at a lot of fellowships/VAP programs, you get mock interviews and mock job talks, but not everyone has that opportunity. And, it's a different feeling when you are having those mock experiences with strangers -- appointments veterans and even deans of other law schools.
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