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Stanford Center for Computers and the Law (CodeX) Residential and Non-Residential Fellowship Program

The Center

CodeX is a multidisciplinary research center operated by Stanford University in association with affiliated organizations from industry, government, and academia. The staff of the Center is composed of core full-time employees, together with faculty and students from Stanford and professionals from affiliated organizations.

The primary mission of the Center is to explore the application of technology toward improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of the legal system so that “legal technology” empowers all parties in our legal system, not the legal profession per se. Such technology should help affected individuals find, understand, and comply with regulations; it should help enforcement organizations monitor and/or enforce compliance; and it should help regulatory bodies analyze proposed regulations for cost, overlap, inconsistency, etc.

The Fellowship

CodeX fellows typically work on the center’s existing projects, and have the opportunity to explore related research on their own and commence new projects. Fellows work with cutting edge technologies emerging from Stanford's engineering departments, and are expected to bring a legally oriented perspective toward integrating these technologies into the law. Sample projects include automating the process of intellectual property licensing and developing automated legal compliance systems. Fellows are also involved in bringing in leading thinkers in the field to speak at the law school on these topic areas and will work with law and computer science students to engage them in the center’s activities.

Fellows typically have a J.D. or equivalent law degree. Because the primary focus of the center is employing technology within the law, applicants should also have experience in computer science or engineering related fields. We welcome applicants with practical/ professional technical experience in these fields as well as those with formal computer science or engineering undergraduate or graduate training. Applicants should be willing to learn and be comfortable with the technological aspects of the center’s projects.

The Application Process

CodeX is currently accepting year-round applications for non-residential fellowships.