] Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has preeminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

Cornell Law School seeks candidates for its Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) Program. VAPs spend two to four semesters in residence at the Law School, gaining both teaching experience and the opportunity to devote substantial time to research, writing, and other scholarly pursuits. VAPs are given the opportunity to present work in progress to the Law School faculty and, more generally, to receive feedback and mentoring from faculty members in preparation for the academic job market. Course loads and teaching schedules are devised with sensitivity to the timing of the job market process.

With a vibrant faculty and a talented, engaged student body, Cornell Law School provides an unparalleled environment in which to prepare for a career in law teaching. By participating in the faculty workshop series, conferences, colloquia, and other facets of the intellectual life of the Law School, by having access to the resources of the Law School's remarkable library and support staff, and by experiencing teaching in an atmosphere of great mutual respect and commitment, VAPs at Cornell Law School receive an ideal entrée into legal academia.

Applications are invited from law school graduates and from recipients of a PhD in any field who have demonstrated a sustained interest in law. Members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in law teaching are especially encouraged to apply. VAPs are selected on the basis of an assessment of the candidate's ability, with appropriate support and mentoring, to secure a tenure-track position at a top law school.

The number of VAP positions available will vary from year to year, and VAP positions may be awarded in any legal subject matter area or methodological approach.

Please submit a curriculum vita, law school or other graduate degree program transcript; copies of any published work in law or a related field, any available letters of reference from academic advisors who are able to comment on the candidate's promise as a scholar, and a statement of the candidate's research agenda.

Questions may be referred to Professor Stewart J. Schwab, sjs15@cornell.edu.

Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has preeminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper east Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


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