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Friday, September 08, 2023

VAPs and Fellowships 2023-2024

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 can also add comments to the spreadsheet.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on September 8, 2023 at 10:03 AM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


I withdrew from climenko a couple weeks ago. My impression was that they still had slots. Not sure about bigelow.

Posted by: anon Y | Mar 30, 2024 6:26:11 PM

Has anyone heard more about Climenko or Bigelow? I’m wondering whether the rumored Bigelow offer means it’s done for the year and whether there are likely to be more Climenko offers. Thanks!

Posted by: Bump | Mar 23, 2024 10:07:35 AM

@ Anon Applicant: congrats and best of luck on the market!

Posted by: anonon | Mar 8, 2024 11:28:21 AM

@anonon a one-year fellowship that will allow me to go on the market in August 2024.

Posted by: Anon Applicant | Mar 8, 2024 9:35:56 AM

@ Anon applicant: congrats! do you mind sharing which fellowship you accepted?

Posted by: anonon | Mar 6, 2024 4:14:56 PM

I received an offer from climenko in mid-February but recently turned it down for another fellowship (not the bigelow—I didn’t apply). I suspect the climenko still has plenty of open spots.

Posted by: Anon applicant | Mar 6, 2024 2:57:27 PM

i've heard third hand of a bigelow offer; i haven't heard of any movement from climenko other than what's in the sheet

Posted by: movement | Mar 6, 2024 2:31:08 PM

Is anyone aware of any Bigelow offers or any other Climenko offers than the one in the spreadsheet?

Posted by: Bump | Mar 6, 2024 11:17:39 AM

Bumping for more news, if any is out there.

Posted by: Bump | Feb 28, 2024 1:02:49 PM

Any news from Boston, Illinois, UVA, or Cardozo?

Posted by: anxiouscandidate | Feb 12, 2024 3:29:08 PM

I applied early on in the process to a few programs and still haven't heard anything from any of them.

Posted by: silence | Feb 12, 2024 11:47:16 AM

Bumping for other news for folks who haven’t heard back yet.

Posted by: Bump | Feb 8, 2024 11:11:35 AM

Happy 2024 all. Bumping in case there’s news. II infer that most faculties are focused on getting classes started back up and maybe these will come off the back burner later this month.

Posted by: Bump | Jan 11, 2024 5:19:12 PM

yls phd: have allied, have not heard back. I believe the website states the application deadline, but I don’t remember it. I do believe they claim to do rolling admissions as well.

Posted by: anon X | Dec 8, 2023 6:12:18 PM

Has anyone applied to the Yale PhD in law program? If so, what is the timeline like? When are apps due and when do you usually hear back?

Posted by: yls phd | Dec 8, 2023 1:53:54 PM

Has anyone heard from any schools hiring for general VAPs outside of HLS, SLS, Chicago, and Penn?

Posted by: Movement | Dec 8, 2023 1:21:04 PM

Good suggestion, Cp. I’ll make a point to note that (here or in the comments section of the sheet) post-cycle.

Posted by: anon X | Nov 29, 2023 6:30:06 PM

Hey all, also checking in to see if anyone has news. I got a rejection from Penn’s George Sharswood Fellowship. Otherwise, I haven’t heard anything. And for those who have received offers and screeners, it would be great to know your background (law school, # of law review articles, teaching experience, etc.) It might be helpful for those of us who strike out and want to try again next year.

Posted by: Cp | Nov 29, 2023 12:22:43 AM

Bump — happy TG week all. According to the sheet, we’ve seen movement from a handful of places so far. I’m curious about Climenko and Columbia Academic Fellows; if you have news, please don’t be shy :) this is for posterity/so that future years can obsess over this stuff as much as we are.

I don’t know about you all, but the past sheets I’m finding most helpful are the ones where each line is a separate application to that program (instead of using x2/x3 in the single line to denote multiple people’s results). Thoughts? I think it’s easier to track things that way! Would love for us to continue that here.

Posted by: anon X | Nov 21, 2023 7:48:15 PM


Posted by: bump | Nov 13, 2023 3:26:38 PM

@ Anonny Nonny -- any word on Climenko or Bigelow?

Posted by: Silence | Nov 6, 2023 11:35:15 PM

NYU Lawyering has started interviewing folks.

Posted by: Anonny Nonny | Nov 6, 2023 10:44:00 PM

NYU Lawyering has started interviewing folks.

Posted by: Anonny Nonny | Nov 6, 2023 10:43:59 PM

@CP -- I applied in September to a few programs and have heard nothing.

I had the same understanding you do about interview/screener timing, so my hope was that the programs are moving slower this year for some reason!

Posted by: Silence | Nov 6, 2023 9:00:00 PM

Has anyone heard back after applying for a VAP or fellowship? I from the different sources I have read, it seems like screeners are typically done in October and November for many of the programs. But I have yet to hear of anyone who has gotten an initial interview. Have any of you?

Posted by: CP | Nov 6, 2023 7:46:24 PM

Any movement?

Posted by: bump | Oct 25, 2023 11:01:02 AM

Any movement?

Posted by: bump | Oct 12, 2023 2:51:31 PM


This looks relatively comprehensive: https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2022/09/fellowships-for-aspiring-law-professors-2022-23-edition.html

Posted by: list | Oct 5, 2023 12:44:16 PM

Is there a comprehensive (or nearly so) list of the VAP & fellowships somewhere?

Posted by: Insiderscoop? | Oct 4, 2023 10:57:56 PM

Different processes. VAPs don't go through a faculty approval process.

Posted by: ex-VAP | Oct 4, 2023 9:43:19 PM

I don't have any idea, but do schools wait to do VAP/fellowship hiring until after initial entry-level/FAR rush? Or are there different committees/processes?

Posted by: Speculator | Oct 3, 2023 3:58:20 PM

To add to my comment, though, I didn't get any screeners last cycle until October, and even then the cycle didn't really pick up for me until December.

Posted by: AspiringLawProfessor | Oct 3, 2023 3:34:34 PM


It's possible. Some fellowships, such as my own, only hire one person every couple years. Maybe a lot of such positions were filled last cycle.

Posted by: AspiringLawProfessor | Oct 3, 2023 3:33:45 PM

Do there appear to be less schools hiring for VAPs this year, or is it just me? I haven't heard of any movement.

Posted by: A | Oct 3, 2023 3:06:31 PM

Bumping. Has anyone heard of any movement?

Posted by: bump | Oct 3, 2023 10:59:02 AM

Just bumping this in case folks have updates or info on progress from the various programs.

Posted by: Bump | Sep 19, 2023 8:59:03 AM

@Bigelow I believe it's open here: https://academicjobs.uchicago.edu/positions/120958

Posted by: AspiringLawProfessor | Sep 11, 2023 9:31:22 AM

Is the Bigelow app currently open? From what I see on their website, the interfolio link is for last year's application. What am I missing?

Posted by: Bigelow app open? | Sep 9, 2023 2:31:09 AM


I had a screener for the Bigelow in November last cycle. I believe callbacks weren't done for the Bigelow or Climenko until the spring semester but I was also informed that it was an unusually slow year for the committees.

Posted by: AspiringLawProfessor | Sep 8, 2023 12:58:58 PM

does anyone have a sense for when the Climenko and Bigelow start their interviews?

Posted by: Timing? | Sep 8, 2023 12:08:10 PM

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