Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Law School Entry-Level Faculty Hiring Is Down 22% (59% From 2008)

Sarah Lawsky (Northwestern), Lawsky Entry Level Hiring Report 2021:

There were 69 tenure-track hires at U.S. law schools reported, at 49 different law schools.


58 (about 84%) had a fellowship; 41 (about 59%) had a clerkship; 47 (about 68%) had a higher degree. All hires had at least one of these credentials. 

Karen Sloan (, Breaking Down The New Law Prof Hiring Market:

This week, I’m chatting with Northwestern law professor Sarah Lawsky about her latest data on entry level law faculty hiring. Her crowdsourced numbers show that new hires were down in 2021, but given the upheaval brought by the pandemic, Lawsky thinks the market was surprisingly robust. ...

Here’s a data point that seemed to get a lot of people on Twitter worked up: Every single entry level hire had either a fellowship, clerkship, or a Ph.D. on their resume. That’s not a new phenomenon, Lawsky noted, but the increasing number of credentials needed to get a foot in the door of legal education strikes many people as a problem. A large swathe of potential law professors are immediately shut out of the process when fellowships, Ph.D.s and clerkships are necessary to even be considered, they note. Lawsky’s data show that 28% of the 2021 hires had all three credentials on their resume.

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