In response to Zach Kramer's post on The Slow Writing Movement over at Prawfs, Glenn Cohen thoughtfully asks in the comments:
Is more than one paper in work or published the new "state of the field" for getting attention? * * *
Another way of putting the question is are those grooming VAPs/Fellows pushing too much productivity in a way that is a mismatch with what schools are looking for, or are they accurately following the preference signals from hiring committees?
I am serving on my school's Appointments Committee this year, and I have been struck by how many candidates have more than one article in print. For those who are in the second or third year of a VAP, I would expect to see an article or maybe even two, but there are many candidates (VAP and non-VAP) with more than one article. My anecdotal impression is that this is the new normal. What has caused the shift from, say, 15 years ago, when having one solid law review publication (in addition to a student note) was typically enough to make one a colorable candidate at many schools? Does the rise of the VAP program have something to do with the change, or is it purely a function of a mentality that one-article-is-desirable-so-two-or-three-must-be-better? Something else?