The Kauffman Legal Fellowship 2009-2010

Post-Graduate Fellowship in Law, Innovation, and Economic Growth

The Harvard Law School (HLS) is offering a two-year, post-graduate Fellowship in Law, Innovation, and Economic Growth for 2009-2010. Support for the Fellowship comes from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri. The Kauffman Legal Fellowship is designed to help prepare HLS graduates for academic careers in areas of law related to entrepreneurship and innovation, including intellectual property, law and technology, the legal structure of capital markets, corporate research and development, antitrust, and law and economics. Kauffman Fellows will analyze the interplay between the need to maintain predictability under the rule of law, and the need to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.


The Kauffman Legal Fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for two full years, starting in July 2009. The Kauffman Fellow will devote her or his time to reading, research, and writing in preparation for going on the law teaching market. He or she may also (but need not) audit classes at HLS and elsewhere at Harvard.

Stipend and Benefits

Fellows will have access to the full range of resources offered by HLS and Harvard University. Each fellow will be provided with mentorship by one or more members of the faculty, a private office, library priveleges, health benefits, a research budget, a budget for travel, and an annual stipend of $52,000.


The Fellowship is limited to HLS graduates (J.D.s, LL.M.s, and S.J.D.s). Applicants will be evaluated based primarily on their potential as legal scholars and their fit with the purpose of the grant.


There is one Kauffman Legal Fellowship available for 2009-10. Applications must be received by December 1, 2008, and will include each of the following components:

1. A resume or CV;
2. Official transcripts from HLS, as well as any undergraduate and graduate schools attended;
3. Research agenda. This should be no more than 2,000 words describing the applicant's area(s) of research interest and a description of at least one scholarly writing project. This writing project need not be completed or in progress, but can take the form of a proposal that lays out the topic to be investigated;
4. At least one writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's writing and analytical abilities and ability to generate interesting original ideas. The writing sample can be unpublished work, such as a student paper or an early draft of a current project. Applicants who already have scholarly publications related to law should submit copies of all published writings; and
5. At least two letters of recommendation from HLS faculty (including former or visiting faculty). These letters should focus on the applicant's scholarly potential.

For questions, please contact Akiba Covitz at

Send Applications, either electronically or in paper form, to:

Mr. Akiba Covitz (
Office of Academic Affairs
Harvard Law School
Griswold Hall 206
Cambridge, MA 02138

Last modified: September 26, 2008

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