Selection of first-year Fellows
First-year Government Law Center Fellows are chosen during the first four weeks of the academic year. Applications are due two weeks after classes begin. No more than fifteen first-year Fellows will be chosen from the entering class.
Applications will be assessed by a Fellowship Committee composed of the Center's Director and Administrative Director, and one upper-class GLC Fellow. The GLC Fellow is invited to join the Committee by the Director and Administrative Director, and plays an advisory role in the selection process. All information about applicants is kept strictly confidential.
Selection of upper-class Fellows
After students have completed the first year of their fellowship, they are invited to reapply. The deadline is the same as the application deadline for first-year Fellows.
Although selection as an upper-class Fellow is not automatic, students who have participated actively in the first-year programs are given strong preference for acceptance as upper-class Fellows. If a first-year Fellow has not participated actively in Fellowship programs, they are still welcome to apply to become upper-class Fellows; whether or not those applicants receive preference will depend on the reasons for the lack of active participation. Upper-class students who have not been first-year Fellows may also apply. The overall size of the Fellows class will be no greater than fifteen students.
Students of Fellows in the MSLS, LLM, and accelerated JD programs
Students pursuing a master's of science in legal studies (MSLS), master of laws (LLM), and accelerated JD programs are eligible for consideration to be Government Law Center Fellows. Because of their relatively short time at the law school, they are not subject to the same second- and third-year requirements as JD Fellows. Any student in these programs who wishes to apply to the Fellowship should contact the Director; if the student becomes a Government Law Center Fellow, their requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
How Fellows should describe themselves
During students' first year, or at any point when they are still in the Fellows program, students may describe themselves as "Government Law Center Fellows."
However, if a student leaves the program after their first year, they may describe their experience only with the phrase "first-year" in the name. In other words, a student who has left the program after the first year can refer to their "Government Law Center First-Year Fellowship," or say they were a "Government Law Center First-Year Fellow," but they may not describe themselves as a "Government Law Center Fellow."
If a Fellow from a graduate program, or the accelerated JD program, leaves the program before completing their degree, they should consult the GLC Director about how to describe their experience.