Developing Your Research Agenda: Generating Paper Ideas and Then Following Through.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 12:10 PM EST
-- 01:10 PM EST
Speakers: Vincent Blasi and Elizabeth Emens
Full-time teachers are generally classed as “academic,” research-centered, or “clinical,” practice-centered. Long ago, law schools filled entry-level academic positions based on credentials such as law school grades, journal experience, and other badges of accomplishment. Although formal credentials remain important, in recent years appointments committees have increasingly sought candidates with a scholarly track record that shows promise of blossoming into a full-scale set of research projects. If and when you try to obtain an academic position, you will be expected to have a "scholarly agenda," i.e., a set of themes or topics that connects your initial and future projects in a way that will, if all goes according to plan, establish you as a legal scholar with a distinctive voice and something to say. (Aspiring clinicians might face this as well.) This session will focus on how you develop a scholarly agenda -- or at least how to think about having one -- while you are here, and before you have had a sustained opportunity to work as a legal scholar.