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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Retiring to Teach

It's summer, the time when a young lawyer's fancy turns to thoughts of chucking it and going into teaching.  Lots of lawyers suspect (correctly, as it happens) that academic life is less stressful and often more intellectually rewarding than law practice, and they want to get in on a good thing.  Even if it means having to survive on only $100,000 a year.

Many lawyers feel that their years of experience at the highest levels of the profession and their work on the most sophisticated, cutting-edge legal issues will be a big asset when they enter the teaching field.  But they would be dead wrong.  Extensive law practice experience is, unfortunately, the sort of thing that can actually disqualify you from academia.

For those of you who (like me) practiced law for more than a decade and were partners in big international firms before going into teaching, check out Jeff Lipshaw's How Not to Retire and Teach, for some useful tips on how to break into the profession.

[Frank Snyder]

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