Legal Writing Professors, Salary Disparities, and the Impossibility of 'Improved Status'

24 Journal of Legal Writing 47 (2020)

7 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2022

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Amy Soled

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers Law School

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

There should be a concerted effort to eliminate the wage discrimination experienced by legal writing faculty. A legal writing professor’s status cannot truly improve until the pay gap that exists between those who teach legal writing and those who teach other legal topics is closed. Until law schools address the economic disparity between these two classes of professors, a legal writing professor’s status will remain mired below that of her counterparts who teach other areas of the law.

This essay first highlights the pay disparities that exist among doctrinal faculty and legal writing professors. It then demonstrates the negative effect those disparities have on the employee and the institution. Finally, it suggests ways to achieve pay parity and improve the status of legal writing professors.

Suggested Citation

Soled, Amy, Legal Writing Professors, Salary Disparities, and the Impossibility of 'Improved Status' (2020). 24 Journal of Legal Writing 47 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3965646

Amy Soled (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers Law School ( email )

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Newark, NJ 08102
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