J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History

The J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History is a biennial event sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies in conjunction with the American Society for Legal History (ASLH). Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired by a well-known legal historian and includes visiting senior scholars who lead specialized sessions. For each Institute, a committee appointed by the ASLH reviews applications from beginning faculty members, doctoral students with completed or almost completed dissertations, and recent J.D. graduates, and selects 12 junior scholars from around the world as Institute Fellows. The Fellows come to Madison for two weeks to participate in seminars, meet other legal historians, and discuss 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. The 2017 Hurst Institute will be led by Mitra Sharafi, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies (with History affiliation) at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to 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 with appropriate backgrounds).

Applications for the ninth Hurst Summer Institute, which will take place in 2017, will be accepted until December 1, 2016.  For future reference, information concerning applications may be found here.

A full account of the Institute, including the program and the names and biographies of the fellows, may be found on its website.

Application Process
(1) Submit the following materials in a single pdf file starting with your last name to ils@law.wisc.edu. Multiple attachments will not be accepted.

· Curriculum Vitae with your complete contact information.

· Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words) describing your current work, specific research interests, and the broader perspectives on legal history that inform your work.

(2) Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent electronically as a pdf files (these must be on institutional letterhead and signed) to ils@law.wisc.edu by the deadline.

Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions: Contact ils@law.wisc.edu

Willard Hurst Memorial Fund Committee

Robert W. Gordon (2014), Chair, Stanford University <email>
Ari Bryen (2015), Vanderbilt University <email>
Sally Gordon (2015), University of Pennsylvania <email>
Stanley Katz (2015), Princeton University <email>
Dylan Penningroth (2015), University of California at Berkeley <email>
Mitra Sharafi (2015), (Hurst Institute Leader), University of Wisconsin <email>
Karen Tani (2015), University of California, Berkeley<email>
Barbara Welke (2013), (ex officio) (Hurst Institute Leader), University of Minnesota <email>