The George Sharswood Fellowship
The Sharswood Fellowship was created in 2007 to encourage scholars committed to entering a career in legal academia. Originally founded by the Editorial Board of Volume 155 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Law School has since expanded the program. Each year the Penn Carey Law faculty 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 and one fellowship every other year is reserved for a Penn Carey Law graduate. The Sharswood Fellowship is distinguished by fellows’ full integration into the law school faculty and its emphasis on teaching classes that the fellow feels will help them prepare for the teaching they will do as an assistant professor. The Law School has an excellent record of placing fellows and Sharswood Fellows have gone on to tenure-track legal academic positions at law schools including those at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, the University of Chicago, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Sharswood Fellows join a vibrant community of academic fellows from the Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice; Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition; and the Penn Program on Regulation. Sharswood Fellows also benefit from faculty mentorship and enjoy faculty access to the Law School services and events. They hold academic standing comparable to that of visiting assistant professors.
Applications will be received starting September 1, 2023, and are reviewed on a rolling basis. We anticipate making two new appointments during this cycle, with a hire date of July 1, 2024.
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 (2024-2025)
Spring - Fellows teach a seminar based on the subject of their research.
Teaching: Academic Year 2 (2025-2026)
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.
Typically, Fellows prepare for the academic teaching market during their first year and apply for academic jobs during their second year.
Applicants must submit the following materials:
- Detailed research proposal
- Teaching statement (course abstract and plan for class or seminar)
- Writing sample(s)
- Curriculum vitae
- Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)
Three references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)
(For each reference, please give name, title, mailing address, email address and telephone number.)
Letters of recommendation from references are not required.
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.
Previous Sharswood Fellows include:
To view our current Sharswood fellows, visit our faculty directory and filter by Visiting Faculty & Fellows.
The CTIC Fellowship
The Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC) invites applications for a CTIC Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School starting immediately upon hiring. It is a one-year appointment with the potential for a one-year extension. The fellow will work with Professor Christopher Yoo and project partners supporting CTIC’s research and projects.
Responsibilities of the fellow will include but are not limited to:
- Conducting research on CTIC projects
- Assisting with academic writing
- Speaking and presenting research at conferences
- Developing reports, research protocols, and other pertinent documents
Applicants must have earned a law degree.
Applicants should submit the following materials to Caroline Olson, Managing Director of CTIC, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Detailed research proposal (no more than 2,500 words)
- Writing sample(s)
- Curriculum vitae
- Law school transcript
- Two letters of recommendation
Applications may be considered on a rolling basis. Questions about this position should be sent to Caroline Olson.
Quattrone Center Research Fellowship 2024-2025
The application deadline is December 31, 2023
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is accepting applications for research fellowships for the academic year 2024-2025.
About the Quattrone Center
The Quattrone Center is a research and policy hub housed at the Law School. The interdisciplinary Center brings together faculty from across the University of Pennsylvania and the nation, collaborating with criminal justice practitioners in an interdisciplinary approach to reduce errors in the administration of justice. The Quattrone Center has rapidly established itself as a thought leader on issues pertaining to the reduction of errors in criminal justice and is the chief proponent for blending law and scientific research (both social science and new technology) in a “systems approach” to improving the criminal justice system. The Center applies techniques from healthcare, aviation, and other industries focused on safety, quality control, reliability, etc. in ways that unify participants in the criminal justice system to implement, evaluate, and expand best practices in the administration of justice.
About the Fellowship
Designed for scholars interested in pursuing academic careers in areas related to the Quattrone Center’s work, fellows enjoy faculty access to the Law School’s services and full participation in all Quattrone Center events. This is a full-time commitment and fellows are expected to be in residence at the Law School for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows receive a full year of funding and are eligible for renewal for an additional year. Fellows are expected to produce at least one original academic work during each year of funding. In addition to conducting their individual research and writing projects, each fellow’s responsibilities will also include providing support for the Quattrone Center’s existing and new programs, including the development of reports and proposals.
To be eligible, prospective fellows must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have earned a law degree. (Fellow candidates with at least 2 years of post-graduate experience will be strongly preferred; this experience may be legal practice, a judicial clerkship or other relevant legal experience); or
- Have completed, or are in the terminal stage of a PhD or equivalent academic program, and have not yet held a full-time tenure track academic appointment
The fellowship is open to individuals with a background in law as well as those with a background in social science (e.g. sociology, psychology, economics, criminology, etc.) or medicine, with a proven familiarity with criminal justice research.
Complete the Fellowship application online here:
- Cover letter
- Undergraduate and law school and/or graduate school transcript(s) *
- Writing sample(s)
- Two references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference) **
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** Applicants can request confidential references directly through the Interfolio application system.
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