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ERIC Number: EJ849968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-14
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
When Work Experience Is Not Enough
Lum, Lydia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n7 p12-13 May 2009
Legal practitioners find the leap into academia difficult. A much bigger deterrent for lawyers interested in teaching is a laborious, oft-vexing application process that places little value on work experience and interests. They also chide law school hiring committees for a lack of outreach to Asian Pacific Islanders. Law educators emphasize that the hurdles to becoming teachers aren't overtly racial. However, attorneys involved in race- and immigrant-related work rarely receive much academic consideration for it. The truth is, the process of becoming a professor disfavors people who have dedicated themselves to community lawyering, civil rights and interesting, important things in advocacy and practice. This gets played out in the application process, which is fraught with nuance and subtext. Attorneys must either submit scholarly articles they have written since earning their law degrees or they must write a piece indicative of what they might produce if hired so that school officials can judge their writing and research abilities. And, the commonly used, standardized application recommended by most schools gauges the willingness of lawyers to do non-glamorous teaching of large, core curriculum classes such as torts and civil procedure. Because schools give so little weight to a practitioner's career accomplishments, many Asian Pacific Islanders lack incentive to join the formal pipeline into academia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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