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September 07, 2010


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Jacqui Lipton

Isn't this one of the advantages of the "meat market" hiring system in the U.S., despite some of its craziness and other downsides? A school can take a chance on interviewing a candidate whose CV is otherwise difficult to evaluate at very little cost ie just the cost of setting aside a slot on the schedule in D.C.

I've also noticed over the years that many of the overseas candidates do have higher degrees, like S.J.D.s and Ph.D.s which may be more common for academic lawyers in many other countries - certainly the case in Australia and the U.K., and I think most of Europe. So while it may be difficult to evaluate a foreign candidate's scholarship, at least having a Ph.D. or S.J.D. might tell you something about the candidate's commitment to the scholarly enterprise and ability to engage in a major scholarly project.

I should also note that I speak as one of those people who turned up on the AALS register many years ago as a purely foreign candidate and was pleasantly surprised at how many schools were prepared to interview me despite my lack of any U.S. credentials.

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