Professor Jedediah Purdy teaching

Fellowships and VAPs

Ease your transition into the legal academy with the help of a fellowship.

Finding time to produce scholarship while working full-time as a lawyer can be a difficult challenge. Law schools increasingly offer one- or two-year fellowships, which give fellows an opportunity to research, write, receive mentoring from senior faculty, and soak up the atmosphere of a law faculty. Some of these fellowships carry teaching obligations, which itself can be a valuable experience and an aid in obtaining a full-time position.

Below is a partial list of available fellowships and Visiting Assistant Professorships (VAPs).

Alabama: Hugo Black Fellowship Program (for Supreme Court clerks)

Berkeley: Empirical International Law Fellowship (in refugee law, antitrust law, state responsibilities in time of crisis, and policy diffusion)

Boston: Visiting Assistant Professor Program

Chicago-Kent: Visiting Assistant Professor Program

Columbia: Academic Fellows Program, Columbia Fellowship on Climate Change Law

Cornell: Visiting Assistant Professorships

DePaul: Jaharis Faculty Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property

Emory: Turner Environmental Law Clinic Fellowship

The Federalist Society: Olin/Searle/Smith Fellows in Law Programs

Florida: Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in Taxation, LL.M. Programs (in Comparative Law, Environmental & Land Use Law, International Taxation)

George Washington: Frank H. Marks Intellectual Property Fellowship, Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics Friedman Fellowships

Georgetown: Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship, Center for the Constitution Fellowship (fourth from top of page), Additional Fellowships

Harvard: Climenko Fellowship, Petrie-Flom Academic Fellowships (for post-docs in health law, policy, or ethics), The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowships for Law Teaching, Visiting Assistant Professor Program, Additional Fellowships

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice: Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program

Loyola-Chicago: Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies Research Fellowship

Loyola-New Orleans: Westerfield Fellows Program

Michigan: Michigan Faculty Fellowship (VAP) Program, U of M Society of Fellows Program

North Carolina: The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

NYU: Furman Academic Fellowship Program (for NYU grads), Law and Economics Post-Graduate Fellowship, Lawyering Program, Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History, Furman Center, Additional Fellowships

Notre Dame: Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Residential Fellows

Princeton: The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)

Southern Illinois University: SIH/SIU Legal Partnership LLM Fellowship

Stanford: Thomas C. Grey Fellowship for the Legal Research and Writing Program, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Additional Fellowships

Tulane Law School: The Forrester Fellow Program

UCLA: Critical Race Studies Fellowship

The University of Illinois College of Law: Illinois Academic Fellowship Program

University of Pennsylvania: The George Sharswood, Regulation, Quattrone Center Research, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition Postdoctoral, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Fellowships

University of Tennessee College of Law: Visiting Professor Clayton Center of Entrepreneurial Law

University of Texas at Austin: Institute for Historical Studies Residential Fellowships

University of Toronto Faculty of Law: Assistant Professorship - Law

Vermont: Vermont Bar Association The Poverty Law Fellowship

The University of Washington: Visiting Scholars Program

Wisconsin: William H. Hastie Fellowship Program 

Yale: Yale Law School Ph.D. ProgramLudwig Clinical Fellowship