Rock Center for Corporate Governance Fellowship, Stanford Law School

86141 Requisition #

The Rock Center for Corporate Governance seeks to hire a resident academic fellow to begin in September 2020 for a 12-month or one academic-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Fellow will pursue his or her own independent research, as well as work closely with Stanford Law School faculty on a range of projects related to corporate governance, securities regulation, vehicles for public and private investment, and financial market reform. The ideal candidate has excellent academic credentials and experience in relevant fields of practice. The position is particularly well suited to a practicing attorney, with either a litigation or transactional background, seeking a transition to academia, or a post-doctoral economics or finance student with interests in corporate governance.

The Rock Center for Corporate Governance
The Rock Center for Corporate Governance promotes high quality academic research in the area of corporate governance. The Rock Center emphasizes research projects that illuminate current public policy concerns and that assist policy makers, corporate executives, and the judiciary in responding to real-life governance challenges. The Rock Center also conducts conferences and seminars addressing matters of concern to the corporate governance community.

The Position
The Fellow will be expected to conduct independent research leading to major academic journal or law review publication, and will receive support from faculty in developing and executing those projects. The Fellow may also be asked to engage in a mix of research and analysis under the supervision of Stanford Law School, Rock Center, and other affiliated faculty. Potential projects include research in the areas of: executive compensation, proxy voting, rating agencies, securities and corporate litigation, investment vehicle structures, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Issues, diversity on corporate boards, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the financial regulatory system. The Fellow may also assist in developing law school and/or Rock Center course materials and educational materials for directors of publicly traded corporations, and help support research conferences and seminars. Fellows are encouraged to attend weekly faculty lunch seminars and participate in activities with the other fellows at Stanford Law School to learn more about their scholarship and academic life. The Fellow will report to the Managing Director of the Rock Center, but will work under the direction of an assigned faculty member. We provide office space, a competitive stipend, and a generous benefits package.


A successful candidate will have a relevant terminal graduate degree and/or a law degree, a very strong academic record, and experience in litigation or transactional matters (for lawyers) or demonstrable research and writing or practical experience related to corporate governance. Demonstrated writing skills through law review or other publication is highly desirable. Training in quantitative analysis is desirable, but not necessary, as is experience in database construction and design. The successful candidate will also have strong presentation, interpersonal, and management skills, and will be able to operate independently with little faculty supervision. A strong entrepreneurial inclination is highly valued.

All interested and qualified applicants must follow these steps in order to apply:

  1. Submit a cover letter and resume and complete the application via the Stanford Careers website.

  2. Please send the following to by March 23, 2020:

    • A research proposal of no more than 1500 words (with an emphasis on original ideas and not merely the identification of interesting topics or problems);

    • A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's analytical and creative abilities;

    • A curriculum vitae;

    • PDFs of all transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (unofficial transcripts are fine).

    • Two letters of recommendation. These should be emailed directly from the recommenders to the same address listed above, and they should focus on the applicant's potential for a career as an academic scholar.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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