Memo to Lawyers: How Not to 'Retire and Teach'

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 07-38

North Carolina Central Law Journal, Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2007 Last revised: 9 Dec 2012

Jeffrey M. Lipshaw

Suffolk University Law School


Many long-time practitioners muse about what it might be like to retire and teach, not realizing there is no more galvanizing phrase to their counterparts who have long toiled in the academy, nor one less likely to enhance the prospects of the unfortunate seasoned applicant who utters the phrase. I intend this essay not for law professors (though it may either amuse or irritate them), but for those in the practice who aspire, after all these years, to return to the academy. With a good deal of humility acquired along the way, I offer some realistic advice to job seekers, concluding that wistful phrase is precisely the opposite of the true sine qua non of success: demonstrating the capability of, and commitment to, being a productive scholar.

Keywords: Teaching, scholarship, practicing lawyers, AALS meat market, FAR, FRC, retirement

JEL Classification: K10, K19

Suggested Citation

Lipshaw, Jeffrey M., Memo to Lawyers: How Not to 'Retire and Teach'. Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 07-38; North Carolina Central Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Jeffrey M. Lipshaw (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States


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