Apply to be a Bigelow Fellow
Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellowships
Each year the University of Chicago Law School awards six Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellowships. The Fellowships offer recent 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 have the opportunity to 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 Adam Chilton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Laura Weinrib (email@example.com).
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 you have asked to write letters on your behalf.
Resume, cover letter, reference contact information, and writing sample must be submitted electronically on the web site at the time of application. The writing sample may be published or unpublished, but should be a work of legal scholarship. Your law school transcript must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask your recommenders to email their letters of reference to us at email@example.com. We will also gladly accept additional writing samples, published or unpublished, at that same email address.
We have filled our positions for 2017-18. Screening for our 2018-19 positions will begin on August 31, 2017.
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 773-702-0287 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu 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|
|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||John Bronsteen||Loyola University Chicago||Loyola University Chicago|
|2004-06||Kirsten Smolensky||University of Arizona||University of Arizona|
|2004-06||Lesley Wexler||Florida State University||University of Illinois|
|2004-06||William Ford||John Marshall||John Marshall|
|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|
|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||Washington University in St. Louis|
|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|
|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 Pennsylvania|
|2014-16||Heather Whitney||Tenure-track offer declined|
|2015-17||Ben Grunwald||Duke University|
|2015-17||Michael C. Pollack||Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University|