Duke University, School of Law

Program ID:Duke-Law-VAP2425 [#25099]
Program Title: Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Program Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/07/05, finished 2024/03/26, listed until 2023/11/12)
Description:   URMs  

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer 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 is $60,000, plus benefits (including health insurance), for each year of the position. 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 2024, please upload your completed application materials by November 12, 2023. We will begin reviewing the applications shortly thereafter.

Duke University 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.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

Further Info:
email address
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362