Some Data on Legal Academics’ Tenure and Promotion
Over at Opinio Juris, Duncan Hollis has an informative report up about the tenure and promotion practices of law schools, based on a survey of 41 schools he and I completed earlier this year. The difference between rank and tenure was something that didn’t enter my mind when I was on the hiring market, but it probably should have. Here’s a taste of Duncan’s post, which should be read in full by both folks on the tenure track and aspiring profs alike:
Alternatively, if one thinks of this solely in terms of how long until a newbie professor can expect it will take before being considered for full professor, we found that of the 36 schools that gave us time-lines, 18 allow tenure and promotion to full professor one way or another in year 5 (American, ASU, Cincinnati, Cornell, George Mason, Georgetown, Illinois, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Notre Dame, San Diego, Seton Hall, Texas, UC Hastings, UCLA, UVA, and Washington University). By year 6, it’s 26 out of the 36 schools (those listed above, plus Berkeley, BYU, Cardozo, Hofstra, Minnesota, Penn State, Pitt, and Wake Forest).
I strongly recommend that aspiring folks seek to bargain about rank, if it is a deal point subject to negotiation.