Each year, the family law center awards five to ten fellowships to incoming students who have an interest in practicing family law, whether in the public or private sector, and a record of outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Selected students receive a $5,000.00 stipend to fund a full-time (10 weeks at 40 hours a week) family law summer internship in the public sector after their 1L year or, for those students who choose to work at a family law firm over the summer, a $5,000.00 academic scholarship awarded at the beginning of 2L year (after completing a summer at a family law firm). Family law fellows work closely with the family law center, meeting throughout the year, to increase their exposure to and knowledge of family law and to help them network and connect with local family law attorneys and opportunities. Fellows also participate in the center’s pro bono and community service projects, including the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Spring Break Service Project and the Alumni & Student Legal Answers Pro Bono Clinic in Family Law, and volunteer with partner organizations, such as the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic’s Self-Representation Assistance Project.
The family law center chooses recipients based on the following criteria:
- Interest in/commitment to practicing family law;
- Academic record; and
- Leadership skills
In order to apply for a fellowship, please submit a resume, an undergraduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and a two to three page statement describing how you meet the above criteria to the Director of the Schiller DuCanto Family Law Center, Kathryn Liss
or Associate Dean for Academic Operations, Allison I. Ortlieb
. Fellowship applications are due every year by April 1st at 5:00 p.m. C.S.T. When submitting application materials, please indicate “DePaul Family Law Fellowship Application” in the subject line.