Monday, November 4, 2013

Legal Studies in Business Schools - Finding a Position

Thanks to Paul Caron and the BLPB editors for allowing me to join the blog as a contributing editor. 

I will post from time to time on my scholarly interests, which include legal issues involved in corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise.  Currently, as Stefan mentioned in his kind introduction, most of my time has been devoted to social enterprise law, especially benefit corporation law. 

For my first few posts, however, I am going to write about landing a job teaching law in a business school and how working at a business school differs from working at a law school.  This fall, I moved from a law professor position at Regent University School of Law to a business school position at Belmont University.  The move has been a good one, and though my appointment is in the business school, I will also be teaching Business Associations in Belmont’s law school, starting next year. 

With the entry and lateral markets so weak at law schools across the country, given the 45% drop in LSAT test takers since 2009, I imagine some readers are considering business school positions. 

Finding a legal studies position in a business school can be a bit more work than finding a law professor position.  There doesn’t seem to be anything similar to the Faculty Recruitment Conference (a/k/a "the meat market") for legal studies positions in business schools.  If there is, I never uncovered it, and would welcome information in the comments. 

David Zaring (Wharton)  does us all a great service over at The Conglomerate by posting some of these business school legal studies positions.  For example, this semester he has posted about openings at Wharton, UNLV, Kansas, Texas State, Richard Stockton, UConn, Penn State, Georgia, Texas A&M, Indiana, and Northeastern Illinois.  Occasionally, these business school legal studies positions will require (or at least strongly prefer) a PHD, but for most a JD is sufficient. 

Higher Ed Jobs and the Chronicle’s Vitae are two other places to look, though you will have to sort through quite a few adjunct position postings if you are looking for a tenure-track job.  As an addition to David’s helpful list above, on November 1, 2013, George Mason University posted an Assistant/Associate Professor in Business Legal Studies opening

Business schools tend to hire a bit later in the year than law schools, but you see postings year-round.  That said, I think business schools are starting to realize that they need to hire earlier if they want to compete with law schools for the top legal talent.

I absolutely love being a professor; it is a loophole on life.  For many, however, it is difficult to find a position in your geographic area of preference.  If location is important to you, as it was (and is) to me, broadening your search to include business schools could increase your options.

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