AALS provides several resources to people seeking to enter legal academia:
- Transition to the Academy – In-depth materials that review the various ways to become a law faculty member and that present the life cycle of faculty hiring. We highly recommend starting with these materials, as they provide useful information about completion of the AALS materials.
- The Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) is an online database of candidates seeking faculty positions at law schools. This database is the primary source of information used by law schools to identify potential entry-level faculty candidates. The database is managed by AALS, which limits access to this information to candidates and participating schools. Click here for more information on the FAR and to add your information to the database.
- The Faculty Recruitment Conference (FRC) is a three-day event in the fall at which law recruiting teams meet with and interview the candidates they are considering hiring. The conference includes a session on the faculty recruitment and interviewing process. The fee the AALS charges candidates for Faculty Recruitment Services includes the FRC registration fee.
Schools typically prearrange the interviews conducted at the conference. Candidates who do not have prearranged interviews with attending law schools should review the advice provided in the Transition to the Academy section as to whether to attend the FRC. For more details about how to get the most out of the hiring conference, click here.
- AALS Placement Bulletin – Law schools use the placement bulletin to advertise positions.
AALS is in the process of revising these materials for entry level faculty candidates. If you have participated in the Faculty Recruitment Services (FRS) previously, you may choose to submit your materials without reviewing the new pages. For those new to the process, the new materials will be posted by mid-June. It is recommended to wait until the new web pages are posted in mid-June to submit your Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) form. The first set of FAR forms will be distributed to law schools until early August, so waiting for the materials to be posted will not be harmful to your candidacy for this hiring cycle.
Faculty Recruitment Timeline
There are many moving parts to the faculty recruitment process, but they follow the same general timeline each academic year.
|June||FAR opens to candidates—you now submit your information to the database, and the process officially begins.|
|Early August||First Distribution Deadline- submit registration to the FAR by this date to be included in the first distribution to schools.|
|Early August||First Placement Bulletin posted online—you can now see which schools are hiring.|
|Mid-August||First FAR distribution—if you submitted before the first deadline, your information is sent to participating schools.|
|Late August||Second Distribution Deadline- submit registration to the FAR by this date to be included in the second distribution.|
|Early September||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 interviewers.|
|Late September||If you plan to attend the Faculty Recruitment Conference, you will receive a confirmation email.|
|Late September||Third Distribution Deadline—submit registration to the FAR by this date to be included in the third distribution.|
|Late September||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 interviewers.|
|October/November||Faculty Recruitment Conference, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.|
|Late January/Early February||Fourth Placement Bulletin posted online.|
The $290 fee for AALS Faculty Recruitment Services 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 to participate in the FAR application process. You will receive an email confirmation of your FAR registration once you have paid. 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 the “FAR Information” tab.