'Retire and Teach' Six Years On

27 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2013 Last revised: 26 Aug 2018

Date Written: August 2, 2013


This is a follow up to a 2007 essay I wrote about what it might take for a well-seasoned practitioner to join a law school faculty as a tenure track professor. Having now wended my way up (or down) that track for six years plus, my intended audience this time includes the original one, those seasoned veterans of the law practice trenches who may think but should never utter out loud the words “I would like to retire and teach,” but now also my colleagues in academia who are facing what looks to be the greatest reshuffling of the system in our generation. Much of what I said in the earlier essay still holds. This essay, however, includes (a) a more nuanced look at the strange hybrid creature that is the scholarly output of academic lawyers; (b) a more respectful appreciation of what it takes to become a good teacher, with some notes about what worked for me, and (c) an attempt to reconcile the interests in scholarship and the interest in teaching after the “Great Retrenchment” of the legal profession and legal education, with some brief thoughts about the opportunities that may bring for the aging but not ossifying academic aspirant.

Keywords: retiring, teaching, tenure track, law professors, scholarship

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Lipshaw, Jeffrey M., 'Retire and Teach' Six Years On (August 2, 2013). 41 N. Ky. L. Rev. 67 (2014), Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 13-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2302228. or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2302228

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