Visiting Assistant Professor Program

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Duke Law's Visiting Assistant Professor program prepares emerging scholars for success in the legal academy with two-year faculty appointments, research support and feedback, and an opportunity to hone their teaching skills. 

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 below.

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.

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 vitae
  2. a law school transcript
  3. academic references submitted directly through the Academic Jobs Online site
  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, please apply via this link at Academic Jobs Online by November 15, 2019. We will begin reviewing the applications shortly thereafter.

Previous VAPs


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


  • Ann Lipton, Michael M. Fleishman Associate Professor in Business Law and Entrepreneurship, 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