Saturday, January 30, 2010

USA: Graduate Fellowships at The Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School (CJL)


The Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School (CJL) is pleased to accept applications for its 2010-2012 Graduate Fellowship, a two-year forum for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between Legal Academia and Judaic Studies. Eight fellowships will be awarded, each consisting of $10,000 to be distributed over the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.

The CJL Graduate Fellowship aims to bring legal theory into the disciplines of Jewish history and Jewish law. In the general academy, a new methodological connection has been forged over the last few decades between the disciplines of history and law, largely through the importation of legal theory into the study of history and comparative law. Legal history has raised the level of academic discourse both for historians and legal theorists, pushing both to consider important factors once outside their respective disciplines. This interdisciplinary sophistication, already mainstream in other fields of study, will play an important role in the future of Jewish Studies.

The Graduate Fellowship fosters a community of impressive and accomplished PhD candidates in various disciplines of Jewish Studies. Each fellow offers a unique perspective and provides a distinctive contribution to the nascent field of Jewish Law and Legal Theory. In addition to working closely with other fellows and gaining literacy in legal theory and its application to the study of Jewish texts, fellows interact regularly with prominent scholars, both in Judaic Studies and Legal Theory, and participate in the CJL’s growing community of interdisciplinary discourse.

The core of the Graduate Fellowship is an 11-session seminar led by CJL faculty and visiting scholars. The seminar is carefully designed to introduce students to the essential questions and problems of legal theory that are relevant and interesting to an examination of Jewish texts and Jewish history. In the first year, we focus on the methodological questions that are raised by bringing together the fields of Jewish Studies and legal theory. Each mini-unit on legal theory is followed by a session on integration of Jewish Studies and legal theory, led by a prominent Jewish Studies scholar, four times a year. In the second year, we probe more deeply into the hermeneutics of law, and the questions of legal authority which emerge.

In addition to the seminar, second-year Graduate Fellows participate in monthly meetings of the Legal Theory Reading Group at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City and attend the CJL’s annual international graduate conference, which focuses on the intersection between Jewish law and legal theory.

For more information about CJL, please consult our website: or send inquiries to The deadline for applications is April 9, 2010.

A complete application includes:

- Completed application form

- Current Resume

- Letter of recommendation from a professor with whom you work closely (preferably your advisor). Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically by the recommender to

Please submit your application along with a current resume, to

To download the CJL graduate fellowship application form for the fellowship of 2010/2011, click here.

Please quote as your reference when applying for this opportunity

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