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The Westerfield Fellows Program is designed for individuals pursuing a career in law teaching who also need time to devote to scholarly writing and publication. Fellows are responsible for teaching two-hour courses – Legal Research and Writing each fall and Moot Court each spring – to approximately 40-45 first-year law students. Fellows work under the guidance of an experienced director with whom they coordinate the content and pace of the courses. Fellows also teach their own seminars, usually in their area of research.
To foster their development as scholars and teachers, fellows are assigned faculty mentors who teach and write in the fellows’ areas of interest. They also have the support of teaching assistants, research assistants, and library research staff. Fellows are encouraged to participate in scholarly workshops and conferences, and they are provided funds to do so. Past fellows have gone on to secure tenure-track teaching positions at law schools across the United States.
The best time to apply for a position in the Westerfield Fellows Program is in August and September of the year before the desired fellowship would begin. The faculty appointments committee interviews fellows' candidates at the AALS Recruitment conference, which is held in Washington D.C. in October or November each year. Applications submitted after September will be considered if positions remain open after the Fall hiring season. An application should consist of a letter of interest and the applicant's resume or CV. Other materials that may be included are writing samples, reference letters, and a copy of the applicant's law school transcript. All applications should be sent to "Faculty Appointments Committee, Chair, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Campus Box 901, New Orleans, LA 70118."