Stanford Law School invites Fellowship applications for the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship to teach in the Legal Research and Writing Program in the 2017-18 academic year. Stanford Law School’s Legal Research and Writing Program is an essential part of the first-year curriculum, and the Fellows play a crucial role in its success. Grey Fellows teach legal writing, research and analysis to a small section of approximately thirty first-year students in the fall quarter and eighteen students in the winter and spring quarters, while writing their own scholarship in preparation for entering the market for tenure-track teaching positions around the country.
The Legal Research and Writing Program is comprised of two courses. The fall quarter course is a two-unit course taught as a simulation. Students work on a legal problem starting with an initial interview and they conduct fact investigation and legal research related to that problem; writing assignments in the fall include both predictive memos and persuasive briefs. All research and writing assignments relate to the simulation and are uniform across the program. In the winter and spring quarters Fellows teach Federal Litigation, a four-unit course that covers an extended set of exercises (filings and oral arguments) modeled on pre-trial motion practice. Throughout the year students receive rigorous training in reading and analyzing legal authority, and in using persuasive strategies – legal analysis, narrative, rhetoric, analogy and distinction, overarching legal theory and public policy – to frame and develop legal arguments based on legal authority. Students are taught to express their analysis with the clarity and precision that is the hallmark of excellence in law practice. Fellows give students ample feedback on their legal writing, reviewing assignments with students on an individual basis. Fellows work collaboratively with the Director to prepare problems, assignments and in-class exercises. Legal research is taught in close collaboration with the law librarians. Fellows may enhance the core curriculum with topics of their choice, with the approval of the Director.
The law school provides mentorship and research resources to help place Fellows favorably on the tenure-track teaching market. Fellows participate in faculty workshops at the law school and have access to a research budget to support their scholarly work. The Fellowship Committee advises Fellows seeking tenure-track law teaching jobs, and moots job talks and interviews. Fellows are also encouraged to reach out to other faculty members in less formal ways.
The initial term of appointment is one year and will begin in June or July 2017. Fellows are expected, upon reappointment, to serve a second term, and may request to be reappointed for a third year. Reappointment requests are evaluated for demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and citizenship at the school. The salary for Fellows starting in 2017 is $68,000. The fellowship program is demanding and Fellows are expected to devote full-time effort to it.
Applicants must have a J.D. and at least two years of law practice or clerkship experience before the start of the term of employment. Applicants must demonstrate familiarity with the U.S. legal system. Applications should include 1) a letter summarizing the candidate’s interest in the program, educational qualifications, and experience, as well as any other information relevant to the selection decision; 2) a research agenda; 3) an official law school transcript; 4) a resume; 5) an electronic copy of publications; and 6) two or three letters of recommendation commenting on the applicant’s suitability for the position with respect to scholarly potential, teaching ability, analytic capability, interpersonal skills, and writing ability. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a law professor. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the writer to the law school. Applicants should provide both a writing sample from law practice—either an objective memo or a persuasive brief—and a sample of academic writing.
Applications should be sent electronically to GreyFellowship@law.stanford.edu. Applications will be accepted after September 1, 2016 and will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their applications by October 1.
Inquiries about the program may be directed to:
Director, 1L Legal Research and Writing