If you are interested in joining the legal academy as a faculty member, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the information available at our website Becoming a Law Teacher. This first-of-its-kind resource provides a comprehensive guide to:

  • Paths to entry into the profession
  • Qualifications
  • The law faculty hiring process

It also features concrete resources such as:

  • Sample application materials
  • Video guides for interviews and job talks
  • In-depth interviews with VAP and fellowship program directors
  • Personal experiences on the job market from recently-hired faculty members

Becoming a Law Teacher

The majority of entry-level hiring at law schools takes place via AALS Faculty Recruitment Services. These services include:

  • The Faculty Appointments Register (FAR), the primary source of information law schools use to identify potential candidates for entry-level positions. It is an online database where you can submit your application information for consideration from hiring teams. AALS manages the database; only you and participating schools have access to your information.
  • The Placement Bulletin, a collated listing of job ads that AALS send out four times annually. Participating schools advertise their open entry-level, experienced, directorship, and administrative positions.
  • The Faculty Recruitment Conference (FRC), a three-day event in the fall at which law school recruitment teams interview the candidates they are considering. If a school has identified you as a potential candidate, they will contact you in advance to arrange an interview at the FRC. The conference includes a roundtable workshop for all candidates as well as several opportunities to mingle and seek advice from experienced faculty at evening receptions and “lounges” open throughout the weekend. The cost to attend the conference is included in your overall fee for Faculty Recruitment Services. Note: The 2020 FRC has been cancelled. Click here for more details. 

If you do not have a prearranged interview and are considering whether to attend the FRC, review the advice on Becoming a Law Teacher.


Fee and Payment

The fee to participate in AALS Faculty Recruitment Services as a candidate is $290. This includes access to the FAR for one academic year, all four issues of the Placement Bulletin, and registration for the Faculty Recruitment Conference in the fall.

You are required to submit your payment as part of the FAR application process. You will receive an email confirmation of your FAR registration once you have paid. You will need your confirmation code to submit your application. Candidates outside the United States should allow for additional time. AALS may waive the fee for those unable to pay due to financial hardship; learn more under “FAR Information.”


Faculty Recruitment Timeline

There are many moving parts to the faculty recruitment process, but they follow the same general timeline each academic year.


FAR opens to candidates

You can now submit your information to the database, and the process officially begins.
Early August

First Distribution Deadline

If you want to be included in the first “distribution,” submit your fee and final FAR form by this date.
Early August

Placement Bulletin Posted

The first Placement Bulletin is posted online, so you can now see which schools are hiring.

First FAR Distribution

If you submitted by the first deadline, your information is sent out to participating schools on this day.
Late August

Second Distribution Deadline

If you missed the first deadline and want to be included in the second “distribution,” submit your fee and final FAR form by this date.
Early September

Placement Bulletin Posted

Second Placement Bulletin posted online.
Early September

Second FAR distribution

If you submitted after the first distribution deadline and before the second, your information is sent to schools on this day.
Late September

FRC Confirmation

You will receive an email to confirm whether you plan to attend the Faculty Recruitment Conference.
Late September

Third Distribution deadline

If you missed the first and second deadlines and want to be included in the final “distribution,” submit your fee and final FAR form by this date.
Late September

Placement Bulletin posted

Third Placement Bulletin posted online.
Late September/Early October

Third FAR distribution

If you submitted after the second distribution deadline and before the third, your information is sent to schools on this day.
October/November Faculty Recruitment Conference, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.
Late January/Early February

Placement Bulletin Posted

Fourth Placement Bulletin posted online.