Postdoctoral Research Scholar 

Columbia Law School’s Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies seeks a Fellow to contribute to the center’s ongoing research and programming on a broad range of topics pertaining to Chinese law.

This Fellowship aims to cultivate the next generation of leading scholars of Chinese law teaching in American law schools and is designed to support recent law graduates who have demonstrated a strong interest in legal scholarship pertaining to Chinese law. The Fellow will be mentored by the Hong Yen Chang Center faculty and fully involved in center seminars, faculty workshops, research projects, and other activities. The Fellow will also receive office space and a research budget and will have access to libraries and research facilities.  The Fellow will be encouraged to organize at least one scholarly workshop during their time in residence at Columbia.

Fellows commit to spending two years at Columbia Law School pursuing publishable independent research, engaging in the rich intellectual life of the community, and otherwise preparing for entry into the tenure-track law teaching market.

Successful performance will require both assisting with ongoing projects and generating original research, as well as communicating research findings clearly and through a variety of media and formats to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes impact, as well as contributing to the University’s wider research and convening efforts.

Compensation and benefits are comparable with other leading academic-track law fellowships. In addition to base salary, The  Fellow is eligible to apply for university post-doctoral fellow housing (subject to availability), research support, plus fringe benefits. The appointment begins on July 1 and lasts two years, but a later start date may be possible. Fellows are expected to be in residence in New York during the academic year and to participate regularly in the academic life of Columbia Law School.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent legal degree; and
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Two to three years of post-graduate training or experience is required

Interested applicants should send the following items to Nick Pozek, [email protected] by February 15, 2024.

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Research and teaching agenda
  4. Scholarly writing sample(s)
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Law school transcript(s)

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $74,000.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

The Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies provides a wide range of China-related curricular, extracurricular, and exchange activities and connects Columbia Law School to the Chinese legal community. Columbia Law School has been a leader in Chinese legal studies for more than half a century. Established in 1983 as the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, the center was renamed in 2022 to honor Hong Yen Chang ‘1886, the first Chinese student to attend Columbia Law School and the first Chinese American admitted to the Bar in New York.