Before your school does anything else, your dean must designate a person who will be responsible for communicating and coordinating with AALS throughout the faculty recruitment cycle. AALS will send FRS-related communications and information to this person only; if the designated contact is not a member of the appointments committee, they will be responsible for passing relevant information along to the committee. The form to submit the designated FAR contact is distributed by email in April to deans and the previous year’s designated contact. Note: in 2020, you will receive the email in June.
To access the FAR database, law schools must submit further information via the same form:
- Agree to the Dean’s Agreement on Use of FAR Information.
- If your school is not a member or fee-paid law school, confirm compliance with the AALS Non-Member School Confirmation of Nondiscrimination Policies. If you are not in compliance with the AALS non-discrimination policy, please submit your policy and describe how it differs.
Non-member schools may need to submit additional documents. Once your dean has submitted your school’s form, the designated contact person will receive information about how and when to pay the FAR fee, and your school will gain access to the FAR.
|FAR Fees (also includes Placement Bulletin and FRC)||Rate|
|Member and Fee-Paid Law Schools||$495|
|Non-Member Law Schools and Other Organizations interested in hiring||$3,400|
2020 Key Dates
|July 1||Deadline for submission via online form of school contact person and signed Dean’s Agreement on Use of FAR Data.|
|July 28||Deadline to submit ads for 1st issue of the Placement Bulletin.|
|July 31||Deadline for schools to pay FAR Access Fee.|
|August 13||First Placement Bulletin posted.|
|August 20||First FAR Distribution available to schools.|
|August 20||Deadline to submit ads for 2nd issue of the Placement Bulletin.|
|September 3||Second Placement Bulletin posted.|
|September 10||Second FAR Distribution available to schools.|
|September 10||Deadline to submit ads for 3rd issue of the Placement Bulletin, to be posted on September 29.|
|September 29||Third Placement Bulletin posted.|
|October 5||Third FAR Distribution available to schools.|
|January 14, 2021||Deadline to submit ads for the 4th issue of the Placement Bulletin.|
|January 28||Fourth Placement Bulletin posted.|
Recruitment Statements of Good Practice
Membership in AALS requires that all member and fee-paid schools adhere to the following good practices regarding faculty hiring: