Graduate Legal Fellows

Graduate Legal Fellows* enroll in the 24-credit LLM degree at AUWCL and can receive a 25% tuition reduction and a stipend of $12,150 to allow them to pursue graduate legal studies at AUWCL.** During each of the two fourteen-week semesters in which the Graduate Legal Fellow is enrolled in the LL.M. Program, the Graduate Legal Fellow is expected to work at least 10 hours per week (or more pursuant to their agreement with their Fellowship Sponsor) with the Fellowship Sponsor listed on the JD Distinguished Fellow application or indicated in the LL.M. application. Fellowship Sponsors can be programs or professors at AUWCL or external non-profit organizations. Graduate Legal Fellowships are available in a variety of specializations in a given year. Availability of a Graduate Legal Fellowship in a field is dependent on the quality of applicants and availability of resources.

Graduate Legal Fellows can choose from the following LL.M. Programs and areas of specialization:

LL.M. in Law & Government

Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Business & Financial Regulation
Civil & Constitutional Rights
Communications Law & Policy
Criminal Law
Disability Rights
Environmental Law & Policy
Gender & the Law
Health Law & Policy
Immigration Law & Policy
Intellectual Property & Information Policy
Labor & Employment Law & Policy
Law, Politics, & Legislation
National Security Law

LL.M. in Advocacy

General Studies
Criminal Trial Advocacy
Civil Trial Advocacy

LL.M. in International Legal Studies (ILSP)

General Studies
International Business Law
International Human Rights Law
International Environmental Law
Gender & the Law
Free Trade Agreements & Regional Integration
International Organizations
International Commercial Arbitration
International & Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Apply:

Recent graduates can apply through the JD Distinguished Fellowship Application Process or directly through the LL.M. program of choice. To apply, please submit the following materials.

  • Resume
  • 1 Page Statement of Purpose covering the following:
    • Your intended area of specialization and program
    • Why you wish to pursue an LL.M. degree
    • How an LL.M. will help you achieve your short term and long term professional and personal goals
  • Copy of your Academic File: Transcript Request Form
  • One letter of recommendation from a current WCL professor
  • The application fee will be waived

*The Graduate Legal Fellowship program is ONLY open to December 2013, May 2014, and August 2014 AUWCL JD graduates.

**Students who would like to enroll in the LL.M. program but do not plan to complete a work component, are eligible for a 50% tuition reduction instead of the 25% reduction with a stipend.

Please contact llm@wcl.american.edu if you have questions about the Graduate Legal Fellows Program.