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Becoming a Law Professor

Spring 2013 Reading Group
Meets: M 10:30am - 11:30am in Hauser Hall Room 105
1 classroom credit

There are many elements that go into becoming a law professor, but at the core of the process of moving from law student to law professor is scholarship. How do you choose your topic? How do you write an article? What will become your area of expertise? What have others written about this subject area, and how do you break new ground? How do you engage with fellow scholars in the midst of the writing process?

This reading group will focus on the generative scholarly process that is at the center of the life of the law professor. Each week, a member of the faculty will present a working draft of her or his scholarship, and that piece will be discussed by the group. Discussions will focus in part on the genesis of the research project being presented, in order to demonstrate how articles develop from the first spark of an idea to final publication. Students will also explore substantive issues raised in the pieces, the better to become familiar with the latest work being done across a variety of subject areas. Students will also develop their own research and scholarship agendas as the semester progresses and will receive feedback from the reading group leaders.

Admission is by application via email to Akiba Covitz at acovitz@law.harvard.edu and Susannah Tobin at stobin@law.harvard.edu by October 15, 2012. Please include a paragraph expressing your interest in the reading group and a CV and transcript.

As is the norm with reading groups, there will be no examination or paper requirement, and the class will be graded credit/fail.