2023 J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History

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Type: 
Fellowship
Date: 
June 18, 2023 to June 30, 2023
Location: 
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
Law and Legal History

The J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History is a biennial event sponsored by the American Society for Legal History (ASLH). It is traditionally held in June in Madison, Wisconsin, with support from the Institute for Legal Studies of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where the late Professor James Willard Hurst was a founding member of the modern field of legal history.

Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired by a well-known legal historian and includes visiting senior scholars who lead specialized sessions. An ASLH committee reviews applications and selects 12 early career scholars from around the world as Institute Fellows. The Fellows participate in seminars, meet other legal historians, and present their own work. The program is structured but informal, and features discussions of core readings in legal history and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute. Fellowships are supported by dedicated funds donated in honor of leading mentors in the field, by the alumni of past Hurst fellows, and for other worthy ASLH goals that reflect the Institute's commitment to supporting early career scholars.

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world and all time periods are eligible to apply. The seminar and written materials are conducted in English, and we cannot consider non-anglophone applications. Applicants with no formal training in legal history are encouraged to apply. Traditionally, the selection committee has sought to create a cohort of fellows with varying degrees of familiarity with the field, and welcome applications from scholars at an early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates).

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the twelfth biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History. The two-week program features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for the twelfth Hurst Summer Institute will be available on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, and accepted until Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.

To apply, applicants must:

  1. Submit the following materials as a single PDF document:
    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Research Agenda (of no more than 2,500 words)
  2. Arrange to have two letters of recommendation uploaded as a PDF file (Note: Recommendations must be on institutional letterhead and signed)

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world and all time periods are eligible to apply. The seminar and written materials are conducted in English, and we cannot consider non-anglophone applications. Applicants with no formal training in legal history are encouraged to apply.

Traditionally, the selection committee has sought to create a cohort of fellows with varying degrees of familiarity with the field, and welcome applications from scholars at an early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates).

FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION

The ASLH Hurst Selection Committee will select 12 Fellows to participate in this event. 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2023

Contact Info: 

Kimberly Raether

Associate Director of Outreach and Branding (Hurst Institute Program and Event Manager)

UW Law School

kimberly.raether@wisc.edu

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