LL.M. in Law & Government Fellowship Opportunities

The LL.M. in Law & Government Fellowship is designed for exceptional students passionately committed to their field of specialization. Successful applicants will have an exemplary academic background and a demonstrated potential to excel in the LL.M. Program. The Fellow will enroll in the 24 credit LL.M. Program and will receive the following benefits.

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Benefits:*

  • A partial tuition award between 1/3 and 1/2 of the total tuition cost of the 1 year full-time LL.M. program
  • A paid Dean’s Fellowship (Research Assistant) position with a faculty member or program at WCL
  • A designated Faculty Mentor and the opportunity to write a research paper of publishable quality
  • The opportunity to conceptualize and plan a panel discussion or conference within the Fellow’s area of specialization

*May vary by fellowship.

Fellowship qualifications:

  • Admission to the LL.M. in Law & Government
  • Academic achievement and excellence
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Professional work experience, demonstrated commitment to subject matter, civic engagement, and study or work in the area of specialization
  • Open to U.S. and foreign-educated applicants

How to apply:

Early Action Deadline: February 1

Final Application Deadline: March 1

  • Complete an application for admission to the LL.M. in Law & Government and submit online.
  • Submit a brief statement (one page single-spaced) explaining your interest in the Fellowship. The statement should address your choice of specialization, future career goals in this field, and ideas on potential research topics, conferences, panels, etc. to undertake as part of the Fellowship.
  • Submit an 8-10 page writing sample that has not been edited by anyone other than you.
  • Email the Fellowship Statement, Writing Sample, and any other supplemental materials as a Word or PDF attachment to lawandgov@wcl.american.edu with “Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Applicants should include both first and last name on each page of the supplemental materials.
  • Applicants may also be interviewed by Program Staff and Faculty.

Note: Be advised that any scholarship may potentially affect Federal Financial Aid awards. Students are advised to speak with their Financial Aid counselor regarding their Financial Aid.

Potential Specialization Areas*:

  • Administrative and Regulatory Law
  • Business and Financial Regulation
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Literacy (with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program)
  • Disability Rights
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Law, Politics and Legislation
  • Local and State Government
  • Public Interest

*Fellowships may not be awarded in all specialization areas in a given year. Total number of Fellowships awarded is dependent on the quality of applicants and availability of research assistant positions.

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