The Elite Teaching the Elite: Who Gets Hired by the Top Law Schools?

9 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2018 Last revised: 22 Nov 2018

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Eric Segall

Georgia State University College of Law

Adam Feldman

University of Southern California, Political Science

Date Written: November 6, 2018

Abstract

Do you want to teach at a top 25 law school? If so, you had better excel at something you will encounter years before you will even consider applying to be a law professor. Something that has no relationship at all to the skills academics need. You better score extremely high on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) (or now at some schools the GRE). If you don’t score towards the very top, you will likely not be admitted to a top 10 ranked law school. And if you do not attend a top 10 ranked law school, no matter what you accomplish during the school you do attend (even a top 20 school) or afterwards, your chances of teaching at a top law school are virtually non-existent. The reality is that by far the most important credential one needs to teach at a top law school is to attend a top law school. The elite, teaching the elite, who will then teach more elites.

Keywords: law school, law teaching, top 10 schools, elite

Suggested Citation

Segall, Eric and Feldman, Adam, The Elite Teaching the Elite: Who Gets Hired by the Top Law Schools? (November 6, 2018). Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3279878 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3279878

Eric Segall

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Adam Feldman (Contact Author)

University of Southern California, Political Science ( email )

3518 Trousdale Parkway
VKC 327
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
(213)740-1695 (Phone)

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