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Saturday, November 05, 2016

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2016-2017

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 5, 2016.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on November 5, 2016 at 05:21 PM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


While this posting is for a clinical fellowship, it is worth nothing that of our four most recent fellows, two went onto clinical faculty positions and two went onto tenure track doctrinal positions.

Community and Economic Development Clinic

Yale Law School seeks applications for a Ludwig Clinical Fellow to begin on July 1, 2017. The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with a minimum of four years of relevant practice experience who is interested in preparing for a career in law school clinical teaching. The Fellow will work with the Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic (CED).

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations. CED’s legal services help our clients to expand access to financial services, bring arts institutions and grocery stores to chronically under-resourced communities, break down barriers to affordable housing development in high-opportunity communities, promote access to healthy foods, and facilitate entrepreneurship among low-income people.

On behalf of our clients, our students negotiate and draft contracts; provide advice on the tax consequences of deal structures and entity choices; structure and carry out real estate transactions; represent borrowers and lenders in financings; engage in legislative and regulatory advocacy; form for-profit and not-for-profit entities; and resolve land use and environmental issues. In addition to representing clients, students in their first semester of the clinic take a seminar which covers federal, state and local policies affecting urban and suburban places; substantive law in tax, real estate development, and corporate governance; and transactional and regulatory lawyering skills, such as negotiation and drafting contracts.

The Fellow’s responsibilities include representing clients, supervising students, assisting in teaching classes, and pursuing a scholarship agenda. The Fellow may be asked to co-teach a section of a half-semester research and writing program for first-year students. Candidates must be prepared to apply for admission to the Connecticut bar. (Candidates may qualify for admission without examination.) The Fellow will be supervised by the clinical faculty.

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills. Experience in creative and community-driven advocacy is a strong plus. Annual salary is $63,000-68,000. In addition, the Fellow will receive health benefits and access to university facilities. Email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to Osikhena Awudu, Program Manager, The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, [email protected]. Application submission deadline is March 31, 2017. Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of April.

Yale Law School is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

Posted by: Anika Singh Lemar | Mar 2, 2017 2:48:05 PM

Cardozo Visiting Assistant Professor Position

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, is a leader in legal education, with world-class faculty and innovative programming. The school also prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

Cardozo is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) for a two-year appointment beginning August 2017. Cardozo VAPs spend four semesters in residence at the law school, preparing for entry into the tenure-track teaching market. The position provides promising legal scholars a supportive academic environment, the opportunity to devote substantial time to research and writing, and valuable teaching experience. VAPs participate in the faculty workshop series, conferences, colloquia, and other facets of the intellectual life of the law school, and in general are treated as regular tenure-track faculty (albeit with a reduced teaching load and no administrative/committee obligations). VAPs are given the opportunity to present works in progress to our faculty and to receive feedback and mentoring from faculty members in preparation for the academic job market.

Ours has been a very successful VAP program. Several permanent members of our faculty began as VAPs, and Cardozo VAPs have also gone on to teach at other well-respected law schools, including NYU, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Illinois, DePaul, Tennessee, Iowa, and Roger Williams.

VAPs are provided an office, administrative support, and a budget for conferences and research expenses, earn a competitive salary, and receive health and dental benefits. Applicants should be law school graduates with a commitment to scholarship and teaching. A division of Yeshiva University, the law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities. Indeed, Cardozo is dedicated to building a diverse faculty that will enable the school and its students to thrive in a multicultural environment, and we strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and members of other groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in law teaching. Applications should include the applicant’s CV, law school transcript, a statement of the applicant’s research and teaching interests, and a list of references. (No letters of recommendation need be sent; we will contact references as necessary.) Please submit these no later than Friday, March 31, 2017 to Michelle Nguyen at [email protected].

Posted by: Michelle Nguyen | Feb 22, 2017 9:56:40 AM

The Federalist Society may award one or more part-time fellowships designed to assist prospective legal academics to develop their scholarship on a part-time basis. Our objective is to help the part-time fellow develop publishable papers while remaining employed in a law firm or the government. To that end we are soliciting proposals from interested applicants.

The core deliverable for the fellowship is a publishable paper. Participating in the program therefore primarily involves committing a certain amount of time (either hours per week or a percentage of the fellow’s work time or a leave from the fellow’s regular job, or some combination) to writing and completing the paper. Fellows will also receive mentoring from faculty in their area of expertise. In addition, fellows will receive access to research accounts and law journal submission accounts, likely by arrangement with a local law school or the school from which they received their J.D. The Society will also endeavor to arrange an affiliation with such a school that will allow the fellow to participate in workshops and the like.

Applicants should possess a J.D. and strong academic qualifications, dedication to teaching and scholarship, commitment to the rule of law and intellectual diversity in legal academia, and show promise as a legal scholar and teacher.

All those who believe they fit the criteria are encouraged to apply. Proposals should include the following:

Research project overview:

A summary of your research project.
A proposed timeline, including an estimate of how much time you plan to commit to the Fellowship.
A proposed stipend.

Applicants should also submit the following additional information:

A resume and law school transcript.
A brief description of your interest in the program: why you are submitting a proposal and your intention to teach law.
Academic writing sample(s) with a 50-page limit on the total number of pages submitted.

Two references are required. Letters of recommendation from faculty or others who can speak to your academic potential are welcome but not required.
Applications should be received no later than March 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified in mid-May 2017.

For more information and to apply online: http://www.fed-soc.org/aboutus/page/part-time-fellowships

Posted by: The Federalist Society | Feb 3, 2017 11:11:53 AM

The Federalist Society's Olin-Searle-Smith Fellows in Law program will offer top young legal thinkers the opportunity to spend one to two years working full time on writing and developing their scholarship with the goal of entering the legal academy.

A distinguished group of academics will select the Fellows. Criteria include:

Dedication to teaching and scholarship
A J.D. and extremely strong academic qualifications (such as significant clerkship or law review experience)
Commitment to the rule of law and intellectual diversity in legal academia.

All those who believe they fit the criteria are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit the following:

A resume and law school transcript
Academic writing sample(s) with an approximately 50-page limit on the total number of pages submitted (i.e. two 25-page pieces are fine, two 50-page pieces are not)
A brief discussion of their areas of intellectual interest/research agenda (approximately 2 pages)
A statement of their commitment to teaching law
At least two and generally no more than three letters of support. These should come from people who can speak to your academic potential and should generally include at least two letters from law professors.

Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2017.
Applicants will be notified in mid-May 2017.
Please apply online: http://www.fed-soc.org/aboutus/page/olin-searle-smith-fellows-in-law-full-time

Posted by: The Federalist Society | Feb 3, 2017 10:56:07 AM

I've heard that Climenko might be planning to make one or more of its offers this week and may have already done so last week.

Posted by: anon | Jan 30, 2017 10:09:28 AM

Does anyone know why the Freedman Fellowship program at Temple has been suspended? And whether it's expected to be offered again in the future or if this is the end of the line? I'd had my eye on it for some time.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 17, 2017 10:47:42 AM

Bigelow finished.

Posted by: anon | Jan 17, 2017 9:51:44 AM

CWRU is still accepting applications for a visiting professor position. I've reproduced the notice below:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law invites applications from entry-level or lateral candidates for a visiting assistant professor of law position beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Areas of focus include business law and tax, including Business Associations, Business Planning, Securities Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Income Tax and Corporate Tax. This is a one-year visiting position with the possibility of a one-year renewal at the end of the contract term based on Law School needs.

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to:

Professor Jonathan H. Adler
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Posted by: Jonathan H. Adler | Jan 15, 2017 11:19:13 AM

The Supreme Court Fellows Program has send emails to the semi-finalists.

Posted by: C | Dec 5, 2016 10:14:16 AM

Anyone hear from Bigelow yet re stage 2 interviews?

Posted by: anon | Dec 5, 2016 10:02:46 AM

The ISP's call for applications is now up: http://isp.yale.edu/node/4772

Posted by: Rebecca Crootof | Nov 30, 2016 10:48:04 AM

Sharswood, Bigelow, Climenko, Columbia AIL, and NYU Lawyering have all done or scheduled at least some "stage 1" interviews, and Columbia AIL has scheduled at least one call-back. Climenko appears to only have 1 stage, as does NYU Lawyering in at least some cases.

Posted by: anon | Nov 15, 2016 7:50:02 PM

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-Graduate Academic Fellows in the areas of corporate governance and law and finance. Candidates should be interested in spending two to three years at Harvard Law School (longer periods may be possible). Candidates should have a J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D. from a U.S. law school, or a Ph.D. degree in economics, finance, or related areas, by the time they commence their fellowship. Candidates still pursuing an S.J.D. or Ph.D. are eligible so long as they will have completed most of their program’s requirements by the time they start.

During the term of their appointment, Post-Graduate Academic Fellows work on research and corporate governance activities of the Program, depending on their skills, interests, and Program needs. Fellows may also work on their own research and publishing in preparation for a career in academia or policy research. Former Fellows of the Program now teach in leading law schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a CV, list of references, transcripts, writing sample, and cover letter to the coordinator of the Program, Ms. Jordan Figueroa, at [email protected]. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s experience, reasons for seeking the position, career plans, and the kinds of projects and activities in which he or she would like to be involved at the Program. The position includes Harvard University benefits and a competitive fellowship salary. Start date is flexible.

Posted by: Greg Shill / HLS PCG | Nov 15, 2016 11:06:24 AM

Information Society Project at Yale Law School will be posting call for fellows shortly. Please feel free to contact me for info.

Posted by: Rebecca Crootof | Nov 13, 2016 10:49:26 PM

Thanks! Does that mean stage two interviews have not yet begun?

Posted by: anon | Nov 13, 2016 1:54:15 PM

At least two Bigelow stage one interviews are still being conducted over the next few weeks.

Posted by: applcnt | Nov 13, 2016 1:38:08 PM

Bigelow interview (stage one) was scheduled/completed in early-mid October. Haven't heard back since. Climenko interview scheduled in early November, coming up in December.

Anyone received Bigelow callbacks yet?

Posted by: anon | Nov 11, 2016 9:32:59 PM

Nah fam a lot of the deadlines are early next year

Posted by: anon | Nov 10, 2016 12:59:17 PM

Nah fam a lot of the deadlines are early next year

Posted by: anon | Nov 10, 2016 12:59:17 PM

Is it too late to apply to fellowships?

Posted by: AnonFed | Nov 10, 2016 11:38:19 AM

NYU has extended interviews

Posted by: AnonLongHorn | Nov 8, 2016 3:34:01 PM

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