How It Works | FAR Deadlines, Distributions, and Fees | How to Complete the FAR | Resources for Applicants

The Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) is an online database of biographies, resumes, and references submitted by individuals who are interested in teaching at law schools. Applicants pay a fee to upload their profiles.

How It Works

Applicants create an account on the FAR website that can be used to access their FAR profile and the Placement Bulletin. They will receive a link later in the year to register for the Faculty Recruitment Conference should they choose to attend. See below for more information and instructions for completing the FAR profile.

Applicant information is released three times during the academic year to recruiters from schools that have registered for the FAR. These are called distributions. After each distribution, the applicant information from that distribution also becomes searchable in the FAR database for registered recruiters.

Applicants must complete their payment to successfully register for the FAR. You will receive an email confirmation of your FAR registration once you have paid. If you are an applicant outside the United States, please allow for additional time.

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Applicant Deadlines, Distributions, and Fee

Deadline Distribution Fee (one time only)
1 August 30, 2017 September 7, 2017 $ 475
2 September 20, 2017 September 28, 2017 $ 475
3 October 16, 2017 October 23, 2017 $ 475

An applicant’s information is released to recruiters in the distribution corresponding to when the FAR information and payment are received by the AALS. Ensure that your profile is included in your desired distribution by making sure you submit your FAR payment by the corresponding date in the schedule above. Forms will be released to the schools approximately one week after the corresponding deadline.

Note: Our records show that the first release is the one most utilized by hiring teams.

An individual’s information is released in that distribution only and then becomes searchable online; the fee must be paid only once.

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How to Complete the FAR

Access the FAR

To participate in the FAR as an applicant, you will need to enter your qualifications and experience into an online database that asks for information on education, teaching, employment experience, and bar passage. Much of the information you enter will be chosen from lists, such as a list of schools, or a list of law school teaching subjects.

To access the FAR as a recruiter, follow the instructions on the recruiters page.

1. Registration

Go to the FAR website, click “Create an Account,” and follow the instructions to register.

2. FAR Online Questionnaire Form

There are seven pages in the FAR profile. They do not need to be completed in order, but they should all be completed before submitting your FAR form to AALS. If you are entering information for the first time or making edits to any of the pages, make sure you click the “Save and Continue” button before going to another page.

FAR Pages

  • Contact Information
  • Demographic Information: Gender, ethnicity, and veteran status data.
  • Education: Information on school(s) attended and degree(s) received.
  • Teaching Preferences & Publications: List your preferred teaching subjects, publications, and geographic restrictions.
  • Employment Experience: Information about past employment, including teaching (law or otherwise).
  • Bar & References: Bar admittance information, the names of three references and their contact information, as well as additional comments.
  • Upload Resume and Research Agenda: Upload files of your resume and research agenda.

3. Reviewing Your FAR Information

Your contact information and supplemental resume will be the only information accessible to you after the deadline, so it is important to do the following:

  • Verify that all information is accurate and complete
  • Print a copy of your FAR information for your records

From the main menu, you may click “Review and Submit” to view your form.

4. Submitting Your FAR Information and Payment

On the “Review and Submit” page, you will be presented with a form to enter your credit card information. This will also show the details on the FAR distribution in which you will be included. Once you make the payment, your application will be included in that distribution. There is no need for any additional submission.

FAR Fee Waiver Application

AALS may waive the fee for those unable to pay it due to financial hardship. Inability to pay the fee will be verified via the fee waiver application form. If you want to be considered for a fee waiver, AALS must receive your application form by the deadlines below, which correspond with FAR distribution dates. Once we have received all the fee-waiver request for a distribution, we will review all fee-waiver requests. We will confirm with the individual whether the fee-waiver application has been approved at least a week before the distribution due date.

Fee Waiver Deadlines:

Deadline Response
1 August 9, 2017 August 23, 2017
2 August 30, 2017 September 13, 2017
3 September 25, 2017 October 9, 2017

5. Confirmation

You will receive an email confirming your FAR payment was accepted.

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Resources

We suggest all applicants read “Frequently Asked Questions About How to Break Into Law Teaching” and other FAQs for Applicants, both coming soon! Questions that cannot be answered by our FAQs should be sent to far@aals.org.