Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How Competitive is the Property Market?

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.

Ben Barros

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Thank you! That is very good to know.

Posted by: aspiring property prof | Oct 27, 2010 2:26:26 PM

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