Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Job search tips for Law Librarians

A perennial topic of discussion on the lawprofessor blogs has to do with advice for those on the academic job market. The latest round, inspired by model of SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers' notes to her mentor, is a discussion at PrawfsBlawg on the pros and cons of thank-you notes. Other recent discussions include Dan Solove's advice on AALS interviews, Paul Horwitz's cautions about being too brilliant, Ethan Leib comments on why it's not a good idea to take credit for judicial opinions you wrote as a clerk, Matt Bodie's ten questions candidates should not ask at the interview, and Kaimi Wenger's description of the logistical difficulties of The Two Towers.

I'm sure some of our newer law librarians and JD/MLS students would benefit from hearing some practical advice about the job search for law librarians. What advice would you give? What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were first on the job market? How has the job market changed since you started? What should newer job candidates expect? Do entry-level positions typically require a presentation, and if so, what kind? What should you order at the interview dinner?

Fellow OOTJ team members, please post your blog entries. Everybody else, please add your comments below.

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