After Tenure: Senior Status in the Legal Academy
Authors: Elizabeth Mertz, Katherine Barnes
, Wamucii Njogu
This is the first national study examining the post-tenure experiences of law professors in the United States. Tenured law professors shape many aspects of the institutional settings within law schools, which in turn shape the professional development of the nation’s lawyers. Thus law schools play an important role, because they train many of the individuals who run our government. This study will provide information about the professional lives and values of the law professors who are leaders in United States legal education. The first phase of the project involved a national survey of post-tenure law professors. The second phase entailed more in-depth interviewing of a smaller group of professors. The combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches offers a more in-depth picture than would be possible with either method by itself.