Opportunities
This page provides information about opportunities outside Princeton, including announcements of jobs in legal studies, prizes for legal studies scholarship, news about special issues of journals, funding opportunties, and information about conferences and workshops in the field. If you have something you would like to add to this page, please contact Sara Nephew Hassani.

Postdoc and Visiting Scholar Opportunities


Center for the Study of Law & Society @ UC Berkeley, Visiting Scholar Program

The Center for the Study of Law and Society invites applications for visiting scholars for 2009-2010. The Center fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law. Closely linked to Boalt Hall School of Law, the Center creates a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars in sociology of law, political science, criminal justice studies, law and economics, legal history, and legal and social philosophy, along with visiting socio-legal scholars from the United States and around the world. U.C. Berkeley faculty members affiliated with the Center include K.T. Albiston, Kenneth Bamberger, Eric Biber, Mark Brilliant, Marianne Constable, Robert Cooter, Lauren B. Edelman, Samera Esmeir, Sean Farhang, Malcolm M. Feeley, Kinch Hoekstra, Rucker C. Johnson, Robert A. Kagan, Linda Krieger, Christopher Kutz, David Lieberman, Kristin Luker, Robert MacCoun, Charles J. McClain, Jr., Justin McCrary, Laura Nader, Anne Joseph O'Connell, Steven Raphael, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Harry N. Scheiber, Martin Shapiro, Gordon Silverstein, David Sklansky, Jonathan Simon, Sarah Song, Margaret Taylor, David Vogel, David Winickoff and Franklin E. Zimring.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicants normally must possess a Ph.D. or J.D. (or foreign equivalent).
  2. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae.
  3. Applicants must submit a cover letter describing their proposed program of research or study and specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Center. Applicants must pursue a program of research or study which is of mutual interest to faculty members at the Center for the Study of Law and Society.
  4. Applicants must indicate their source of funding while visiting Berkeley, e.g. sabbatical pay, scholarship, government funding, personal funds, etc. Unfortunately, the Center cannot offer stipends or other financial assistance. Monthly minimum requirements for foreign exchange scholars are: $1600 per month for the J-1 scholar, $500 per month for the J-2 spouse, $200 per month for each J-2 child.

Among the benefits of being a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society are: library privileges at the Law School and at all campus libraries; invitation to our weekly Bag Lunch Speaker Series, workshops, and scholarly exchanges; UCB campus privileges, such as athletic facilities and permission to audit classes; and, when possible, assignment to shared or other office space and use of computer, internet, and other facilities.

The Center will consider applications for periods of time that vary from one month duration to the full academic year. Applicants should submit the information listed above by November 17, 2008 by e-mail to csls@uclink.berkeley.edu or by postal mail to: Visiting Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2150. Inquiries may be made to the Director, Professor Lauren B. Edelman at ledelman@law.berkeley.ed or to the Executive Director, Dr. Rosann Greenspan at rgreenspan@law.berkeley.edu.
Deadline: 17 November 2008

Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship--Univ. of Indiana, School of Law

The Center for Law, Society, and Culture at the Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington will appoint up to three Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellows per year beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. We invite applications from pre-tenure scholars, recently awarded PhDs, and those with equivalent professional degrees to conduct research at Indiana University and participate in the activities of the Center, which include an annual symposium, a colloquia series, and regular workshops and lectures.

Scholars of law, the humanities, or social sciences working in the field of sociolegal studies are encouraged to apply. Advanced graduate students may also apply, but evidence of completion of the doctoral degree or its equivalent is required before beginning the fellowship. Fellows will devote a full academic year to research and writing in furtherance of a major scholarly project. The stipend will be $23,000 plus a research allowance, health insurance, other benefits, and workspace at Indiana Law. Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence in Bloomington in order to take advantage of the rich intellectual life of the Center, the School of Law, and Indiana University.

A complete application consists of: (1) a research proposal (up to 10 pages); (2) curriculum vitae (with address and complete contact information), and (3) three letters of recommendation (must be sent separately)

Applications should be sent to: Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Center for Law, Society, and Culture c/o Archana Sridhar, Assistant Dean for Research and Special Projects Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington 211 S. Indiana Avenue Bloomington, IN 47405. The award will be announced around March 1, 2009.
Deadline: 5 January 2009

The George Sharswood Fellowship -- Penn Law

To encourage scholars who plan to enter legal academia, the Editorial Board of Volume 155 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review established the first Sharswood Fellowship in 2007. Penn Law has since expanded the program so that now each year the School awards two fellowships that each fund two years of research, writing, and teaching. One of the Fellowships continues to be generously funded by the Law Review. Sharswood Fellows enjoy faculty access to Penn Law services and events, holding academic standing comparable to that of visiting assistant professors.

The Sharswood Fellow will be expected to produce at least one legal academic work of publishable quality during each year of funding. The work is expected to be of a length akin to a standard law review article. In year one of the fellowship, fellows will teach a seminar based on the subject of their research during the Spring semester. In year two, fellows will teach the same seminar that they taught the previous spring during the Fall, and in the Spring, they will teach a course to be determined in consultation with the dean.

Sharswood Fellow applicants must have earned a law degree or PhD or equivalent in a related field and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. The Sharswood Fellows Program provides excellent opportunities for predoctoral research for candidates who have completed a JD or for postdoctoral research. One of the Fellowships every two years is designated for Penn Law graduates. For more information about the fellowship, please consult the fellowship page at the Penn Law website. Questions about this program should be sent to Margaret Ulrich at mulrich@law.upenn.edu.

By Monday, January 26, 2009, applicants must submit the following materials: (1) a detailed research proposal; (2) a teaching statement (course abstract and plan for class or seminar); (3) writing sample(s); (4) a curriculum vitae; (5) law school and/or graduate school transcript(s); and (6) three references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference). Electronic applications are preferred, and applicants are encouraged to submit the above materials in electronic form to sharswoodapp@law.upenn.edu. Alternatively, applicants may submit a paper copy of their application to: Margaret Ulrich, Sharswood Fellowship Program, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204.
Deadline: 26 January 2009

Summer Programs


Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, SIAS Summer Institutes

Together with the National Humanities Center, North Carolina, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin administers the so-called "SIAS Summer Institutes", an interdisciplinary two-year research program for young scholars. The goal of the "SIAS Summer Institutes" is to support the development of scholarly networks and collaborative projects among young scholars from the United States and Europe. Led by distinguished senior scholars, the institutes are open to recent Post-docs (Ph.D. not earlier than 2004) and PH.D. candidates who are now studying or teaching at an European or American institution of higher education. Each institute will accomodate twenty participants and will be built around two summer workshops, one held in Berlin and another one in the United States. The upcoming SIAS Summer Institute is on "Comparative Perspectives on Federalism and Separation of Powers: Lessons from -- and for -- national, supranational, and global governance." The conveners of this workshop are Christoph Moellers (University of Goettingen) and Daniel Halberstam (Michigan Law School). Extensive information as well as application forms can be found on the Wissenschaftskolleg's website.
Deadline: 27 February 2009

Call for Papers


Law and Society Association 2009 Annual Meeting, Call for Participation

The Law and Society Association has issued its 2009 Annual Meeting Call for Participation. We invite you to submit paper, poster paper, and/or session proposals. You will find the call and submission instructions here. The deadline for proposal submission is December 8, 2008.

The meeting is to be held at the Denver Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, May 28-31, 2009. Attendees requiring a Visa to enter the United States should begin the process of obtaining a visa as early as possible. It is strongly suggested that all proposals be submitted well in advance of the deadline, but especially paper session proposals in order to give ample time for paper authors on these panels to submit their abstracts (see the Call for instructions). Session proposals that are incomplete (as defined in the Call and its attached instructions) will not be accepted and placed on the program.

Special Note to Princeton Graduate Students from LAPA: LAPA now has a program to help pay for travel to conferences at which you present law-related work. See Resources for Graduate Students for details. The Law and Society meetings would definitely count for this program. In addition, the Law and Society Association has a graduate student workshop several days before the conference that provides a wonderful introduction to interdisciplinary legal studies. For more information about the graduate student workshop, see the workshop page at LSA. Finally, the Law and Society Association will also have an Early Career Workshop for advanced graduate students, post-docs and assistant professors whose work is moving into law and society research. That workshop will also be held in the days just prior to the annual meetings with a competition for admission to be announced shortly. Watch this site for more details as they become available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Judy Rose at rose@lawandsociety.org.
Deadline: 8 December 2008