Visiting Assistant Professor Program

Duke Law students having class discussionThe Visiting Assistant Professor Program at Duke Law School supports aspiring law faculty. Visiting assistant professors are in residence at the Law School for two academic years, with the expectation that they will enter the law school teaching market in the fall of their second year. A visiting assistant professor is provided with a regular faculty office and receives administrative and secretarial support. He or she teaches one course per academic year (or two courses if he or she prefers two) and has no administrative responsibilities. Each visiting assistant professor is invited to participate in all faculty activities open to visiting professors, including faculty workshops and conferences. In addition, each visiting assistant professor will have at least one opportunity to present a paper in the faculty workshop series.


The salary for each visiting assistant professor is $50,000 in the first year and $55,000 in the second year plus benefits (including health insurance).

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.

Applications should include:

  1. a curriculum vita
  2. a law school transcript
  3. written academic references emailed from each reference directly to
  4. copies of any scholarly legal articles that the candidate has written and would like to have considered, whether published, unpublished, or in draft form
  5. a list of law school courses the candidate would be willing to teach (listed in order of preference)
  6. a scholarly agenda outline, with particular emphasis on the scholarship contemplated during the professorship period.

If you would like to be considered for a visiting assistant professor position beginning in the fall of 2019, please send your complete application materials via email to by November 15, 2018. We will begin reviewing the applications shortly thereafter.



Application deadline

To be considered for a visiting assistant professor position beginning in the fall of 2019, please send your complete application materials by November 15, 2018.


In the News

Visiting Assistant Professor Program supports aspiring law faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor Benjamin Ewing spent his first semester developing the research on culpability and punishment that was central to his PhD thesis in politics into works of legal scholarship and material for the advanced criminal law seminar he taught the following semester.



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Duke Law VAPs


  • Benjamin Ewing, Assistant Professor, Queen’s Law
    JD, Yale Law School; MA, PhD Politics, Princeton University


  • Ann Lipton, Associate Professor, Tulane Law School
    JD, Harvard Law School
  • Gregg Strauss, Associate Professor of Law, Virginia Law School
    JD, PhD, University of Illinois


  • Destiny Peery, Assistant Professor at Northwestern Law School
    JD, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Taisu Zhang, Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School
    JD, PhD, Yale University


  • Suzanne Katzenstein, Senior Fellow at The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
    JD, Harvard Law School


  • Margaret Hu, Assistant Professor of Law, Washington and Lee School of Law
    JD, Duke Law School


  • Christopher Griffin, Visiting Professor and Research Scholar, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
    JD, Yale Law School


  • John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science, Washington University Law School
    JD, Duke University; MA, PhD Political Science, University of North Carolina


  • Roman Hoyos, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
    JD, Northwestern University; PhD, University of Chicago
  • Noah Weisbord, Associate Professor, Queen’s Law
    JD, McGill University; MS, McGill University; LLM, Harvard University; SJD, Harvard University


  • Shawn Bayern, Larry and Joyce Beltz Professor of Torts, Florida State Law School
    JD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
    JD, MA Political Science, Duke University


  • David Gray, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
    JD, New York University School of Law; MA, PhD, Northwestern University