Duke University, School of Law

Program ID:Duke-Law-VAP [#14091, VAP2020/21]
Program Title: Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Program Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2019/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/07/21, finished 2020/05/17, listed until 2019/11/15)

*** this program has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

The Visiting Assistant Professor (“VAP”) program supports scholar/teachers interested in appointment as tenure-track members of a law faculty. VAPs are in residence at the Law School for two, or in some cases three, academic years, with the expectation that they will enter the law school teaching market in the fall of their last year as a VAP. A VAP becomes a full member of a robust institutional culture of intellectual engagement and exchange and has many opportunities to develop teaching skills in a program focused on each VAP’s individual interests. Duke Law School has a successful record in placing its VAPs in tenure-track academic positions, as detailed on our website (https://law.duke.edu/vap/).

The School expects that while at Duke a VAP will produce at least one work of original scholarship with guidance and mentoring from Duke Law faculty members. Each year, the VAP will teach one upper-level course (or two, if the VAP so prefers) of the VAP’s choice or design, subject to the Law School’s needs. The VAP may teach the same course each year. A VAP is invited to attend all faculty activities open to visiting professors, including faculty workshops and conferences. Each VAP will have at least one opportunity to present a paper in the faculty workshop series. VAPs are also encouraged to propose other opportunities to present their work, including brown-bag sessions with other faculty members, and to engage with colleagues in other schools and departments at Duke University. Each VAP receives an office amidst other members of the faculty as well as administrative and secretarial support. VAPS have no administrative responsibilities.


The annual salary for each VAP is $60,000, plus benefits (including health insurance). Each VAP also has a $5,000 faculty account (each year) that can be used for travel to conferences, research, or other academic expenses.

The Application Process

We invite applications from graduates of any law school and any year of graduation. We encourage applications from those with experience in law practice. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to obtain a tenure-track position at a leading law school.

If you would like to be considered for a visiting assistant professor position beginning in the fall of 2020, please upload your completed application materials by November 15, 2019. We will begin reviewing the applications shortly thereafter.

Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362

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