Philip Merkel Publishes Article on Importance of Practice Experience for Tenure-Track Hiring

Professor Philip L. Merkel recently published Scholar or Practitioner? Rethinking Qualifications for Entry-Level Tenure-Track Professors at Fourth-Tier Law Schools, 44 Capital University Law Review 507 (2016). The article is based on an empirical study of recent law school tenure-track hiring patterns, with particular emphasis on the experience of fourth-tier law schools. It challenges these schools whose mission is to train practicing lawyers to hire individuals with significant, relevant practice experience for tenure-track positions rather than following the current trend of basing hiring decisions mainly on a candidate’s law school pedigree and the ability to produce academic legal scholarship. The article appears in an issue of the Capital University Law Review devoted to current topics in legal education.