Teaching and Research Opportunities

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Preparing its students for careers in law teaching and legal scholarship is a significant part of the mission of Harvard Law School.  In fact, HLS graduates comprise over 11% of all law professors at American law schools.

The Law Teaching Advising section of the HLS website can provide students with a great deal of information to guide their consideration of law teaching as a career.  Students who would like more information about pursuing a career in law teaching may contact Susannah Barton Tobin, Assistant Dean for Academic Career Advising, at stobin@law.harvard.edu.

Among the opportunities available to current JD, LLM, and SJD students are the Summer Academic Fellowships.  Students who would like more information about the summer academic fellowships may contact Tom Graca, Director of Academic Affairs, at tgraca@law.harvard.edu.

HLS also offers a large number of residential academic fellowships for those moving toward a career as law professors. HLS residential academic fellows use their time here to prepare for entry-level law teaching jobs by undertaking original research and writing and becoming members of the community of HLS and Harvard University scholars.

HLS also offers a number of joint, coordinated, and concurrent degree programs that are frequently valuable to students preparing for careers in legal research and law teaching.

To view a short film about becoming a law professor at HLS, starring former Dean and now Justice Elena Kagan, along with current Dean Martha Minow; Professors Jon Hanson, Randall Kennedy, and Charles Ogletree; now-Senator Elizabeth Warren; and many others, click here.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are a non-HLS student or graduate and are interested in applying for an entry-level position here at Harvard, please use the Association of American Law Schools and its Faculty Appointments Register.  Thank you.

Last modified: July 14, 2014

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