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August 30, 2011


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Former Law Review EIC

Law school class rank. Especially putting that you finished in the top 11% of your law school class. Smacks of bitterness. Put top 15% if you put it at all. You're a law professor, everyone knows you've either done very well academically or went to Harvard/Yale/Stanford.

Michael Lewyn

Anything that makes the CV over two pages. When I was on a recruiting committee last year, all I really wanted to know about a candidate was:

1. Teaching experience- Has he/she taught (and if so, where- law school or other)?
2. Subject matter fit- What has he/she taught? Is it what we need?
3. Publications- Does he/she publish (and in particular, publish in law reviews or a reasonable fascimile thereof)?

The rest is just clutter.

I never felt like I needed extra stuff to keep interviews going, especially since we had a pretty large committee.

Eric Muller

Lateral offers declined. (I have actually seen this one.)

Joe Lucas


Dave Sidhu

* Maury Povich Show, "You are NOT the Father" (repeated appearances) (stipend received)

Seriously: what about "lead article" with respect to one's scholarship?

Girl Scout

Honest question from a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient: does the Gold Award/Silver Award in Girl Scouts have the same stigma attached to it as the Eagle Scout Award? It's not on my resume but never thought it was stigmatized...


Substantive legal experience in a practice field relevant to real-world practice.


Anything that demonstrates a concern for your students, or a queasiness about using fraudulent job placement statistics to trick them into destroying their lives with debt, so that you can earn a six figure salary by working 10 hours a week.

Law Prof

I don't see any problem with posting one's "religious affiliation or membership."

Orin Kerr

Federalist Society -- Chapter President.


Semi Finalist, Buncombe County Corn Queen Pageant.


I'm with Dave - "lead article" always strikes me as being a little self-inflated and overblown. Okay, so you were the first to ask that journal to be the lead article - or perhaps you're actually one of the better articles being published by that journal in that issue or volume. So what? To me it signals hardly anything meaningful - except that the person (mistakenly) thinks this is a great accomplishment. And you actually see this from lots of more senior colleagues. Maybe I'm missing something.

K. M. Jones

Eagle Scout is a difficult accomplishment, and is something to be proud of. It shows dedication at an early age, a wide array of skills, and self modivation and determination. All are good skills in a job performance. I will continue to list my Eagle Scout accomplishment. I will also encourage my boys (both my own three, and the many boys in my scout troop) to proudly list Eagle Scout on as one of their greatest accomplishments. I have interviewed many people in my career. I have hired many Eagle Scouts. I have never been disappointed with the job performance of one of the Eagle Scouts that I have hired or with whom I have had the pleasure of working.

An Eagle Scout, and Dedicated Scout Leader

Mike Rich


Is there such a thing as substantive legal experience in a practice field that is irrelevant to real-world practice?

James H

I would think blog work on your CV would depend on the blog. Posting at Volokh Conspiracy? Cool. Posting at "I Think There's an Underpants Conspiracy?" Not so cool.

Coleen Barger

Class rank: Top 80%
(I've actually seen this.)


When I was at a large firm, I saw a resume, from a very good applicant, which noted that she had won the swimsuit contest in her state beauty pageant.


Percentage of your students who are now working as practicing lawyers - totally irrelevant to working as a law school prof.


I've seen MENSA membership on one before....

Bridget Crawford

(Cross-posting my comment from Prawfs, elaborating on what I meant in saying that a law prof should not list religious affiliation or membership on an academic CV.)

For whatever it's worth, here is what I intended. I don't think it is ok to explicitly list one's marital status, race, religion, birthdate, or parenting status ("2 children: Jack and Jill") on one's academic CV. Or as Paul explained more clearly, I think it is inappropriate to "list one's religion as, say, a separate line on the resume under the heading of 'Religion,' just as one wouldn't have an entry for 'Marital Status' or 'Race.'" (Thanks, Paul!) As to listing activities/involvements/affiliations that tend to indicate any of those, I have no objection.

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