Thomas C. Grey Fellowship Legal Research and Writing 2023-24

Stanford Law School invites applications for the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship to teach in the Legal Research and Writing Program, an essential part of the first-year curriculum.  Grey Fellows teach legal writing, research and analysis to small sections of first-year students each quarter, while writing their own scholarship in preparation for entering the market for teaching positions at law schools across the country.  Over the last decade, the program has had a near-perfect record in placing Fellows in tenure track faculty positions.  And the program is committed to developing a diverse set of scholars and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and others underrepresented in legal academia.

The program is comprised of two courses, both taught as simulations.  In the fall quarter, Fellows teach Legal Research and Writing, a two-unit course in which thirty students write a persuasive brief.  In the winter and spring quarters, Fellows teach Federal Litigation in a Global Context, a course split into two 2-unit quarters that models pre-trial motion practice in a transnational context.  Eighteen students write and argue two motions.  Fellows give students written and in-person feedback on their legal writing and oral argument.  Fellows receive teacher training and materials to prepare lectures and in-class exercises.  Many of our Fellows go on to win teaching awards as law professors.

The law school provides mentorship to help Fellows develop their scholarship and place favorably on the teaching market.  Faculty members of the Legal Research and Writing Committee advise Fellows about their research projects and match Fellows with faculty mentors in related fields.  Fellows participate in several workshops including a weekly faculty workshop; a regular workshop with other Fellows, junior faculty, and JD/PhDs; and the annual Grey Fellows’ Forum, a spring gathering with our community of current and former Fellows who provide feedback on works-in-progress and mentor Fellows preparing for the academic job market.  And in the year Fellows go on the teaching market, faculty members review FAR forms, CVs, and research agendas before they are submitted and moot job talks and interviews.

The initial term of appointment is one year beginning in July.  Fellows are expected, on reappointment, to serve a second and third year.  Reappointment requests for a second and third year are evaluated for demonstrated excellence in teaching, citizenship in the legal writing program and at the law school, and progress on legal scholarship.

The fellowship is a full-time job with a starting salary of $74,000 increased by $2000 in the second and another $2000 in the third year of the fellowship.  Each fellow is provided an annual budget for professional development and research costs, such as attending conferences and hiring research assistants.

Applicants must have a J.D. and at least two years of law practice or clerkship experience in the US before the start of employment.  Many Fellows have substantially more law practice experience.

To apply, email by October 15: 1) a cover letter; 2) a 3-4 page research agenda describing research interests and potential scholarly projects; 3) a law school transcript; 4) a resume or CV; 5) publications or works-in-progress; 6) a writing sample from law practice, such as a persuasive brief or legal memo; and 7) letters of recommendation or the names and contact information of two or three law professors or legal employers who can comment on the applicant’s scholarly potential, teaching ability, analytic capability, interpersonal skills, and writing ability.  Applications will be accepted from August 1-October 15.

Please contact Alicia Thesing, Director of the program, at with any questions.

Current Fellows