Thursday, March 10, 2011

What Property Hiring Can Learn From Squash

Squash Here's a question I've been mulling over: Why don't more American law schools consider hiring an international scholar when they look for new property professors?  Unlike other subjects on the law school curriculum, there's still a ton of overlap between British property law and American property law.  It wouldn't take an English or Welsh scholar very long to pick up the nuances of the U.S. system.  Moreover, I'm told that salaries in the UK aren't as high as they are in America.  It seems that an ambitious, mid-level law school might be able to get a lot of scholarly "bang for its buck" if it took the time to recruit abroad.  Such a strategy has worked wonders in college athletics.  As the NY Times recently chronicled, Trinity University has raised its profile by dominating college squash.  The unheralded school upended 30 years of Ivy League dominance by canvassing the globe for foreign talent.  The result -- 13 consecutive national championships and 244 straight match victories (the longest streak, by far, in the history of college sports).  Based on that evidence, I'll argue that hiring more British scholars represents a real opportunity for a creative law school dean.  And if that doesn't work out, you could always just throw a little money at a clever property blogger. 

Steve Clowney 

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Steve, that's a really interesting idea. I thought that the presentations by British scholars at ALPS were fascinating because I was constantly thinking about the similarities and differences between the systems. They could easily teach here.

By the way, when I read your headline, I did not immediately see the connection between property profs and vegetables. But your graphic helped.

Posted by: Tanya Marsh | Mar 10, 2011 9:39:02 AM

Hi There,

What drew me into the article was how you would compare property hiring to the growth of a vegetable but to my surprise that was not the reference at all. A "clever property blogger", you are.

However, I am not sure how English lawyers would fair here in the US. Even though there are similarities what would make that the best candidates for professorial positions at American universities? I understand that global inclusiveness is important in broadening a programs reputation but is that the only reason?

Keep me posted,


Posted by: Michael | Mar 10, 2011 2:04:02 PM

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