Welcome to AALS Faculty Recruitment Services, where the majority of law school faculty hires have taken place for decades and your best entrance to the legal education job market. The three components that make up the suite of AALS Faculty Recruitment Services closely follow the stages of the hiring process, and one fee of $475 covers them all.
There are many moving parts to the faculty recruitment process, but they follow the same general timeline each academic year.
|June||FAR opens to applicants—you can 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|
|Early August||First Placement Bulletin posted online—you can now see who’s hiring.|
|Mid-August||First FAR distribution—if you submitted before the first deadline, your information is gathered and sent to recruiters. Afterwards, they will be able to access your information anytime from the online database.|
|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 gathered and sent to recruiters.|
|Late September||If you are attending 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 gathered and sent to recruiters.|
|October/November||Faculty Recruitment Conference, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC|
|Late Janurary/Early February||Fourth Placement Bulletin posted online|
Participating in AALS Faculty Recruitment Services is the best way to open the door to a career teaching law. FRS is the system through which most law faculty and administrative hiring has happened for decades.
Many law schools require participation in the FAR as a condition for application to their faculty positions. During the 2016 – 2017 hiring season, more than 150 law schools and organizations—including AALS member and fee-paid schools, other U.S. law schools, international schools, and business schools—used the FAR.
The Placement Bulletin is also the most convenient way to keep track of open positions at law schools. You could dedicate hours to monitoring each school’s career site independently—or you could receive four well-timed collections of job notices and let AALS do the work for you. During the 2016 – 2017 hiring season, the Placement Bulletin advertised about 180 job postings at 114 different schools.
The Faculty Recruitment Conference is where schools and applicants meet. From interviewing tips to advice on settling in with your future colleagues, the conference is an important first step in career in legal education.
The $475 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 FRC in the fall.
You must submit your payment when you complete the FAR application process. You will receive an email confirmation of your FAR registration once you have paid. Applicants 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.