Public Service: It’s AALS Time (Yes, Already)

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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9 Responses

  1. Ubertrout says:

    Is a certain distribution preferable? Should candidates try to get their resume into the first distribution if they can?

  2. Ben Barros says:

    Yes, it is very important to get into the first distribution.

  3. Deven says:

    Hmm, so I seem to have underplayed the significance of the first distribution when I said “Being in that first group is fairly important.”

    As noted by Ben, it is important. I do not think it is fatal to miss it, but for some schools it may be close to fatal. The wave of resumes in the first distribution and limited time may mean that committees will mainly look at only those in the first one. In addition, there may be a sense that those who know the game are in in that first wave. And that is part of why I wanted to alert people to the deadlines.

  4. anon says:

    With respect to the first distribution, does it matter when one submits the FAR form. Is the sooner the better, or does it make no difference, provided one makes the deadline? Thanks.

  5. Deven says:

    Good question. As far as I know (no pun intended), one must have the information in by the dealine on the site. Given that the distribution is available to committees at specific times controlled by AALS, I don’t think an early submission gains anything. That being said, AALS is an independent group that does as it pleases. I suggest going to their site and seeing what formalities they have in play this year. If the site is not so helpful, try contacting them. Not necessarily easy to do but again early planning can help account for lag times.

  6. Anon says:

    I will be submitting my article to law reviews late July/early Aug. Unfortunately the FAR form states that only those publications an candidate indicates as accepted for publication are viewable to recruiters. Would it be OK if I check the “accepted for publication” box and then indicate in a parenthetical the date my article was submitted to law reviews? I would think it’s important to indicate to law schools that I have completed a manuscript.

  7. Deven says:

    More hmm. As I do not have access to the latest FAR process I am not sure what to tell you. It seems odd that the form would not allow one to indicate that you have a submitted draft. In addition, I have no idea what to make of “only those publications an candidate indicates as accepted for publication are viewable to recruiters.” What is viewable? And how can they even enforce this idea?

    I would follow the rules of AALS and the FAR process. Contact AALS to get a solid answer about this oddity. If they really do not allow you to list that work under publications, there might be a comments section where you can alert folks to the works in progress you have and that you have submitted it.

    In general, your idea that being able to communicate you have publications and especially in that part of the form is on target. Whether FAR allows one to do that with a work in progress is harder to sort it seems.

    Sorry I don’t have more but honestly going to the source is your best bet for this sort of question.

  8. I Regret Nothing says:

    I foolishly put on the form that I’d only take a job in DC, Boston, or NYC. Apparently that’s a real faux pas. Even if you only want a job in a big city, you’re supposed to string along schools in other places, and then parley their offers into an offer from one of the places you really want. No cheers for law prof hiring norms that discourage honesty and devotion to a place.

  9. anon says:

    “Now some may know that the conference itself is in October.”

    Actually, it appears to be November 6-8, according to the brochure: http://www.aals.org/documents/frcbrochure.pdf