Washington College of Law Announces New Fellowship Program for 2009 Graduates
Program aims to assist graduates during the current economic downturn

WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2009 – The downturn in the economy is undoubtedly on the minds of all law school graduates this year. To help ease this burden, American University Washington College of Law has created a new fellowship program to address graduates’ needs in the current challenging job market. The 2009 JD Distinguished Fellowship Program will fund substantial legal work performed by 2009 graduates for either external employers or Washington College of Law centers and programs, with the intention of enhancing the graduates’ career development.

“Washington College of Law is dedicated to the success of our graduates,” said Dean Claudio Grossman. “Every year we provide services – such as counseling, networking opportunities, and facilitating interactions with employers – to support our recent graduates and their career goals. This year, we are adding the Distinguished Fellowship Program to ensure that our new alumni have every opportunity for success in these trying times.”

Up to 15 candidates who have a commitment from an employer will be awarded fellowships in amounts up to $15,000. Fellowships will commence in the fall of 2009, and will cover legal work performed for a duration of four to eight months. Candidates who secure partial funding from an employer (up to $30,000) are still eligible to apply.

Discounted Tuition for LL.M. Degrees

In addition to the fellowship program, Washington College of Law will offer a 50 percent tuition discount for 2009 graduates wishing to continue their legal education with an LL.M. in International Legal Studies or Law and Government. (Because student loan debt is always a concern for law school graduates, students who take advantage of this discounted tuition to further their education will take part in mandatory counseling from the law school’s Office of Financial Aid.)

WCL’s LL.M. in International Legal Studies is one of the top international law LL.M. programs in the United States and allows students to specialize in areas such as international business law, gender and the law, or international environmental law. The LL.M. in Law and Government helps students transcend the traditional barriers that divide the study of administrative law, specific fields of regulatory law and policy, and constitutional law and civil rights.

Ongoing Career and Professional Development Programs

Washington College of Law’s Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) provides career counseling and guidance to both students and alumni, with services that include assisting in planning an effective job search, reviewing resumes and cover letters, and conducting mock interviews.  To address some of the specific issues facing 2009 graduates, OCPD has been offering additional one-on-one coaching sessions from a certified life coach.