Welcome to AALS Faculty Recruitment Services (FRS), the best place to find qualified candidates for your school’s open faculty and administrative positions. Law school hiring has long taken place through AALS. We are pleased to offer an improved suite of hiring services as well as increased one-on-one support for your team of interviewers.
FRS facilitates AALS member (and non-member) schools seeking to fill faculty positions and other open positions. One fee covers the three main services that make up FRS:
- Access to the Faculty Appointments Register (FAR), where you can browse potential candidates for the open positions you seek to fill;
- Unlimited postings in the Placement Bulletin, a four-issue series of job openings;
- And participation in the Faculty Recruitment Conference (FRC), a three-day event where your team of interviewers can hold interviews with candidates you have identified through the FAR and candidates who responded to your postings in the Placement Bulletin.
Recruitment Statements of Good Practice
The AALS Executive Committee updated the Statements of Good Practice in summer 2017.
- Recruitment of and Resignation by Full-Time Faculty Members (PDF)
- Recruitment and Hiring of Entry-level Faculty Members (PDF)
- Recruitment of Minority Law Faculty Members (PDF)
Rates & Payment
The first step in recruitment is signing up for the FAR using the online submission form.
- Designate the person responsible for administering your school’s faculty recruitment efforts for the FAR and FRC. AALS will send all subsequent communication to that contact person.
- If you are not a member or fee-paid law school, please confirm compliance with the AALS non-discrimination policy (PDF) and upload with the online form. If you are not in compliance with the AALS non-discrimination policy, please submit your policy and describe how it differs.
- Agree to the restrictions on the use of FAR data (see below) and upload the agreement (PDF) to the online form. If you do not agree to the restrictions, you will not be allowed to access 2018-2019 FAR data.
- You will receive an email in April about access to the FAR and allowing you to pay the fee.
|FAR Rates (also includes Placement Bulletin and FRC)||Rate|
|Member and Fee-Paid Law Schools||$495|
|Non-Member Law Schools and Other Organizations||$3,200|
Faculty Appointments Register
The Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) is an online database of information submitted by individuals who are interested in teaching at law schools. The FAR is only accessible by registered users, which includes both participating schools (you) and the candidates.
Candidates who participate in the FAR fill out a detailed online form that asks for information on education, teaching and employment experience, and bar passage. When this information has been uploaded, it becomes searchable by deans and interviewers at AALS member, fee-paid, and other participating schools.
Once your school registers for the FAR, your school is registered for the entire suite of AALS Faculty Recruitment Services. Your recruitment team may access the FAR online database at any time starting in mid-June. Note that AALS collates and releases the candidate information in three timed batches (called “distributions”) throughout the hiring season.
Interviewers review the information in the FAR database and distributions, they can identify potential candidates, and schedule interviews to be conducted at the Faculty Recruitment Conference.
FAR Deadlines and Distributions
There will be three distributions of the FAR during the academic year. Forms will be released to the schools approximately one week after the corresponding deadline.
|1||August 8, 2018||August 16, 2018|
|2||August 29, 2018||September 6, 2018|
|3||September 24, 2018||October 1, 2018|
Restrictions on Use of the Faculty Appointments Register
AALS makes the FAR available on the express condition that the information contained in it is used solely for the purpose of evaluating candidates for possible faculty recruitment and not for any other purpose. FAR information or data should not be used for research, converted into any database or shared with any person not directly involved in the school’s faculty recruitment process.
Interviewer Usernames and Passwords
If you are an interviewer and do not have a username and password, please contact your school’s designated contact person. Please do not “register” through the AALS FAR website; it is only for candidates.
Faculty Recruitment Services Key Dates
|May 4||Deadline for submission via online form of school contact person and signed Dean’s Agreement on Use of FAR Information.|
|June 8||Deadline for schools to pay FAR Access Fee.|
|Mid-June||Contact person of schools that have paid the FAR Access Fee will receive a link to access suite information and registration. There will be no paper forms for suite selection. All information will be online. Schools have the option of requesting the same suite category they had the year prior. The link will continue to be sent out on a rolling basis as other schools pay the fee.|
|June 25||Deadline for schools to complete the online interviewing room selection form.|
|Mid-July||AALS to email the interviewing room assignment and confirmation form to school contact person.|
|July 26||Deadline to submit ads for 1st issue of the Placement Bulletin.|
|August 8||Deadline for schools to acknowledge receipt of the interviewing room assignment and confirmation form.|
|August 9||First Placement Bulletin posted.|
|August 16||First FAR Distribution available to schools.|
|August 16||Deadline to submit ads for 2nd issue of the Placement Bulletin.|
|August 30||Second Placement Bulletin posted.|
|September 6||Second FAR Distribution available to schools.|
|September 6||Deadline to submit ads for 3rd issue of the Placement Bulletin, to be posted on September 25.|
|September 11||Deadline to submit $200 suite deposit and credit application for direct billing to Marriott Wardman Park (secure fax form line: 202-387-5386)|
|September 11||Deadline for food orders and housekeeping forms for interview rooms to be faxed to (202) 296-8869 or email to email@example.com.|
|September 14||Deadline for schools to enter the names of recruitment team members in the AALS FAR. The team members list will be distributed to candidates at the conference.|
|September 19||Cut-off date for recruitment team members not staying in the interviewing room/suite to make their hotel reservations. Use this link for Hotel Reservations.|
|September 25||Third Placement Bulletin posted.|
|October 1||Third FAR Distribution available to schools.|
|October 11 – 13||Faculty Recruitment Conference, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.|
|January 17, 2019||Deadline to submit ads for the 4th issue of the Placement Bulletin.|
|January 31||Fourth Placement Bulletin posted.|
Planning your FRC Participation
Selecting Interview Rooms
After completing required forms and paying a FAR Access Fee, you will be able to select an interview room. Diagrams and descriptions are available online.
Schools participating in the Faculty Recruitment Conference should submit forms as instructed.
Need to submit a job posting? The Placement Bulletin comes out four times per year, and unlimited postings are included in your school’s overall FRS fee. Read guidelines and access the online submission form here.