Information for Prospective Climenko Fellows

Harvard Law School Climenko Fellowship Program

We have completed selections for the 2013-15 term. We will begin considering applications again on September 1, 2013 for the 2014-16 term.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible after September 1.   Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials no later than November 13, 2013.


Harvard Law School invites applications for appointments as Climenko Fellows in its First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program. Climenko Fellows are promising legal scholars with high academic achievements and a strong interest in teaching. The Fellows will teach the Program and devote themselves to scholarship in preparation for entry into the teaching market. The Law School anticipates hiring at least six Climenko Fellows for the 2014-16 term.

Each Fellow will teach one section of 40 first-year students in a Program whose content is coordinated by the Director of the Program. The emphasis of the Program is on writing workshops and one-on-one critique of student work. Each Fellow will be assigned three student assistants to assist in the workshops and work individually with students.

While the workload will vary throughout the year, it is assumed that on a yearly basis, a substantial amount of a Fellow's time will be available for work on scholarship. The Program undertakes to facilitate participation in faculty workshops relating to the Fellow's field of interest and to facilitate mentoring relationships with faculty working in the field. Occasionally, a Climenko Fellow may have an opportunity to teach or co-teach a seminar or small course in the second year of the fellowship, depending on the needs of the academic program and the status of the Fellow's own scholarship. Salary will be approximately $60,000 in each year of the Fellowship, with additional funding for research.

A J.D. degree and a superior academic record are required. For additional information about the first-year writing course click here. To apply, submit a cover letter, your resume and law school transcript, two or three letters of recommendation, and one scholarly writing sample.  Either your cover letter or separate research agenda should discuss in detail the research project(s) you intend to undertake as a Climenko Fellow.  Submit materials in hard copy only to:

Susannah Barton Tobin, J.D., M.Phil.
First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program
Harvard Law School
Griswold 1 North
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138


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