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The Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship

Recruitment Period

Open September 3rd, 2020 through Monday, Nov 16, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


UCLA Law’s Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program seek applications for the Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship for 2021-2023. Applicants who intend to pursue a career as an assistant professor of law are invited to apply if their research interests concern topics at the intersection of race/racism, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

We invite applications from those working in law, policy, and other disciplinary traditions such as the various social sciences, ethnic studies, history, etc. Applicants should have a research agenda that centers questions of sexuality (broadly defined), gender identity, race, and racism in any of the diverse law and policy domains, such as criminal justice, family law, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, to name just a few. We seek candidates who will bring our two programs together, infusing each with the ideas and work of the other.

The law teaching fellowship programs of The Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies at UCLA Law are some of the oldest in the nation. Together, they have supported over twenty law teaching fellows secure tenure track jobs. Past fellows have secured faculty positions at top law schools including Georgetown, Michigan, UCLA, UC Irvine, Wisconsin, and Yale.

Eligibility and Qualifications

A fellowship candidate should possess (or expect to possess by June 30, 2021) a JD, LLM, or equivalent legal training; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; and demonstrated interest and background in critical race theory and sexual orientation and/or gender identity law and policy. We welcome candidates who, in addition, possess experience in legal practice, graduate training in other disciplines, or other professional background that informs their research and teaching interests. The fellowship is for two years, based upon satisfactory completion of the first year of the fellowship.

Terms of the Fellowship

The Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellow will be appointed for the academic year beginning July 1, 2021 and must be in residence in Los Angeles at UCLA. The fellowship is renewable for a second year, contingent on the fellow’s satisfactory progress. The fellowship offers a salary of $76,100 per year and full benefits.

The fellow’s responsibilities include:

  • complete at least one substantial scholarly writing project to be presented as a work-in-progress to the UCLA Law faculty and submitted for publication during the first nine months of the fellowship;
  • teach at least one course annually;
  • assist with Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies programs, such as symposia, journal, moot court competitions, panels, and workshops;
  • mentor J.D. and L.L.M. students, both formally and informally;
  • participate in the intellectual life of the law school, attending faculty workshops, specialized colloquia, and the like.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 16, 2020.

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the fellowship, including any past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or public service;
  • a research proposal of no more than 3,000 words;
  • academic resume;
  • law school and other post-graduate transcripts;
  • writing sample, either published or in-progress;
  • names and contact information of three references prepared to write a letter of recommendation upon request. At least one should be a professor familiar with your scholarly potential.

Questions via email may be addressed to Professor Laura Gómez at gomez@law.ucla.du.

The Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship was made possible through generous endowment gifts by Arnold D. Kassoy and The Richard Taylor Trust.

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media, and the public. For more information about the Williams Institute, please see

Critical Race Studies is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. Anchored by renowned scholars whose research helped found and continues to advance critical race theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, CRS supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students. For more information about Critical Race Studies, please see

Each program has a track-record of successful fellows who have been launched into legal academia, including many who are tenured professors.

The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see:

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - A cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the fellowship.

  • Statement of Research - A research proposal of no more than 3,000 words

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Law School and other Post-Graduate Transcripts

  • Writing Sample - Either published or in-progress

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)