Letter to 1Ls Interested in Law Teaching

Dear 1Ls:

On behalf of the Academic Careers Program, we would like to welcome you to NYU School of Law.  The Academic Careers Program exists to support those students and graduates of the law school who are considering careers in legal academia.

Later this year, the Academic Careers Program will sponsor an event for first-year students to begin discussing careers in law teaching.  Professor Barry Friedman will discuss what you need to be thinking about as you go through law school if you think you might be interested in a career in academia. That event will take place on January 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Furman Hall, Room 216. Other than what we provide below, there is nothing you need do until then.  We suggest you spend the fall focused on your coursework and settling into law school.

Students often ask where they should work during the summer following their first year of law school.  If you are considering a career in law teaching, we strongly urge you to work as a research assistant (RA) for a member of the NYU law faculty.  The Office of Career Services will provide you with all of the information you need regarding the program in late January. There are a number of good reasons to work as an RA.  First, references are extremely important in your career development process, especially when you apply for clerkships.  Working as a research assistant allows you to develop a relationship with a professor who can serve as a mentor or reference.  Second, summer research assistants are invited to a weekly lunch seminar that is intended to teach research and writing skills and help them develop student note topics.  Third, working as a research assistant exposes you to the process of scholarship.

If you have any interest in law teaching, you should visit the Academic Careers Program website and register with the Program. The website is located at www.law.nyu.edu/acp.  You will need your Net ID and password to log into the site, to access some of the pages, and to register.

Best wishes for a great 1L year!


Barry Friedman, Faculty Director
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Faculty Director
Heidi Gilchrist, Associate Director

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