Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Research Fellow Position -- Center for the Study of the Legal Profession

[Posted by Bill Henderson]

Based on this announcement, the study of the legal profession as a substantive area of research appears to be gaining traction:


The Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center (CSLP) invites applications for the position of Research Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Fellow will be based at Georgetown Law Center and will collaborate with CSLP leadership on new and ongoing empirical projects of the Center, as well as pursue her/his own independent research relating to the legal profession. Research Fellows are invited to participate in CSLP and Law Center activities, including those directed to students and to the research community.

CSLP promotes interdisciplinary scholarship on the profession informed by the challenges of contemporary legal practice; participates in the debate about regulation of the legal profession, both in the US and internationally; and investigates the role of globalization as it relates to the profession generally, law firms and other practice organizations and legal education. Our current projects include a wide-scale survey of Georgetown law graduates, including international graduates; a symposium on the future of the global law firm (fall 2009); an interview research project exploring how formal policies and informal norms shape law firm culture; and a conference on US approaches to regulation of the legal profession in the wake of changes in foreign regulatory structures governing lawyers. CSLP also aims to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of the opportunities and challenges of a modern legal career and to furnish members of the profession, particularly those in organizational decision-making positions, with rigorous research that provides broad perspectives on trends and developments in practice. For more information on CSLP and its activities, please review our website.

Applicants must have earned a JD or its equivalent and/or have earned or be working on a PhD in a relevant discipline (including sociology, economics, political science, business, anthropology). In addition, applicants must have expertise in qualitative or quantitative empirical research. To apply for the position, please submit a CV and a statement (3 pages maximum) describing your educational background, empirical research skills and experience, and research interests, and explaining how your background and interests relate to the activities of CSLP. Please also address how the position fits into your overall career goals.

We will begin reviewing applications in March and will continue until the position is filled. The Research Fellow will be appointed to a twelve-month term beginning in the summer of 2009.

The Research Fellow will earn a stipend of $62,500 plus benefits.

Please submit your application by email to Carole Silver. No phone inquiries, please.


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