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She advises students to think ahead as they build their resumes. “I think people have to be strategic in a way, frankly, that 20 years ago they didn’t have to be. Teaching has become more competitive.”

Kevin L. Cole L’83, professor of law and associate dean at the University of San Diego, anticipated teaching when he started at Penn Law, and he credits his professors for inspiration and guidance. Now he teaches criminal law and criminal procedure and his research focuses on sentencing and criminal law theory. He says of teaching: “In some ways, it’s the best job there is. You get to deal with young people who are interested in starting their careers and you can allocate part of your day to things you enjoy thinking about.”

As chair of the hiring committee at USD, Cole says he looks for candidates who are capable of being effective teachers and good communicators, who are motivated, who can think about complicated legal issues and bring new insights to bear on the law.

For lawyers who have spent time in practice, Penn Law is among the schools with faculty positions called “clinical law professor” or “clinician.” Unlike most traditional, or non-clinical, law faculty, clinicians come to law school teaching after a significant period as active practitioners. This allows attorneys who have not pursued the traditional route to a faculty post to share their knowledge of legal practice in the classroom and in scholarship. Alan M. Lerner, W’62, L’65, practice professor at Penn Law, took this path.

“I love working with the students,” he says. “I like being able to see the growth in a student in the course of a semester -- growth in ability, growth in understanding what a lawyer is, growth in understanding of responsibility, growth in judgment as lawyers, growth in self-confidence.” He also enjoys writing about topics that are of special interest to clinicians: teaching, the practice of lawyering, and the impact of the legal system on underserved populations.

Penn Law alumni interested in entering the legal academy receive considerable support from the current faculty. Stephen Morse and Gideon Parchomovsky are among the Penn Law faculty who work with alumni — advising about teaching and scholarly aspirations and offering practice job talk and mock interview opportunities — to prepare them for job searches for teaching positions.

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