Teaching Fellow, Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS), Stanford Law School-76639
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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 masters 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. Students interested in pursuing a JSD at Stanford must successfully complete the SPILS program.
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 2018, with the possibility of a third-year by mutual agreement.
Those interested should apply by letter by December 8, 2017, addressing their letter to Associate Dean Deborah Hensler, 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 applicants 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:
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