Thomas C. Grey Fellowship


Launching promising legal scholars into faculty positions

Come build on our success.

For fifteen years, we have had a near perfect placement rate for fellows who go on the tenure track job market. Fellows land positions at law schools, including UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Arizona State, and McGill. We invite applicants with diverse backgrounds including significant law practice experience. Apply by October 15 for the following academic year.

Join our close-knit community of scholars.

Faculty mentors guide you through the steps to becoming a law school professor. They advise you on milestones, mark up working drafts, and moot job talks. Fellows join weekly faculty workshops, fellow workshops, and the spring Grey Fellows Forum with current and former fellows. Fellow jobtalk papers have been published at flagship law reviews, including at Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, NYU, and Georgetown.

Bring your practice skills to the classroom.

Our fellows form the core faculty who teach first-year students lawyering skills. Fellows come with at least two years of practice experience to enrich the student experience. Fellows give written and in-person feedback on writing and oral argument. Fellows go on to win teaching awards.

Fellow placement

Grey Fellows land tenure track positions over last fifteen years.  *Teaching award.
Fellow, year First Current
Shirin Bakhshay, 2023 UCLA UCLA
Anna Mance, 2022 SMU SMU
Julia Mendoza, 2022 Loyola Law School Loyola Law School
Ji Seon Song, 2021 UC Irvine UC Irvine
Yanbai Andrea Wang, 2020 University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
Justin Weinstein-Tull, 2018 Arizona State University Arizona State University
Mugambi Jouet, 2018 McGill University USC
Abbye Atkinson, 2017 UC Berkeley UC Berkeley
Thea Johnson, 2015** University of Maine Rutgers Law
Andrew Gilden, 2014 Willamette University Willamette University
Albertina Antognini, 2014 University of Kentucky University of Arizona
Beth Colgan, 2014* UCLA UCLA
Kaiponanea Atsumura, 2014** Arizona State University Loyola Law School
Briana Rosenbaum, 2013 University of Tennessee University of Tennessee
Shirin Sinnar, 2012* Stanford Law School Stanford Law School
Deepa Varadarajan, 2011* St. John’s University Georgia State University
Elizabeth Pollman, 2012* Loyola Law School University of Pennsylvania
Andrea Roth, 2011** UC Berkeley UC Berkeley
Stephen Lee, 2009* UC Irvine UC Irvine
Nirej Sekhon, 2009 Georgia State University Georgia State University
John Greenman, 2009 University of Oregon University of Texas
Brooke D. Coleman, 2009* Seattle University Seattle University
Hillel Y. Levin, 2008* University of Georgia University of Georgia
The fellowship was fantastic. I had great mentors. Faculty commented on drafts; helped me shape a multi-year research agenda; and served as references and advocates once I began the interview process. I recall my time at Stanford as part of a warm, supportive, and intellectually curious community of cohorts. I felt a true sense of camaraderie with my fellow fellows. I can say without hesitation, whatever modest success I may have achieved at an early stage of my career I owe in great part to the people I met during my time at Stanford.

Stephen Lee, Fellow 2007-2009

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Invitation. Stanford Law School invites applications for the Thomas C. Grey Fellowship. 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 fifteen years, we have had a near-perfect record in placing Fellows in tenure track faculty positions. We are committed to developing a diverse set of scholars and strongly encourage applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to Stanford Law School and the legal academia.

Practice background and teaching. Applicants must have a J.D. and at least two years of law practice or clerkship experience in the US before starting the fellowship. Many Fellows have substantially more law practice experience. Fellows teach two courses, both taught as simulations. In the fall, Fellows teach Legal Writing, a two-unit course in which thirty students write a persuasive brief. In the winter and spring, 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 lawsuit. Eighteen students write and argue two motions. Fellows give students written and in-person feedback on legal writing and oral argument. Fellows receive teacher training and instructional materials. Many Fellows go on to win teaching awards as law professors.

Mentorship. Faculty mentors help Fellows develop their scholarship and place favorably on the teaching market. Faculty on the Legal Research and Writing Committee advise Fellows on their research and match Fellows with faculty mentors in related fields. Fellows participate in: weekly workshops, one with faculty, another 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 share 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 and moot job talks and interviews.

Salary and appointment. The fellowship is full-time with an expected starting base pay of $85,000. Stanford University has provided this base pay rate representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity. Fellows are also provided an annual budget for professional development and research, such as attending conferences and hiring research assistants. The initial term of appointment is one year beginning in August. Fellows are expected, on reappointment, to serve a second and third year. Reappointments are granted on demonstrated excellence in teaching, citizenship in the legal writing program and at the law school, and progress on legal scholarship.

Apply by October 15. To apply, please upload your application here. Contact Alicia Thesing, Director of the Legal Research and Writing program, at athesing@stanford.edu, with any questions.

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    Historic fellow placement

    Recent fellows join a long tradition of distinguished fellows dating back to 1980. *Teaching award.
    Fellow, year Most recent
    Eric Fink, 2006 Elon University
    Suzanne Kim, 2006 Rutgers Law School
    David Marcus, 2005** UCLA
    Lauren Willis, 2004* Loyola Law School
    Alexandra Lahav, 2004* Cornell Law School
    Jason Gillmer, 2003** Gonzaga University
    Meredith Render, 2002 University of Alabama
    Edward Lee, 2002 Chicago-Kent
    Tamara Piety, 2001 University of Tulsa, Emerita
    Reginald Oh, 2001 Cleveland State University
    Michelle Travis, 2000* University of San Francisco
    Gillian Lester, 1999 Columbia Law School, Dean
    Rafael Efrat, 1999* California State University
    Teemu Ruskola, 1999 University of Pennsylvania
    Michael Korybut, 1998* St. Louis University
    Bradley W. Joondeph, 1987 Santa Clara University
    Mark Wrathall, 1996 University of Oxford
    Beth McLellan, 1995 Stanford Law School
    Frank H. Wu, 1995 UC Hastings
    Taylor Flynn, 1995 Western New England
    Scott Idleman, 1995 Marquette University
    Rachel Van Cleave, 1994 Golden Gate University
    Katherine Wright, 1991 Stanford Law School, retired
    Francisco Valdes, 1991 University of Miami
    Daniel Cole, 1991 Indiana University
    Howard Bromberg, 1990 University of Michigan
    Jeanne Merino, 1989 Stanford Law School
    Jo Carrillo, 1989 UC Hastings College of Law
    George Triantis, 1989 Stanford Law School
    Stephen M. Feldman, 1986 University of Wyoming
    Lynne Henderson, 1984 UNLV, emerita
    Mark W. Cordes, 1983 Northern Illinois University
    John Sprankling, 1982 McGeorge School of Law
    Robin L. West, 1982 Georgetown Law, emeritus
    Lisa Pearson, 1982 Stanford Law School
    Joan Howarth, 1981 UNLV
    Randee Fenner, 1980* Stanford Law School