Friday, February 28, 2014
Law Professor Jobs in Business Schools: Georgia Tech, University of Louisiana (Lafayette), and Indiana University (South Bend)
The business schools of Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Louisiana (Lafayette), and Indiana University (South Bend) have posted openings for legal studies positions.
I have ties to two of the schools. Wade Chumney (Georgia Tech) was in my position at Belmont University before I arrived and he provided me with great advice. Wade seems like he would be a wonderful legal studies colleague. University of Louisiana (Lafayette) was one of the (very few) schools to make me a tenure track offer when I was first on the market. The faculty at UL-L were wonderfully hospitable, and I was a big fan of the Cajun food, music, and culture. Plus, how many schools have a lake/swamp with (small) alligators in the middle of campus? Proximity to family was the deciding factor in my decision, and I highly recommend the school.
I don’t have any personal information about Indiana University (South Bend), but I think there is a lot of be said for the public education system.
All three of these positions are solid opportunities that our readers on the market may be interested in pursuing. Given the well-publicized challenges facing many law schools, it would not be surprising if many current law professors were among those looking at legal studies positions in business schools.
The information on these positions is after the break. Business school legal studies positions tend to be more poorly publicized than law school professor positions, and while I will try to post good positions to this website, if you are interested in teaching law in a business school, it might be worth the $30 (new member price) to join the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, view their job postings, and receive the e-mails.
Previously, I wrote about some of the differences I see in teaching at a business school and teaching at a law school.
[Position Details After the Break]
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center: Research Positon for New Project with NFL Players Association
In connection with our work on a sponsored research project with the National Football League Players Association, the Petrie-Flom Center seeks to hire a Senior Law and Ethics Associate immediately. (Please note that this is a distinct position from the one we recently advertised working with Harvard Catalyst on clinical and translational research.)
We are seeking a full-time doctoral-level hire (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., etc. in law, ethics, public health, social science, or other relevant discipline) with extensive knowledge of and interest in legal and ethical issues related to the health and welfare of professional athletes. The position will be funded for at least two years, with renewal likely for an additional year or more.
View the full job description and apply here.
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-496-4662.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Last night I attended a forum organized by the Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP). The panel featured female entrepreneurs from the culinary industry. Some were chefs, some owned restarurnts, some sold products, and others blogged and educated the public, but their stories were remarkably similar. They told the audience of business students and budding entrepreneurs that they generally didn’t like partners, were wary of investors because they tended to exert too much control over their vision, and that they wished that they had better financial advisors who cared about them and understood their business.
One panelist, who had received $500,000 in capital from an investor, indicated that she was glad that she had been advised to enter into her contract as though she may end up in litigation. As a former litigator who now teaches both civil procedure and business associations, I both agree and disagree with that advice. As a naïve newbie litigator in a large New York firm, I used to joke with the corporate associates that the only reason I needed to understand how their deals were done was so that I could understand how to defend them went they fell apart and the litigation ensued. Now that I am older and wiser I try to focus my students on considering an exit strategy of course, but also on how to ask the right questions so that the parties never have to consider litigation.
Many of my students will likely advise small and midsized businesses as well as large corporations and that’s part of the reason that I stress the importance of a baseline level of understanding of finance and accounting. But how will we prepare them to counsel entrepreneurs who may not see the value in partners or understand how startup capital works? Perhaps that’s not the job of a lawyer but if the issue comes up, will our graduates know how to provide balanced arguments for their clients? How will we prepare our students to add value so that accountants don’t provide the (potentially wrong) legal advice to these entrepreneurs or so that their clients don’t just turn to LegalZoom, which reportedly sets up 20% of the LLCs in California? In essence, how do we teach our students to think like business people and lawyers?
Although clinics where students advise entrepreneurs or small businesses are expensive, and skills-based transactions courses aren’t as plentiful as they should be in law schools, these are good starts. I currently try to integrate drafting, negotiation and role-play into my classes when appropriate, but would welcome additional ideas that work.
Friday, January 31, 2014
As I have mentioned before, there appears to be no official "meat market" for legal studies positions in business schools. I found my current job through Higher Ed Jobs, and thought Higher Ed Jobs was the best source during my search. Also, the Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae recently launched (though they have had a jobs board for quite some time) and is likely worth frequenting.
For those still on the market, I wanted to highlight two recent business law postings: Southeast Missouri State University and University of Alaska (Fairbanks). Both positions appear to be tenure-track legal studies positions in business schools. Also, both schools are AACSB-accredited. (There are multiple accrediting bodies for business schools, and AACSB is the gold standard).
I maintain that being a professor is the best job in the world (especially given that my childhood dream of becoming an NFL quarterback is looking less glamorous in light of all the talk about concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)).
Wishing success for our readers who are on the professor market.