Sara Ochs (Louisville), Imposter Syndrome & The Law School Caste System, 42 Tempo L. Rev. 373 (2022):
For many years, authorized academia has been structured round a hierarchical caste system, with tenured and tenure-track doctrinal regulation professors—a lot of whom are males—occupying the best caste, and professors of authorized expertise programs—who extra typically establish as ladies—relegated to the decrease castes. The standing of those “decrease caste” professors is routinely strengthened by way of weaker job safety, much less respect, and decrease pay than acquired by their doctrinal, “higher caste” colleagues. Given this inequality, imposter syndrome performs a pervasive position within the lives and careers of professors of authorized expertise programs. Counting on qualitative information obtained from instructing college and workers at ABA accredited and permitted regulation colleges nationwide, this text analyzes how the regulation college hierarchy manifests as imposter syndrome in professors of authorized expertise programs, which impacts their relationships with colleagues; instructing; relationships with college students; publication and promotion of scholarship; and private well being and wellbeing.
Based mostly on these findings, the article argues that the impacts of imposter syndrome on expertise professors—a lot of which have gendered implications—promote a recurring cycle of classism and discrimination inside authorized academia. The article additional identifies imposter syndrome as an institutionalized, reasonably than an individualized, drawback inside authorized academia. The accountability and capability to handle this drawback due to this fact lies within the establishment—on this case, regulation colleges—reasonably than the talents professors themselves. Thus, this text concludes that the one technique to scale back the insidious presence of imposter syndrome in authorized academia is to dismantle the regulation college caste system and stage the hierarchy.