Wednesday, October 27, 2010
An aspiring property prof writes:
I am a practicing lawyer (a real-property litigation specialist, actually) giving serious consideration to transitioning to academia, and property theory is my strongest interest. Your blog is great! I want to learn whether property is a highly competitive field to enter as a new professor. I understand that certain fields (like con law, say) are more competitive than business-related fields like tax or corporations. Does anyone have a sense where property law fits on that spectrum? Thanks in advance.
I'd say that Property is much closer to Tax and Corporations/Bus Orgs than it is to Con Law. Plus, if you do property work, you probably are qualified to teach related high-demand subjects like Contracts and Corporations/Bus Orgs. The trick for an experienced practicing lawyer is to become a strong academic candidate. Here, the most important thing to do is to write and place at least one solid law review article. There is a lot of good advice out there in the blogosphere on becoming a good candidate. Among other things, Tanya's post on her interview experience might be helpful.
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