Conversations

Caveats for My Interview Series with VAP & Fellowship Directors

I will soon post the first interview of my interview series with VAP and fellowship directors. My goal is to post one a week over the summer. I have now conducted several interviews, however, and I wanted to take a few moments before the series officially starts to reflect on it more… 

Gordon Silverstein about Yale Law School’s Ph.D. in Law Program

For those of you who have been following my series, you know that it generally focuses on VAP and fellowship directors. This interview, like my earlier interview about Berkeley’s JSP. program, focuses on a related, but slightly different, trend in law faculty hiring—the increase in the number of entry-level hires with… 

Adam Feibelman about the Academic Fellowships at Tulane Law School

I’m excited to announce the next latest interview in my my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. This interview is with Adam Feibelman, the Sumter Davis Marks Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and Director of the Program in Regulation and Coordination at Tulane’s Murphy Institute.  Adam has historically helped manage… 

Calvin Morrill on the Jurisprudence & Social Policy Ph.D. Program at Berkeley Law

For those of you who have been following my interview series you know that it generally focuses on VAP and fellowship directors. This interview, however, focuses on a related, but slightly different, trend in law faculty hiring—the increase in the number of entry-level hires with Ph.D.’s. I spoke with Professor Calvin Morrill, who… 

Miriam Seifter on the William H. Hastie Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School

Next up in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors is is Miriam Seifter, an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. For the past two years, she has chaired the committee that oversees the William H. Hastie Fellowship Program at Wisconsin. An edited transcript of our conversation is below, and I… 

Andrew Williams from NYU Law on NYU’s Lawyering Program

Next up in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors is Andrew Williams, who is the Director of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. An edited transcript of our conversation is below, and I have invited Andy to respond to any questions in the comments on Prawsblawg. Thanks, Andy, for participating in… 

Michael Heller at Columbia Law School on the Associates-in-Law Program

Below is the latest interview in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. This interview is with Michael Heller, the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School. Michael oversees the Associates-in-Law Program at Columbia. An edited transcript of our conversation is below, and I have invited Michael to respond to any questions in… 

Jeanne Merino on the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship Program at Stanford Law School

Here is the next interview in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. Thanks to Jeanne Merino, the Director of the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program at Stanford Law School, for participating in this series! She oversees the fellows in Stanford’s Thomas C. Grey Fellowship for Legal Research and Writing (LRW). An edited transcript of… 

Daniel Markovits on the Fellowship with the Yale Center for the Study of Private Law

I am excited for the next post in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. This interview is with Daniel Markovits, the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Founding Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Private Law. The Center typically has one… 

Robert Lawless from the University of Illinois College of Law on Illinois’s Academic Fellowship Program

I’m excited to announce the latest interview in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. This interview is with Bob Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Bob has historically overseen Illinois’s Academic Fellowship Program. An edited transcript of our conversation… 

Susannah Barton Tobin from Harvard Law School on the Climenko Fellowship Program

Here is the second interview in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. Thanks to Susannah Barton Tobin, the Managing Director of the Climenko Fellowship Program and Assistant Dean for Academic Career Advising at Harvard Law School, for participating in this series! An edited transcript of our conversation is below,… 

Professor Adam Chilton from the University of Chicago Law School on the Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellowships

It’s finally time for the first posted interview in my series interviewing VAP and fellowship directors. Thanks to Professor Adam Chilton, the co-director of Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellowship program at the University of Chicago Law School, for participating in this series! An edited transcript of our conversation is below, and I have invited Adam… 

Interviewing Fellowship & VAP Directors: What Do You Want to Know?

In an earlier post, I explained my plan to interview as many VAP and fellowship directors as I can this summer, with the goal of improving transparency into how these programs work and how to make the most of them. The series itself will start in June, but first I want your… 

Becoming a Law Professor in Mid-Life: My Experience on the Market

Despite what you may have heard, it is possible to become a tenure-track law professor after an extensive career in practice. If you have a proclivity for scholarship and a passion for teaching, I think you will be warmly welcomed by the academy. After almost 20 years practicing corporate law,…