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YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities

Yale Law School is a wonderful place to work, and its administrative team is the one of the best in legal education. If you are intrigued by the idea of coming back to the School, and of entering the world of legal academic administration—or know of one of your law school classmates who is—we would be most interested in hearing from you. Please see below for job listings of open positions at the School and elsewhere.

A number of fellowships are available to our graduates. For example, the Bernstein, Liman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Heyman Fellowships support work in various types of public interest positions. The Robert M. Cover Fellowship and Information Society Project (ISP) Resident and Visiting Fellowships are among those available for alumni/ae interested in careers in academia.

Executive Director, Center for the Study of Corporate Law

The Center for the Study of Corporate Law at Yale Law School is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Corporate Law Center was established in 1999, with a wide-ranging objective of enhancing the quality of students’ educational experience and of faculty research in the business law area. The Center’s programs aim to increase exposure to, and engagement with, contemporary business law issues.

The Corporate Law Center’s focus of study includes corporate law and the law of other nongovernmental organizations; the regulation of financial markets and intermediaries; the legal framework of finance, including the law of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, and secured transactions; and antitrust law and law of regulated industries.

The Executive Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Corporate Law Center, working with students, staff, faculty and alumni, helping to shape each semester’s classes, and planning events such as the series of lectures, roundtables, a workshop in law and finance, a colloquium series, an alumni breakfast program, and panels and symposia. The Executive Director is responsible for reviewing the budget, and working with many colleagues, organizations, and interested individuals with whom we collaborate. The position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as administrative and organizational abilities.

Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Formulating, establishing and implementing policies for the Center
  • Administering the Center’s programs
  • Working with J.D. and joint degree (JD-MBA and JD-PhD in finance) students, including providing academic and career guidance
  • Possible co-teaching of a course at Yale Law School with the Center director
  • Possible organizing or administering a law school clinic in the business law area
  • Managing the administrative staff of the Center
  • Overseeing public relations (web site, social media, press releases)
  • Speaking in high-profile venues
  • Organizing special events and symposia
  • Developing the annual budget
  • Performing financial forecasting and monthly expenditure oversight
  • Providing support for visiting professors and scholars at the Center
  • In conjunction with the Alumni Affairs Department, overseeing portions of the alumni CLE credit program related to the Center’s programming

The Executive Director is expected to be in residence in the New Haven vicinity and will receive a salary (commensurate with experience) plus Yale University benefits. Candidates must be a graduate of a law school, MBA or a Ph.D program with at least two years of work experience in law or business.

Application materials should include the following:
(1) A cover letter describing qualifications;
(2) A curriculum vitae;
(3) A law school, business school or doctoral transcript;
(4) Two letters of recommendation.

To apply, please provide above materials to Karen Alderman, YLS Director of Human Resources.

About the YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law

Director of the Liman Public Interest Program

In collaboration with the Liman Professor, the Liman Director is responsible for overseeing and administering all elements of the Liman Public Interest Program. Duties include:

  • Managing all elements of the Yale Law School Fellowship program, from recruiting and advising applicants, to working with Fellows and their host organizations throughout the fellowship year.
  • Developing curricula for the Liman Workshop and the Liman Project, and co-teaching these courses in collaboration with the Liman Professor and the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence;
  • Working with faculty and program administrators at Yale and six other colleges and universities to administer the Liman Summer Fellows program;
  • Planning and overseeing the annual Liman Colloquium, and other public interest programs at the Law School;
  • Managing the drafting, production, and distribution of the annual Liman Report, along with all other publicity and fundraising activities;
  • Helping to write and distribute other books, reports, and collection of materials;
  • Supervising the Liman Program Assistant, the Liman Student Directors, and other administrative support staff; and
  • Developing and managing the program budget, in conjunction with the Liman Professor.
  • Working with colleagues at the Law School doing related work on public interest, fellowships, access to justice, and global human rights.

The successful applicant will be a law school graduate with a distinguished academic record; significant experience in public interest lawyering; administrative talents; knowledge about the shape and structure of public interest lawyering and the organizations that provide such services; ease and enjoyment in writing essays, demonstrated through publications, research papers, dissertations, briefs, or other materials authored by the applicant; and the ability to work with students, alumni/ae; faculty, staff, and lawyers working outside the University. Teaching experience is relevant but not required.

The salary is competitive and based upon experience. For more information, please contact Johanna Kalb, Liman Director, (203) 436-3520.

To apply, please provide a resume, lists of references (including at least one academic reference and at least one reference with whom the applicant has worked closely within the last two years); examples of written work (including copies of relevant publications, reports, research papers, essays or briefs); and a law school transcript.

About the Liman Program at Yale Law School