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  • Stanford Law Research Fellows

    RESEARCH FELLOW, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL (Fixed term) *multi-job posting

    Several Stanford law professors are seeking full-time Research Fellows to begin work in the summer of 2019. This is a unique opportunity for graduating seniors and recent college graduates to participate in groundbreaking empirical legal and social science research. Past fellows have found the experience to be valuable preparation for graduate school and have matriculated to a number of prestigious graduate, law, and business programs.


    Full-time, starting Spring/Summer 2019. Fellowships last for one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of the professor and the fellow.


    Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Jacob Goldin, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School. Designed for graduating seniors or recent college or master’s program graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.

    Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, and NYU and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, engineering, and computer science.

    Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests. As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge.

    Job responsibilities will vary by position, but involve all aspects of the research process including:

    • Conceptualization of suitable empirical methodologies and models
    • Collecting, managing, and structuring quantitative datasets
    • Statistical analyses of complex datasets and interpretation of results
    • Communication with government officials, industry stakeholders, and research collaborators
    • Report writing and manuscript preparation

    Job qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences or another relevant field
    • Outstanding academic credentials and intellectual creativity
    • Eagerness to take initiative and solve intricate problems
    • Excellent time-management skills and ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
    • Experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics, political science, statistics, applied math or engineering
    • Exceptional research and analytical writing skills
    • Programming experience in Stata, SAS, R, Python or other languages is preferred, but not required
    • Prior research experience and coursework in the empirical social sciences is preferred, but not required

    How to apply:

    There will be two rounds of application review. The deadline for the first round is 7:00AM PST on Monday, October 29, 2018. The deadline for the second round is 7:00AM PST on Monday, January 7, 2019. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and preference will be given to first-round applicants. The position is visa sponsorship eligible (J-1) and applicants with OPT are also eligible for this position. Apply online at Make sure to upload each of the following:

    • Brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position
    • Current resume
    • Transcript (unofficial version acceptable)
    • Short academic writing sample, preferably empirical or social science-related
    • Contact information for at least two references, preferably able to speak to academic research skills

    If you have any additional comments or questions, please see the FAQ on the website above.

    Stanford complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and

    affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    For more information, contact: Stanford Law School at 650.723.2465

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