Gatekeepers of the Profession: An Empirical Profile of the Nation’s Law Professors

Part I of this Note surveys the existing body of literature on legal education, with a particular emphasis on previous empirical studies concerning law professors. Part II focuses on the increasing number of women in the teaching profession. Part III looks at the nonteaching experience of law teachers, including judicial clerkships, private practice, government experience, and public interest experience. Finally, Part IV examines the influence of “elite schools” in law school hiring and tenure decisions.