Learn How to Become a Law Professor

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Summary: In pursuing a teaching career, you will have a lot to think about and do. As in any career change, self-assessment, planning, and diligence will be essential.
Here's how you can become a law professor.

Why do you want to teach law? That is a threshold question that you will be asked over and over again. In fact, anyone who is making any sort of career change will be asked a similar question. Under all circumstances, whether it is teaching or another career path, potential employers will be expecting you to articulate your reasons. You must be clear and answer with conviction.

Having an understanding of what is involved in teaching law will help you formulate your response. As always, your networking efforts will be a key element in gaining insight into this career path. By discussing your interest with law professors, you can learn about the day-to-day teaching, scholarly research and writing requirements, the courses you would be qualified to teach, hiring criteria, and salary ranges.

Speaking of salary, you will most likely take a substantial cut in your income, and you will have to determine whether, at the very least, you can make ends meet. Even so, unless you are very comfortable, it could very well mean a change in your current lifestyle. In addition, finding a position usually involves a change in geography. You must decide whether these will be obstacles that prevent you from pursuing your dream.

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