Westerfield Fellow

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Position:  Westerfield Fellow, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; start date: August 2022

Description: This position is designed for individuals pursuing a career in law teaching and seeking to gain law teaching experience, while being afforded time to devote to scholarship.  Applicants should have strong academic credentials, excellent written and oral communication skills, and must be authorized to work in the United States.  A J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school is preferred.  The Fellow will be responsible for teaching a three-credit hour writing seminar to two sections of first-year law students each semester.  The Fellow will teach his or her own classes with the support of an experienced director and professors in a program in which the director and the professors teaching the courses coordinate the content and pace of the courses.  The Fellow will also have student teaching assistants to aid with courses.  The Fellow will have a faculty mentor in addition to the other professors teaching in the program.  One-year contracts may be renewed.  Salary is competitive with fellowships of a similar nature.  Westerfield Fellows have been successful in obtaining tenure track positions at ABA accredited law schools.

If you are interested in applying, please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter to resumes@loyno.edu. Inquiries may be sent to the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Chunlin Leonhard at leonhard@loyno.edu.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will add to the diversity of our educational community and who have demonstrated expertise in working with a diverse student body.

About the School: The College of Law is located in a largely residential area of New Orleans, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, with unique cuisine, numerous museums and historical sites, and a flourishing arts community.  New Orleans is also the seat of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, as well as other lower courts.  The College of Law has a student population of approximately 500 students, over forty faculty members, active clinics that have spearheaded numerous social justice reform efforts, and summer programs in Europe and Central America (on hold now due to the Covid-19 pandemic).  Its location in Louisiana, one of the world’s best known mixed jurisdictions, provides unique opportunities for comparative and international law scholarship.

Loyola University New Orleans is an educational institution dedicated to fostering intellectual achievement, personal development, and social responsibility, and it is committed to the human dignity and worth of every person.  Loyola University New Orleans strives to create and maintain a working and learning environment in which individuals are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. The University acknowledges and values individual differences, including, but not limited to, the dimensions of race; color; sex; national origin; age; religion; gender identity; transgender status; sexual orientation; ethnicity; disability status; and marital status and citizenship status. We recognize that diversity enriches our social interactions and intellectual lives, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals who will bring diversity to the College of Law.


Dean Louis Westerfield was the first African American dean of the College of Law.  He is remembered for promoting diversity and excellence in legal education.

1-2 Year Fellowship
$70,000 - $79,999
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Mary Garvey Algero
Associate Dean
526 Pine Street