Apply to be a Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow

Each year the University of Chicago Law School awards six Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellowships. The Fellowships offer law school graduates an opportunity to prepare for an academic career. Fellows can pursue scholarly interests, attend workshops, interact with the faculty, and audit courses or seminars. The Bigelow program has been very successful in placing its Fellows in tenure-track academic positions in law schools.

The Fellows' primary responsibility is to design and carry out a program of tutorial instruction for first-year students. The Bigelow Program provides instruction in legal research, writing, and analysis. The faculty considers the program to be a major element in the first-year curriculum and an indispensable aid in developing students' critical and analytical skills. Although the Fellows construct much of their curriculum, members of the faculty supervise the Program as a whole.

Initial Fellowship appointments are for one year and can be renewed for a second year; most Bigelow Fellows serve for two years. Bigelow Fellows who return for a second year typically teach an upper-level seminar on a topic of their choosing (subject to approval) in addition to the legal research and writing course.

Applications are invited from students now finishing the work for their first degree in law and from law graduates who wish to enter the academic field. If you have questions about the program, please contact Professor Douglas G. Baird ( or Professor John Rappaport (

To be considered as a candidate for this position, you MUST apply on the UChicago Academic Careers site. You will be required to furnish a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, writing sample, and reference contact information for two or three recommenders who are writing letters on your behalf.

Resume, cover letter, reference contact information, writing sample(s), transcript, and 2-3 letters of recommendation (when available) must be submitted electronically on the web site at the time of application. The writing sample may be published or unpublished.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

Job Placements for Every Bigelow Fellow, 2001 to the Present
Academic Years Name First job after completion of fellowship Current institution
1999-2001 Eric R. Claeys St. Louis University George Mason
1999-2001 Lee A. Fennell University of Texas University of Chicago
1999-2001 Robert A. Katz Indiana University, Indianapolis Indiana University, Indianapolis
2000-02 James P. Madigan Goldberg Kohn Greenberg Traurig LLP
2000-02 Jonathan Nash Tulane Emory
2000-02 Ryan Goodman Harvard NYU
2001-03 Adam Feibelman University of Cincinnati Tulane University
2001-03 Andrea Bjorklund UC Davis UC Davis
2001-03 Tom Colby George Washington University George Washington University
2002-04 Adam B. Cox University of Chicago NYU
2002-04 Jenia Iontcheva Turner SMU Dedman SMU Dedman
2002-04 Jide O. Nzelibe Northwestern University Northwestern University
2003-04 Stephanie Stern Loyola University Chicago Chicago-Kent
2003-05 Elizabeth Emens Columbia Columbia
2003-05 John Bronsteen Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Chicago
2004-06 Kirsten Smolensky University of Arizona Left legal academia
2004-06 Lesley Wexler Florida State University University of Illinois
2004-06 Rachel Brewster Harvard Duke
2004-06 William Ford John Marshall John Marshall
2005-07 David Fagundes Southwestern University of Houston
2005-07 Jonathan Masur University of Chicago University of Chicago
2006-08 Daniel Abebe University of Chicago University of Chicago
2006-08 Jamelle Sharpe University of Illinois University of Illinois
2006-08 Joshua Bowers University of Virginia University of Virginia
2006-08 Robin Effron Brooklyn Brooklyn
2007-09 Irina Manta Case Western Reserve University Hofstra
2007-09 Shyamkrishna Balganesh University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
2008-10 Adam Badawi Washington University in St. Louis Berkeley
2008-10 Adam Muchmore Penn State Penn State
2008-10 Arden Rowell University of Illinois University of Illinois
2008-10 Mary Anne Franks University of Miami University of Miami
2009-11 Tony Casey University of Chicago University of Chicago
2009-11 Anthony Niblett University of Toronto University of Toronto
2009-11 Matt Tokson Supreme Court - Justice Souter University of Utah
2010-12 Naomi Schoenbaum George Washington University George Washington University
2010-12 Andres Sawicki University of Miami University of Miami
2010-12 Julia Simon-Kerr University of Connecticut University of Connecticut
2011-13 Anya Bernstein SUNY Buffalo SUNY Buffalo
2011-13 Alex Boni-Saenz Chicago-Kent Chicago-Kent
2011-13 Victoria Schwartz Pepperdine Pepperdine
2012-14 Vince Buccola The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
2012-14 Roger Ford University of New Hampshire University of New Hampshire
2012-14 Greg Reilly California Western Chicago-Kent College of Law
2013-14 Adam Chilton University of Chicago University of Chicago
2013-15 Genevieve Lakier University of Chicago University of Chicago
2013-15 John Rappaport University of Chicago University of Chicago
2014-16 Paul Crane University of Richmond University of Richmond
2014-16 Nadia Nasser-Ghodsi Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
(tenure-track offer declined) 
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
2014-16 Ryan Doerfler University of Pennsylvania University of Chicago Law School
2014-16 Heather Whitney Tenure-track offer declined PhD candidate in philosophy at New York University
2015-17 Ben Grunwald Duke University Duke University
2015-17 Michael C. Pollack Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University
2016-18 Brian Feinstein The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
2016-18 Hiba Hafiz Boston College Law School Boston College Law School
2016-18 Dorothy Shapiro Lund USC Gould School of Law USC Gould School of Law
2016-18 Diego Zambrano Stanford Law School Stanford Law School
2017-19 Emma Kaufman New York University School of Law  
2017-19 Manisha Padi University of California Berkeley Law  
2018-19 Stephanie Holmes Didwania Temple University Beasley School of Law  
2018-20 Travis Crum Washington University of St. Louis School of Law  
2018-20 Cree Jones BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School  
2018-20 Roseanna Sommers University of Michigan Law School