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 hosted on Interfolio, of information submitted by individuals who are interested in teaching at law schools. Applicants pay a fee to submit their profiles.

How It Works

Applicants create an account in Interfolio 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. There is no charge to attend the Faculty Recruitment Conference.

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. As you fill out your account on Interfolio, you will see a payment confirmation page with a link to pay your FAR fee. Once you pay your fee, you will receive and email confirmation. You will need your unique confirmation code to complete registration for the FAR. If you are an applicant outside the United States, please allow for additional time to receive the confirmation.

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Applicant Deadlines, Distributions, and Fees

Deadline Distribution Fee (one time only)
1 August 12, 2020 August 20, 2020 $290
2 September 2, 2020 September 10, 2020 $290
3 September 28, 2020 October 5, 2020 $290

An applicant’s information is released to recruiters in the distribution corresponding to when the FAR information and payment are received by 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 used by law school 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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FAR Fee Waiver Application

AALS may waive the fee for those unable to pay the fee due to financial hardship. Inability to pay the fee must be verified via a fee waiver application form (PDF). 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. We will confirm with each individual whether the fee waiver application has been approved at least a week before the distribution due date.

Fee Waiver Deadlines:

Deadline to Request  Response for AALS  
1 July 22, 2020 August 5, 2020
2 August 12, 2020 August 26, 2020
3 September 7, 2020 September 21, 2020


How to Complete the FAR

 Access the FAR

To participate in the FAR as an applicant, you need to enter data about qualifications and experience into an online database. Much of the information you enter will be selected from lists, such as a list of law school teaching subjects.

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

1. Registration for Applicants

Go to the FAR website using the link above. Click “Apply Now”. If you are a new Interfolio user, click “Create an Account” and follow the instructions to register.

2. Submitting Your FAR Information and Payment

On Interfolio’s FAR website, there will be a “Payment Confirmation Page” that requires a code in order to submit your form. On this page, there is a link to the FAR payment page. Click that link, field out the credit card information and submit your payment. Once you submit your payment, you will receive an email with a confirmation code you need to enter on the “Payment Confirmation Page”. Once you make the payment, you can finish completing your application and submit it to be included in that distribution.

3. FAR Form

There are eight 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.

FAR Form Will Request:

  • Contact Information
  • Demographic Information
  • Education
  • Teaching Preferences & Publications: List your preferred teaching subjects, publications, and geographic restrictions if any.
  • Employment Experience
  • Bar & References: Bar admittance information, the names of three references and their contact information, as well as additional comments.
  • Resume and Research Agenda: You may upload a resume and research agenda.

4. 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:

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

When finished, you may click “Submit Deliveries” from the main menu to view your form.

5. Confirmation

You will receive an email confirming your FAR application was received.

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We suggest all applicants review Becoming a Law Teacher. Please contact us with any questions.