A Candidate’s Perspective on the Meat Market

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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4 Responses

  1. Deven says:

    Whoever this person is, I hope all goes well for you. Some may think all of the offered tips are easier said than done, but the ideas seem pretty accurate to me. In simpler terms, try to keep your perspective about the oddity of the process and most importantly who you are.

  2. Jason says:

    I couldn’t agree more with these reflections on the experience. I just returned from DC as a candidate and had a much better time this year than last year b/c I did many of the things this candidate suggested. Regardless of a callback, I met colleagues and other candidates that I look forward to working with in the near future.

  3. As a Frenchman coming to the FRC with no scheduled interview, my chances to get a job in the US were rather slim. With the conference now over, I can safely say that I will not get at job at a US institution this year.

    However, as I was not expecting much coming in, I rather enjoyed the experience there. I met a lot of people, especially during the receptions. Actually, mingling at the Thursday reception allowed me to get my only interview of the conference.

    I also met other people like me, whose job prospects were hindered by a lack of American JD and/or publication in an American law review. Among this “Lost in translation fellowship” were three Frenchmen, two Germans and two Americans with UK postgraduate experience. (I am quite curious to see whether the good people at marketforlawprofessors.com will come up with interesting data about the extent and fate of this fellowship).

    However, although I sometimes felt out of place, I, unlike Bill Murray’s character in “Lost in translation”, never felt alienated. This was thanks to everybody’s genuine willingness to engage in light banter, give encouragements and advice (which can be summed up to: ‘Publication, Publication, Publication’)

    I hope to stay in touch with the people I met, and will use this experience if I decide to have another go next year. In the meantime, I still have a few more days to enjoy the capital city before going back to Edinburgh.

  4. anon says:

    As a candidate who just went through the process, I agree with most of the comments, but a couple points of dissent:

    1. Don’t go to the cocktail party. If you did well at the interview, the cocktail party is an occasion to mess things up (e.g. forgeting the name of your interviewer or getting their school wrong). If you did badly at the interview, the cocktail party will not save you.

    2. Don’t commiserate, and, if you must, do the commiserating far outside the hotel.

    Commiseration feeds negative energy through an already stressful process. And the hotel is a very small place. I started telling another friend about the terrible interview I had with a top-20 school. I noticed, too late, that one of my interviewers walked right by. Suffice to say that I do not think it helped my chances.