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10/24/2017

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What evidence can you offer to support the assertion that schools "could over time curate an adjunct corps of instructors equal or superior to its average full time teachers?"

At many, perhaps most law schools, full-time law professors are primarily hired based on their scholarly potential, with teaching skill a secondary consideration. Moreover, full-time professors who are (or become) bad teachers are almost impossible to fire. Adjuncts, on the other hand, having no scholarly expectations could be hired based primarily on their teaching and mentoring abilities. Unlike full-time faculty members, law schools could cull poor teachers from the adjunct pool. Thus, over time the selection process could ensure that adjuncts are at least as strong at teaching as full-time faculty members (possibly stronger) and come at much lower cost.

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