The 2023 Hurst Institute will take place June 18-30, 2023. The 2023 session will be chaired by Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams professor of constitutional law and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and Michelle McKinley, the Bernard B. Kliks professor of law at the University of Oregon School of Law. 

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The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the twelfth biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History. The two-week program features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute. 

Application Process

Applications for the twelfth Hurst Summer Institute will be available on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, and accepted until Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.

To apply, applicants must:

  1. Submit the following materials as a single PDF document:
    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Research Agenda (of no more than 2,500 words)
  2. Arrange to have two letters of recommendation uploaded as a PDF file (Note: Recommendations must be on institutional letterhead and signed)

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Applicant Qualifications

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world and all time periods are eligible to apply. The seminar and written materials are conducted in English, and we cannot consider non-anglophone applications. Applicants with no formal training in legal history are encouraged to apply.

Traditionally, the selection committee has sought to create a cohort of fellows with varying degrees of familiarity with the field, and welcome 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).

Fellowship information

The ASLH Hurst Selection Committee will select 12 Fellows to participate in this event. 

Application Submission

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2023

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