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Law Teaching

The work of a law professor combines research, writing, and teaching.  For those in clinical teaching it adds the rewards of direct client services. YLS alumni have been very successful on the law teaching market and are currently law professors in every conceivable subject at schools of every type in every area of the globe.


Many applicants in the teaching market are aiming for tenure track positions in classrooms or clinics, where they hope to progress from assistant professor, to associate professor, and finally to full professor. However, there are different types of teaching positions in law schools that vary on permanence, salary, voting status, and other issues.  


Several law teaching candidates also consider academic fellowships as a unique opportunity to spend one or two years in an academic position with a law school.  The types of academic fellowships vary including research and writing only, teaching/visiting assistant professor positions, teaching legal research and writing, clinical teaching fellowships and specialized teaching fellowships.


The Career Development Office provides resources to provide an introduction to candidates considering law teaching, including information on academic fellowships. If prompted for a password, alumni should contact CDO at cdo.law@yale.edu or 203-432-1676 for login information.

For further information on law teaching, click here.

Law Teaching Program

Entering the Law Teaching Market 
YLS Fellowships

Association of American Law Schools

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Legal Scholarship Network