BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School is Hiring

***Job Announcement***

BYU law is now seeking applicants for faculty positions beginning in Fall of 2017.

The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University is seeking applicants for one or more continuing faculty status track faculty positions to begin Fall Semester 2017.

A successful applicant must have a JD degree, an outstanding academic background, a record that indicates a strong likelihood of becoming a well-published and nationally recognized scholar, and an intense commitment to teaching, research and writing that will leave no time for significant law practice or consulting.

Curricular needs include Bankruptcy, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Employment Law, Evidence, Family Law, Professional Responsibility, and Secured Transactions, but all applicants with strong credentials will be considered.

Applicants must create an online faculty application at https://yjobs.byu.edu, posting number 57328. Each applicant’s curriculum vitae or cover letter should include (1) a description of the applicant’s research agenda, (2) a list of preferred courses to teach, and (3) references.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2016, but the Law School will consider applications on a rolling basis once the position is posted. BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For further information, contact Brigham Daniels, Appointments Committee Chair, at danielsb@law.byu.edu.

Commentary: An Oversupply of Lawyers…?

Here’s a blog post from someone who’s rather blunt on the subject (courtesy “Above The Law”):

The Oversupply of Lawyers in America « Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid – News and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession:

Response from this attorney: I have no quarrel with the idea that prospective law students need to have realistic expectations about their career once they pass the bar. However, Elie Mystal’s piece appears to advocate an overcorrection, one that may ultimately be detrimental to the administration of justice. As it is, I question whether indigent defendants always have access to adequate representation, even now. I submit such needs will always exist, even if they are not glamorous or high-paying.

As with anything, there needs to be a balanced approach. The crucial questions to be asked of any prospective student are: 1) What are your talents, and 2) What are your motivations to practice law in the first place? At one extreme, if the sole motive is money and prestige and the person doesn’t have a natural talent or inclination for law, the person is a poor match, and such a person, if (s)he passes the bar, may become part of an unhappy and miserable lot. At the other extreme, if the person writes naturally like Scalia, thinks through complex fact patterns like a hot knife through butter, and has a passion for the law that is deeply ingrained…we should not deter that person. In fact, frankly, we need all of them we can get.

Finally, from a Mormon perspective, one additional dimension is needful, and it is prayer and personal revelation. Were it not for these things, I would not have taken the first step towards law school in the first place. –SJR