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Wednesday, January 23, 12:10 in Room **JGH 103**: "There Are Many Paths Into Law Teaching, and How Might You Start Blazing One?" Speakers: Alexandra Carter, Sarah Cleveland and Peter Strauss. This introductory session is intended to introduce Columbia students to the ins and outs, ups and downs, and whys and wherefores of an academic career. It is the first of a series of weekly lunch workshops held throughout the semester on the subject of academic careers. This session will provide a brief overview of the mechanics of going on the market as well as a discussion of what teaching is like, why we do it, and why you might want to consider it too.
Wednesday, January 30, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "What I Wished I Had Known or Thought Harder About Before I Went on the Market." Speakers: Melissa Durkee (a current Associate who has just landed a tenure-track position on the faculty of the University of Washington Law School), Robert Jackson (Associate Professor of Law and Milton Handler Fellow; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center), and David Pozen (one of our own junior faculty members). They will lead an informal discussion of steps aspiring professors should take while in law school and after, with some discussion, too, of what can be an exhausting application process.
Wednesday, February 6, 12:10 in Room **JGH 546**: "Developing Your Research Agenda – Generating Paper Ideas and Then Following Through." Speakers: Vincent Blasi and Trevor Morrison. 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 -- before you have had a sustained opportunity to work as a legal scholar.
Wednesday, February 13 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "Finding Your Way Into Clinical Law Teaching." Speakers: Brett Dignam, Philip Genty and Barbara Schatz. The discussion will focus on the ways one might prepare for a career in clinical teaching and how this is similar to and different from other types of teaching careers. We will also talk about the various types of clinical teaching positions that are available.
Wednesday, February 20 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "Teaching at Law Schools Other Than Full-time Faculty Position." Speakers: Ellen Chapnick, Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Jim Tierney and Edward Greene. Want to teach at law school while practicing law? Don't want to write law review articles? Want to teach outside of the formal classroom? Then come hear from Columbia Law School adjunct faculty and deans who have taken creative paths to law school teaching. .
Wednesday, February 27, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "Another Alternative Academic Career: Exploring Law Librarianship." Speakers: Kent McKeever, Jennifer Wertkin and Jody Armstrong. Do you enjoy legal research, teaching students, and working with faculty? Come learn how law librarianship can be a fulfilling and challenging career. Law librarians who enter the profession come from a wide variety of law-related backgrounds. Join the speakers in a discussion about what librarianship entails and its benefits as a career option.
Wednesday, March 6, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "The Years Between – Clerkships and Ph.Ds.". Speakers: Ariela Dubler, Bert Huang, and Kevin Arlyck. Are clerkships the ticket to a teaching job? Can getting a PhD before, during, or after Law School help? Other graduate degrees? Come learn about these things and more.
Wednesday, March 13, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "Years Before or Between – Making Use of Having Studied Law Abroad in the American Teaching Market." Speakers: Margit Cohn and Katherina Pistor. In an increasingly global world, training in a foreign legal system, either initially or subsequent to earning an American degree, can be an asset on the American teaching market – but it also presents challenges, among colleagues and in the classroom. If you are an American, should you seek out foreign training? How and where? If you were trained abroad, what difficulties might you face? How can you best position yourself for an American teaching career?
**Wednesday, March 20th, SPRING BREAK, no workshop**
Wednesday, March 27, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "The Years Between – from Private Practice to Teaching." Speaker: Alex Raskolnikov. Learn from professors who have made the transition from private practice to law teaching for a discussion of questions such as these: How does practice differ from teaching? Why might one prefer to teach? What steps should one think about and begin to take to get ready to go on the teaching market while still in practice? How does one plan a scholarly agenda from the trenches of practice? You might wish to teach your specialty; what if you’d rather move to a different subject?
Wednesday, April 3, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "The Years Between – from Government Practice to Teaching." Speakers: Richard Briffault and Jessica Bulman-Pozen. Members of the panel will discuss their work in government and the prospects and process for moving from there to careers in the legal academy (and back).
Wednesday, April 10 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "The Years Between – from Public Interest Practice to Teaching." Speakers: Olati Johnson and James Liebman. Learn from people who have made the transition from public interest law to law teaching for a discussion of questions such as these: How does this form of practice differ from teaching? Why might one prefer to teach? What steps should one think about and begin to take to get ready to go on the teaching market while still in practice? Can/should you build a scholarly agenda on the work you have been doing the trenches? How can you (do you want to) build connections from that work to curricular needs?
Wednesday, April 17, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "Possible Intermediate Steps to the Transition: VAPs, Legal Writing Programs, Fellowships and Publishing." Speakers: Kate Andrias, Rebecca Ingber and James Nelson. All teaching candidates who have used Columbia programs providing time here to prepare for entering the market. Practicing law can be helpful in many ways for entering legal academy, but it can be difficult to publish while practicing. How can fellowships, positions like the Columbia Associates program, or the increasingly common temporary positions often labeled as Visiting Assistant Professorships help you transition into academia? Come learn about these things and more.
Wednesday, April 24, 12:10 in Room JGH 940: "Getting on the Market – What You Do When You Are Ready to Teach, and Some Thoughts About When to do It and the Market’s Variations." Speakers: Fred Schauer and Peter Strauss. The title says it all. This final session will speak to the mechanics of the teaching market, as you will encounter it, and from the perspective of the faculties considering your application (alongside many others). Are there keys to likely success?