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Sunday, October 04, 2020

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2020-2021

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 4, 2020 at 02:29 PM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


These programs all effectively hire replacements for their outgoing fellows. The top programs in particular place consistently enough that they can usually do most of their hiring before they definitely know who has accepted what tenure-track jobs.

I have no current inside information, but that is almost certainly not true this year. I suspect that there might be a program here or there that knows for sure that it will have an open spot next year, but by and large, programs are likely anticipating the possibility that *all* of their fellows will be returning. (And, even programs with hard caps on the number of years a fellow can stay in the program are probably considering extending them this year.)

Unless and until the tenure-track hiring market kicks into gear, I would assume that fellowship/VAP hiring will remain mostly dormant.

Posted by: a non | Oct 26, 2020 10:23:17 AM

Is the spreadsheet just not being updated or are we really just this silent thus far? Nothing yet on bigelow, Climenko, sharswood, etc?

Posted by: Anon | Oct 26, 2020 7:05:39 AM

Any thoughts on how COVID-19 will impact VAPs and fellowships? I know some are waiting until at least January to decide whether they will hire any VAPs or fellows

Posted by: Anon | Oct 11, 2020 2:53:47 PM

Wow I did not know that. Thanks for the update!

Posted by: anon | Oct 5, 2020 7:41:08 PM

They accepted only 1 PHD student each year for the last three cycles. It seems to be a faculty decision to shrink the program but still keep it on life support.

Posted by: DemiseofPHD | Oct 5, 2020 3:23:28 PM

Does anyone know much about the Yale PhD in Law program? It looks like they've had the same candidates listed on their website for a while now. Have they accepted new people in the past two years? If so, are they sticking to the initial cohort sizes of 5–6 per year?

Posted by: anon | Oct 5, 2020 11:57:22 AM

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