Wednesday, January 19, 2022
For anyone interested in becoming a tenure-track law professor, I hope you will consider our new Pepperdine Caruso Law Fellowship:
The Pepperdine Caruso Law Fellowship is designed to assist attorneys with backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal academy to pursue a full-time legal academic tenure-track career. The fellowship is a two-year appointment that will provide such attorneys with the time and resources to obtain the skills needed to successfully transition to a tenure-track legal academic position.
Fellows will have ample time to pursue scholarly projects. They will be fully integrated into the faculty community and will be invited to attend and actively participate in all faculty presentations and workshops. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present a paper to the faculty and receive feedback in preparation for the entry-level job market. Fellows will also receive financial support for their scholarship including access to research assistants as well as funds to travel to and attend conferences. This is a full-time position, and Fellows will be expected to be in full-time residence at Pepperdine Caruso Law during the academic year.
In the first year, Fellows will teach one doctrinal course in a subject selected in consultation with the Academic Dean. This will provide the fellow with the opportunity to obtain teaching experience, as well as receive feedback on and mentoring in teaching. In the second year, Fellows will further develop their teaching skills by teaching the same doctrinal course for a second time, as well as an additional course on a topic of their choosing in consultation with the Academic Dean.
Fellows will also be assigned one or more faculty mentors to help shepherd them through the transition to academic life with regard to both teaching and scholarship.
The position is designed for Fellows to apply for full-time tenure-track legal academic positions during the fall semester of the second year of the fellowship. Fellows would remain eligible to apply to a full-time position at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law as part of a national search.
The salary for the position will be competitive with well-regarded law fellowship and VAP programs.
Fellowship Application Process
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Victoria Schwartz, chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at [email protected]
Applications should include:
- a resume
- a list of references, including academic references
- a law school transcript
- a copy of (or link to) a sample of a published work or other writing in law or a related field
- a research plan describing the candidate's scholarly interests, including the specific project(s) the candidate aims to complete while in residence at the law school
- a personal statement describing (a) how you could contribute to the distinctive mission of the University and the School of Law; (b) your current active membership, if any, within a faith community, and (c) how you could contribute to the Caruso School of Law’s goals of providing opportunities for attorneys with backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal academy