JD Distinguished Fellowship Program

The 2015 JD Distinguished Fellowship Program will be offered to JD students graduating from the 2015 Class and will provide a one-year award of $24,000 to fund the performance of substantive legal or law-related work with a Fellowship Sponsor for the period September 2015 - September 2016. The fellowships will be awarded through a selective process, and interested candidates must meet the following baseline criteria:

Candidates must be AUWCL JD graduates (having a graduation date of December 2014, May 2015 or August 2015) and have a commitment from an external employer (“Fellowship Sponsor”) at the time of application. The Fellowship Sponsor may be a for-profit or non-profit employer and can be either a domestic or international entity. The work performed during the fellowship must be restricted to substantive legal or law-related work which enhances the candidate’s career development, as evaluated by the Fellowship Selection Committee. The work should correlate with the candidate’s previous experience and career goals, as demonstrated by the candidate’s resume and personal statement submitted in accordance with posted guidelines and deadlines.

In addition, applicants must initially commit to perform work under the Program for the entire Program period, but fellows may withdraw from the Program to pursue a full-time, permanent opportunity provided the fellow first complies with Program notice procedures.

Candidates and Fellowship Sponsors will also be subject to reporting requirements during the fellowship. If candidates have already secured partial funding from an employer, they are still eligible to apply for the AUWCL fellowship, provided the annualized salary from the employer does not exceed $25,000.

Applications will be available online beginning Friday, March 6. Candidates will be required to submit a completed online fellowship application to the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) by Friday, April 17 at 5pm EST. Awards are expected to be announced by the end of May.


To apply, please read the JDDF FAQ section of this website and complete and submit the following application documents, which will become available on Friday, March 6, 2015:

  1. Application Instructions

  2. Program Application

  3. 3. Fellowship Sponsor Certification Form