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Visiting Assistant Professorships

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, Visiting Assistant Professors (VAPs) at Cornell Law School receive an ideal entrée into legal academia.

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. In most respects, VAPs are treated as regular tenure-track faculty, although with a reduced teaching load and without administrative obligations. 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.

Recent VAPs at Cornell Law School include:

  • Rainer Nickel,Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Frankfurt (German and European public and constitutional law)
  • Miriam Aziz,Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Siena (European and comparative constitutional and administrative law)
  • Oskar Liivak,Assistant Professor of Law, Cornell Law School (patent law and trade secrets, copyright)
  • Eva Pils,Global Research Fellow, New York University School of Law (Chinese law, law and social conflict, legal and political philosophy)
  • Toby J. Heytens, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law (civil procedure, criminal procedure, federal courts)
  • Jens C. Dammann, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Texas-Austin School of Law (comparative corporate law, contracts)
  • Nicholas C. Howson,Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law (securities regulation, Chinese investment law, legal reform and public international law in China)
  • Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Law and Economics, Torts, and Securities)
  • Thomas McSweeney, Assistant Professor of Law, William and Mary School of Law (Legal History, Property, and Estates)
  • Jed Stiglitz,  Assistant Professor of Law, Cornell Law School (administrative law and regulatory policymaking)
  • Gina-Gail Fletcher, Assistant Professor of Law, Indiana University--Maurer School of Law (corporate and securities regulation)

Applications are invited from law school graduates and from recipients of a Ph.D. 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. Applications should include a curriculum vita; a 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. 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.

Applications should be received at the following address no later than January 16, 2015:

Visiting Assistant Professors Program
Attention: Prof. Michael Heise
Faculty Appointments Committee
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Questions or other inquiries should be sent to Professor Michael Heise by email at michael.heise@cornell.edu.