The Center on the Legal Profession Student Fellowship Program is a one-year program designed for Harvard Law School students interested in learning more about the global legal profession’s structures, norms, and dynamics. As a Student Fellow, you will conduct original, empirical research on the legal profession, produce scholarly pieces and “short form” thought leadership (essays, blogs, podcasts, videos, etc.), and receive in-depth mentorship from a dynamic community of researchers and practitioners exploring issues ranging from legal careers to diversity and inclusion to globalization to legal education to innovation.
Our Student Fellowship Program includes three main components: (1) producing an independent, empirical research paper project on the legal profession with the goal of publication in a scholarly journal and the Center’s digital magazine, The Practice; (2) creating “short form” thought leadership pieces for the Center’s various publications on a range of topics; and (3) acting as an active member of our vibrant intellectual community, including mentorship and privileged access to Center workshops, conferences, and other events. For the 2022-2023 academic year, you will also be invited to participate in the conference, “Reimagining the Role of Business in Public Square: Multistakeholder Engagement on ESG Commitments, Metrics, and Accountability.”
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Who is Eligible?
The fellowship program is open to enrolled Harvard law students, including JDs, LLMs, and SJDs. Students enrolled in the JD program are not eligible for the formal fellowship program during their 1L year. However, we encourage them to reach out as there may be other ways to get involved (e.g., as a research assistant.) While the program is targeted primarily at HLS students, the Center will consider enrolled Harvard graduate students on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, we cannot offer fellowships to students outside of Harvard University.
Student fellowships are for one academic year, typically September through May. However, we are open to alternative arrangements (e.g., starting in the Spring and running through the following Fall). We are also open to projects that might require more than one year and are happy to discuss this with prospective fellows.
How to Apply?
- Your curriculum vitae
- A written statement of approximately 1,000-1,200 words that includes:
- A proposal describing the research project you intend to pursue during the Student Fellowship. This is not intended to be final and is simply meant to be the first step in your thinking about your research project.
- A statement on what interests you most about the legal profession and how the Center’s mission and a CLP Student Fellowship correspond with and further your own professional goals
- Again, we encourage applicants to look at the Center’s website and our digital publication, The Practice, to learn more about our work.
Please submit all applications to Dana Walters (email@example.com). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible, especially if you’d like to be involved in our September conference. We are happy to answer any questions in advance of a formal application.
In addition to direct mentorship from the Center and its affiliates and a formal designation (e.g., on our website; for your CV), Student Fellows will be awarded a $1,500 stipend at the end of the program once all requirements are met (including the research paper project). Please note that HLS does not allow students to receive academic credit and a stipend for research papers. Student Fellows must choose academic credit or the stipend in such cases. Should a Student Fellow elect to receive academic credit for their research paper, the stipend will be reduced by 50%, applicable only to the other responsibilities of the student fellowship. It is permissible for Student Fellows receiving credit for a research paper to request reasonable, reimbursable research costs associated with their projects (e.g., interview costs). All decisions will be made in consultation with the Center.
Fellowship applications are now open.