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Monday, November 09, 2015

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2015-2016

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.

(If someone wants to aggregate this information, email me, slawsky *at* law *dot* uci *dot* edu, and I will set you up with an embedded spreadsheet.)

Originally posted November 9, 2015.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on November 9, 2015 at 10:07 AM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University seeks to hire a resident academic fellow to begin in September or October 2016 for a 12-month or one-academic-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The fellow will pursue his or her own independent research, as well as work closely with Stanford Law School faculty on a range of projects related to corporate governance, securities regulation, vehicles for public and private investment, and financial market reform. The ideal candidate has excellent academic credentials and experience in relevant fields of practice. The position is particularly well suited to a practicing attorney, with either a litigation or transactional background, seeking a transition to academia, or a post-doctoral economics or finance student with interests in corporate governance. Applications due April 15. More information can be found at https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=70496. (And if you have questions about the fellowship, I'm happy to chat! hwang AT law DOT stanford DOT edu.)

Posted by: Cathy Hwang | Mar 30, 2016 2:13:29 PM


Posted by: Ilya | Mar 30, 2016 2:04:10 PM

UIUC is done.

Posted by: Anon | Mar 2, 2016 11:56:23 AM

Several factors: several schools are not hiring anymore at least temporarily (eg, northwestern) while other schools (eg columbia harvard) are hiring less bc they cant place their fellows. I suspect that candidates are thinking there will also be a slight uptick in hiring in the next 2-3 years. Indeed, I doubt that the 2-3 fellows per 1 fellow ratio described above is actually the result. I suspect - from leiter's assessment from a while back - that there was a slight uptick in the market this year.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 28, 2016 12:58:35 AM

I've been wondering about the whole "competition was especially stiff for VAPs this year" line. I heard it too (first hand from committees) but I always brushed it off as part of the script. Is there any reason to think it's more? Or as I thought is this just the new law school version of "it's not you, it's me"?

Posted by: So&So | Feb 27, 2016 9:18:56 PM

I've heard of more fellows striking out than I have of fellows finding permanent placements in this year's market - I would say at least 2 or 3 unlucky fellows to every one lucky one. But that's not to say that some of the former won't find good non-tenure track spots still.

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 24, 2016 10:23:50 AM

How did the fellows/VAPs fair on the market this year (or is this tbd)? That may give some insight into how many spots open up. Would be curious also to see if there is enough demand to take 5 yale law phds every year. I suspect the inaugural class to do well because many of them were strong candidates to begin with - but not sure about the future.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 24, 2016 3:55:04 AM

Ive also heard of a nyu acting assistant prof hire - very strong credentials. Competition was intense for vaps this year. Duke only hired one.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 23, 2016 12:41:02 AM

The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance is seeking applications from highly qualified candidates who are interested in working with the Program as post-doctoral fellows or senior associates in the fields of corporate governance and/or law and finance. It is an excellent opportunity for someone with a corporate law or similar background who is interested in a career as a law professor or other pursuits in academia.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Any candidates who are interested in the Fellowship or would like more information are very welcome to email the coordinator of the Program, at [email protected] For more information about the position, including required qualifications and application materials, please visit https://pcg.law.harvard.edu/hiring/

Posted by: Travis Taylor | Feb 22, 2016 5:03:37 PM

Duke is done.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 18, 2016 11:21:23 AM

^^^ Correction, because I hate rumors -- I know, for a fact, that Chicago, UPenn and Harvard have each extended at least one offer.

Posted by: anon | Feb 17, 2016 2:53:10 PM

From what I've heard, Chicago, UPenn, and Harvard have each extended at least one offer.

Posted by: anon | Feb 17, 2016 2:50:17 PM

Georgetown is done.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 10, 2016 11:44:50 AM

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Applicants should indicate what Health Law/IP courses they could offer and any additional courses they would be interested in teaching.

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Posted by: Margaret Ryznar | Feb 4, 2016 6:56:32 PM

Interesting. I've heard NYU, Columbia, Duke, Chicago and Yale are interviewing, and that at least Chicago and Columbia are hoping to decide soon. NYU has extended at least one offer. I've also heard that, while at least some of those schools had really good placement this year, Harvard has not with their Climenko fellows and has decided to keep some fellows on for an extra year (totally heard this second-hand, so could be wholly or partially inaccurate). I'm not sure why people aren't posting, but I'll post as soon as I hear things!

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 29, 2016 5:10:44 AM

Hypothesis: The VAP and fellowship pool is extra strong because the market was so tilted toward a few subject areas. I bet that many on the market are waiting to hear from their remaining options before deciding on fellowships. That is having a secondary impact on the timing of that market.

Posted by: Guess | Jan 28, 2016 5:54:43 PM

I actually heard that the VAP pool is particularly strong this year. My guess would be that this allows schools some additional time in making decisions.

Posted by: anon | Jan 28, 2016 2:54:06 PM

A few years ago, this thread would be 3-4 pages at this point. Nine comments? Has the VAP applicant pool just dried up?

Posted by: AnonAnon | Jan 28, 2016 11:58:21 AM

Any movement? Bigelow, Climenko, Sharswood, Duke, Georgetown etc?

Posted by: Anon | Jan 21, 2016 3:14:45 PM

Clinical/LL.M. fellowship in energy, land use, and sustainable development law at West Virginia: http://law.wvu.edu/energy-llm/fellowships

Posted by: Anon | Jan 12, 2016 5:51:56 PM

Teaching fellowship in Environmental Law and Policy at Stanford https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=69498

Posted by: Anon | Jan 5, 2016 12:17:09 PM

when is the earliest these fellowship programs (like bigelow or nyu) start extending offers?

Posted by: anonn | Nov 19, 2015 2:16:27 PM

A good compliation is here: http://web.law.columbia.edu/law-teaching/services-current-candidates/fellowships-vaps

Posted by: Anon | Nov 18, 2015 9:41:41 AM

I haven't seen one. This link is a few years old, but some of the programs are definitely still in existence. http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2012/09/fellowships-for-aspiring.html

Posted by: anonjr. | Nov 17, 2015 11:16:06 AM

Is there an updated list of available VAPs and Academic fellowships somewhere? Where is the best place to look?

Posted by: anon | Nov 17, 2015 10:31:10 AM

Bigelow and Climenko have both interviewed some candidates already, not sure how many though

Posted by: anon | Nov 11, 2015 9:52:12 PM

I know they've started interviewing for the NYU Lawyering Program -- have requests for interviews been sent out to candidates for Climenko, Bigelow or other academic fellowships/VAPs?

Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 11, 2015 4:46:39 PM

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