JD Distinguished Fellowship Program

The 2014 JD Distinguished Fellowship Program will fund legal work performed by 2014 WCL graduates for either external employers or WCL centers and programs. The fellowships will be awarded through an anonymous, selective process. Interested candidates should meet the following criteria:

1. Candidates must be 2014 WCL JD graduates (meaning that they graduated or will graduate in December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014) and have a commitment from a fellowship sponsoring employer (Fellowship Sponsor) at the time of application. The Fellowship Sponsor may be for profit or non-profit, domestic or international. The work performed during the fellowship will be restricted to substantive legal or law-related work, as evaluated by the JD Distinguished Fellowship Selection Committee, which enhances the candidate's professional career development. The work should be related to and in furtherance of the candidate's experience and career goals, as demonstrated by the candidate's resume and essay.

2. Applicants must commit to perform work under the supervision of the Fellowship Sponsor for the full term of the fellowship, unless a permanent, full-time position is secured prior to the end of the fellowship.

Each fellowship sponsored by WCL will be awarded in the amount of $24,000 and will last for twelve months, from September 2014 until September 2015. Candidates and Fellowship Sponsors will be subject to various deadlines and reporting requirements before, during, and after the fellowship.

Candidates will be required to submit a resume and application materials to the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) by May 16, 2014 at 5pm EST. Candidates are required to read the Frequently Asked Questions for the program, which can be found on the sidebar to the left. Awards are anticipated to be announced by early to mid-June, 2014.

To apply, please read and/or complete the following three application materials:

1. Application Instructions

2. Program Application

3. Fellowship Sponsor Certification Form