Attention Economists and Economics Graduate Students: Want to Go to Law School for Free?

Josh Wright —  18 August 2012

I have recently joined my colleague Bruce Johnsen as co-director of the Robert A. Levy Fellowship in Law and Liberty at GMU Law.  It is a very generous fellowship — a tuition waiver plus a generous stipend —  for economists who have their PhD’s or “ABD” status to come to law school on our dime along with a stipend of up to $27,000 annually.   PhD’s and doctoral candidates in other social science disciplines are also welcome to apply.  Several Levy Fellows have successfully ventured into the legal academic market over the past few years, and we continue to look for economists and economists-in-training with an interest in law and legal institutions.  Among others, Levy Fellow alumni include Jonathan Klick (University of Pennsylvania School of Law), Moin Yahya (University of Alberta),  and James Cooper (former Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, former student of our TOTM’s own Paul Rubin, and now Research Director at the George Mason Law & Economics Center).  More recently, Levy alum Murat Mungan joined the faculty at Florida State as a Visiting Assistant Professor; and Levy Fellow alum Jeremy Kidd is now as Assistant Professor at Mercer.

If the opportunity is of interest — please contact me via email, or check out the details in the advertisement below, as well as the website with further details on the application process.

GMU Law is a great place to do law and economics.  The GMU Law and Economics Center, with a new and ambitious research and policy agenda under Henry Butler, is a wonderful asset for a rising law and economics scholar, and the law and economics faculty here are interested in a wide range of legal topics and play an integral part in the Levy Fellow program.  The program isn’t for everybody.  We’re looking for economists and other social scientists who are interested in understanding legal institutions and plan on entering the academic job market.  Experimental economists interested in the special opportunities available at the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics might also find the program especially attractive.

The full text of the advertisement is below the fold.  Contact me if you have questions about the application process.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

School of Law

Robert A. Levy Fellowship

George Mason University School of Law invites applications for the Robert A. Levy Fellowship in Law & Liberty. The Levy Fellowship includes an annual stipend of up to $27,000 per year plus a tuition waiver and is available to PhD or ABD economists who wish to pursue a JD at George Mason.

DESCRIPTION:

Applicants will be evaluated for their promise as Law and Economics scholars capable of making a significant contribution to understanding the institutions of a free society. We are pleased in recent years to have placed fellows in highly ranked institutions. Two or more fellowships will be awarded for the 2013/14 academic year. Applicants should arrange to take the LSAT no later than February 2013. George Mason University is an equal opportunity-affirmative action institution.

A special opportunity now exists for those interested in experimental economics. Levy Fellows will have the opportunity to run experiments and collaborate with faculty at the path breaking Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please provide all items requested in standard law school application process, including LSAT/LSDAS, PLUS cover letter with three references, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and a copy of current research.

Letters should be sent to the:

CONTACT:

George Mason University School of Law
Office of Admissions
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

Or calls made to:

Tel: (703) 993-8010

The co-director of the Levy Fellowship program:

CONTACT: Professor Joshua Wright
Email: jwrightg at gmu dot edu

7 responses to Attention Economists and Economics Graduate Students: Want to Go to Law School for Free?

  1. 

    Law and Econ at GMU is basically just a course of study in Public Choice. I would recommend becoming involved with what Chicago has to offer instead.

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      MGM:

      Not that there is anything wrong with public choice, but MGM, I think I’m going to have to burst the bubble on your priors a bit here.

      The Levy Fellowship is for L&E at GMU School of Law. Take a gander at the GMU law & economics faculty and you’ll see there is not only plenty of public choice perspective to go around (e.g. Zywicki, Butler, among others) but also no shortage of economists with price theory or empirical focus (e.g. Kobayashi, Hazlett, Wright), not to mention Kevin McCabe and his experimental group (and formerly Vernon Smith). We’ve got a proud L&E tradition at Mason that boasts some of the greatest public choice economists of all time (Buchanan, Tullock — both no longer affiliated with the Law School), but the law and economics offerings here are much broader than you describe.

  2. 
    Christopher Mufarrige 21 August 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Touche sir. Touche.

  3. 
    Christopher Mufarrige 21 August 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Professor Wright,

    There is no such thing as a free lunch…

    • 

      No, Mr. Mufarrige, there is not. But there are certainly lunches that other people pay for :)

  4. 

    Why would you take sweet, innocent young economists and try to bring them to the Dark Side?