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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


bigelow rejection.

Posted by: anon | Feb 20, 2018 11:47:19 AM

The Columbia Associates in Law program is interviewing. You can always have a reference reach out to remind them about you/your application.

Posted by: anonwithsomeintel | Feb 20, 2018 11:36:55 AM

I heard nothing back from UIUC. No rejection email as of today

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 20, 2018 11:09:07 AM

Has anyone heard from the Associates in Law program?

Posted by: Monica | Feb 20, 2018 7:19:36 AM

For those who heard from Illinois (Academic Fellows Program), was it by email?

Posted by: anon | Feb 20, 2018 12:01:14 AM

Has anyone heard from GWU IP?

Posted by: Anon1 | Feb 19, 2018 11:40:06 AM

emailing to find out status is unlikely to yield a positive outcome- they either did not decide or else they did not send out rejections yet. I applied once and never got a rejection.

If these places want to interview you they are going to call or email. It's unlikely that there would be a missed communication here so I don't see what asking gives you unless you have another offer in hand.

Posted by: anon | Feb 19, 2018 11:15:13 AM

no, not yet, i had applied before and did not get rejection email until april. some of these programs do interviews in march still. I would wait.

Posted by: anon | Feb 19, 2018 11:13:47 AM

Has anyone heard from Associates in Law? I’m debating whether i should inquire into my application. Has anyone else done this?

Posted by: Monica | Feb 19, 2018 9:53:57 AM

Rejection email received from GULC's Research Fellowship

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 15, 2018 2:38:47 PM

Later in march. some are not even due until later this month. i did interviews before in march.

Posted by: anon | Feb 14, 2018 3:03:27 PM

By approximately when do we expect that the fellowship / VAP cycle will be fully concluded (i.e. with all spots for the various fellowships / VAPs filled and no more offers forthcoming)? Thanks!

Posted by: Jim Z | Feb 14, 2018 2:47:47 PM

By approximately when do we expect that the fellowship / VAP cycle will be fully concluded (i.e. with all spots for the various fellowships / VAPs filled and no more offers forthcoming)? Thanks!

Posted by: Jim Z | Feb 14, 2018 2:43:00 PM

Rejection email received from UCLA's Law and Philosophy fellowship

Posted by: Anon | Feb 12, 2018 7:42:58 PM

Cornell is sending out rejections. I got mine earlier this afternoon

Posted by: anonymous | Feb 12, 2018 6:04:20 PM

Rejection email received from Cornell's general VAP program

Posted by: Anon | Feb 12, 2018 4:07:09 PM

I think a better system would be for the hiring committees to post information to this site. the cost of sharing information by applicants can be quite high. The cost for committees is low.

Posted by: anon | Feb 11, 2018 11:25:23 AM

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

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

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

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

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

What is the size of the applicant pool?

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

It’s interesting how little information is available

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

NYU lawyering has at least started making offers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You're correct, my apologies.

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

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

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

Anyone heard from Georgetown or Penn?

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

Illinois is interviewing

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

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

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

Illinois Academic Fellowship Program @ UIUC Law: News?

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

climenko is interviewing

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

Columbia rejection

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

Anyone heard from Climenko?

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

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

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

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

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

No news on my end either . . .

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

no news to report here.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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