Thurgood Marshall Center Law Teaching Fellowship


Howard University School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights offers 2 Fellowships to support the research and professional development of candidates pursuing a career in law teaching.  Launching in 2018, the Thurgood Marshall Center (“TMC”) will be Howard University’s flagship institutional setting for the study and practice of civil rights, human rights, racial justice and the law. The law school supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students seeking to use the law to become social engineers on both a national and international scale.

Eligibility and Qualifications

Candidates should possess (or expect to possess by June 30, 2018) a JD, LLM, or equivalent legal training; a strong academic record; a high degree of scholarly writing ability; and demonstrated interest and background in using the law to promote civil rights, human rights, and/or racial justice.  We welcome candidates who, in addition, possess graduate training in other disciplines, community organizing experience, or other professional qualifications that will inform their research, teaching, and advocacy interests. We especially welcome candidates who plan to pursue work related to issues that concern the broader Black Lives Matter movement.  And finally, we welcome applications from graduates of any law school, though Howard Law graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Terms of the Fellowship

The fellow will be appointed for the year beginning July 1, 2018 until July 1, 2019. The fellowship is intended to be renewable for a second year. The fellowship offers a competitive salary and full benefits.

The fellowship responsibilities are as follows:

  • completing at least one substantial scholarly research project, presenting it as a work-in-progress to the school of law faculty, and submitting it for publication;
  • where appropriate, teaching one course at the law school during each year of the fellowship;
  • spearheading one community advocacy project with the TMC and/or the civil and human rights clinic each year of the fellowship;
  • assisting with the administration of the TMC; including coordinating events, meetings, and community outreach projects;
  • Formally and informally mentoring students in the civil and human rights clinic and TMC student volunteers

Application Process

Applications should be submitted by March 23, 2018 at the latest. 

To apply for the fellowship, you must submit the following materials: 

  • cover letter summarizing your qualifications, including any past and/or potential contributions to civil rights, human rights, and/or racial justice movements through research, teaching, and/or service;
  • scholarly research proposal, no longer than 800 words in length;
  • resume/CV;
  • law school transcript;
  • a writing sample;
  • names and contact information of two references prepared to write a letter of recommendation upon request. At least one should be a law professor familiar with your scholarly potential.

Visit the Howard University School of Law website  for more information about our institution.  Please submit applications and questions to and address all correspondence to Justin Hansford, Executive Director of the center.

No phone calls please.