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Friday, November 17, 2017

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2017-2018

On this thread, comments can be shared regarding news of appointments to VAPs or similar fellowships (for example, the Climenko and Bigelow).  Here is last year's thread.

You may also add information to the spreadsheet.

Originally posted November 17, 2017.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on November 17, 2017 at 12:23 PM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


The University of Illinois College of Law is soliciting applications for our Illinois Academic Fellowship Program. This is a 2-year position aimed at placing people into law-school faculty positions. Immodestly, I will say that we have had some success with the program.

More information is available here: https://law.illinois.edu/faculty-research/illinois-academic-fellowship-program/. Now would be a good time to apply as we will begin sifting through applications quite soon.

Posted by: Bob Lawless | Nov 17, 2017 5:28:09 PM

NYU Lawyering has done their day of callbacks. Not sure if they do multiple days.

Posted by: anon | Nov 20, 2017 2:10:46 AM

If I haven’t heard back from anyone yet, should I be discouraged about my prospects?

Posted by: Anon | Nov 20, 2017 10:58:58 AM

anon @ 10:46am -- any rough sense of when that day was (e.g., "first week of October")?

Posted by: anon3 | Nov 20, 2017 1:47:18 PM

Surprised to see so little activity here. Are VAP/Fellowship applications down overall? Or are applicants just becoming more taciturn?

For my part, all quiet on the Climenko front.

Posted by: Anon22 | Nov 21, 2017 11:05:59 AM

I have also not heard anything re the Climenko. My instinct is that there hasn't been much activity on the fellowship/VAP side of things (e.g., that committees are still meeting), but I'd be curious to hear if others are getting news.

Posted by: anon3 | Nov 21, 2017 12:35:13 PM

Haven't heard from Climenko. Did have a phone call with Bigelow- because AALS is late it sounds like everyone is meeting later and they aren't expecting to do callbacks until late Jan.

Posted by: otheranon | Nov 21, 2017 12:54:24 PM

Thanks Sarah for all the hard work you do, this is a real help to those of us hoping to find a place teaching. Questions for you and other readers, is there a collection of VAP programs, and are there any programs geared toward later career practitioners (particularly those with public service or non-profit experience)?

Posted by: Charlie Martel | Nov 21, 2017 1:31:17 PM

Thanks Sarah for all the hard work you do, this is a real help to those of us hoping to find a place teaching. Questions for you and other readers, is there a collection of VAP programs, and are there any programs geared toward later career practitioners (particularly those with public service or non-profit experience)?

Posted by: Charlie Martel | Nov 21, 2017 1:31:26 PM

Here's a dated, but possibly useful, list:


Posted by: TN | Nov 21, 2017 3:05:53 PM

Thank you for starting this thread. An in-person interview with NYU Lawyering and phone interview with Bigelow were completed in November. I was informed that Climenko application is still under review.

Posted by: Anon | Nov 21, 2017 7:28:15 PM

I've heard that Penn Sharswood screeners have started to happen.

Posted by: anon | Nov 26, 2017 5:21:34 PM

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is now accepting applications for Resident Fellows; its Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic is accepting applications for Clinical Fellows. More info available here: https://law.yale.edu/isp/fellowships

Posted by: Rebecca Crootof | Nov 28, 2017 10:47:31 AM

DePaul University is looking to hire a new Jaharis Faculty Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property for 2018-19, with presumptive renewal for a second year and an expectation that the fellow will go on the tenure track teaching market. We construe the subject area broadly but are particularly interested in applicants who teach and study in fields like health IT/data/privacy, health IP, pharma law, innovation policy, FDA, etc. Information is available at http://go.depaul.edu/jaharisfacultyfellow and you can email me ([email protected]) with questions. We plan to begin interviewing early in the spring semester.

Posted by: Wendy Epstein | Nov 30, 2017 2:41:16 PM

I had a phone interview with Bigelow a few weeks ago and was told I probably wouldn't hear back until after the first of the year. Nothing from Climenko and the others.

Posted by: Anon23 | Dec 1, 2017 12:07:42 PM

Thanks all for your input. Seems like this year's process is moving a little more slowly than previous years - perhaps as a result of the AALS being later. With end of term approaching, seems like there won't be much movement until the new year.

Posted by: Anon22 | Dec 1, 2017 2:10:36 PM

From what I've heard, Chicago, NYU, and Columbia are at various stages of their interviewing processes, and Harvard and Georgetown have yet to schedule any interviews.

Any other updates?

Posted by: anon3 | Dec 13, 2017 4:31:57 PM

Anyone heard on Supreme Court Fellowships? Seems like they tend to announce finalists in the first or second week of December.

Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2017 11:10:41 AM

With today being the last "work" day before the holidays, the lack of comments indicating interviews/call backs for some VAPs/Fellowships (Climenko especially) means the waiting game continues into 2018. Wishing you all happy and safe holidays, hopefully we can hear back in the first few weeks of the new year.

Posted by: Anon22 | Dec 22, 2017 9:43:53 AM

Does anyone know the normal timeline for the Yale Ph.D. program? Do they do interviews or are decisions made based on the paper application? Thanks!

Posted by: Anon | Jan 3, 2018 2:13:10 PM

The Yale Law School Center for Private Law is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Fellow in Private Law.

The Fellowship is designed for graduates of law or related Ph.D. programs who are interested in pursuing an academic career and whose research is related to any of the Center for Private Law's research areas, which include contracts (including commercial law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, and dispute resolution), property (including intellectual property), and torts. More information about the Center can be found at http://law.yale.edu/centers-workshops/yale-law-school-center-private-law.

The Fellowship in Private Law is a full-time, one-year residential appointment, with the possibility of reappointment. Up to half of the Fellow's work time is devoted to operating the Center; the remaining time is reserved for the Fellow's own scholarship and projects. Duties include organizing the Seminar in Private Law, academic workshops, and conferences, among other Center initiatives, and maintaining the Center's website (which does not require specialized technical skills).

The Fellow will begin in the Summer or Fall of 2018. Fellows receive a competitive stipend plus benefits and office space at the Yale Law School.

Applicants must have completed their J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received at the latest by February 28, 2018. All application materials must be submitted electronically to [email protected] Applications should include all of the following:

-A cover letter of no longer than two pages explaining your interest in the Fellowship and describing your research interests
-A law school or graduate school transcript
-A scholarly writing sample in English

References will be requested at a later stage of the selection process. Applicants should be prepared to provide the names of 3 references upon request.

Posted by: Sadie Blanchard | Jan 5, 2018 4:21:53 PM

THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER COLLEGE OF LAW is now accepting applications for its graduate fellowship program in clinical legal education. Denver Law’s Master of Laws (LLM) Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program offers attorneys the opportunity to gain extensive practice in law school clinical teaching under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Graduate fellows also learn about academic legal scholarship and, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, produce publishable-quality scholarship during their residence. Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded an LLM upon their successful completion of the fellowship. It is the explicit goal of the fellowship to prepare fellows for a career in clinical teaching.

Fellows enroll in a three-year program during which they are in residence at one of Denver Law’s five in-house clinics: the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Civil Rights Clinic, the Community Economic Development Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Environmental Law Clinic. Fellows will directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in the clinics, first as co-supervisors with clinic faculty and then on their own. Fellows also assist in teaching clinic seminars and perform work on their own client matters. Additionally, fellows enroll in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education. In addition to the above requirements, to complete the degree, the fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality.

Each of Denver Law’s five clinics will offer one clinical teaching fellowship that will commence in the summer of 2018. Clinical Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,000, health and dental benefits, a waiver of all tuition and fees in the LLM program, and a travel budget for conferences. As full-time students, teaching fellows also may qualify for deferment of their student loans. In addition, teaching fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools. Fellows are integrated into the intellectual life of the law school and the larger University. They are invited to attend faculty workshops and participate in mentoring sessions.

Qualifications: J.D. or equivalent; minimum 3 years of practice experience in the relevant area of law; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interest in clinical teaching. Fellows must be members of the Colorado Bar or willing to petition for admission prior to the start date of the fellowship (Colorado permits lawyers teaching in a clinical program to waive into the Bar).

How to apply: To apply for a fellowship, please submit the following:

List of references
Statement of interest of no more than two pages. The statement should address a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the clinic; c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; and e) anything else you consider pertinent.
Please note: If you are applying for a fellowship in the Civil Rights Clinic or the Criminal Defense Clinic, please also submit a writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or a document significantly edited by someone else.
Please send all application materials via email to Laurie Saraceno at [email protected], and use “LLM Application” as the subject line.

Deadline: The application deadline is January 26, 2018, though applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by January 12, 2018.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Posted by: Rachel Moran | Jan 9, 2018 12:11:07 PM


Posted by: anon | Jan 16, 2018 11:58:17 AM

no news to report here.

Posted by: hopefulapplicant | Jan 16, 2018 5:16:45 PM

No news on my end either . . .

Posted by: anon22 | Jan 17, 2018 7:41:30 AM

Got a rejection letter from Duke VAP program. That's something, right?

Posted by: anon | Jan 19, 2018 1:27:55 PM

Got a rejection letter from Duke VAP program. That's something, right?

Posted by: anon | Jan 19, 2018 1:27:55 PM

Very sorry to hear that - but thank you for taking the time to post

Posted by: anon22 | Jan 19, 2018 3:39:08 PM

Supreme Court Fellows has made their finalist selections. All I’ve heard.

Posted by: anon | Jan 19, 2018 6:14:21 PM

Anyone heard from Bigelow?

Posted by: Anon1 | Jan 19, 2018 9:32:31 PM

Had a phone call with them last November but no news since. Would be surprised if they haven’t already made selections though.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 20, 2018 11:46:03 PM

Anyone heard from Climenko?

Posted by: anon | Jan 22, 2018 3:31:00 PM

Columbia rejection

Posted by: Anon | Jan 23, 2018 10:53:31 PM

climenko is interviewing

Posted by: anon | Jan 24, 2018 10:27:45 AM

Illinois Academic Fellowship Program @ UIUC Law: News?

Posted by: anonymous | Jan 31, 2018 3:42:48 PM

Did everyone from Columbia get a rejection? I have not received any word so I wonder if they gave some rejections but not all. All I got was an email back in November that said they planned on interviewing in December.

Posted by: anon | Jan 31, 2018 4:25:05 PM

Got a rejection on Dec. 21 (Academic Fellows Program)

Posted by: anonymous | Jan 31, 2018 4:34:30 PM

Illinois is interviewing

Posted by: anon | Jan 31, 2018 7:50:32 PM

Anyone heard from Georgetown or Penn?

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 1, 2018 8:04:31 AM

Nothing from Georgetown yet. Didn't apply to Penn.
Updates on the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching at HLS?

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 1, 2018 10:26:19 AM

the reginald I don't think is even due until february?

alot of the fellows may be later this year because aals was later.

Posted by: anon | Feb 1, 2018 1:13:06 PM

You're correct, my apologies.

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 1, 2018 1:55:36 PM

I have heard of Penn Sharswood offers.

I'm not sure the later AALS schedule makes that much of a difference -- that assumes there was no slack in the system before and that fellowship hiring is completely tied to TT hiring. It's true that some folks who aren't successful on the TT market go on the fellowship market that same year and land something (something that isn't just an extension at their current institution), but I don't think it follows that the fellowship market "waits" for those people.

Posted by: anon | Feb 2, 2018 11:47:43 AM

Anyone heard from Stanford (Gray)? Yale Law Ph. D. ?

Posted by: Anon | Feb 2, 2018 1:04:58 PM

Received a rejection from a clinical fellowship position with Georgetown's Institue for Public Representation

Posted by: Anon | Feb 2, 2018 2:19:18 PM

I haven't heard anything from Stanford or Harvard. (I didn't apply to Yale's PhD, sorry.)

Posted by: a non | Feb 2, 2018 7:59:46 PM

When should we expect to hear something back from Cornell? The deadline for their VAP program was January 15, so it may take a while

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 2, 2018 9:35:58 PM

anyone hear from columbia associates in law? not academic fellow which was mentioned above.

Posted by: anon | Feb 3, 2018 12:42:50 PM

Haven't heard anything yet, whereas I got a rejection for the Academic Fellows Program

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 3, 2018 1:43:36 PM

I haven’t heard anything regarding Associates in law program either. I applied late Jan though. When did you apply?

Posted by: Nikki | Feb 6, 2018 4:13:08 PM

I haven’t heard anything regarding Associates in law program either. I applied late Jan though. When did you apply?

Posted by: Nikki | Feb 6, 2018 4:13:09 PM

Late December (12/30/2017, if I recall correctly)

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 6, 2018 4:52:43 PM

NYU lawyering has at least started making offers

Posted by: anon | Feb 8, 2018 12:12:01 PM

It’s interesting how little information is available

Posted by: Anon1 | Feb 9, 2018 7:21:02 PM

What is the size of the applicant pool?

Posted by: Anon | Feb 9, 2018 11:31:03 PM

Good question. One rejection email mentioned a pool of around 40 applicants (2-year VAP at a top law school)

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 10, 2018 10:43:03 AM

Yes, that was Duke, I was surprised there were only 40 applicants. i think the fellows programs get around 100.

Posted by: anon | Feb 10, 2018 12:47:47 PM

I doubt it can be as few as 40. That would suggest almost every applicant lands something eventually.

Posted by: hopefulapplicant | Feb 10, 2018 6:04:19 PM

No, the reject email from Duke VAP said they had 40 applicants. I was surprised the number was so low too. I don't see how that means that everyone lands something eventually- maybe some of the people applying are law firm type people too.

Posted by: anon | Feb 10, 2018 6:09:07 PM

My guess is that there are about 30 odd fellowship positions? But I haven't actually gone round counting.

Posted by: hopefulapplicant | Feb 10, 2018 7:19:24 PM

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