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March 07, 2005
THINKING OF BECOMING A LAW PROFESSOR? Some good advice, and links to much more information, here. I'll just add this: I'm either a member of, or the chair of, our appointments committee most years, and though it's undoubtedly true that where you went to law school matters (Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, etc. are better launching pads than, say, Tennessee, though several of my former students are now law professors) it's come to matter to me less. Some of our best hires in recent years came from schools outside the usual feeder network, and I suspect that many other schools have had similar experience. Orin Kerr is right, too, that persistence matters. Becoming a law professor is a long, hard road no matter where you went to law school.