Teaching Fellow, Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS), Stanford Law School

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Two-year fixed term position


The Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS), leading to the Master of Science of Law (JSM) degree, is offered to foreign students who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in law. Prof. Lawrence Friedman is the SPILS faculty director. The program provides interdisciplinary training in socio-legal studies and empirical research methods. SPILS fellows complete master’s theses based on empirical analyses of legal problems of interest to them, often selected because of significance to public policy debates in their home countries. SPILS is the Stanford graduate program of choice for foreign students interested in careers in teaching, research, the judiciary, public policy, or service in government or non-governmental organizations. SPILS enrolls approximately 12 fellows per year.

The Teaching Fellow for the SPILS program serves as the primary advisor for SPILS fellows, assists in teaching an empirical research methods seminar, and works closely with fellows and their faculty advisors from the design of the fellows’ thesis research through the submission of the written thesis. The SPILS Teaching Fellow is also responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the SPILS program, coordinates SPILS academic and social activities, and participates with SPILS faculty and the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in the SPILS admissions process. The SPILS teaching fellow reports to Prof. Friedman, and works closely with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and the Executive Director of the International Student Programs. Although this is a full time position, the fellow should have a reasonable amount of time to conduct his or her own research, and will have ready access to faculty for that purpose.

This position is intended primarily for people who expect to pursue an academic career in law or socio-legal studies. Candidates for the position should have a JD (or the equivalent for foreign scholars), and should have completed (or nearly completed) a doctoral degree in law or social science that included substantial coursework in socio-legal studies and experience applying empirical research methods to law-related questions. Applicants are sought for a two-year commitment, starting in August 2020, with the possibility of a third-year by mutual agreement.


Those interested should apply by letter by April 15, 2020, addressing their letter to Associate Dean Amalia Kessler and Professor Lawrence Friedman, summarizing their educational qualifications and experience, as well as any other information that might help in making selections. Each applicant must also send official transcripts from all graduate degrees, a resume, copies of any publications, and three letters of recommendation (at least two from law professors) commenting on the applicant’s suitability for the position in terms of teaching ability, analytics capability, interpersonal and management skills, and writing ability.


There is a multi-step application process outlined below:

  1.  Submit your application online via the Stanford Careers website (http://m.rfer.us/STANFORDlmnAif).
  2. Submit your letter, resume, official transcripts, and copies of publications to jobapps@law.stanford.edu.
  3. Your references must send their letters of recommendation directly to jobapps@law.stanford.edu, with your name in the email subject line.


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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