Saturday, September 1, 2007

Center for the Study of Law and Society, U.C. Berkeley, seeks Visiting Scholars

The Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for visiting scholars for 2008-2009.

Note: This is a terrific opportunity, but is unfunded. It is perfect for those with a "portable" fellowship or funded sabbatical.

The Center fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law. Closely linked to Boalt Hall School of Law, the Center creates a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars in sociology of law, political science, criminal justice studies, law and economics, legal history, and legal and social philosophy, along with visiting scholars from the United States and around the world. U.C. Berkeley faculty members affiliated with the Center include K.T. Albiston, Mark Brilliant, Marianne Constable, Robert Cooter, Lauren B. Edelman, Samera Esmeir, Sean Farhang, Malcolm M. Feeley, Robert A. Kagan, Linda Krieger, Christopher Kutz, David Lieberman, Kristin Luker, Robert MacCoun, Laura Nader, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Harry N. Scheiber, Gordon Silverstein, David Sklansky, Jonathan Simon, David Vogel, David Winickoff and Frank Zimring.

Application Requirements
1. Applicants normally must possess a Ph.D. or J.D. (or foreign equivalent).
2. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae.
3. Applicants must submit a cover letter describing their proposed program of research or study and specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Center. Applicants must pursue a program of research or study which is of mutual interest to faculty members at the Center for the Study of Law and Society.
4. Applicants must indicate the source of funding while visiting Berkeley, e.g. sabbatical pay, scholarship, government funding, personal funds, etc. Unfortunately, the Center cannot offer stipends or other financial assistance. Monthly minimum requirements for foreign exchange scholars are: $1600 per month for the J-1 scholar, $500 per month for the J-2 spouse, $200 per month for each J-2 child.
Among privileges and opportunities of Center visiting scholars are: library privileges at the Law School and all campus libraries; invitations to our weekly bag lunch speaker series and other scholarly exchanges; other campus privileges, including athletic facilities; and, when possible, assignment to shared or other office accommodations with computer, internet, etc.
The Center will consider applications for varying time periods, from one month duration to the full academic year. Applicants should submit the information listed above by November 16, 2007 by e-mail to or by mail to: Visiting Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2150.

Inquiries may be made to the Director, Professor Lauren B. Edelman, or to the Executive Director, Dr. Rosann Greenspan, rgreenspan@ . For more information, go to the Center's website.