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Monday, October 21, 2019

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2019-2020

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 21, 2019 at 09:00 AM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


Aa mentioned that NYU is not the only program that has begun making calls. I wonder about these other programs... If anyone can shed light on this, that would be helpful.

Posted by: anona | Nov 18, 2019 3:05:31 PM

Historically NYU has interviewed in waves, and made offers throughout the year. I think in the interview series the director said they interview around 15-20 people for the positions and generally have about 4-5 open any given year.

Posted by: aa | Nov 18, 2019 2:40:56 PM

If NYU have made choices, they certainly haven't informed rejectees yet.

Posted by: anony | Nov 18, 2019 2:15:56 PM

Then someone should update the spreadsheet re: NYU

Posted by: Anon | Nov 18, 2019 12:31:10 PM

NYU has either had or scheduled interviews. They’re not the only program either.

Posted by: Aa | Nov 18, 2019 11:09:58 AM

Glad I’m not the only one. Based on last year’s thread, at least NYU had already had interviews by this point in 2018

Posted by: Anon with the wind | Nov 18, 2019 10:18:45 AM

since hiring seems to have taken place later this year, programs may be waiting to see how gets hired.

Posted by: anon | Nov 17, 2019 9:18:32 PM

Seems bizarre. I applied all over and still haven't heard a word from anyone.

Posted by: anon2 | Nov 17, 2019 9:08:29 PM

Still nothing?

Posted by: anon | Nov 17, 2019 8:23:27 PM

We are almost mid-November and zero movement here. This is odd given prior years.

Posted by: anon | Nov 11, 2019 3:49:07 PM

Gosh, quite the deafening silence on this thread. Either the usual VAPs are late this year or those getting interviews are taciturn

Posted by: Here today, anon tomorrow | Nov 6, 2019 12:02:20 PM

If hiring does not happen until Dec/Jan, then shouldn't this month be quite active for interviewing?

Posted by: anon | Nov 4, 2019 9:39:08 AM

I'm a VAP/fellow in one of the 'usual' programs and we're still at a very early stage in our review process. Having gone through this recently, I think it's way too early for anyone to worry; I suspect that the strong majority of VAPs/fellows who will ultimately be hired have not yet heard anything. Most VAP/fellow hiring happens from December - February.

Posted by: TopVAP | Nov 1, 2019 3:24:42 PM

Ditto. I applied to a bunch, and I think I'm a good candidate, but I have not heard a word. Kinda depressing. Although maybe this year's cycle is running late, for some reason. Hard to say: I have zero insight and information regarding what goes on from the evaluation end.

Posted by: anon2 | Nov 1, 2019 10:19:18 AM

I applied to many of the fellowships and haven't heard from a single one yet. Either none are interested in me or it's too early for results to come in.

Could also be more people are waiting for the AALS job process to play out before throwing their hats in the ring?

Posted by: anony | Oct 31, 2019 4:17:15 PM

Board is very quite compared to previous years.

Posted by: anon | Oct 31, 2019 3:03:38 PM

Anyone heard from NYU?

Posted by: Anon non time ago | Oct 30, 2019 10:06:17 AM

I have not heard from Bigelow officially but it does seem someone from UChicago is looking into applicants, perhaps also getting in touch with references in the process.

Posted by: anony | Oct 23, 2019 1:34:41 PM

Has anyone received a call back or an interview from Bigelow or Climenko yet?

Posted by: anon | Oct 23, 2019 10:01:40 AM

Do all VAPs and fellowships interview or do some select without interviews (either Skype or campus)?

Posted by: Anon | Oct 22, 2019 2:06:45 PM

Chicago-Kent is accepting applications for a VAP of legal research and writing for work starting in Fall 2020. Candidates must have graduated from law school in 2017 or earlier.

Posted by: Ed Lee | Oct 21, 2019 2:22:24 PM

The Stanford Constitutional Law Center is currently accepting fellowship applications. For more information, visit:


Posted by: Chas Tyler | Oct 21, 2019 10:28:25 AM

In addition to our regular VAP hiring, Villanova Law will have an opportunity for an anti-poverty fellow, a one or more year fellow dedicated to finding a solution to the problem of poverty. Please keep a lookout if this is your area.

Posted by: Michael Risch | Oct 21, 2019 9:58:25 AM

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