The George Sharswood Fellowship 2021-22
The George Sharswood Fellowship 2021-22
The George Sharswood Fellowship
To encourage scholars committed to entering a career in legal academia, the Editorial Board of Volume 155 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review established the first Sharswood Fellowship in 2007. The Law School has since expanded the program so that now each year the School awards two fellowships that each fund two years of research, writing, and teaching. One of the Fellowships continues to be generously funded by the Law Review. Recent Sharswood Fellows have gone on to tenure-track legal academic posts at law schools including Stanford, The University of California at Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania.
Sharswood Fellows enjoy faculty access to the Law School services and events, holding academic standing comparable to that of visiting assistant professors. Here is a list of our current fellows and visitors.
Applications for 2020 will be received starting July 1, 2020 and will close November 15, 2020 for a hiring date of July 1, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in the summer or early fall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Writing & Research
The Sharswood Fellow will be expected to produce at least one legal academic work of publishable quality during each year of funding. The work is expected to be of a length akin to a standard law review article.
Teaching: Academic Year 1 (2021-2022)
Spring - Fellows teach a seminar based on the subject of their research.
Teaching: Academic Year 2 (2022-23)
Fall - Fellows teach the same seminar that they taught the previous spring.
Spring - Fellows teach a course to be determined in consultation with the dean.
Applicants must submit the following materials:
1. Detailed research proposal
2. Teaching statement (course abstract and plan for class or seminar)
3. Writing sample(s)
4. Curriculum vitae
5. Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)
6. Three references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)
7. (For each reference, please give name, title, mailing address, email address and telephone number.)
Letters of recommendation from references are not required.
Applicants should apply using our Online Application: https://apply.interfolio.com/76930
Questions about this program should be to [email protected].
Sharswood Fellow applicants must have earned a law degree or PhD or equivalent in a related field and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. The Sharswood Fellows Program provides excellent opportunities for predoctoral research for candidates who have completed a JD or for postdoctoral research. One of the Fellowships every two years is designated for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School graduates.
About George Sharswood
George Sharswood was born in Philadelphia on July 7, 1810 and died on May 28, 1883. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1828. On September 5, 1831 he was admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was later nominated to a position on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where he served from 1868 until his retirement in 1882. He served as chief justice on that court, beginning on January 6, 1879.
Sharswood was appointed professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania in 1850 and served for eighteen years. He reorganized the law school at Penn, and served as dean beginning in 1852-the year of the establishment of the American Law Register, predecessor publication to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
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