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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Leiter Urges Boycott Of New SEALS' Faculty Recruitment Conference

SEALs Logo (2013)Following up on yesterday's post, SEALS Launches Law Faculty Recruitment Conference As Alternative To AALS Meat Market: Earlier, Cheaper, And More Inclusive:  Brian Leiter (Chicago), SEALS Decides to Screw Over Academic Job Seekers...:

I'm not aware of any other academic field where there are competing hiring conferences. Their absence is easy to explain: it's costly enough--in time and money--to seek an academic job, without having to think about going to two different conferences. In other fields, the main professional organization runs a hiring conference, which simplifes things for job seekers. I will be advising all Chicago candidates to ignore Professor Weaver's vanity project, and I would urge all hiring schools, including those that are part of SEALS, to boycott this process.

More importantly, I urge all the placement directors at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Stanford, NYU, Virginia, Berkeley, Penn etc. to steer their candidates AWAY from this destructive undertaking. One hiring conference is enough.

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the AALS hiring conference is very expensive. SEALS promises a cheaper alternative. If there should only be one hiring conference, it's not clear to me that the AALS conference is the one that should remain.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Jan 9, 2019 6:21:36 AM

Sorry, that last post got cut off. Maybe SEALS could be good to provide a less class-conscious alternative to the hiring process.

Posted by: Michael Cicchini | Jan 9, 2019 1:20:05 PM