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February 01, 2016


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Another plum opportunity to teach one of the most important and demanding courses in law school. Not only that, but the new hire gets to prepare students for the bar. All of this for no tenure, no voting rights, and a salary topping out at $69,000. The legal academy has so far to go for parity among faculty. So far indeed.

Gavin Gunhold

Willamette Law is in trouble financially. The number of matriculants has dropped over 30% and the number of applicants has dropped nearly 50%. Almost all of the remaining faculty have dual jobs and titles. Oddly, the legal market in Oregon is improving. I suspect they are going to have difficulty filling this position.


Doubt it, Gavn. It pays more than what many solos are making. Voting rights, etc. won't matter to many. It is the paycheck and other Perks that court.

This reminds me of a line Mario Coumo used when Gov. Of NY and the state judges were asking for a raise and arguing that good candidates would not want to be judges given the salary. Mario responded that he "had a list as long as my arm of people who would step over their mothers to become a judge."

Many people will take this deal to get into legal education.

Gavin Gunhold

Yeah, you're probably right.

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