Sunday, January 29, 2017

Could President Obama Land a Law Teaching Job?


The Chronicle of Higher Education “updated” President Obama’s resume and sent it around to law professors to judge his marketability in the legal education market. They put aside his credential as President. Former Professor Obama might find academic job hunting a challenging endeavor.

Here are concerns that the law professors raised: a light academic publication record; a fear that at age 55, he might be planning to retire into academia; lack of a clear scholarly agenda; as a public intellectual, too externally focused; focused on the wrong Con Law topics—today’s trendy topics are theories of judicial review and parsing Supreme Court opinions; a teacher, but not a scholar.

What does all this say about the narrowness of legal academia? You may be able to access the full Chronicle article here—it includes the constructed resume with comments.


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