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Monday, October 29, 2018

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2018-2019

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.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on October 29, 2018 at 09:00 AM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


Having applied for fellowships in law and in other disciplines, it seems to me that both application processes are stretching out. Notices (rejections) are trickling in, but I'm still largely in the dark right now, which is maddening.

One thing to note: the Climenko website says they "are still accepting applications and will do so well into the New Year 2019." I don't recall seeing that in last year's application pages, so perhaps its an indication that this year is dragging on a bit extra?

Posted by: yetanotheranon | Mar 22, 2019 4:12:28 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this year we are more in the dark than usual. Not sure if people just aren’t posting or if the process really is slower this year. Either way, this whole process has been horrible and anxiety provoking. Thanks to those of us who have been posting - nice to know I’m not the only one who has faced radio silence

Posted by: Anon | Mar 22, 2019 4:02:47 PM

Looks like Columbia AIL is done hiring for next year -- congrats to those selected!

Posted by: utterlyanon | Mar 22, 2019 3:50:51 PM

anyone get rejections from Cornell? sharswood? are they all done?

is anyone still active?

Posted by: anon | Mar 22, 2019 3:32:03 PM

To echo Anon's question from Mar 8 -- any news re Climenko or BU?

Posted by: AnotherAnon | Mar 22, 2019 2:34:55 PM

Hiring Announcement: Stanford Law School (Teaching Fellow - LLM Program in Environmental Law & Policy)

The Teaching Fellow for the Stanford Law School LLM Program in Environmental Law & Policy will work with LLM student candidates in the program. The fellow will assume significant academic, advising and administrative responsibilities. He or she will be responsible for organizing and teaching two or three quarters of a colloquium addressing current issues and scholarship in the environment, energy, other natural resources, and related fields. The fellow will also organize and facilitate informal workshops, outside speakers, and academic and social events; be responsible for day-to-day administrative management of the LLM program; advise and counsel LLM candidates on academic and personal issues; respond to inquiries from prospective LLM applicants; and interact with our faculty in support of the LLM program goals and needs. The fellow will work under the supervision of Professor Barton Thompson and the Associate Dean for Global Programs. The fellow will also fully participate in the admissions process, working under the guidance of the Associate Dean for Admissions, to admit the new class. Although this is a full time position, the fellow will have a reasonable amount of time to conduct his or her own research, have access to environmental and other faculty at the law school for feedback on their research, and be able to participate in the robust academic life of Stanford Law School.

Candidates for this position are expected to have strong academic records and references. Professional experience in the area is also valuable, but not required. This position is intended primarily for people who expect to pursue an academic career in a field that is reasonably related to environmental or resource law, although others may apply. Candidates must hold a JD, JSD, PhD, or LLM from a U.S. law school. Applicants are expected to commit to this position for a two-year term. A third year is possible by mutual consent and approval. This is not a long-term teaching opportunity.


​Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2019. Application Deadline: April 5, 2019
Hiring Announcement: Stanford Law School (Teaching Fellow - Corporate Governance and Practice LLM)

Stanford Law School offers multiple specialized LLM programs to international students who have practiced law outside the U.S. The Corporate Governance and Practice LLM program admits approximately 20 students annually. Working under the supervision of Professor Michael Klausner, the Faculty Director of the program, the Teaching Fellow will assume significant academic, advising and administrative responsibilities for these students. Applicants are sought for a two-year commitment, starting in August 2019, with the possibility of a third year by mutual agreement.

The Teaching Fellow will be responsible for teaching two courses: one on corporate law from an economics perspective; and another on corporate law practice. The latter course will include outside speakers from practice. The fellow will also organize other academic and social events, and will be responsible for managing the Corporate Governance and Practice LLM program on a day-to-day basis, advising LLM students on academic and career issues, responding to inquiries from prospective LLM applicants, screening and admitting applicants, and interacting with faculty in support of the LLM program goals and needs. The fellow will have the support of and work with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Executive Director of the International Law Programs, and the Associate Dean for Admissions. Although this is a full time position, the fellow should be able to spend approximately half their time conducting their own research, and will have ready access to faculty for that purpose.


Candidates for this position are expected to have strong academic records and references.
Professional experience in corporate practice is required, with three or more years of such experience preferred.
JD from a US school is preferred but candidates with an LLM or JSD will also be considered.
In the past, people who have held this position have used it as a step toward a tenure track position at a law school. We have a preference for candidates with an academic career in mind but this is not a requirement.

Application deadline: Until position is filled


Posted by: Italo | Mar 20, 2019 10:01:08 AM

Looks like Yale PhD rejections are on their way ... just received mine :)

Posted by: Reject | Mar 14, 2019 12:40:29 PM

Here’s an idea: pass the information to the candidates themselves. Really a novel thought.

Posted by: Anon | Mar 8, 2019 10:34:52 PM

Re: bigelow, there have been some stage 1 interviews, have not heard of any stage 2 interviews. Also haven’t heard of any stage 1 rejection notices.

Part of the problem is that the candidate pool for most of these fellowships and vaps gets sufficiently small such that there are many fewer channels for information to pass through. But that being said, it seems especially quiet this year, compared with previous years’ threads.

But not to worry, committee members, please, take your time; now that we’ve hit March I’ve almost started to enjoy the adrenaline rush I get from the grinding and ever present uncertainty about my short term financial stability and longer term professional success

Posted by: Anon | Mar 8, 2019 8:22:43 PM

well, I asked before about Bigelow, but nobody answered either... I haven't heard anything from UChicago Law since early February...

Posted by: Italo | Mar 8, 2019 6:01:25 PM

I’m with anon. This is a dreadful process. Anyone heard from Climenko? BU?

Posted by: Anon | Mar 8, 2019 11:26:51 AM

Mercer University’s School of Law is seeking visiting professors for one or both semesters of the 2019-20 school year to teach (1) Business Associations and other business courses, possibly including Contracts and Business Drafting; and (2) Real Estate Transactions and possibly Trusts and Estates and other courses.

Please contact Associate Dean Scott Titshaw at [email protected] Or you may visit http://mujobs.mercer.edu/cw/en-us/job/492755/visiting-faculty-law-legal-writing-andor-real-estate or http://mujobs.mercer.edu/cw/en-us/job/492761/visiting-faculty-business-law for more information or to complete an official university application.

Posted by: Italo | Mar 8, 2019 10:30:24 AM

Anyone? Anything? Ugh this is depressing

Posted by: Anon | Mar 7, 2019 10:58:57 PM

Did anyone apply to HLS fellowship in private law?

Posted by: anoon | Mar 7, 2019 5:01:35 PM

Grey Fellowship Update: "Applications have not been reviewed yet and the director is still determining whether or not we will be filling the fellowship next year." Said they should know more hopefully by the end of March.

Posted by: FYI | Mar 7, 2019 4:18:06 PM

I interviewed at NYU and haven't heard anything. My guess is that that ship has sailed . . . sad though it may be

Posted by: Anonn | Mar 3, 2019 4:00:21 PM

HLS Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship rejections out

Posted by: Italo | Mar 1, 2019 5:10:42 PM

Did anyone who interviewed at NYU and didn’t get an offer hear back?

Posted by: Anon | Feb 26, 2019 2:44:56 PM

Visiting Professor, Commercial/Corporate - Willamette College of Law

Willamette University College of Law invites applications for a full time position as a Visiting Professor or Visiting Assistant Professor for either a full-year or semester in the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a one-year, non-tenure-track, visiting faculty position. The principal curricular areas of interest are Corporations, Commercial Law (e.g., Sales or Secured Transactions), and Contracts. Interested individuals should submit their application materials via the Willamette University human resources website: http://willamette.edu/offices/hr/jobs/index.html. Additional information regarding the position may be obtained from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Prof. Norman Williams, who may be reached at [email protected] Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible and in no event later than March 8th, and the successful candidate must be ready to start by August 15, 2019.

Posted by: Laura Appleman | Feb 26, 2019 2:26:46 PM

Environmental Law Clinic - Clinical Teaching Fellowship @ UC Berkeley Law


Posted by: Italo | Feb 16, 2019 11:58:26 AM

Very sorry to hear that but thanks for posting

Posted by: Anon | Feb 15, 2019 3:56:17 PM

Very sorry to hear that but thanks for posting

Posted by: Anon | Feb 15, 2019 3:56:13 PM

Columbia AIL ding

Posted by: anon | Feb 15, 2019 11:16:43 AM

Florida International University College of Law, Miami, seeks a Visiting Professor of Law for 2019-2020

Florida International University College of Law, Miami, seeks a Visiting Professor of Law for the 2019-2020 academic year with particular needs in Wills and Trusts, Environmental Law, and Natural Resources. The visit may be for one semester or for the academic year. Please send an expression of interest and c.v. to Matthew C. Mirow, chair, Visiting Appointments Committee, [email protected]

Posted by: Italo | Feb 13, 2019 12:19:02 PM

Seconded re: Climenko. I haven’t heard anything. Seems pretty late

Posted by: Anon | Feb 13, 2019 10:43:13 AM

for the love of god, what is happening with the climenko?

Posted by: anon | Feb 12, 2019 4:07:28 PM

Health law fellow position at WVU College of Law.

Posted by: wvu | Feb 7, 2019 8:21:35 PM

Rejections out for the Michigan Faculty Fellowship

Posted by: Italo | Feb 7, 2019 12:51:28 PM

Does anybody recall when Bigelow decisions were notified last yer? Thanks in advance

Posted by: Italo | Feb 4, 2019 5:55:26 PM

A new academic fellows program has just been funded at the University of Hong Kong, with very generous terms. The program is open to JDs as well as PhDs (and JSDs), with the details and application found here:


Anyone with questions feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Posted by: Jedidiah Kroncke | Feb 2, 2019 8:27:32 PM

Another VAP opportunity @ University of Kansas


Posted by: Italo | Feb 1, 2019 12:32:27 PM

The University of Hong Kong announces a new Global Academic Fellow - similar to VAP with no teaching - post. Up to three 2-year positions:

Applications are invited for appointments as Global Academic Fellow (3 posts) in the Department of Law (Ref.: 493956), to commence in August 2019 or January 2020, for a period of two years.

The Global Academic Fellows Programme was created to provide outstanding and aspiring legal academics with time and resources to transition into the global teaching market. Fellows will have access to an internationally leading faculty for mentorship and affiliation with related research centers alongside support for attending academic conferences to present their work. Other opportunities will include the option of co-teaching courses and organizing funded academic conferences. Applicants should have completed their doctoral degrees before the start of their appointments, unless they possess significant practice experience. The successful candidate will be appointed at the grade of Post-doctoral Fellow.

One to three fellows will be appointed each year, and will be expected to be in residence at HKU and devote their time primarily to their own research and preparation for entering the international teaching market in the second year of their fellowship. Fellows will be provided shared office space and administrative support when needed. Information about the Department of Law and the Faculty of Law can be found at: www.law.hku.hk. Specific questions can be made to the Director at [email protected]

A highly competitive package including a monthly salary, housing allowance, relocation allowance, medical benefits, annual leave, and conference and research support will be offered to successful applicant as applicable. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.

The University only accepts online applications for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload 1) an up-to-date C.V., 2) a 3-page research agenda (including past, current and future projects), 3) a list of at least three academic references, and 4) a writing sample (under 50 pages). Closes March 15, 2019. The online application can be accessed at http://jobs.hku.hk/cw/en/job/493956/global-academic-fellow-3-posts.

Posted by: another_vap_posting | Jan 30, 2019 9:02:40 PM

Yongxiong Fellow

Institution: Tulane University
Location: New Orleans, LA
Category: Faculty - Law and Legal Studies
Posted: 01/28/2019
Type: Full-Time
Tulane University: School of Law


New Orleans, Louisiana

Open Date
Jan 15, 2019

Tulane Law School invites applications for the Yongxiong Fellowship. The fellowship is designed for promising scholars who plan to apply for tenure-track law school positions. The Fellow is full-time faculty in the law school and is encouraged to participate in all aspects of the intellectual life of the school. The law school provides significant support, both formal and informal, including faculty mentors, a professional travel budget, and opportunities to present works-in-progress in various settings.

The Yongxiong Fellow will teach a required course in U.S. legal research and writing to a cohort of LLM students at Tulane Law School under the auspices of the Yongxiong-Tulane Center for International Credit Law. The Fellow will also teach one upper-level course in a topic relating to financial markets, banking or credit law. The Fellow will be appointed to a two-year term with the possibility of renewal. Applicants must have a JD or graduate degree in law from an ABA-accredited law school, outstanding academic credentials, excellent research and writing skills, and scholarly interests related to financial regulation. Applicants proficient in Mandarin Chinese are especially encouraged to apply, although there is no language requirement for the position. Candidates should apply through Interfolio, at http://apply.interfolio.com/59521, providing a CV identifying at least three references, post-graduate transcripts, electronic copies of any scholarship completed or in-progress, and a letter explaining their teaching interests and their research agenda. If you have any questions, please contact Adam Feibelman at [email protected]

The law school aims to fill this position by March 2019. Tulane is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minority communities to apply.


J.D. or graduate degree from ABA-accredited law school
Practice and/or clerkship experience
Application Instructions
Required documents you would like from the applicants:

Law transcript
List of references
Research agenda
Copies of any recent publications

Contact: Tulane University
Online App. Form: https://apply.interfolio.com/59521

Posted by: Italo | Jan 29, 2019 12:27:44 PM

So, Tulane posts the Forrester Fellowship for 1 days and then deletes it?

Posted by: anon | Jan 26, 2019 4:46:19 PM

Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship and International Transactions Clinic Teaching Fellowship Position (Grunin Fellow) @ NYU Law School


Posted by: Italo | Jan 26, 2019 4:25:20 PM

Any thoughts on sending a letter of continued interest to places we haven’t heard back from yet? Or would it just be pestering?

Posted by: Anonnnn | Jan 25, 2019 11:30:50 AM

“Look, genius,“

Haha. This made my day.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 24, 2019 5:02:26 PM

Look, genius, I didn't say commenters here *never* know what's going on, I said commenters *often* lack genuine insight into the decision process. And I was told that by someone who is very much in a position to know. And having spoken to another very well-placed individual at a separate VAP program, I stand by that comment.

Must be a slow day at the office for you

Posted by: anon | Jan 24, 2019 4:13:50 PM

"@anon "the more time elapses, the less likely it seems offers will come" Yes, that's true as a general point, but it does not constitute specific information about any particular admissions process. I have it on good word that for some top VAPS the process is very stretched out and that commenters on this board often have little insight into what's going on."

Presumably, then, you count as a "commenter[] on this board" and have "little insight into what's going on"?

Posted by: anon | Jan 24, 2019 2:15:31 PM

Forrester Fellow

Institution: Tulane University
Location: New Orleans, LA
Category: Faculty - Law and Legal Studies
Posted: 01/23/2019
Type: Full-Time
Tulane University: School of Law


New Orleans, Louisiana

Open Date
Jan 1, 2019

The Forrester Fellowship program is designed for individuals who plan to apply for tenure-track law faculty positions at other schools. The person selected for the position will teach in the first-year legal writing program and will be expected to participate in scholarly activities at the law school, including faculty workshops, roundtables, and conferences.

The fellowship program also enables Professors of Practice in our legal research and writing program to develop upper-level courses that fulfill demand for experiential opportunities without sacrificing the student/faculty ratio required for effective first-year legal research and writing instruction.

J.D. from ABA-accredited law school; practice and/or clerkship experience

Application Instructions
Select the "apply now" button for this position. Please provide a CV, law transcript, list of references, research agenda, and copies of any recent publications.


Contact: Tulane University
Online App. Form: https://apply.interfolio.com/59403

Posted by: Italo | Jan 24, 2019 10:47:53 AM

anon @ 1/16 -- yes. I know for a fact last year that there were multiple programs that interviewed in December yet made offers to candidates who they interviewed in the new year. I also know for a fact that this exact scenario could plausibly happen again this year.

Posted by: TopVAP | Jan 16, 2019 6:11:32 PM

I know everyone on here is obsessing over "actual, insider" knowledge of the process, but has anyone actually ever received an offer for one of these VAPs/Fellowships when he/she wasn't interviewed within a couple of weeks of all the other interviews? I just find it hard to believe that if we know a programs, e.g. Sharswood, Bigelow, Duke, conducted several interviews in the beginning of December, they would be reaching out to NEW candidates in late January or later. But perhaps someone can provide a counterexample to my intuition.

Posted by: anon | Jan 16, 2019 3:41:35 PM

I'll second what anon | Jan 15, 2019 10:47:14 AM said, with a slight adjustment: I think it's true that fellowship/VAP programs consider an applicant's potential marketability on the TT market and part of that is being able to articulate a 1L teaching hook. I'm less sure that you need to have a *strong* 1L curriculum contribution -- a plausible 1L course or two plus a more solid set of "mainstream" upper level electives will probably do the trick at this stage, and perhaps on the TT market as well. For example, someone whose real teaching and research interests are in reproductive rights might say they're willing and able to teach Con Law (knowing that in most cases they will not be asked to given how coveted Con Law is), and have an elective suite of Family Law, Gender and the Law, a seminar on Reproductive Rights, etc.

Posted by: Former Fellow | Jan 15, 2019 11:15:27 AM

Italo, my work is in PIL and must admit I share your feelings. I haven't tried the market yet but I think our field is very disadvantaged given the very small number of spots available and the level of law schools you can find these at. For the VAPs/Fellowships market, I am far from an authority but the sense I get is that most of the schools want candidates that fit one of the main 1L curriculum market fields which means that they will be highly marketable upon completion of the fellowship. I too have the same number of publications in top US law journals and only made it to the shortlist of two fellowships so far.

Posted by: anon | Jan 15, 2019 10:47:14 AM

i am not specializing in public international law. i don't know of anyone else looking for a fellowship who is. there are more international arbitration or business candidates i think.

Posted by: fellowtraveler | Jan 15, 2019 10:43:38 AM

@fellowtraveler I applied to a couple entry-level tenure-track positions, including one at Berkeley Law, but I didn't really have any expectations to land an offer. Conversely, I (mistakenly) thought I stood a chance with 1- or 2-year fellowship/VAP positions, but only made the shortlist in two occasions

Posted by: Italo | Jan 14, 2019 9:42:49 PM

@italo are you talking about the entry level job market or the fellowship market?

Posted by: fellowtraveler | Jan 14, 2019 8:03:54 PM

apologies in advance for this message. Is anyone of you specializing in public international law? I'm well aware that the law school market is tough with those with my expertise, but I was just wondering how many 'competitors' I have. I've four published articles with top student-reviewed IL journals, but the job market has been pretty disappointing so far

Posted by: Italo | Jan 14, 2019 4:21:48 PM

They list 14 temporary lawyering faculty on the website. If everyone stays for three years, one would expect them to have 4 or 5 spots to fill. More if there are fellows who don't stay on a second or third year.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 14, 2019 2:59:58 PM

It looks like NYU has made three offers. Maybe they will make more, but how many spots could they possibly be filling?

Posted by: Anon | Jan 14, 2019 12:31:26 PM

@anon "the more time elapses, the less likely it seems offers will come" Yes, that's true as a general point, but it does not constitute specific information about any particular admissions process. I have it on good word that for some top VAPS the process is very stretched out and that commenters on this board often have little insight into what's going on.

I genuinely don't mean to be rude, as I'm sure everyone is trying to be helpful. But it's important to be clear about what is and is not speculative guesswork.

Posted by: anon interviewee | Jan 12, 2019 3:25:27 PM

Any idea what's going on with the Climenko?

Posted by: anon interviewee | Jan 12, 2019 2:40:29 PM

Thanks, sparky. But we are getting close to feb and the more time elapses, the less likely it seems offers will come

Posted by: Anon | Jan 12, 2019 1:08:30 PM

Thanks, sparky. But we are getting close to feb and the more time elapses, the less likely it seems offers will come

Posted by: Anon | Jan 12, 2019 1:08:29 PM

@anon - you're welcome! And, for what it's worth, I found out my fate after a bunch of comments concluding that no more information would come forward. Don't lose hope ;)

Posted by: Sparky | Jan 11, 2019 9:34:28 PM

Thank you to the person who updated the spreadsheet re: NYU

Posted by: Anon | Jan 11, 2019 8:47:38 AM

@anon thanks. just to be clear, though, is this your assumption or is there something that points to this being the case for those of us who have not been contacted?

Posted by: anon interviewee | Jan 8, 2019 4:58:19 PM

anon interviewee: AFAIK, you're on their second tier list of people. Early rejections are bottom of the applicant pool. Interviews are top. Silent are middle applications, held in reserve in case stuff happens with top candidates.

Posted by: anon | Jan 8, 2019 2:46:50 PM

There is an interview listed on the spreadsheet for Columbia AIL, and a fair amount of folks have received rejections. Any idea what's going on for those of us who have neither been rejected nor received interview requests? I can't imagine why they would send rejections to only some of the applicants, and in stages, but who knows.

Posted by: anon interviewee | Jan 8, 2019 2:23:41 PM

I interviewed at NYU. I have heard nothing. I assume that ship has sailed.

Posted by: anonnnn | Jan 8, 2019 2:13:43 PM

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